I thoroughly enjoyed this book. All the plot twists and turns kept me making extra trips around the block (I listen while driving) to hear just a little more. The narrator's voice and intonation made listening a real pleasure. Like another reviewer, I thought the ending a bit abrupt, but at least there are no loose ends.
Burke succeeds again!
As in earlier stories in this series, Dave Robicheaux has to extract himself and others from one crisis to another, often caused by his buddy Clete Purcell.
It always amazes me how Will Patton can recreate his characters from one book to another. I wonder what his real voice is like - it is Dave or Clete or someone else? His narration is a perfect fit for the story.
As a reader of the Dave Robicheaux stories, I expect him to survive. The fun is trying to figure out how he will do it. In Creole Belle some of his plights are even more challenging than before. A really entertaining listen!
Blindfold Game has good suspense and plot development with as many twists and turns as its ocean setting has high waves. How often do you find a story with a female Coast Guard hero? At first, I was a bit put off by the narrator's somewhat stilted style; but as the story developed, it became irrelevant. A good read!
"The Big Bad Wolf" is one big, bad story! After listening non-stop during a seven hour drive, we made an "extra" half hour drive just to hear the conclusion--and it wasn't what we were expecting. Patterson makes extensive use of foreshadowing to lead, and sometimes mislead, the listener. The plot is like a mountain road--you are always moving forward, but the twists and turns keep you on your toes.
The production values are excellent. The use of two distinctly different narrators is a welcome feature; and both speak clearly, distinctly, and with just the right inflection. Unlike most books I've listened to, this one even adds some appropriate sound effects and background music at times.
I recommend the book with the only reservation being that some of the dialogue might be offensive to those with children listening in.
The plot and the suspense kept me listening, but it was a painful experience. Assuming the reader was reading the author's exact words, the dialogue reminds me of a junior high student making his first attempt at writing dialogue. Virtually every sentence ends with "he said, she said, Jesse said, etc." At the very least, the author could have some of the "Jesse said"s at the beginning of the sentences. On the other hand, perhaps the reader thought it necessary to constantly tell us who was speaking because he was strictly narrating -- no voice variation or inflection changes as the speakers changed. Just for the sake of doing it, I am going to go back and actually count the "he said, she said"s in a 5 minute passage. It is so sad that such juvenile verbiage detracts from an otherwise good story.
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