James Lee Burke has an uncanny way of making you see the scenes he describes in poetic depth. He understands the complexity of human character and has a loving way of seeing all humans through the eyes of compassion. He is not a stranger to human suffering, vengefulness, hatred, passion or greed. The reader is to be commended on his touching reading, especially when he refers to Alifair as "little guy".
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I am a huge fan of James Lee Burke and have read a number of his books. However, I had missed Black Cherry Blues. I listened to it on a long road trip and realized again that Burke is unparalleled in his ability to paint a scene and draw a reader into the story.
Burke's stories always keep me wondering. I know each character will play a part in the overall sense of the book, but I never know for sure how it will play out until the very end. In this book, I wondered most about Dixie Lee Pugh, a marvelous character on many levels.
Hammer captured the essence of Dave Robicheaux for me. Understated, yet thoughtful and plagued by the demons of his past.
Yes. Although the length of it made it better listened to a few segments at a time. I actually read the last chapter or two on my Kindle, but later went back and listened to them to get the full effect of the narration.
What a great writer and fantastic narrator! Listening, I am pulled in as if it is occurring around me. The subject matter can be depressing, but there is something redeeming in these stories. I am now listening in order and I am just blown away at how great they are!
... Mark Hammer's narration doesn't hold a candle to that of Will Patton. Patton captures the lyrical quality of Burke's prose -- truly takes me to Louisiana (or, in this case, Montana).
I've listened to three of Will Patton's readings of James Lee Burke's books and have marveled at Mr. Patton's characterizations and Louisiana accents. By comparison, Mark Hammer sounds as if all his characters are from east Tennessee, have some nasel passage infection and are virtually indistinguishable. I especially missed Mr. Patton's voice for Clete Purcel in this reading of Black Cherry Blues. I wish Will Patton would read all of Burke's books in the unabridged form.
In the words of the great CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, " Guess what? I got a fever, and the only prescription is more.... WILL PATTON!!!!!"
JLB is a new author to me, and I was very delighted to find that not only is his writing and character development very engaging, but audible has almost all of his books! I plan to get them. This is a very well written story. It took me a while to get used to Mr. Hammer's voice as narrator, (he sounded too old for the character of Dave to me) but, I toughed it out (it took two books) and found myself not minding it so much. I highly recommend this book.
If you are like me and enjoy following series, these are some of my favorite detective story authors: Karin Slaughter - (Will Trent), Greg Iles, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, J D Robb, C J Sansom, and John Sandford.
This is a great book. James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors. However, the narration is terrible. There is very little differentiation between the characters voices and almost no attempt at adding any kind of emotion. All of them (with a couple of exceptions) sound like hillbillies with a sinus infection. I love Will Patton's narration of this series. He brings the characters and the accents to life. Mark Hammer is the complete opposite. I struggled to get through this book. It's disappointing because I really would love to listen to the whole series. Do yourself a favor and buy a hard copy of the ones not narrated by Will Patton.
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Yes, not only is this a terrific detective mystery novel, but it is an artistic masterpiece, probably Burke's finest work. It won the Edgar, it was that good. I've read it twice and listened to it three times.
Yes, like a raptor ready to pounce!
No, this was my first. He is excellent.
The beginning when...just read it. You'll see.
This is situated in Louisiana and the characters are grass roots, down-home, grits, root beer, heat lightening over the salt flats humid with color and flavor. If you want to experience a cornucopia of sensations, read Burke. Or listen.
One of my favourite authors. Burke's description is so good scenes come alive like magic. Dave Robicheaux is one of the good guys, the underdog who ties to do the right thing.