I have listened to 200-300 audio books and in my opinion, this is the best author/narrator combination on Audible. The Dave Robicheaux saga is just outstanding. My advice to all new listeners is to trace this series back to the beginning and ENJOY. There really is not a bad apple in the barrel.
A very busy dad and IT manager from Athens, GA. I have a long commute, and I listen to tons of audiobooks in the car and around the house.
This novel finds Dave back in Louisiana, and Burke back to writing like he was in his prime. The plotting and pacing are crisp, the story is exciting and well-defined. Recent novels in the series have suffered from a mushy feel, a sense that the complexities of the story and the relationships between the characters aren't well-established. The language here is sharper, less prone to falling back on trusted Burke phrases (I don't recall anything in this novel being compared to a wire, or sounding like clicking... long-time fans will know exactly what I'm talking about). It's just really quite good. I am now listening to Heaven's Prisoners again, and this novel is of comparable quality... something I haven't been able to say in a few years. Also, I really miss Mark Hammer, but Will Patton does a great job with the narration of this one.
I am there again. Is there anyone that can listen to Patton read Burke's latest without feeling the heat and all the emotions they thought they left behind? This story was alive and the ending was so great. Exactly right.
I have enjoyed all Burke's books and Robicheaux in particular, but this one was over the top. I understand these words (perhaps can't spell them) but putting them in New Iberia, ipistomalagical,syberetic, recidivest, lunatical vacuity, come on - and then a mythological ending.
I listen to Dave stories the first day they come out and the performance by Will Patton is excellent. The foreboding in this one started early and is continuous. These 2 60+ guys have about played out their string and need to shop for a rocking chair, or a Paddle Riverboat. Thanks for the good times Jim.
Right when I think that his descriptions of textures and colors and the pacing of his conversations were getting too thick or florid I would end the chapter amazed at the genius. Mr. Burke may be best writer living. I know that sounds a little over the top, but in my opinion, this book proves it. Will Patton is, in every way the perfect reader. Mark Hammer was a hard act to top as the reader of James Lee Burke, but Mr Patton has surpassed even him.
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Absolutley! Will Patton takes Burkes words and sets the scenes and characters perfectly.
You can immerse yourself in these stories. Try to set aside time not to be interrupted when you take an audio trip with Dave and Cletes.
Creole Belle. The author takes us on the hunt for the killer of a young girl.
Again, the ending.
Perfect partners.....Burke and Patton.
James Lee Burke is an amazing talent. Will Patton is one of my favorite narrators. but this will be the last Burke novel i buy. i am just sick to death of the left wing politics. i can get this progressive drivel anytime i want on MSNBC.