... 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.
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.
Not only is the story a good one, but the debth of the characters and the expressiveness in this book are captivating. Multi-dimensional entertainment.
The Sounds editing was poor
Not really, these plots are not like that.
The sound editing in this recording was poor. Most other audio books i have listened to, are seemless between breaks. on this one you would hear the breaks. Sometimes the breaks were so long and so obvious, that i had to look at phone to see if i was getting a call or if it just stopped playing.
I started the series with book 4 so I went back to the beginning to catch the history. I'm glad I got the history but I prefer the narrator in the subsequent books plus the story was a bit slow.
This was a "catch up" book so I can continue the series. I enjoy the character detail immensely in all his books.
The narrator did a good job with the characters. I am not a big fan of this narration but it was okay.
I downloaded the next three books in the series that I did not have. I will continue to listen to the entire series.
I have a spotted history with James Lee Burke. I started listening to this series purely because Will Patton read them. I ended up all over the place in Dave Robicheaux's life. I loved each of those books, really enjoyed them. I chose this book because I thought it would be fun to start from the beginning. Now I don't know if I'll go on to book two. It was a real struggle to get through this book, it felt like a chore instead of a joy. The most awful part of the book was whenever the narrator was speaking for a Cajun person or Dave's foster daughter. When Dave drove to Montana I was grateful that at least his Cajun staff wouldn't have speaking parts any longer.
I'll probably try book two when it's been long enough that I forget how much I struggled through this one. Hopefully Burke's writing and Hammer's narration improve quickly.
The narrator. Will Patton brings life to Burke's books that is simply not harnessed by Hammer.
Not unless they have already read the books narrated by Patton.
It was ok.
No. I wouldn't have read any other books in the series if I hadn't already fallen in love with the characters through other books.