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.
I love the audio version of all of Burke's Robicheaux series, Will Patton brings the characters to life. I would highly recommend any or all!!
Will Patton is perfect as Dave Robicheaux, he brings all of the characters to life!
As always Patton's narration is spot on and perfect. The characters are flawed, but leave a lasting impression. Burke's laid back style, lush descriptions and insight into the motives of his characters makes him the best at this genre. I've listened to the entire series and this was my favorite. PLEASE give us just one more.
I loved this book and didn't want it to end. But . . . .
Part of my love with Burke's series is Will Patton's voice, performance, and consistency. The book was down loaded to my Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, and laptop. The early part of the book was Will Patton; however, at some time his voice changes! Again, I tested devices and external speaker systems. My theory is the sound engineer dialed his voice down.
Were I to have read rather than listened to the book, I would have to observe that editing was needed: too many descriptions of settings, weather, and the demons of characters. Also the philosophical issues and observations of Burke were noticeable.
But . . . I didn't read - I listened (mainly in my car) and just didn't want it to end.
An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
I usually prefer the print but rarely have time to read anymore so I'm pleased with the audio version.
The return of the familiar characters, their sincerity and their devotion to each other and their ideals. The story is as intimate as it is intricate. No one transports me to places and communities better than Burke.
Clete Purcell, a lovable, train wreck of man. He is a tormented soul with a heart of gold. Burke has crafted him so vividly and Will Patton brings him to life so effortlessly and so perfectly.
Burke's book engage me on all emotional levels, there is a realistic quality to his characters that really draw me in.
A new author with a good plot and more believable characters.
The plot and the characters.
He might be better than the book.
I may not have read enough to find something I like.
I live in NYC,am happily married & have always loved reading.
The return of Gretchen.
Yes, bec the two lead females are strong-willed, yet surrounded by old-fashioned, militant older males who they challenge.
Whenever Gretchen or Alafair tells somebody off and they react.
Stubborn, old-world mentality meets with modern-age morality.
The level of violence.
Not really. I was particularly disappointed given how much I have enjoyed his previous books.
This is a great mystery containing not so perfect cops, daughters trying to find their way in life, a badass cowboy, and a sadistic killer. I was wondering if not having read any previous Robicheaux books would make this difficult to enjoy but that is not the case. Whatever you need to know is in the book. Will Patton does a good job except with the female voices, they sound like goons. If you can get past that the story is quite enjoyable with a few twists and turns to throw you off just when you think you have it figured out.