The combination of Burke's artistry with words and Patton's mastery of narration is by far the best set of audio books I have ever listened to and would venture to say will ever listen to.
Dave Robicheaux is a man's man, and draws you into every situation he encounters. A perfect lead character. However, Cletus Pursell consistently cracks me up. His perception of virtually everything is always entertaining.
Perfection! He has completely captured the true accents, inflections and attitudes of every character. I often wonder if Patton colluded with Burke to present the most accurate portrayal of how each character was to be presented. His narration flawlessly brings you right into each scene and (I'm certain) presents each scene exactly as Burke imagined it. I'm sure I would have just skimmed over a lot of the descriptive text that sets the aura of each scene, but Patton grabs your attention and imprints every minor detail, so that you feel like you are there with them.
There is - hands down - no better combination of writer and narrator that I have ever listened to. I was stationed in Louisiana for a couple of years and visited New Orleans and other locations listed in the book, and every book presented by these two immediately brings me right back there. The most enjoyable book listening experience that exists or ever will exist.
James Lee Burke has such a way with words that transports the reader/listener away from their world and into his. It's like magic. I tell people that he could be writing about a garage roof and make it sound like a lace of wonder and beauty. Another terrific story about Dave, Clete and family. Fabulous narration by Will Patton as always.
The prose from Mr Burke transports you to another world. He can pick you up and deposit you hook, line, & sinker into a different reality. He is a masterful story teller, perhaps the best there is.
I love Dave Robichaux and Cleat Parnell. And with the expanded contributions of Ellafair and Gretchen the story really held me attention. All the characters well-developed and right away I cared about them.
And of course will Patton is Dave
Robichaux and a whole cast
Great story and loved that Wyatt Dixon joined the story he is such an interesting character. Will Patton's narration really brings the characters alive.
Ending the series on this book.
His relentless dedication to the downtrodden
Great vocal diversification
Finished with this series
The Bobsy Twins from homicide still rock n roll
The story development on this one was weak. Dave n Clete are on vacation in Montana blah blah blah, halfway through the book they finally get around to getting involved in the plot. This one was unnecessarily slow.
Will is great, good match to Burkes novels
I though for a second that Burke was going to kill Cletus off. Just for a moment though
If I had listened to this novel before all the others I would not have liked it. But after listening to every other novel I feel like Dave n Clete are old friends.