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Dave

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  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1618)
    Performance
    (1398)
    Story
    (1363)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "Six stars out of five!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Creole Belle to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! Thanks to Will Patton!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is difficult to determine a favorite character because James Lee Burke creates characters like Charles Dickens did years ago. They are alive; they are vivid; they are complex; they are real people with their heroic abilities and lingering weaknesses. They fight injustice; they take on corrupt corporations, government and evil people and they also fight their own demons. That said, Dave Robicheaux is one of my favorite characters in all literature. And in the J L Burke series, dear old lovable Cletis is not far behind.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    See above


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Most moments in a James Lee Burke novel are moving and I consider "Creole Belle" as one of his best. This novel is filled with memorable and deeply moving scenes; Clete's revelation to Gretchen particularly moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is something I've never done before. I finished "Creole Belle" and then went immediately back to the beginning and I'm now re-listening to the story. James Lee Burke takes on the BP oil spill off the Gulf coast, Nazi war criminals, systemic racism, human torture, complacent law officers and other manifestations of the "dark clouds" of humanity. However, amid this battle waged primarily by Dave and his loyal and dangerous friend, Clete, there is humor (I thought this was J L Burke's most humorous work), there is love between fathers and daughters, husband and wife, friends, colleagues - and all clothed in the author's beautiful poetic language.
    I believe many books and stories are read and forgotten. "Creole Belle" will stay with you as long as you live.
    And long live James Lee Burke! Long live Will Patton!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (304)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Marci says: "Near perfect. One of Burke's Best."
    "This is JLB's best!"
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    I am a big fan of Dave Robicheaux and I thought that James Lee Burke couldn't surpass this series. I was wrong! The "Wayfaring Stranger" is brilliant, in fact one of the best if not the best book I have ever read or listened to. A excellent summary of this novel can be found on James Lee Burke.com. The description on this site "A sprawling thriller drenched with atmosphere and intrigue", however, does not do justice to the splendor of this book. The depth of the characters both good and evil, the vivid depiction of the world at that time, Burke's relentless attack on evil and evildoers and finally Will Patton's masterful narration will leave you spellbound and the tale of Rosita and Weldon and their love that would not, could not, die will stay with you for weeks to come.
    This book stands tall among the classics!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (531)

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    Dave says: "Utterly brilliant"
    "Utterly brilliant"
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    I love Adrian's Sean Duffy. What a story about the Troubles of Northern Ireland and specifically the fascinating tale of John DeLorean's car manufacturing plant just outside of Belfast. Although the story takes place during the dark days of Northern Ireland,it abounds with tales of love and heartbreak as well as a good dose of Irish humor..
    The book starts with a torso in a suitcase and from there it takes Duffy and his police mates McCrabbon (Crabby) and McBride on a hunt that leads them to an end no one, including the reader, expects.
    I can't wait for Book3. This is McKinty at his best.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Obit: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (32)

    Long ago, Declan Burke fled Ireland in the dark of night, started a new life in New York City, and has never looked back - until one morning when he picks up the newspaper and reads the obituary of one Cathal Murphy. He sees at once that the obituary is a coded summary of his own life and probably a thinly veiled death threat. He turns to Halifax lawyer Monty Collins for advice, but when Monty starts to investigate the obit’s allusions to Declan’s IRA past, Declan decides to keep his lips sealed.

    cristina says: "A tad disappointed"
    "Hooked on this series"
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    I mentioned in earlier reviews of the two Anne Emery novels how I had stumbled upon this author and started my series experience by listening to Book 5 and then going back to the beginning and reading #1. I am now on #3 after completing The Obit. I must admit that I am surprised that Audible listeners only gave this mystery a 3.8 rating. The story takes place in New York and once again Anne Emery spins a fascinating yarn which makes the listener want to keep going.
    First of all I want to underline that Christian Rummel is utterly incredible here. I liked him in the other two books but in The Obit the accents of New York are quite cleverly and convincingly portrayed. Further there seems to be more important secondary characters so Rummel has to cover a wide range of voices.
    The second point which i failed to state an earlier review is the humor, especially the Irish humor. Despite the story being about murder, the involvement of the IRA and Father's Burke's father being a murder suspect, there are many funny scenes, scenes when I actually laughed out loud.
    I enjoyed this mystery and am presently enjoying The Barrington Street Blues (great title).
    Well worth the credits

