From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.
Will Patton is absolutely the best reader I have encountered. Burke is highly descriptive and employs memorable, believable characters, always with severe flaws. This was a really fun book to listen to...
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
James Lee Burke exceeded my expectations with this well-written story with equally well-developed and interesting characters. Preacher Collins is every bit as interesting a character as is Hannibal Lecter. Listeners will be questioning whether there is some good in him. As the book goes on listeners will find themselves changing their attitudes about Nick Dolan. And they will love his wife, Esther. Sheriff Hackberry is interesting but, more than anything, he takes the author's perspective in helping the listener understand how the characters relate and interact. You don't get too much better than James Lee Burke's writing in this book. The story in another author's words would not be nearly as compelling. And I was surprised, if not blown away by Will Patton's narration. It was flawless. Another top ten book in my Audible collection of about 150.
Big Fan of Burke and Will Patton combination, was looking for more books with these characters but appears these are new. Hope we get a new series with these characters, good listen.
Yes, I will listen to Rain Gods again. I enjoy Burkes discriptive writing and Pattons narration. Because of the length of this book once is definitely not enough.
Hacks flashbacks of the Koren POW camp.
I LUV his voice and he gives each character a different voice helping to see their personalities.
When Hack finally gives in to Pam.
I luv the Burke and Patton combination. I wish Patton narrated all of Burkes books.
Burke has a way with the English language and description that is never trite, always illustrative. This book is very well read, and you can see everything clearly through his use of imagery. Though this book is set in SW Texas instead of the usual Louisiana locale, it is still classic Burke. He presents real human emotions without tiresome excessive description; real places and, as always in a good Burke tale, terrible events and their consequences.
After listening to several Dave Robicheaux novels by Burke, I gave this one a listen and was not disappointed!
Rain Gods has compelling characters; a real good guy with problems of his own and a really bad bad guy. The story was complex and detailed and plays out in a nice pace that isn't too fast and not too slow either.
Generally, I download audiobooks that are of the 'brain candy' variety, as a change to some of the heavier reading I do for the sake of work and such, so this book came as a bit of a surprise to me, since I've never read anything by James Lee Burke.
The author's style is at turns lyrical and lovely, and harsh and gritty, and I'm not sure that there's anyone else who could have narrated this book as well.
I've since downloaded one of the author's Dave Robicheaux novels, and while it's a good book, I greatly prefer the characters in Rain Gods, and hope that there will be more books featuring Hackberry Holland as the main character.
At times, the writing in Rain Gods was a bit overdone, and some of the dialogue was kind of... well, a little more poetic than realistic, but even so, I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and would highly recommend it.
Runner, sailor, photog and engineer. I like Jo Nesbo, Craig Johnson, Robert Crais, Michael Connely, Steig Larson, Lee Child, but most especially James Lee Burke.
Rain Gods is another classic by James Lee Burke where good wrestles with the demons in the minds of man. There are no saints just various levels of evil and vanity. Will Patton turns Burke's prose into poetry that makes you wish that there would never be an end to the story. Burke easily ranks in the top tier of writers for all time.
I was always a huge fan of the Robicheaux novels so I was really curious to see how Hackberry Holland turned out. Burke has done another amazing job with character development in Rain Gods and to have Will Patton narrate only makes the story that much better!!
Words can't even describe the superb job Patton does!! This is the 4th Burke and Patton collaboration that I've listened to and they always keep me wanting more! I would compare Will Patton's knack for narration to the great Jim Dale!