- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 33 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 26, 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003NVMDVW
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I too, do not know how this book earned a four star rating. I give it a 3...it held my attention at least but in the end it frustrated me.
The book has two timeframes -- 1) modern times and 2) the 1920's. The modern story revolves around Eric Shaw who is on a project to create a film about the area and a mysterious person named Campbell Bradshaw. The 1920's story revolves around Campbell. There is a "Lost River" that flows through two cities and a valley in Indiana, and it is the source for intrigue, mineral water, mystery, and mayhem as Eric soon finds out.
I felt a little short-changed as we learned a lot about the 1920's Campbell, but we learned very little of the modern Campbell. Without spoiling the story, I'll just say a more complete understanding of the modern Campbell would have been nice to include in the main story or at least the Prologue.
!! Warning !! There is some profanity in the book, but it isn't overdone. It seems inline with the characters, and it wasn't overly used. There is also some physical violence, but I didn't feel like it was too graphic or frequent.
The various characters' opinions and actions weren't explored in enough detail to be believable. For instance, we could have used a more in-depth self-analysis on why he single-handedly self-destructed his marriage. And why on earth does he hold such a grudge against his father-in-law, apparently simply due to jealousy over success? Who really cares about a main character that petty?
Best character was Ann; best parts of the plot were focused on the the bottle itself.