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.
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.
Author of The Madison Picker and the Serapis Fraktur
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.
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.