I got this book because it sounded interesting and had good reviews. Alas, this is one of the worst books I've gotten from audible.com. Let me count the ways.
The writing was bloated. So many words; so little action. That could have been redeemed by strong character development, but I found the characters paper-thin. Think of the action in a Steig Larsson book. Now think of the exact opposite and you have "Honor Bound."
Sometimes a book can be saved by narration. In this case, I found the style annoying. An echo chamber for "in the head" dialogue? Another example: the Boston accent of one of the characters was unrealistic, limited to a few obvious changes in vowel sounds.
I did listen to the whole story because I was in my car with no other books available. But it was painful to the end. Perhaps this is what purgatory is like.
Driving along the interstate while listening to the last few hours of "The Glass Rainbow," I never saw my exit. This book is one of the best combinations of writing and sound I've purchased from audible.com.
James Lee Burke's writing is phenomenal, a combination of gripping action and psychological introspection. Burke's language has the brilliance of the lightning in the stormy Louisiana nights and the smell of the bayou. The plot is complex, unpredictable and compelling. His character—protagonists and antagonists alike—are rich, tragically flawed, and believably human. It's my first of the Robicheaux series, but it won't be the last.
Will Patton's reading of the book was masterful. Many books are ruined with the wrong narrator. With Patton's unerring feel for language and the culture of southern Louisiana, I could feel the humidity from the Gulf of Mexico pour into my car even with the air conditioning on full blast.
No wonder I missed my exit.
I was drawn to this book by David Grann's "The Lost City of Z." Grann's historical account of the British explorer Percy Fawcett's search for a fabled ancient civilization in Brazil was wonderful. In that book, Grann mentions that Fawcett's search for Z was used by Doyle for his novel, "The Lost World." I found little resemblance between the rich and mysterious character of Fawcett and the overblown Professor Challenger in "The Lost World." The melodramatic nature of the narration, particularly in the voice of Challenger, made it impossible to finish. This was one of my few disappointments at audible.com.
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