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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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    Stefanie 09-15-13
    Stefanie 09-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Bee Charmer

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    "Can Jump Right In without Prior Reading"

    This is a great mystery containing not so perfect cops, daughters trying to find their way in life, a badass cowboy, and a sadistic killer. I was wondering if not having read any previous Robicheaux books would make this difficult to enjoy but that is not the case. Whatever you need to know is in the book. Will Patton does a good job except with the female voices, they sound like goons. If you can get past that the story is quite enjoyable with a few twists and turns to throw you off just when you think you have it figured out.

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    Joy MIDLAND, TX, United States 09-15-13
    Joy MIDLAND, TX, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Will Patton is one of the best readers!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. James Lee Burke has a wonderful way of "turning a phrase". Will Patton has a wonderful way of verbally interpreting that phrase. I love following Dave Robicheaux and Cleet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cleet has to be my favorite. He is human in his flaws and goodness plus - he gets all the best lines.


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

    I drive long distances frequently. The Dave Robicheaux series are perfect for those long drives. I would love to listen to the entire book at one sitting.


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    Christine 09-14-13
    Christine 09-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A change of scene for Dave..."

    I wasn't sure about this when I started. Wasn't sure of the reading wasn't sure of the surroundings...Dave being out of Louisiana... but the writing was so beautiful if not a bit more brutal than previous books...
    Will Patton's narration grew on me also and I ended up really liking it.
    This is the first time I have listened to one of Burke's books as opposed to reading.
    I loved it.
    Burke is a true poet of the crime genre and a great writer...and this book is no exception!
    I will now go back and read the hard copy...

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    Abraca Nevada 09-12-13
    Abraca Nevada 09-12-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Doesn't get any better"
    What made the experience of listening to Light of the World the most enjoyable?

    Will Pattons narration and his emphasis of the prose poetry style of JLB


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unique supporting characters


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

    He is the perfect narrator to emasize the unique style of JLB


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

    Happy that the Bobsey Twins are still in business


    Any additional comments?

    I can't imagine why JLB is not in theist seller list, or readers favorite

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    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 09-10-13
    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story, great narration!"

    I really enjoy the writing style of JLB, and have listened to all of the Robicheaux novels. This book is classic JLB and will not disappoint those followers of the Robicheaux/Purcell escapades. The characters are complex and the details true to form. I do enjoy the ones set in south Louisiana better (but that's just because I love that area it's rich history). Will Patton is a master narrator (as usual) and really brings all the characters to life.

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    David Blue Bell, PA, United States 09-07-13
    David Blue Bell, PA, United States 09-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great performance, terrible book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a plot


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have no idea


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Understood context, great range of voice, just the right emotion


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I take in a pulp mystery once in a while. I don't expect LeCarre, so I don't set the bar very high. Here's a few things guys such as Baldacci deliver. Characters who are at least vaguely related to the plot. Surprises. A little sarcastic humor. An epilogue where at least some of the events are explained. Mr. Burke seems to think that all he has to do is quote obscure poetic passages in the middle of murder scenes to take his writing to a higher plain. Listening to this book makes you want to either go to therapy or throw out your headphones, or both. No cut on Will Patterson, he did a great job.

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    Gary Smith Austin Texas 08-30-13
    Gary Smith Austin Texas 08-30-13 Member Since 2012

    good stories have always been a passion since childhood.

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    "Dave and Clete are up to old tricks."
    What made the experience of listening to Light of the World the most enjoyable?

    Catching up to old friends. I've been a faithful J.L.B. fan for well over 10 years. I grew up on the poor side of town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He has the ability to step me back in time with every novel. His gift of showing the true conflicted heart of a man has brought me to tears at times because it has opened up memories of how I was raised. How the worst people can at times standup and make a differance when least expected. It reminds me we are all capable of the finest acts of self sacrifice and bravery. And also sometimes only a hairs breadth of unspeakable horror. Very rarely do you see characters with such unbridled humanity.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Seeing Dave's and Clete's daughters bring a fresh dynamic to the storyline. They both are enjoyable characters and pump new blood into the series.

    As a father with two daughters age 22 and18, I felt Alifair and Gretchen's vocabulary and sayings were too much of a mirror of Dave's and Clete's old standbys. There is a 30 year gap in generational slang. And it makes the girls to much of a carbon copy. Young women don't regularly use their father's 20 or 30 year old slang. It sounds as awkward as me trying to use the new stuff kids/ young adults say. I used "gitting jiggy with it" at my youngest girl's 16th birthday. She asked me to never say that again! She was right though.thats not me. That's all that bugged me.


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

    When Will Patton took over for Mark Hammer on this series I stopped reading the books and only listen to the audio version now. Will really fleshes out the supporting cast. He also put an edge in Dave's voice. Not so tired and beat by life.


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

    Not this one. Montana is nice, but it don't have the passion for play or capicty for hard times like the 2 poorest states in the Union.


    Any additional comments?

    Not his best. But Still a good J.L.B. trip through the frailties of the human condition.

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    Angela K. Jenkins GADSDEN, AL, United States 08-29-13
    Angela K. Jenkins GADSDEN, AL, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2014

    I love audiobooks!

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    "Will it ever end!?!?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. I love Burke. He is one of the best story tellers I have ever read. I always look forward to his next work. HOWEVER- this book is just tedious! The story line is not good. I found myself dreading to read, but I was determined to finish. If the next book in this series is no better, I will be done. This is the first time that I am not eagerly waiting for the next book. :(


    Would you recommend Light of the World to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I would not want them to base their opinion of Burke as an author on this book.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Will Patton is amazing.


    Could you see Light of the World being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No way. Bury it in the back yard and pretend it never happened.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone following this series is going to read this book. However, if you are new to Burke, I do not recommend this.

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    Robert Birmingham, AL, United States 08-27-13
    Robert Birmingham, AL, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2010

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    "More than an exploration of evil"
    What did you love best about Light of the World?

    The exploration of parents and offspring really dominates this book. It focuses on the nurture side of the nature/nurture discussion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gretchen - she has great complexity, fierce, and wants to make a difference if she can just stay out of trouble


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    As always, his pace, accent and several of his voices - especially Clete.


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

    No extreme reactions


    Any additional comments?

    James Lee Burke writes novels that happen to focus on crime. This books is superficially about evil, but really it focuses on nurture as I state above, and class struggle. Burke uses evil as a construct to explore more fundamental concepts. He worries about abusive parents, absent parents, and a disregard for the unintended consequences of large business.

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    David Costello 08-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Burke ever!"

    I gave the last Burke read only 4 stars because I thought the characters might be getting a little long-in-the-tooth. I'm happy to say how wrong I was. This one tops them all. I've heard some readers describe a book as a roller coaster of emotions. This one is more like careening out of control down a mountain road with a death grip on the steering wheel and daring not to blink. I feel exhausted after reaching the end but know I've experienced a heck of a ride.

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