Halfway through this story, I got tired of the author's endless metaphors and similes and his use of phrases like --"the greenness of the grass"; --"the blueness of her eyes" This kind of description, plus the endless reflections on past miseries of the main characters (or, as Burke would put it: "the endlessness of his reflections were like . . ." -- ), made me skip around to find the action that moved the story along. Back to Literature 101, James Lee.
A truly awful book! There was a time when James Lee Burke wrote great books, books one looked forward to reading or listening to. For the last few years he has become fasinated with flowery prose that does nothing to advance the story line and makes listening impossible. If someone is going out at sunset, we only need to know that it is sunset, every color in the sky, every blade of grass, every sound, the crunch of the gravel, does not need describing and only distracts from the story. Of course that could be the plan, the story line is so thin that it won’t stand on it on. In any case I gave up on this one after an hour. I’d ask for my credit back, except I should have known better, his last couple have been the same, label me a slow learner.
I have read all of the James Lee Burke unabridged books. In my mind this is his best. As is typical for James Lee Burke, his prose and descriptions are wonderful to listen to. The plot in this book will keep you captivated. I must warn you there are some pretty bad - I mean evil people in this book. Will Patton is at his best. This has to be one of the best books I have ever listened to on Audible. I am probably going to go into James Lee Burke withdrawal until the next one.
The never-ending similes and metaphors in Burke's writing had me listening more for the next laughable description rather than paying attention to the plot. Take "like" and "as" out of his vocabulary and nothing's there.
The reader needs to stick to reading Robichaux and stay the hell out of Texas. His mispronunciations were grating and glaring to anyone vaguely familiar with the story's setting and his accents so stereotypical that they were insulting.
This is one incredible journey into the human psychic of many different characters. Even the most evil of the characters has some reason to feel some empathy toward. This is a
suspense-packed action story with many dark twists and turns. You don't read a Burke novel, you savor it. The reader is the best I've ever listened to and is the perfect compliment to a great novel.
I have listened to or read just about all of this writers books, but found this one to be so overdone that I found myself fast forwarding a lot. The constant reminiscing by the characters was annoying. This whole story could have been told better in half the time.
If you are not comfortable with people who are constantly bickering, this is NOT the book for you. I was aware of the violence, and thought, OK I can put up with that. But I was not prepared for the insufferable dialog. The "good guys" constantly have conversations that make me look forward to the violence so I can get a break. The main protagonist, the sheriff goes along making whatever innocent comments, and his female deputy is always waiting to just ram it down his throat. If this is typical of this author, I want no more of it.
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.