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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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    melissa Norwich, CT, United States 09-26-13
    melissa Norwich, CT, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2015

    An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!

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    "Burke at his Best!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Light of the World to be better than the print version?

    I usually prefer the print but rarely have time to read anymore so I'm pleased with the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The return of the familiar characters, their sincerity and their devotion to each other and their ideals. The story is as intimate as it is intricate. No one transports me to places and communities better than Burke.


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

    Clete Purcell, a lovable, train wreck of man. He is a tormented soul with a heart of gold. Burke has crafted him so vividly and Will Patton brings him to life so effortlessly and so perfectly.


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

    Burke's book engage me on all emotional levels, there is a realistic quality to his characters that really draw me in.


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    Jon Klamath Falls, OR, United States 09-19-13
    Jon Klamath Falls, OR, United States 09-19-13
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    "A disappointment"
    What would have made Light of the World better?

    A new author with a good plot and more believable characters.


    What was most disappointing about James Lee Burke’s story?

    The plot and the characters.


    What didn’t you like about Will Patton’s performance?

    He might be better than the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I may not have read enough to find something I like.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ray 09-18-13
    Ray 09-18-13 Member Since 2016

    I live in NYC,am happily married & have always loved reading.

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    "A great series that never disappoints"
    What did you love best about Light of the World?

    The return of Gretchen.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, bec the two lead females are strong-willed, yet surrounded by old-fashioned, militant older males who they challenge.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Whenever Gretchen or Alafair tells somebody off and they react.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Stubborn, old-world mentality meets with modern-age morality.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Matthew 09-16-13
    Matthew 09-16-13
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    "Not as good as his previous works."
    What disappointed you about Light of the World?

    The level of violence.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. I was particularly disappointed given how much I have enjoyed his previous books.


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    Stefanie 09-15-13
    Stefanie 09-15-13 Member Since 2016

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    Abracadabra

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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 09-07-13
    David 09-07-13
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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