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sign of the Cross: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Monty Collins is a sharp-tongued public defender who just wants to represent an upstanding character for a change. A priest with something to hide isn't quite what he had hoped for, but when the literate, arrogant, and tight-lipped Father Brennan Burke is implicated in the strange murder of a young woman, Monty doesn't just take the case - the case takes him. When Burke won't come clean, Monty is forced to play private detective, traveling into his client's past. Things look good for the case until another body is found....

    connie says: "Hybrid Mystery"
    "WOW! Quite a surprise!"
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    I fell upon Anne Emery when searching for a good audible book. I read her latest and enjoyed it so much I started back to Book 1. I enjoyed this book even more. Apart from being enthralled by the intricacies of this modern 'whodunit' I was quite fascinated by the development of the relationship between Father Burke and Monty Collins.
    This is a solid mystery situated in Halifax, NS and it relies heavily on the Nova Scotian culture. Emery creates and develops strong secondary characters which makes the book that more interesting. Christian Rummel is excellent as he portrays all the people - men, women, Irish, American, Canadian as well as young boys and girls.
    Certainly worth the credit.
    Now on to the next Emery book is the series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Blood on a Saint: A Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In the seventh audiobook of the deftly written Collins-Burke Mystery series, Father Brennan Burke's patience is pushed to the limit when a young woman announces to the world that the Virgin Mary has appeared to her in the churchyard, and hordes of pilgrims, souvenir hawkers, and reporters converge on the scene. But, as unwelcome as these guests may be, they pale in comparison to yet another aggravation in Father Burke's life, a controversial talk show host who clashes with Burke upon arriving in town.

    Dave says: "Well crafted murder mystery"
    "Well crafted murder mystery"
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    I hate to admit it but this is the first Anne Emery novel I've listened to or read and I live in Halifax. It's a delightful mystery well-performed by Christian Rummel. Emery has developed two fascinating main characters in Father Burke and Monty Collins and in this book and equally diabolical, nauseating, obnoxious character in TV show host, Pike Podges. A young woman is stabbed to death on the grounds of Father Burke's church and the journey to discover who committed the crime takes the reader through many exciting hills and valleys.
    I must now go and check out another Emery book. It's well worth it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. That unhappy prospect dampens his spirits somewhat, but Barry has little time to dwell on his romantic disappointments. Christmas may be drawing nigh, but there is little peace to be found on earth, especially for a young doctor plying his trade in the emerald hills and glens of rural Ireland.

    Sara says: "A wonderful christmas listen"
    "Simply marvelous!"
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    I stumbled upon this marvelous series by Patrick Taylor who depicts life in Ballybuckleboo a village in County Down in the 1960's. The two main likable characters are Dr. Barry Laverty, a recent graduate who is spending his first real job as an assistant to the sightly irascible but genuinely kind-hearted Dr. Fingal O'Reilly. They share the office practice in this rural setting and as they serve as country doctors they also nurture a budding friendship. Both men live in the same residence which also acts as their surgery and they are "looked after" by a delightful, witty middle age housekeeper, "Kinky" Kincaid.
    If you want to get in the Christmas spirit, this is a dependable way of doing it - reading "An Irish Country Christmas". But don't miss the other books in the series; they are well worth the listen.
    Speaking of listening, John Keating is an absolutely splendid narrator.He brings all the characters to life, no easy task with the wide ranging Irish accents,and transports the listener smack in the middle of Ballybuckleboo.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1604)
    Performance
    (1429)
    Story
    (1426)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "Craig Johnson's best!"
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    I have never listened to a novel for the second time just after hearing it. I did with "A Serpent's Tooth". There are many reasons I like this new Walt Longmire book; here are five of them:
    1. Sheriff Walt, his under-Sheriff,Vic Moretto, and his close friend, Henry are back in full force
    2. The plot has numerous unexpected twists and turns with quite a surprise ending.
    3. Johnson's wit is abundant.
    4. The novel begins with the Sheriff's patient conversation with a charming old lady talking about angels who fix up her house and visit her daily and grows into a complex story that involves corrupt corporations, a polygamy-practicing fundamentalist Mormon sect, an old man who believes he is a 200 year old historical figure, Mexican oil criminals and murder too close to work.
    5. Finally, George Guidall is superb .

