I really enjoy the writing style of JLB, and have listened to all of the Robicheaux novels. This book is classic JLB and will not disappoint those followers of the Robicheaux/Purcell escapades. The characters are complex and the details true to form. I do enjoy the ones set in south Louisiana better (but that's just because I love that area it's rich history). Will Patton is a master narrator (as usual) and really brings all the characters to life.
I have no idea
Understood context, great range of voice, just the right emotion
I take in a pulp mystery once in a while. I don't expect LeCarre, so I don't set the bar very high. Here's a few things guys such as Baldacci deliver. Characters who are at least vaguely related to the plot. Surprises. A little sarcastic humor. An epilogue where at least some of the events are explained. Mr. Burke seems to think that all he has to do is quote obscure poetic passages in the middle of murder scenes to take his writing to a higher plain. Listening to this book makes you want to either go to therapy or throw out your headphones, or both. No cut on Will Patterson, he did a great job.
good stories have always been a passion since childhood.
Catching up to old friends. I've been a faithful J.L.B. fan for well over 10 years. I grew up on the poor side of town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He has the ability to step me back in time with every novel. His gift of showing the true conflicted heart of a man has brought me to tears at times because it has opened up memories of how I was raised. How the worst people can at times standup and make a differance when least expected. It reminds me we are all capable of the finest acts of self sacrifice and bravery. And also sometimes only a hairs breadth of unspeakable horror. Very rarely do you see characters with such unbridled humanity.
Seeing Dave's and Clete's daughters bring a fresh dynamic to the storyline. They both are enjoyable characters and pump new blood into the series.
As a father with two daughters age 22 and18, I felt Alifair and Gretchen's vocabulary and sayings were too much of a mirror of Dave's and Clete's old standbys. There is a 30 year gap in generational slang. And it makes the girls to much of a carbon copy. Young women don't regularly use their father's 20 or 30 year old slang. It sounds as awkward as me trying to use the new stuff kids/ young adults say. I used "gitting jiggy with it" at my youngest girl's 16th birthday. She asked me to never say that again! She was right though.thats not me. That's all that bugged me.
When Will Patton took over for Mark Hammer on this series I stopped reading the books and only listen to the audio version now. Will really fleshes out the supporting cast. He also put an edge in Dave's voice. Not so tired and beat by life.
Not this one. Montana is nice, but it don't have the passion for play or capicty for hard times like the 2 poorest states in the Union.
Not his best. But Still a good J.L.B. trip through the frailties of the human condition.
I love audiobooks!
Yes. I love Burke. He is one of the best story tellers I have ever read. I always look forward to his next work. HOWEVER- this book is just tedious! The story line is not good. I found myself dreading to read, but I was determined to finish. If the next book in this series is no better, I will be done. This is the first time that I am not eagerly waiting for the next book. :(
No. I would not want them to base their opinion of Burke as an author on this book.
Will Patton is amazing.
No way. Bury it in the back yard and pretend it never happened.
Anyone following this series is going to read this book. However, if you are new to Burke, I do not recommend this.
The exploration of parents and offspring really dominates this book. It focuses on the nurture side of the nature/nurture discussion.
Gretchen - she has great complexity, fierce, and wants to make a difference if she can just stay out of trouble
As always, his pace, accent and several of his voices - especially Clete.
No extreme reactions
James Lee Burke writes novels that happen to focus on crime. This books is superficially about evil, but really it focuses on nurture as I state above, and class struggle. Burke uses evil as a construct to explore more fundamental concepts. He worries about abusive parents, absent parents, and a disregard for the unintended consequences of large business.
Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,
Dave, Clete and their family and friends are folks you wish you could know. Despite a well worn outline, at least for this listener - it doesn't get Old!
I gave the last Burke read only 4 stars because I thought the characters might be getting a little long-in-the-tooth. I'm happy to say how wrong I was. This one tops them all. I've heard some readers describe a book as a roller coaster of emotions. This one is more like careening out of control down a mountain road with a death grip on the steering wheel and daring not to blink. I feel exhausted after reaching the end but know I've experienced a heck of a ride.
Dave, his wife, Mollie, daughter Alafair, Clete and his daughter Gretchen head to Montana for a vacation, which soon turns into a battle with a bad rich man, his son, and a very crazy escaped felon. Alafair and Gretchen are their fathers' daughters, not backing down, and facing off evil without blinking an eye. A great story, with, as usual, Burke's fluent language describing people, places and events.
But I have to say none of it would be as wonderful if not for Will Patton. He is Dave, and Clete, and Alafair and Gretchen. With a slight change in his voice, you can "see" who is speaking. His pauses and emphasis make the story that much greater. May he always be the voice of Dave and his kin.
I have read absolutely everything Burke has ever written and loved every one of them - until his last two Robicheaux novels. Something is lost and I suspect its inspiration. Dave is predictable. Clete is predictable. The plot is predictable for a Robicheaux novel. Even the level of violence is predictable. Changing the setting did allow Burke to use his incredible skill at making locations come alive, but that was just not enough to raise this above the level of "only OK."
Will Patton's narration is also not what I would choose. He does an OK job of giving each character a distinct voice, but I am distracted by his annoying tendency to "chew the scenery." I wish he would moderate the level of emotion he gives the characters when they talk with each other. Except for Molly (who has almost no "reality" in this book until near the end) everyone is either grinding their teeth with anger, shouting with anger or just angry. It's difficult to describe, but Patton can't seem to let a character speak with anything less than throat-searing emotion.
I wonder if it isn't time for Clete and Dave to ride off into the bayou and retire to a life of fishing.
Give us more Holland!
I've always liked Will Patton's interpretation of men's voices, especially Clete's. His reading has made some less-interesting books tolerable.
Tthe Bone Season
Will Patton can do a passable version of Alafair, but absolutely flunks doing the voice of Gretchen. Please hire a woman to help him out.
Sorry, I couldn't finish.