James Lee Burke is mesmerizing. Always. Will Patton uses his voice to evoke the South in all it's lazy, steamy, passionate beauty.
Not my favorite book in the series. I'm not a great fan of Clete, and this one is mostly about him. But anything--anything!--written by Mr. Burke and read by Mr. Patton is worth every minute and every penny.
I love how Burke draws you into the characters in a way that when the book is over you can't possible read another for a peroid of time. You need to process what you have just read. More than when reading, audio books with a narrator like Will Patton, and a writer with the descriptive powers of Burke, give a very clear mental image in my mind about the lay of the land, how the characters look, feel, think. I could go on & on.
Randy Wayne White's, "Night Vision" and "Deep Shadow" Great characterization and intense story line. Perfect narration.
I only want Will Patton when listening to James Lee Burkes Dave Robicheaux novels. Will puts everthing into his narration. He distinguishers between different charactors. If narrators can't do that I would just as soon "read" the book myself.
This book absolutely made me cry several times. Especially at the end when Clete threw himself on the villian and risked his own life. I admire Dave & Clete and their motivations to do the right thing. It reminds me of a time when men protected & cherished their families.
I love the addition of Clete's daughter Gretchen. Hope to see more of her character interacting with Clete. Can't wait for Burke's next novel!
Will Patton's narration is worth the price of the book and the time to listen to it. James Lee Burke has written a great book; Patton brings it to life.
If you do nothing else, listen to the first 3 minutes just to hear Patton's voice read Burke's words.
Forget the plot, characters, & dialogue, the descriptions of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the bijou, sky, weather, etc are powerful.
yes. great as usual. sometimes he's the reason i choose a book.
yes, and i tried but i had to sleep at some point..
Yes and no. Beautiful poetic writing. Wonderful Will Patton. Really stupid characters. How many times did Dave say Clete was the best "cop" there was when the things he did should put him in jail.
Let some of the characters grow up and stop saying some of the stupidest things I have ever read and let the pen and the poetry and the musing take over.
This was way too detailed. Goodness gracious! I guess if you want the history of Louisiana on almost each page and to smell what each character is smelling and what their body odor is, then this book is for you. I really did try to get into the book and get past all the detail and try to delve into what James wanted me to know and learn about LA but I just couldn't do it. I wanted to get to the core of the story and not have it dragged out.
I have never listened to Will before. He did a great job.
I will try another book and see if it is the same. I am not wanting to be so close minded.
This is James Lee Burke’s best book of the Dave Robicheaux series, to date. Funny, serious, deadly a classic series with great characters, plot, story line.
Will Patton is superb as usual.
The Dave Robicheaux collection would make a great SERIES of movies.
This is by far one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. It was my first Audible.com book, and I feel it was an excellent choice to become 'hooked!' Will Patton does more than read the story ... he immerses himself in it, with many moods and voices, pauses and sighs at the right places, and took me right along with him. I thoroughly enjoyed it ....
I was sometimes bummed that I had to 'come back' to my own life and stop listening for awhile. My earbuds were never far from my reach though, so that I could dip back into Robicheaux's and Cleet's life again.
James Lee Burke is one of the most beautifully visual authors I've ever read. I am not a traveler, but I confess that I've thought more than once that I must visit New Iberia, Louisiana. He makes the listener so "right-at-home". The characters are familiar now, and the style is comfortable. But after listening to 6 Burke books (5 featuring Robicheaux), this may have been the best. And just a word about Will Patton: PERFECT. I am a fan of great narrators, and Patton is as good as they come (and I've had the opportunity to hear him do 2-3 others in addition to the Burke books...including Deliverance). He absolutely OWNS the voices of the characters in these books. His range of delivery while still staying tight and true to individual characters is simply amazing. I would put him alongside anyone, including George Guidall (generally my favorite) and Roy Dotrice (a true tour-de-force on the Game of Thrones books). I would give this audio book my highest recommendation!
I was a high school history teacher and a physician assistant-retired.
Dave and Clete are tough,cynical, alcoholic,and world-weary, and operate on the edge of the legal system. Yet they ask seek the answers to life's eternal questions. Is it justice to blow away a piece of pond scum or should they make the tax payers bear the cost of his incarceration? Does the little guy still count in a world controlled by petro-dollars? Where does friendship end and duty begin? Does anyone really care about the down-trodden? Do the rich always win?
Burke takes his characters from a Nazi prison camp, a mob family, hit men, pillars of the town, and everyman, and endows them with more idiosyncrasies than are found in a tax code. The occupants of Creole Belle are as loathsome as they are interesting and more than they appear. There emerges some good in some of the evildoers and some bad in the good-doers.
Will Patton's narration is as smooth as a mint-julep on a summer evening, and he makes the listener feel like he's sitting cross-legged listening to his grandfather on a columned veranda.