Great plot--just couldn't stand listening to Mark Hammer--especially since Will Patton does such a wonderful performance on books by the same writer. I actually fell asleep and remember dreaming about how terrible and boring the speaker made this book. I couldn't bear to listen to him any longer.
Couldn't bear listening to the speaker's boring voice drone on and on.
Will any purchase future Audiobooks in this series performbed by Will Patton.
I love JLB's books read by Patton. Tried this one since it was on sale. The pace of the narration totally distracts from the story. It is so bad, I have no idea what the story is even about. Hammer makes every character sound like the same on.
If you like JLB, read them if they are narrated by this guy.
Any James Lee Burke fan will be pleased, and any new listener will be spoiled for any other narrator. Mark Hammer's voice is rich and full of character and soul-he makes you feel the heart break. The writing is so descriptive, you can see the character's faces, smell the air around them, feel their fear, or humor, or anger. Wonderful.
I favor Will Patton but Mark Hammer has a similar presentation, slow and drawn out. In this case its a little too slow. I cant really fault the reading too much as it was still compelling enough.
I didnt like this one as well as most others. It was too long given the story/plot. I found many of the characters, including Dave Robicheaux to be inconsistent and a bit unreal. righteous anger that didnt seem to last, moralizing on one subject but neutral on another that would have required equal outrage. Anyway, as always Burkes writing is near poetry, and very compelling.
Hammer reads too slow, even though he is trying to impart the feeling of the moment, it just drags.
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I started somewhere in the middle with the Dave Robicheaux series and have listened to them all going forward from there. I got this one on a 2 for 1 audible sale and didn't notice that Mark Hammer not Will Patton was the narrator. To me, Will Patton is Dave Robicheaux and Hackberry Holland, he is James Lee Burke's characters. I didn't think I'd listened to any by Hammer but when I looked through my audible history I had. I would never turn down a good Burke book, especially since I'd already bought it. But like most novels, after initially thinking about Patton not being the narrator I got into the story and quit thinking about who the narrator was, the story just flowed. I still prefer Patton but Hammer is OK.
In the end it was still all about the characters that Burke created, his insight into human nature, his flowery writing style, and the stories themselves. This one was no different. There are some south Louisiana nasties he's in contact with, he's just beginning to work with Clete Purcell, and there are some women. Dave has lived and lives quite the life. I will eventually get to all of the books in the series. It will be a sad day when Burke writes no more.
This book was a good story which is narrated very well. I could listen to this one over and over. The fact that the setting is New Orleans is a bonus because the storyline edges along the superstitious nature of modern times and the dark voodoo from the past.
The way all the characters speak in that beautiful southern semi-poetic way is wonderful. The author is very capable of describing things in the most descriptive way, and knows when and where to do it, as opposed to those authors who bog you down describing everything.
The grandmother - the way she spoke
Since I never read any James Lee Burke and have only listened to the first three in this series, I can't answer that question but I can say this is a pretty good story. It keeps you listening and going back to make sure you got it all. I like Burke's writing.
Dave, Dave, Dave!! Everything about his is compelling. Love the way he is written. Great guy with a few flaws. Good dad. Sensitive man.
Only the first three books of this series. The character is growing. I like it. Nice voice, expressive.
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.