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.
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.