Narrator has good reviews but his speech seems garbled until Chapter 7 when it seems much clearer then goes back to garbled. I have listened to some of the Dave Robicheaux series by Will Patton and they are so much better. I won't listen to any more narrated by Mark Hammer.
Retired Marine combat officer now enjoying life in Southwestern Wisconsin. With my wife, Crystal, we own and operate a portrait studio, True Lives Studio, in Bloomington, WI
Listening to James Lee Burke is pure hit you in the face poetry. Trying to get through the narration is like doing so through a rock tumbler.
The story moves, sags and just downright bogs down.
Please give us Will Patton
I started James Burke on audio in the middle of the series and just went back to the beginnings. He is a top quality writer but I miss Will Patton.
Some of his words are pure gold. The disadvantage of listening to a book is that you cannot highlight or bookmark a special few words. Burke's point of view becomes solid in this book and what he wants to say about life, through Dave Robicheaux's errors in judgment and liaisons with the spirit world, becomes apparent, at least for now.
This is not a plot-driven book; it is character-driven. Cletus makes a welcome return (I always picture him as Gary Busey). The plot is fairly mundane, and portrays Dave getting involved with some dangerous people as a consequence of helping an old friend. Most of the action takes place in Montana, and JLB establishes the ambiance in a manner that is similar to his lyrical descriptions of Louisiana, yet not as successful. The outcome is really never in doubt; it is the manner in which it will be reached that is the question, and the mythic/magical elements (of which I am very fond) do play a role here.
I have already read ALL of the Dave Robicheaux books, but not in order, so I am starting over, and enjoying them as audiobooks, except for Heaven's Prisoners, which is not available as an unabridged audio book. I have to say that I am not as fond of Mark Hammer's narration as I am of Will Patton's. In fact, I almost gave up on this book in the first few chapters, but I eventually got used to his voice. He does an abysmal job with Alafair and Batiste, and when Dave is having a conversation with Cleet, it is difficult to tell them apart. He gives everyone a Southern/Texas accent for some strange reason. I have to stop thinking of this as a performance and just imagine that Mark Hammer is reading to me, and doing the best he can. Unfortunately, it's just not very good.
A well narrated story which is part of the Robicheaux series. There are some breaks in the recording where it is a bit obvious when one recording session ended and another began but that is a very minor issue. All in all a great audiobook. Well worth a credit.
Never had a chance to read the book but the audio is good. Its got it all. Good story, great narrator, quick pace.
This was my first listen to Mark Hammer. Not bad, not bad at all. He does keep the story going nicely. Just the right combo of sensitivity and hard nosed story teller.
I wish Audible.com sold Book #2 so I knew what happened. Dave is a widower and father now. I hope soon to get to fill in the blanks. He sounds like a good, patient and loving father. Wish I knew the back story.
Why after Rain Gods they would switch away from Will Patton is a mystery to me. I will skip all of the books in the series that Mark Hammer reads. The author is clearly very talented. I can visualize the phrases he uses. I love his writing, but the narration KILLED this story for me. I couldn't wait till it was over.
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.