I love Burke, and love Will Patton beyond words, but this book is such a disappointment. Burke has slid from fierceness to violence, from passion to rage, and neither slide serves any purpose. Layer the endless gratuitous violence onto a story that isn't compelling, and no character to care about, and it is a book not worth the time, nor money. It is sad he???s decided to hide his amazing talent.
While the narrator is very good, as usual, the plot is more contrived and less believable than with Burke's previous books.
I give it only a so- so review.
I'm sorry if you are looking for objectivity in a review, because you'll find none here. I love everything this man writes. The narration by Will Patton is the only thing that could possibly make it better than it is.
James Lee Burke is a great writer. I have been listening to his books for years and they get better and better. The same flawed hero's and even more flawed villians but the pyschological depth of the writings gives me chills.
As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!
I must admit, I love Will Paton's reading James Lee Burke novels. However, at first I had to divorce myself from thinking I was listening to Clete...since this is a totally different novel. However, I appreciate James Lee Burk's writings and his gift of detai,richness and insights into humans nature. I loved the book and hated for it to end.
I usually like Burke novels even though they are violent. This is over the top on that score but the worst part of this novel is ALL of it. The story could not be more contrived than if two 12 year old boys were trying to outdo each other with impossible plot lines. I couldn't finish it and I tried several times.
James Lee Burke wrote an outstanding book "Rain Gods" and narrated perfectly by Will Patton. I was totally mesmerized by all the wonderful characters especially Preacher. A true modern western in every sense. This book did not let me down. I was totally transfixed to this desolate area of Texas and the lives of all these people. I have to say I again was disappointed when I finished the book. I wanted it to go on and on. I did rerun many of the descriptions that Preacher or Hackleberry used towards each other. Such poetry in his descriptions of the landscape! Oh how I hope he writes another book in the continuing saga of Preacher and Sheriff Hackleberry. There is absolutely no one else that bring these characters to life the way Will Patton did. Thank you so much James Lee Burke.
James Lee Burke is a poet masquerading as a mystery writer. Will Patton's voice is husky- smooth, languid when needed and pitched just right. Feast Day of Fools is one of Mr. Burke's best efforts and nearly peerless.
I just love listening to James Lee Burke's prose. It is poetry to me.
I can't decide which I like better, Hackberry Holland or Robicheaux although I can't help but think Huckleberry every time I hear Hackberrys first name. I think it is Burke's characters that keep you on the edge of your seat. There are always some nut jobs in his books along with some purely evil people. I can't wait to hear what they will do next.
Will Patton always teams with James Lee Burke to give steller performances. Patten is a good actor and unlike some other popular readers, he does not chew the scenery or over emote. He could recite McGuffey's reader and I would listen until he finished.
In a word YES. But I did not just want to, I listened all night long without sleep.
I you like film noir books, then get this one. If you like Mysteries and Thrillers, then get this one. If you like Adventure stories, then get this one. If you liked Psycho, the movie, then get this book.