Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
This is the best Dave Robicheaux novel of them all. Mark Hammer is a good reader but not the best. The story, however, is a real nail biter and gut-puller. Just darned good!
I was disappointed the reader wasn't Will Patton, but after getting into the story, I found I didn't noticed the difference.
Hey! I'm a dad, a boyfriend, an ex husband, a son, an estranged son, a brother, an ex addict, a motorcycle enthusiast, a reader, a writer!
Hoping it would be better. Way to much going on. And weird. Didn't like any of it.
James Burke tells a story that draws you into every scene. and the masterful way it is narrated makes you lose yourself in the story. Outstanding.
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.