Because this was so early in this series, I really didn't expect much. But I was surprised. This is a very good book and a classic Robicheaux novel. I highly recommend it.
It is all about bringing together the title with the story line and it was well executed.
I really like Will Patton and didn't think I would like Mark Hammer because nobody is Dave like Will Patton and throughout the catalog there have been other narrators that did not do as good a job. But I thought Hammer did an excellent job here.
Not really. I think this is more about the intrigue and the way Burke paints and has always painted a vivid picture.
There is a little more description in this book than many of those in the series. Burke is careful to describe, for instance, the apparel certain characters are wearing. While many authors take this to the extreme, here it helps identify the personality of the characters. I don't remember seeing that much in future books.
I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!
As usual James Burke delivers a fantastic story woven throughout Louisiana. There is mystery drugs cops and plenty of picturesque bayou storyline.
One day I awoke and finally came to the realization that MARK HAMMER should just pull the hammer back and squeeze the trigger!!!
I know, I know, I know it's just a joke people calm yourself but really why is this man allowed to narrate books. Can someone please tell me why?? James Lee Burke is an excellent author but if someone doesn't stop the HAMMER audible will have to close their doors.
Characters: the characters are what keeps the plot moving in this book. I find with this series and John Sandford's "Prey" books, it's the character/s that keep me coming back, even if the storyline is lacking. Moody: Dave has emotional baggage and it plays out in his decisions. Louisiana: great backdrop.
No, not on the edge of my seat, but found it interesting and entertaining.
I have liked Mark Hammer's performance in other books. I guess this performance was a little flat and I prefer Will Patton narrating this series.
No, this book is not a page turner.
Love the Dave Robicheaux series overall.
The story is pure James Lee Burke, which is to say a gutsy, well written story with a tempo that keeps you interested till the end.
The narrator, Mark Hammer, however, is a complete foreigner to the geographical and cultural base of the story. His pronunciations of names from this region and overall performance, sometimes jar a reader familiar with S. Louisiana loose from the story.
The story itself does draw you back. If you know nothing of this area and culture, you will not notice the shortcomings of the narrator.
Yes I would change the reader
Yes as long as the reader is Will Patton.
I couldn't make through 5 minutes with this reader.
I'm sure the book is great but I will to read it myself.
I would listen to this book again because I love this series. Dave Robicheaux is such a likeable character that I almost think of him as real.
Dave's best friend Cleet is great. He is funny and helps move the story along in a way only cleet could do.
In the very beginning when Dave got shot was so interesting I found myself driving home the long way just so I could listen longer.
No it took me a couple of days to listen to this book. Not for lack of trying though.
Good book, great series
a more believable story, less gratuitous bloodshed
not kill so many characters
all the Clete (sp?) Purcell scenes are good
Yes, Dave R is both admirable and credible, in all Burke's novels, also Mike Hammer's narration is a perfect fit
Despite my reservations about all the bloodshed, the book is a gripping read.
I love the way the writer gives you a real feel of New Orleans.One of my favorite cities.The characters are well developed, and the story is great detective story.Dave Robicheaux is a flawed human being ,but you have to love the guy and root for him.I'll be reading more from Jame Lee Burke!
I spend so much time driving on business trips or suffering in boring exercise. For over 40 years I dreamed of something like Audible.
I have recently added James Lee Burke to my list of recorded books. The stories are good, and I enjoy the performance, but these recording will skip several minutes with no way of retrieving the missing parts. I've listened to hundreds of Audible books. This is the first time it has happened. It happened in Morning for Flamingos and now in A Stained White Radiance. This is very annoying.