The best part of this book was the Narrator! Again, a typical murder mystery plot, but I felt it was really pulled together by the reader.
I only got through all of this because I paid for it and am stubborn. As a female listener, I just couldn't get into the "masculine pain" of the characters that made them act like idiots. Many of the descriptions of scenery and emotions were also overwrought. Finally, the narrator annoyed me. Definitely listen to the sample before you commit.
I loved this book. The narrator was so melodic and the descriptive prose so beautiful it was like listening to poetry. But of course it was a hard hitting, exciting thriller with flawed heroes and really scary bad guys! I know it sounds like the two don't go together but that is what makes James Lee Burke such a great writer. I didn't think it could get any better than The Tin Roof Blowdown but this is just as good! I hope Mr Burke has more in store for these great characters!
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.