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.
Oh God I hope I can make it through this. When I could read, I read every Burke book I could get my hands on. Now I listen to them. Listening to Mark hammer is like listening to a micro soft reader. If you want a good comparison , please seek out the Will Patton verison of Jollie Blon Bounce. Aurthors, Please exercise some control over the readers if not for yourself for those of us who even after sight fails have found this wonderful web site.
There is nothing like listening to Mark Hammer read Burke. Spending a lot of time in the car I listen to 1 or 2 books per week. If you don't like Mark Hammers' reading you aren't listening. Reading Elysian Fields was great but listening was better. Hammer makes the book live.
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.
Some of the other reviews took me aback but then I realized that I've read or listened to the entire Robicheaux series. So I didn't have any trouble following the plot. If I step back a bit, I guess this one may not have the speed of a MTV video but it's not suppose to. What the book has is all the seedy majesty of New Orleans and the sensuousness of the Cajun South. Burk can write about food or the weather and it's as sensual as most folks writing about sex! He's just plain brilliant. They call him the 'Faulkner of Crime' which is great, as long as, no one tries to lock up his charatcers in some some kind of lit. crit. vault because they are just too juicey. So yeah, The price of admission may be a slightly slower tale but it is well worth the time.
As to Mr. Hammer's reading, I have to say it was a slight adjustment. But I have to also add that after a recent trip to Louisana, he sounds about right - especially for the main character. I would hope in later novels that he might separate his characters' voices a bit more. Having listen to a bit of audio, the female characters are a little weak. But if Streak and Clete are right, it really is worth the price of a month's subscription.
Like one of the earlier listeners, it's great to have this series in an unabriged recording. I would defintely vote with my wallet for, the earlier books especially, to be redone without abridgement.
James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors, but... it's difficult to follow Dave Robicheau, a very good and decent man, through another round of personal tragedies. I won't argue Burke's license to do as he sees fit with his character, but I keep wanting to see Dave prosper rather than falter.
That aside, I enjoyed it as I always do.
The problem with this book, and this series is the violence, both implicit and explicit. The writing and the narration are lyrical and the contrast leaves the reader dreaming of the Elysian Fields. This is not a book for the feint of heart but if you can guts it out, is very rewarding listening. Enjoy, but beware!
I found this book to be very confusing. The narrator has a wonderful grasp of the Louisiana/Cajun dialect, but causes the book, already moving at the speed of death, to slow down even more. Its hard to determine what the book is about. I feel that I have one of my monthly choices, and Im very disappointed.
Can't even talk about books content. Listened 10 min. and could not continue. Narrator sound like he had a pound of snot in his sinus. Mumbled words, terrible articulation. He sounds on his death bed or drunk. And the greatest sin in audio books..."he said","she said","I said" in every sentence. Only 2nd book in over 100 purchased that I couldn't listen to. He read for Jolie Blon and I liked it, so I don't know why this was as it was.
I was a high school history teacher and a physician assistant-retired.
James Lee Burke and Mark Hammer weave a mesmorizing tale of Southern intrigue that makes the reader feel he has stepped into the culture of Louisiana. Except for Clete Purcell, the characters are multi-dimensional and interesting in their own right. The bad guys, and there are many, have some redeeming features and are not so different from the good guys.
Burke transitions you into each scene and gets you so wrapped up that you forget how disappointed you were when he ended the previous strand.
Hammer's rendering of the Louisiana accent is like a lullaby that soothes the soul and takes you out of your place in time.
This story is not so much a whodunnit as a howcouldnormalpeopleactsobad. My only questions is,"What happened to Bootsy between "Jolie Blon's Bounce" and this book?"