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.
So, I Read This Book Today . . .
I am a huge fan of James Lee Burke. His is, literally, a poet of a novelist. His words bring the history, culture, and people of Louisiana to life. You come to know these people, to see, feel, hear, and know the things they know. He is, in a word, one of the very best writers I have ever read.
Now for the however - - - Hammer is a NIGHTMARE!!!! I don't know where this man grew up, but I have a sneaky suspicion he is a something like a New Jersey native, as he certainly isn't Southern! I don't know if I find him more phony, hokey, or just plain obnoxious. I have to hold my sides and laugh hysterically when I see people who have apparently never stepped foot in Louisiana, or possibly even the South, raving about what a wonderful "Southern" reader Hammer is. Believe me - - this is NOT Louisiana Cajun, in any shape, form, or fashion! Obnoxious...... especially when he forgets to play up his phony southern accent and drops into his normal accent - is that New Jersey? New York? It certainly isn't Cajun! In addition, if you are going to read the book, it would be really nice if you would at least look up how the names of towns and the names of people are ACTUALLY PRONOUNCED. What a mess. It made my skin crawl trying to listen to him.
Will Patton IS Dave Robicheaux. The accent, the smooth delivery, the pronunciations - all are spot on. He pulls you into the story, makes you a part of Burke's world, and leaves you wanting more.
Here's a shout-out to Recorded Books:
When you are deciding on a narrator for a particular book, actually LISTEN to the prospective narrator before you make a decision on who does the reading. If the reader is distracting, doesn't fit the language, or sounds irritating for any reason, whether it be a lousy accent like Hammer or droning pitch, etc., it is going to RUIN the experience. I can't tell you how many times I have failed to purchase the (more expensive!) audio books of certain authors because I can't stand the narrator.
I buy a LOT of books - they are my entertainment, rather than sitting and watching the idiot box. And most of my books (over 600 at last count) are in AUDIO form. I listen to books just about every minute I am not sleeping or working. Losing out on good authors because of bad narrators is really disappointing.
Would really LOVE IT if you would re-record these masterpieces of Southern literature with Will Patton. I would be the first lined up to buy them!
James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors and Dave Robicheaux one of my favorite characters, but this novel didn't live up to Burke's ability to tell a believable story. The plot was weak and didn't really fit with Robicheaux's character in other stories. Even Burke's descriptive abilities seem to have left him in this story, when he throws in a phrase now and again about birds singing or some such drivel. Basically Bad Burke.
James Lee Burke infuses his scenes and character with such detail and color....I can almost taste, smell and feel all that he describes. His heroes are truly human...good men, but troubled, tortured and imperfect as are all of us. Nothing comes easily for them....and they are often torn and undecided. Hey, I can relate. Love these books, love the series.
Bought this book on sale last year because I love how James Lee Burke always makes the characters in his stories believable. The narration was not the best... but I got used to it. So, if you are able to get this book on sale... and you are already a fan of JLB, this will be a great choice.