Living as I do on the west coast, amidst the sunshine and dry air, I find Burke's books, like Pat Conroy's to be dark, humid and mysterious, with the "South" as another well-developed character. This one is as dark and convoluted as the background against which it is written. The pace is measured, the language distinctly southern, the relationships complicated and the story complex. I have a problem with the abridged versions, so much gets left out that I can't follow the story. This and Jolie Blon's Bounce are the best.
Love all of James Lee Burke's books. This one though was hard to get into. I agree with some of the other reviews, in that the narration was difficult to follow, most characters dialect being slurred too much.
This was my first Burke novel. The pace is slow and even a slower narrator. Although the accent may be southern Louisiana, every character sounds the same. All the females sing bass in the choir. The only character you can distinguish is the Irishman. It may have been a good 10 hour book that was stretched to 15 hours of bordom by a slow narrator. I will keep an eye out for Mark Hammer and avoid any books he narrates.
This was the first book in 5 months that I was disapponited in the narrator. Most others do a terrific job.
Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!
Being from California, I love hearing the tales of Dave Robicheaux and New Orleans. What an interesting and historical place. James Lee Burke always tells an interesting story and I wish I had begun them in chronilogical order so I could keep up with all of his wives and Clete's activity. But, I have nearly listened to them all and am greatful he has kept the same narrator, who does a fantastic job. Love em!
Have read and enjoyed all the unabridged books by this author. I wish the rest were available as unabridged. I will not buy abridged books, particularly by an author whose descriptive imagery adds so much. If they become available unabridged I will buy them all.
Burke's stories take you to Louisiana and then drops you right where you can participate (if only in one's mind); see what the characters see; hear what they hear; and readily agree or disagree with Dave's or Clete's shenanigans. I have read Burke for sometime; but must admit I so enjoy the audibles. The audible book reader lend themselves to the whole experience and makes for enjoyable time.
This books sounds as though it were a home recording with background sounds and a totally amature reader. I'm amazed at the folks who enjoyed his reading. Slow book opening, slurred reading, nobody with whom to identify--I didn't make it through the first chapter. And, usually, I LOVE all the books.
I totally agree with Brenda. I thought my extreme difficulty in understanding the reader was due to english not beeing my mother language. I have been very reassured to know that some american people also finds this audio confusing and difficult to understand. I will not download any other book by the same reader.
I thought the book was very good,but I felt that the reader was hard to follow. In order to sound like he was from New Orelans he sounded like he was drunk. Either get another reader or have him just read the book.
The reader destroyed a perfectly good book. He is a boring reader. I feel I wasted a selection. I will not get another book read by him. I always waited for a James Lee Burke book but if this is the reader of choice for him I will give him a miss.