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Light of the World Audiobook

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

In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. 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.
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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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    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.

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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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    SK Figler 07-03-15
    SK Figler 07-03-15
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    "more entertaining Robicheaux"
    Would you listen to Light of the World again? Why?

    No. Got it the first time around. And it's not significantly different than the others, though still entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Light of the World?

    The twist in Alifair's crisis.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    The badguy's son.


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

    the cowboy's turn away from being the villain.


    Any additional comments?

    Burke is getting a bit long-winded in his dotage.

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    ken 06-30-15
    ken 06-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Same old, same old ...."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Unfortunately all of the Robichaux novels have become flat and predictable. Same story line, just different character names (of the bad guys). A rich snobbish elitist family, a psycho killer, good guys kidnapped and tied up, and the story ends as Dave and Clete shoot it out with the bad guy.


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

    Will Patton is one of my favorites, he makes it bearable. But, he does not sound realistic as a female.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wish Burke would come up with something new for Dave and Clete. I mean, how many sociopath killers can two 70 year old ex cops encounter in one lifetime???

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    Suzie 06-01-15
    Suzie 06-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I love this series!"
    What made the experience of listening to Light of the World the most enjoyable?

    The narrator does an excellent job of brining the characters to life. This series is enjoyable on all levels.


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    Geanie Love White Las Cruces, NM United States 05-17-15
    Geanie Love White Las Cruces, NM United States 05-17-15
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    "Love James Lee Burke"

    I am never disappointed in Burke's books.
    The characters are unforgettable. I have read them all at least once and not am listening on audible. The reader did an excellent job with the different voices

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    Duke Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-11-15
    Duke Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A must listen!"
    What did you love best about Light of the World?

    The combination of Burke's artistry with words and Patton's mastery of narration is by far the best set of audio books I have ever listened to and would venture to say will ever listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dave Robicheaux is a man's man, and draws you into every situation he encounters. A perfect lead character. However, Cletus Pursell consistently cracks me up. His perception of virtually everything is always entertaining.


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

    Perfection! He has completely captured the true accents, inflections and attitudes of every character. I often wonder if Patton colluded with Burke to present the most accurate portrayal of how each character was to be presented. His narration flawlessly brings you right into each scene and (I'm certain) presents each scene exactly as Burke imagined it. I'm sure I would have just skimmed over a lot of the descriptive text that sets the aura of each scene, but Patton grabs your attention and imprints every minor detail, so that you feel like you are there with them.


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

    Can't recall


    Any additional comments?

    There is - hands down - no better combination of writer and narrator that I have ever listened to. I was stationed in Louisiana for a couple of years and visited New Orleans and other locations listed in the book, and every book presented by these two immediately brings me right back there. The most enjoyable book listening experience that exists or ever will exist.

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    Jan Amherstview, ON, Canada 03-31-15
    Jan Amherstview, ON, Canada 03-31-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't put it down"

    James Lee Burke has such a way with words that transports the reader/listener away from their world and into his. It's like magic. I tell people that he could be writing about a garage roof and make it sound like a lace of wonder and beauty. Another terrific story about Dave, Clete and family. Fabulous narration by Will Patton as always.

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