The reader was really good which is probably why I kept listening. The story for me was depressing and the plot didn't make a whole lot of sense.
I felt like there were too many characters that weren't explained and there were things that happened that didn't really fit in the story line . I felt like a couple of characters and plot twists could have been left out and a couple others better developed and it would have been a better listen. But the reader was really good I thought .
What a refreshing experience! This is a new author for me and I am delighted to have found him. The narrator is first rate. The only thing wrong was that it had to come to an end as all stories must.
The Neon Rain is the first audiobook I have listened to without having read the book first. I was completely caught up and fascinated by the story and the rich, almost operatic imagery James Lee Burke lays down to create the moods and colours of New Orleans at the end of the 20th century.
The narrator, Will Patton, delivers the work impeccably. The combination works flawlessly.
I am sure the book will be as gripping and dark on the page but listening to the story being read to me while lying in a darkened room was an intimate and often harrowing experience, redeemed by the basic decency of the main character and the talents of both artists.
This was bought for a low price on special at Audible on a whim, mainly to listen to while driving my daughter back to New Orleans. This is a good detective story and in my non-literary opinion, extremely well-written. Mr. Burke uses eloquent prose. The reader is someone who I did not know by name but recognized quickly by voice. I did not like him too much in the movies he played in, but I think he does a superb job reading this novel. If you are familiar with Graham Greene spy novels, this book kind of reminded me of that tone. The heroes work in gray areas and are very introspective. You don't always reach the end of the story with a clear sense of winners or losers---like real life in most cases. This is not the last book of this series I'm going to read (my idealistic daughter does not consider audio books "reading", but it's that or nothing for me these days). I'd buy it again at the regular price.
The narration was excellent, and I have to admit it was well written. But it was so dark - no "ups" of any kind, and very violent. Even the love interest part of the book was sad and depressing and I have to add that I found the violence and actions of the protagonist pretty far fetched for the outcome...............This writer and narrator have talent and if you like dark, gritty listens, this one is for you.....
I enjoyed this audiobook ENORMOUSLY. The writing is engaging and colorful and I loved Will Patton's narration. I think I could listen to anything Will Patton reads- he does an excellent interpretation. I will be listening to the entire series.
For me, a great book sux if it is poorly read. A mediocre book comes alive if it is well read. In this case, a pretty good book is read very well indeed.
I am retired and am busier than when I had a full time career. I don't get time to read; but my Ipod fills the gap.
This was interesting enough, once I got into it I wanted to continue. Many twists and turns. OK for the price.
Anything written by James Lee Burke will be, at the very least, great ... anything read by Will Patton, will be wonderfully entertaining ... they make a wonderful team!
My first JLB book, not sure if I'm up for a 2nd. He writes well, but the story gets lost in his florid definitions. Everything's a simile, from the sweat on someone's brow to the sun setting over Lake Ponchartrain. Will Patton, though, is amazing. He does an incredible range of voices for each character, and I could see Dave Robicheaux or Captain Guidry standing in front of me, just from listening to him give them life. It's worth a credit for his performance alone.