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  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "Great Cast!"

    Troyce Nix and Candace made this book for me. As with "Tin Roof Blowdown," this novel turns on the complexity of the human heart and the possibility for change and redemption. Only the truly evil people seem one-dimensional. Though always lyrical, Burke's descriptions of the Montana landscape do not have the intimacy and power that characterize his treatment of Louisiana venues. In this novel he supplants the wistfulness for an earlier, more innocent Louisiana with frank distaste for the intrusion of wealthy, out-of-state usurpers into the Montana landscape. The cast is fascinating, and the denouement surprising and satisfying. It is a rewarding read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wilde West

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Walter Satterthwait
    • Narrated By Frank Muller

    It is 1882. Oscar Wilde tours the U.S., delivering lectures on art and literature. In each city where he appears, a woman is murdered, dismembered, and flayed. Six people are traveling in Wilde's entourage. Could the monstrous killer be one of them? As a down-on-his-luck lawman investigates, he is pulled into the flamboyant world of the outspoken writer.

    Wilde West is a remarkable mystery, filled with quips that could easily have flowed from Wilde's pen.

    Livelightly says: "The narration is all"
    "Funny and Intriguing"

    The quips by Wilde kept me laughing aloud, while the grisly murders and array of suspects kept me interested in the mystery. I'm shorting it one star only because the dialogue (except for Wilde) leans into the cliche a bit much. Frank Muller's narration, however, as always, is perfect -- he manages a British Wilde, a French countess, a sleazy East Coast business manager, and a grizzled, Colorado federal marshal with deftness and insight. Definitely a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tragedy and mental illness have been dark companions of Rae Newborn for more than 50 years. Her life seems to start rebuilding itself, though, when she moves to a deserted island to restore the house her mysterious great-uncle built in the 1920s. But Rae senses powerful forces stirring on the island. Is the skin-crawling feeling she has of someone watching her only in her mind, or has something disturbingly real taken notice of Rae?

    Amy says: "Enriched"
    "Serious and Entertaining"

    I have read all the Mary Russell novels -- this is a very different book. The first few chapters are difficult because King chooses to reveal her central character's history gradually through a haze of grief and depression and flashbacks; however, these are deftly done, and they have a purpose -- to mimic the heroine's slow climb to clarity after a series of horrific experiences. Similarly, King's lengthy descriptions of the house-building are sometimes a bit tedious, but also echo the heroine's struggle to build a life on the ashes of the one she lost. Throw in a mysterious uncle, a hippie smuggler, a kind Sheriff, and other mysteries to be unwoven, and the novel sustains interest to the last minute. I highly recommend it as well as "Keeping Watch," the sequel. Both books fearlessly delve into the disturbed minds of good people faced with horrors almost too great to bear, and finding unorthodox ways to master the pain.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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