Will Patton you rule! Mr. Burke please,
"keepem' comin' "! I noticed one person's review complained that Mr. Patton doesn't sound like the real Louisiana. Well, I've been there and frankly if Mr. Patton read the book to us in the "real Louisiana" most of us wouldn't understand it! Thanks to him for realizing this and making the adjustment. I'm a Vietnam Combat wife, it always galls me the way I take a backseat to my husband's combat/veteran's friends. James Lee Burke always finds a way to make me understand this flaw in my marriage, thanks Mon!
The protaganist's penchant for soliloquy and for using four syllable words whenever possible gets old really fast. If you love Hemingway's spare style, you won't like James Lee Burke. The plot is interesting but I got really tired of our hero's philosophizing ad nauseum.
This audio is rated highly because of Mr. Burke's exceptional prose and Will Patton's southern narration. Without having completed listening to the book, I have determined it will be my final Burke novel. The contradiction lies in Mr Burke's painting palatable beauty along with overwhelming evil. I have read or listened to all Mr Burke's novels to date. I have reached my tolerance for depravity. I will miss the lyric beauty.
I've listened to them all and loved most, but something about the clarity of this one and the great humorous give and take from Cleet made this my favorite JLBurke of them all.
A tropical setting, lush writing and expressive reading combine to the point that one could forget he was listening to a narration and actually "see" the story unfold in his mind's eye.
I believe most these reviews are planted by the publisher. 5 stars......really? The plot becomes so poor and flawed you feel dumb just for continuing to listen. The abridged version would be entertaining, yet not waste 4 hours of your life with unnecessary twists and implausible violence. I wish I had the credit back.
I am always thrilled when this author writes a new book and eagerly await its arrival on Audible. This one was worth the wait. A compelling story line and for the first time a hint of the supernatural at least in Dave's mind. You won't be disappointed if you are a fan of James Lee Burke. Keep writing JLB!
Rich character development, bringing out deep flaws as well as tremendous strength combined with building tension make this a captivating listen. It brings out the strengths as well as the tests of friendships. I highly recommend this book.