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Light of the World Audiobook

Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

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Publisher's Summary

"America’s best novelist" (The Denver Post) and "the reigning champ of nostalgia noir" (The New York Times Book Review) introduces his most evil character yet in the 20th thriller in the best-selling Dave Robicheaux series.

A New York Times best-selling author many times over, James Lee Burke is a two-time Edgar Award-winner whose every book is cause for excitement, especially those in the wildly popular Dave Robicheaux series.

In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders he committed while capital punishment was outlawed in Kansas. 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, whom listeners met in Burke’s most recent best seller Creole Belle.

"James Lee Burke remains the heavy weight champ," says New York Times best-seller Michael Connelly, "a great American novelist whose work...is unsurpassed." The master proves it once again with this harrowing novel that examines the nature of evil and pits Dave Robicheaux against the most diabolical villain he has ever faced.

©2013 James Lee Burke (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Poconos pocono pines, pa United States 08-13-13
    Poconos pocono pines, pa United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2010

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    "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ"
    What disappointed you about Light of the World?

    I know I should wait until I am finished listening to the book but I am 3/4 of the way through the second part and ready to just give up. Only with Will Patton narrating was I able to even get this far. This story just rambles on and on and on and most of the things the characters are doing are just simply stupid at best! The story line is absurb. Save your money.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mishap Houston, TX 07-06-16
    Mishap Houston, TX 07-06-16 Member Since 2010

    Mishap

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    "Another great narration by Will Patton"
    What made the experience of listening to Light of the World the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton so perfectly voices the characters in this novel you can see them like a hologram in the air before you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved to see Wyatt Dixon make a return and Will Patton voices him beautifully.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definitely made me sit in the car long after I had reached my destinations just to finish listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the blending in this novel of Dave Robicheau into Holland territory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 07-03-16
    John 07-03-16
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    "A bit to long"

    I love JLB. His detail and descriptive writing methods capture every possible detail. I felt this book had just to many side stories making the novel longer than I like. That being said it was another entertaining adventure with many twist and turn in a fight for food over evil.

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    Lili S Rodriguez 05-29-16 Member Since 2002
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    "Gripping Story & Masterful Narration"
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    James Lee Burke spins yet another gripping Dave Robicheaux novel, with more than the usual number of interesting sub-plots. Clete Purcell's daughter plays a fairly large role in this book and I look forward to reading more about her in future Robicheaux stories. If you're a James Lee Burke and/or Dave Robicheaux fan you won't want to miss this latest installment. And Will Patton... what can I say. I could listen to him read the phone book. He was wonderful as always -- I can't imagine a Dave Robicheaux book read by anyone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Stewart Titusville, FL USA 05-20-16
    David Stewart Titusville, FL USA 05-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Two New Orleans detectives track down child murder"

    James Lee Burke has put together another masterpiece that details the actions of two New Orleans detectives, out of their native element in Montana, who track down an evil mastermind who kidnaps, tortures and murders children. The plot structure, description and characterizations are all done well and make the novel interesting from beginning to end. I highly recommend this novel. Will Patton has the perfect voice for this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Fletcher Texas 05-09-16
    Jim Fletcher Texas 05-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Philosophy of Burke"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Light of the World to be better than the print version?

    Really no opinion since I have not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clete Purcell continues to be one of my favorite characters in the series. While a man of many weaknesses, Clete's loyalty and sense of fair play always shine through.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Patton does an excellent job of narrating the complex environment that Burke creates with his Dave Robicheaux series. The philosophical prose gets thick at times and while Burke's obvious left leaning perspective grates on the mind at bit, it does not take too much away from the enjoyment of the story.


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

    While there was not a single aha moment, I thought it entertaining how the character of Dixon started out being a potential villain, but eventually turned into an anti-hero of sorts.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been a Dave Robicheaux fan for over 25 years and really enjoy the series. Dave has had a very complex and tough life through the years and Burke has done an exceptional job of telling his story. The only downside is it does get morose at times and Burke does tend to dwell a little too heavily into psychology rather than strong story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron C. 02-21-16
    Ron C. 02-21-16 Member Since 2016

    Love listening to audio books. Love riding my mountain bike in Boise, Idaho.

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    "What a great book!!!"
    If you could sum up Light of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Best Must Hear


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Cleet, and love Gretchen, but Robicheaux is the man. He is the anchor that keeps the other 2 from spinning out of control.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to say. Almost every scene has you sitting there wondering what will happen next, and when it does, it blows you away. Do not try to listen to this book while trying to accomplish anything else.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book left my head spinning. Just....Wow.


    Any additional comments?

    To me, Will Patton IS Dave Robicheaux. Because of his acting, its impossible for me to picture anyone else as one of the most interesting characters in any audio book series.
    Like Joe Pike, and Detective Pendergast, I find myself wishing I could hang out with these guys and get to know them better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kat 02-09-16
    kat 02-09-16
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    "Great,"

    I plan on reading more Dave Robicheaux novels very soon. This was an audio book and anything narrated by Will Patton is worth reading. He is fantastic at his job.
    James Lee Burke, thanks for a wonderful book. The crazy times just added to the story.

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    Watus Prosperity, SC, United States 12-21-15
    Watus Prosperity, SC, United States 12-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Astounding Book From James Lee Burke"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Light of the World to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely,Will Patton makes the Burke characters come alive.


    What other book might you compare Light of the World to and why?

    Several of the Earlier books were similarly as good.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yje best narrator in the business.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have if I could have but it is a lengthy book.


    Any additional comments?

    James Lee Burke's Characters and story lines keep getting better and better. I true master of the novel and totally unlike James Patterson who seems to deliver multiple books every year which he either writes or puts his name on to get published that are mostly total crap.

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    Chicken Musket 07-28-15
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    "Great writer & reader"

    Love James Lee Burke's books & I know no better reader than Will Patton. Burke's material is like a well crafted weapon and Patton wields it like a master.

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