Listening to a James Lee Burke novel with Will Patton narrating and Dave Robicheaux as the lead character is like visiting an old friend. You know you are going to have a great time and Creole Belle didn't disappoint. Patton's narration is great and he really brings the characters to life. The story gives you a good feel of what life in southern Louisiana must be like, although without all the crime and seedy characters maybe, but who knows? Burke is great at character development and I love his insights into human beings and life in general. And, Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell are two characters unlike any others. I'll look forward to the next Burke novel, be it set in Louisiana or Texas. And, when the author decides to hang it up, it'll be a sad day.
First time author recommended to me by a friend. The author, Alan Watts, is generally credited for being the person that brought Zen to Berkeley in the 60's. He states that he's not a guru rather a stand up philosopher, an entertainer. He talks about religion, Zen, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. but at a core level he's communicating pearls of wisdom that we can all live by. This book is like a series of lectures so you have to pay attention and methodically work through it. If you like these kinds of books, you'll like this one.
First time author, another in what seems to be a growing list of good Scandinavian crime writers. I read Swedish, Norwegian, and now this author from Denmark. They all seem to be very creative and imaginative and this was no different. The author came up with a great plot with many twists and turns, some evil people doing particularly nasty things. The protagonist, Carl Morck, was put in charge of a department all by himself and sent to the basement basically to have him out of the way and gave him the responsibility of investigating crimes that hadn't been solved and had basically been given up on. Cold cases so to speak but more than just unsolved murders, unsolved crimes of any king. The first one he works keeps you on the edge of your seat and is a true page turner. I highly recommend it. It's the first in a series.
Audible gave this book to members as a Thanksgiving present. I was intrigued with Anne Hathaway as the narrator. As I listened to it I thought back to the movie which I started watching as a kid many moons ago. I tried to remember if the colors and visual images I was getting from listening to the story were the same as the movie. I assume so. At its core, this is a children's book. It made me wonder if this wouldn't be a good book to introduce children to audiobooks? Maybe so
This is the third book in this series set in Maine with two Amish families trying to resuscitate an abandoned apple orchard. The author states it was originally intended to be a trilogy but she needs one more book, #4, to bring the series to closure. I'm not sure what you call a four book series? At the core of this series it's about two brothers that love the same woman and she loves them both, just in different ways. Ms. Woodsmall's strength as a writer is her character development and her insight into human nature and relationships. She uses these talents to bring the characters and the story to life. I really enjoy her books. I'll anxiously await book #4 next year.
First time author, this book was recommended to me by several people. We all have moments in our lives where we remember exactly where we were when we heard some momentous news. JFK's death was one of those times for me. I was 12 years old in 6th grade and it was lunch time. One of the teachers came by some of us standing outside the school building and said that the president had been shot. We all went back into the classroom. The 5th grade from across the hall came in and shared our seats while our teacher, Mrs. Kessler, put the radio on. We were all sitting there when the announcer came on and said the president was dead. There was a lot going on in the US and world during JFK's last 100 days and the author delves into his life in great detail going over it almost day by day. it started with his second son, Patrick, passing after being alive just a few days. There was a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the Civil Rights Bill he was trying to get voted on (which LBJ finished), Vietnam was in the early days and JFK was refusing to put combat troops on the ground and instead wanted to decrease the number of advisers. The author goes into his womanizing in great detail, his relationship with Jackie and kids, really every aspect of his life at that time. This book isn't like a thriller where you can't put it down but it was interesting enough that you wanted to keep with it. I, like many Americans of the time, was fascinated with all things Kennedy after this. It's a well done story.
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!
