Story line is interesting but too much time spent describing a characters surroundings. How many plants can be listed every time the characters visited a new location, it felt like a biology class in local fauna. It also felt like the author was using the "word-of-the week" at times. Both just seemed to get in the way of the story. If I'd been reading instead of listening I would have skipped some of the more mundane prose. It's too bad you can't speed read an audio book, they are too expensive to trash. I'm not sure I'll try another one of Burke's books.
I have purchased and downloaded more than 200 audio books from audible.com and Swan Peak is clearly one of my favorites. The main characters (Dave Robicheaux and his buddy Clete Purcel) are arguably some of the darkest, complex and disturbing gents you will ever meet. Every time I thought I'd figured out this complex plot I was thrown another curve by Mr. Burke. This is without a doubt a real keeper.
Too much of the authors philosphy of bleed. If you thought the author's book on New Orleans contained a lot of bleeding political philosophy, you will find this book may set a new record.
Not a bad read once you get past the political commentary.
I've read or listened to all the Dave Robicheaux novels and this may be the best. A great cast of characters, a great storyline and the narration by Will Patton is superb, as usual. I can't wait for the next one!!!
I couldn't stand the monotone voice of the narrator. The book may be good but I had to quit after about an hour of listening to it. Needed more inflection in his voice to make it interesting.
I really enjoyed this book; Clete and Dave are getting up in years but still vital, believable characters. This book does get into Clete's head more. I love how he attracts all these women. I also was impressed with the redemption aspect of some of the characters.
I don't think anyone could enjoy this book.I have never written a review, But I feel other readers need to be advised how bad this book is.
It was very slow to start, jumped around and was very hard to follow in the beginning. The fact that the author tried to stuff his political and religious, or lack of beliefs down your throat didn't help a lot. I wish I could describe my disdain for this book in more intricate detail but to be honest I think I lost a few brain cells listening to it.
At times I felt as though the author was being paid by the word. Also, the author should keep his political opinion out of the story line. It added nothing.