I think this is Burke's best since Black Cherry Blues. I seldom listen to any book twice. I might just do so with this one. Burke uses such interesting language, that my mind sometimes goes off chasing a ghost of a rabbit.
I liked the development of characters. It seems there is no limit to how much this man can build into each character. The oldest players in the story take on new ambiance in each novel he writes.
Will Patton has been the voice of James Lee Burke since the demise of Mark Hammer. His flexible range of voices amazes me.
The budding romance of Wyatt Dixon was a surprise element. Dixon is a fascinating character who seems like a real living person under the artistry of Burke and Patton.
i love the dave robicheaux series. dave and cleet - or are they just one???? continue into an ever more surreal vortex of violence.
hands down the best narrated novels ever done. will patton channels james lee burke like no other narrator.
darkness, violence, fury and the shallowness of greed
if you are new to james lee burke, this is definitely not the book to start with. this series gets weirder and weirder. great but not for JLB newbies or the squeemish.
Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?
I'm a huge fan of every Dave Robicheaux novel that Burke has written. If I have one tiny quibble with this one, it's that more than a few times while listening, I thought, whew, this is getting really dark. The character of Asa Surette, as brilliantly brought to life by Will Patton, is one of the creepiest characters I've ever encountered in fiction. But overall, the book is excellent, and Patton's reading is nearly flawless -- I say "nearly," because along with another reviewer, I feel his voice for Gretchen doesn't quite work, and because Clete just doesn't sound like the Clete in my head, though I've made my peace with it. If you're a fan, don't hesitate to get this audiobook; if you're new to Burke -- start at the beginning! I totally envy you for what you have ahead of you.
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When a new James Lee Burke book comes out narrated by Will Patton, I know I'm going to like it, no question. This one was no different. In western Montana for summer vacation, trouble naturally finds Dave Robicheaux and his sidekick Clete Purcell. Throw in an especially nasty bad buy and some very colorful characters and you have the makings of a good yarn. Burke's insight into human nature, his character development and the way Patton brings it out with his narration are second to none. If you've ever thought about listening to a book and haven't, these guys would be a great way to start. It's amazing how much life a narrator can bring to a good story. Enjoy!
Maybe the best Dave of James Lee Burke's novels yet.
I absolutely love Will Patton, he gets the feel of the book and gives an outstanding performance. If James Lee Burke knows what he is doing (and he seems to) Will Patton will read and perform every one of his books!
More words than necessary. Two most incompetent detectives I have ever read about.
Story was to incredible to believe. Worst 20+ hours I have spent listening in 10 years of listening.
Another excellent performance! The story line is terrific and Will Patton's voice lends depth and emotion to the book.
Can't single one out...
Yes - and they're all excellent!
Laugh and cry!
James Lee Burke and Will Patton are an almost unbeatable combination!
An avid listener of Audible whether I'm driving, cleaning or cooking. My children are frequently telling me to remove my earbuds!
I couldn't wait to purchase this one after CREOLE BELL and I wasn't disappointed. I haven't read them in order so I was surprised to be taken to the beautiful land of Montana.Will Patton is an exceptional narrator and really brings Dave and Clete alive. If I could make a suggestion I would like to see the addition of a female narrator, especially when the female family members play a significant roles in the story. Bringing Gretchen Horowitz back adds a complex dimension to the story. She also, provides a good companion character to Alafair. I will be excited to learn when Book 21 is to be published, but in the meantime I will go back and fill in the earlier ones that I haven't listened to.
The mystery of the book is good. I loved the crazy cowboy. Burke's use of cliches & supposed colloquialisms were boring. "What's haps?" Really? People don't talk like that in real life. I have met people from all walks of life and many vets. I have not heard anyone talk like Clete. Although that may be the point, it is tiresome. His daughter is a cliche in her behavior & past.
No More I have read all of the other books by James Lee Burke. This one repeated descriptions of the scenery, emotions, & inner thoughts ad nauseum. I do not remember that other books did this to this extreme. It felt as if he were trying to fill pages
Always very good and the redeeming grace in this book in particular.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
I love to own both versions. I have collected all of the print copies of Burke's books but I love to hear them too. Will Patton was the perfect choice to read these stories and Burke's language flows so well in the audio versions.
As in all of his books Burke's characters are complex and on missions to complicate their lives and those of the ones they love. It is impossible to become a part of these books without thinking "Please, stop now!". Of course they don't and therein lies the story.
With many series authors the books start becoming shorter and the plots less involved. Burke defies this trend. Each of the Dave Robicheaux books is complex, thick with a sense of place and time and the complicated mix of human emotions. I look forward to each new addition to my Burke library.