©1993 James Lee Burke. All rights reserved; (P)1993 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
"Dave's visions of the Confederate dead bring a Faulknerian resonance to the miasmal guilt and self-doubt that enrich all his encounters with evil. After outstanding success in the genre, Burke has produced a violent, somber, deeply satisfying crossover novel." (Kirkus Reviews)
I loved Crusader's Cross and The Tin Roof Blowdown so I wanted to go back and listen to the Burke/Robichaux series in order.
I started with Heaven's Prisoners and move on to this one.
These abridged audiobooks are not nearly as good. It just seems there are too many holes in the storyline and storytelling aspect of the book.
This was a tad better than Heaven's Prisoners, which was REAL choppy, and I only rated it 3-stars solely due to the reader, Will Patton.
Will Patton is an extraordinary reader and I will also bump this rating to a 4 instead of 3-star solely based on his performance of the book.
Great story and a wonderful reader. Will Patton is the perfect reader for Burke's narratives. However, his books are too complex to be abridged, at least in this length. Check out Tin Roof Blow Down for a really great listen. It will make you purchase all the others as it did for me.
Sometimes I worry who I will read if James Lee Burke and Tony Hillerman stop writing. If you are southern and from Louisiana you will love this book and you will see ghost through the eyes of Burke. If you are not southern and from Louisiana,here is a little taste of Bayou country, And thanks again Will Patton for choosing to read Burke books.
I have just downloaded this book again to listen to during the summer. Burke is a terrific writer, and Will Patton is the perfect Dave Robicheaux.
Abridging a James Lee Burke 'Dave Robicheaux' novel is akin to parsing a sentence in one of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County short stories. You can do it, but why would you want to? So much is lost in the process of a mere mortal attempting to modify the words of a master. Just as Faulkner once brought the secrets of the Old South of 1920's and 30's northern Mississippi alive through Yoknapatawpha County, Burke uses New Iberia Parish as a vehicle to bring the dichotomy of the richness of the multi-cultural spiritual richness and the historical moral bankruptcy of Louisiana alive today. Burke's prose takes one aback at first for its vividness. In a lesser hand it would be sophomoric, just as a Faulkner imitator would turn out run on sentences. Yet nothing short of Burke's prose could do justice to his subject matter. The capricious ambiguities of both men and nature are Burke's playground.
Political correctness is always a victim to the truth Mr. Burke's books, so his books are for adults only. (This yarn is being made into a movie to be released in December of 2007. Tommy Lee Jones will be playing Robicheaux.) By introducing outsiders, (the movie cast and crew), into New Iberia Parish and the surrounding environs demonstrates that both spirituality and moral bankruptcy can be relative. Will Patten nails the "coon-ass" and southern accents and pronunciations, as usual. The only criticism is the abridgment process itself and what and how much left behind and replaced with short "musical" interludes.
Zanax meets Nyquil! The narrator has the most soothing voice in the world and it really was a joy to listen to..However, there were so many charachters dropped into this book that identifying with the them was impossible. They were introduced and then they vanished. I felt like I needed to make a list of them so I could refer to it when they popped back in so that I could remember who was who! Lets face it, when your chapters into the read and are still unsure of who the main charachter is there may be an identity crisis!
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