First time author, got this book via an audible special. It's listed as a novella, too long to be a short story, too short to be a novel. The author himself was an ambulance drive in WWI. This book, his first one, clearly must've been taken from his personal experiences. It starts with a 19 year old American on a troop ship to France wondering what he's doing. He doesn't want to travel overseas, doesn't want to fight in a war, has no real desire to see France, he's just along because he has to. He thinks it's all absurd. The story gives his impressions as he reaches France, begins to meet French people not involved with the war. Then his group begins to move closer and closer to the fighting and they begin to come across soldiers that have been fighting and hearing their stories. They continue moving east to the battle lines and continue to engage with other soldiers and French citizens, talking, drinking wine, chasing the girls, etc. Finally they reach the lines and begin to experience what war is really like, bombings, chemical attacks, air attacks and all the while picking up dead and wounded soldiers. The bombs are constantly going off, soliders cointinue to die and be wounded. They come across French citizens, drink wine, and commiserate with one another on the absurdity of war, governments that cause them, what they can do to keep them from happening but, in the end, they go back into battle. All they really want to do is survive and go home and that is in question every single moment when at the front.
Let's start with the fact that Greg iles is a great writer, one of my favorites. In this story, set in Natchez, Mississippi and with his usual protagonist Penn Cage, there is dog fighting, prostitution, money laundering via riverboat gambling, lots of crime and some really bad people doing really bad things. The author does a good job of weaving all of this evil into a story where he's also telling about life in the new Old South. Iles' books are always taught mysteries where you relate to the characters, at least the good ones. Iles states on his website that this book in a prelude to his trilogy which has the first book in it, "Natchez Burning" coming out in 2014. I listened to this book partly to get ready for the trilogy as Iles does state the trilogy takes off from this book and in the end of the book, it's clear there is more to come. I recommend all of the author's books. One complaint I did see in the audiobook reviews is that some listeners don't like Dick Hill as the narrator. I do believe another narrator might be a more perfect fit, like Will Patton is to James Lee Burke's books. While Hill is OK, in the beginning you think about him also narrating the Jack Reacher series but I find, at least for myself, that once I get into the story that I'm not thinking about who the narrator is. A good narrator can really bring a book to life, of that there is no doubt.
First time author, sort of, saw a TV movie in the last year with the story written by this author, Linda Castillo, and it was interesting enough that I looked her up on audible and this book is the result. The premise is different, almost hokie, but it's of a gal who grew up Amish in western Ohio. She decides the Amish life isn't for her, which the other Amish don't like, and she leaves and becomes a police officer. Then 15 or so years later she gets hired as the police chief of her hometown. So, now, she knows all the Amish but since she left the faith they will talk to her if it's police business but won't if it's of a personal nature. Small town life at it's best, right? But, at its core this is a crime thriller, that's what the series is about, so this book has a brutal crime involving the Amish and Chief Kate has to work to solve it. With all this said, do you know what? The book was really good. The author got you involved in the characters, you empathize, and the investigative work keeps you guessing and involved and, of course, it had a surprising end. I'll get this author again.
I used to wonder to myself, not too seriously most likely, about how could the USA not have realized what was happening in Nazi Germany with the Nazi takeover and all that it meant. Well, this author debunks my theory as he wrote this book in 1935, well before the start of the actual war. In the book, he paints a plausible picture about what a fictional fascist takeover might look in the USA. It looked much like what was happening in Germany at the time but incorporated American values and institutions and how they be won over to the cause. The person who was elected President ran on a 15 point program, three of which were; 1. anti-Jewish (unless they had very, very large sums of money to contribute); 2. anit-Black (their income had to be capped at $5,000 tops per individual; 3. anti-female (their place was in the home). The story is told through the eyes of a journalist that ran a small town newspaper who termed what was going on a "comic tyranny" and in listening to the book much of it did seem comic. But I wonder how often in the beginning of the Nazi takeover in Germany many of the rank and file, people like you and me, thought what was happening was comical until it became real. And, remember, the author wrote this in 1935 and seemed to have a very good idea of what was really going on. It brought to mind the thought I have sometimes and most others do as well where you think, ah, that won't ever happen, then it does.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.