Excellent. Will Patton is superb as narrator. The best! AND this Burke novel is the best so far. Love all the family members involved. Scary good.
So many can't choose...
This is a tough choice, but the non main characters were completely compelling: Clete, Gretchen, Bertha, and Wyatt.
Evil gets the upper hand... almost.
Can't say enough good things about Will's narration. Just fantastic.
While I've listened to lots of James Lee Burke's novels in this series and enjoyed the educated viewpoint, well researched plots and strong characters, this one was exceptionally full of obscenities and mindless violence. It could easily be used by a psychotic person as a recipe for getting away with murder, how to clean up crime scenes, etc. While it's supposed to be frightening, this went way too far for me. I don't want those sex-based torture scenes replaying in my head like the fact-based war novels I've read. This is probably the last James Lee Burke book I will listen to.
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.
I love books!
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.