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1075)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (944)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "Burke is still the best"
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    Listening to Will Patton read "Light of the World" is like sipping a glass of chateauneuf du pape. You want to savor every moment and take your time doing it. I like James Lee Burke; I believe he is the best modern mystery writer. And Will Patton makes the characters and story come alive. I ordered this book a day before my monthly credit come through solely because I could not wait 24 hours for another Burke installment.
    After surviving the events told in "Creole Belle", Dave, his wife Molly and daughter Alafair join Clete and his daughter Gretchen to look for some R&R at their old friend, Albert's house in Montana. Not surprisingly, instead of enjoying some days in the Montana countryside, they confront evil, evil personified in the satanic character of Asa Surette, one of the most vile characters, if not the most vile in JLB's or any other writer's novels.
    JLB creates page turners and unlike other contemporary mystery writers he writes in the most hauntingly beautiful style. Listening to Will Patton read "Light of the World" (interesting title) is an engrossing spiritual experience.
    If you haven't read James Lee Burke, it may be helpful to get :Creole Belle" first. However, they are stand alone novels and not a sequel as such, but it may help your understanding of the events especially Gretchen who first appears in "Creole Belle".

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Jest-Book

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Shaun Dooley
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Three times DCI Pascoe has wrongly accused deadpan joker Franny Roote. This time he’s determined to leave no gravestone unturned as he tries to prove that the ex-con and aspiring academic is mad, bad, and dangerous to know. But over his investigation looms the huge form of DS Andy Dalziel.

    Dave says: "Breath-taking"
    "Breath-taking"
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    I have listened to many Reginald Hill novels and this is one of the most complex. At least it is the most complex of the Dalziel and Pascoe series.Stories within stories, "Death's Jest-Book" keeps the reader riveted to his/her headset not sure what is going to happen next. Pascoe is obsessed with ex-con now academic Franny Roote (how's that for a name), "Weildie" struggles with his concern (love) for a male prostitute police informer, DC Bowler finds a new girl of his dreams with dreadful consequences, Then add to this maelstrom crooked lawyers, strange investigative journalists and sexy women and you begin to sense the nature and depth of this book. I didn't read the prequel "Dialogues of the Dead" but from what other commentators say, it helps the reader understand and appreciate 'Jest-Book'. However, I still found this one of Hill's best books. Shaun Dooley also does a marvelous job transforming the myriad of characters to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To the Bright and Shining Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    In this novel, Burke brings his brilliant feel for time and place to a stunning story of Appalachia in the early 1960s. Here Perry Woodson Hatfield James, a young man torn between family honor and the lure of seedy watering holes, must somehow survive the tempestuous journey from boyhood to manhood and escape the dark and atavistic heritage of the Cumberland Mountains.

    Dave says: "Classic!"
    "Classic!"
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    In the rich tradition of Steinback's Grapes of Wrath comes this novel by one of my favorite writers. However, this is not a detective story. No Dave and Clete. no Billy Bob. It is a coming of age novel of a young man,Perry James, in a Kentucky mining town in the mid-twentieth century. To the Bright and Shining Sun (interesting title), in true Burke manner, vividly portrays the life of poverty and despair amid the fighting and violence between the coal industry owners and unions. The story is not black and white - the unions are as ineffectual as the owners are corrupt and amoral. It is about one young man's attempt to dig himself out of the cycle of deprivation and to revenge his father's death.
    One other point: although Will Patton is my favorite Burke narrator, Tom Stechschulte does an admirable job bringing this gritty story to life.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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