It is interesting to me to see the range of opinions expressed regarding the narrators of James Lee Burke's books. Maybe it is just what you get used to, I'm not sure. I first read James Lee Burke years ago when a college professor recommended him to a friend of mine, so I had an idea of who the characters "were" - especially Clete Purcell, a hinge pin in so many of Burke's novels. My first listen was with Will Patton's version and I found all his characters believable and entirely identifiable, always knowing who was talking at any given moment. Clete was uniquely who I imagined him to be: a gruff and gutsy character with a strong presence. To me, Mark Hammer is always struggling with his characters, weak on his southern accents, his black southern characterizations but weakest of all with Clete Purcell. It is distracting to me to listen to this narrator. I will just Kindle this one.
No. So many authors insist on reading their own books and destroy all potential - it's unfortunate.
It was amateurish - weak.
I have read the book and loved it. My intent on listening to the audio version was to refresh my memory. Unfortunately, it is so radically abridged that I found it not worth the effort.
no. Khaled is a wonderful author. He is not a narrator. The performance ruined the book for me.
The reading was bland, sterile, boring. Having listed to many books read by serious actors, I was stunned at the abysmal performance presented by Khaled Hosseini. I found it totally uninteresting and without passion - I could barely finish listening.
It is a beautiful story. I wish now I had read it instead of listening to the Audible version.
A beautiful, heartfelt, masterful work with magnificent narration. Sometimes it benefits us to view ourselves from another vantage point. Enzo is a particularly astute observer and views reality from an entirely logical place, that is, if you happen to be canine and born without opposing digits or a tongue that can form words. If he has a fault, it is that his kind, gentle spirit does not allow him to imagine that there are those among us who do not share his inner beauty and wisdom. But he shares it with us and we are so much richer for it. A must read for so many reasons. I do love you, Enzo :-)
James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors. I love his poetic, masterful command of the language, his ability to define nuances in every scene and character that he paints. Until very recently, I have read many Burke novels but decided to embellish my drive time with Audible books - and I SO love the experience. It hadn't occurred to me that a Burke novel could be improved upon - reading his work creates a visual masterpiece in one's mind. But listening to Will Patton narrate a Burke novel is even more thrilling if that is possible. Patton is a genius actor, in my opinion, and that fact is exemplified in this novel where characters and scenes spring to life with his well polished craft. Burke/Patton excel in this marvelous novel with the combined creative forces presented here. 5 stars for sure.
I loved the concept of this audiobook but, in reality, I just couldn't listen to it. The actor, reading as a child in an attempt to convey child innocence, created (for me) a boring, monotonous and grating delivery. Maybe I could read this in print but listening is just not an option.
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