As usual, JLB had brought us a wonderful book. Dave Robicheaux, who must be pushing or past 60, is still in prime form. But the reader, Will Patton, sounds too young, and his indefinite "Southern" accent detracts from Dave's Cajun roots. If Mark Hammer had read, I would have given five stars.
I had to stop a few times just to savor James Lee Burke's descriptive language. He is still a powerful writer. I was initially disappointed to find that Mark Hammer was not the narrator, but Will Patton proved himself a worthy reader. It was great to revisit some of favorite flawed characters.
I love hearing the Burke books and want more and more unabridged. I've listened to them exclusively for the past couple of months, including on a trip to New Orleans. So imagine my dismay when the voices I was so used to, of which I craved more, disappeared and were replaced by this limp, beat poet reading. No fair! I wish I'd checked the narrator before I bought it, I just assumed it would be Mark Hammer. What a disappointment!
This is the first Burke novel I read. I liked the main character, Robichaux, and I liked the description of people and places. This is a drama, detective, mystery story. Not my favorite genre. Lacks the thrill and adventure that I enjoy, never the less, giving it three stars and will probably get The Tin Roof Blowdown sometime in the future. Even though it was a little slow for me it was every well written.
I have two other Burke books that I can't stand to listen to because the reader actually made me gag. He sounded as if he were ready to join his ancestors in the sky with about as much breath left as a person with emphyzema. I'm going to try this after listening to the new narrator.