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Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20 | [James Lee Burke]

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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    Pat La Mesa, CA, United States 08-26-13
    Pat La Mesa, CA, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Making Things Right--Family Style"

    Dave, his wife, Mollie, daughter Alafair, Clete and his daughter Gretchen head to Montana for a vacation, which soon turns into a battle with a bad rich man, his son, and a very crazy escaped felon. Alafair and Gretchen are their fathers' daughters, not backing down, and facing off evil without blinking an eye. A great story, with, as usual, Burke's fluent language describing people, places and events.

    But I have to say none of it would be as wonderful if not for Will Patton. He is Dave, and Clete, and Alafair and Gretchen. With a slight change in his voice, you can "see" who is speaking. His pauses and emphasis make the story that much greater. May he always be the voice of Dave and his kin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 08-25-13
    Anne 08-25-13
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    "Burke isn't what he used to be"

    I have read absolutely everything Burke has ever written and loved every one of them - until his last two Robicheaux novels. Something is lost and I suspect its inspiration. Dave is predictable. Clete is predictable. The plot is predictable for a Robicheaux novel. Even the level of violence is predictable. Changing the setting did allow Burke to use his incredible skill at making locations come alive, but that was just not enough to raise this above the level of "only OK."

    Will Patton's narration is also not what I would choose. He does an OK job of giving each character a distinct voice, but I am distracted by his annoying tendency to "chew the scenery." I wish he would moderate the level of emotion he gives the characters when they talk with each other. Except for Molly (who has almost no "reality" in this book until near the end) everyone is either grinding their teeth with anger, shouting with anger or just angry. It's difficult to describe, but Patton can't seem to let a character speak with anything less than throat-searing emotion.

    I wonder if it isn't time for Clete and Dave to ride off into the bayou and retire to a life of fishing.

    Give us more Holland!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 08-25-13
    Ann LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Will Patton needs a female cohort"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've always liked Will Patton's interpretation of men's voices, especially Clete's. His reading has made some less-interesting books tolerable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Tthe Bone Season


    How could the performance have been better?

    Will Patton can do a passable version of Alafair, but absolutely flunks doing the voice of Gretchen. Please hire a woman to help him out.


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

    Sorry, I couldn't finish.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Loberger Peoria, AZ USA 08-25-13
    Sue Loberger Peoria, AZ USA 08-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Too many extraneous words and descriptions."
    What disappointed you about Light of the World?

    The story was boring. The descriptions were too long. When you got rid of all of the extras, the story could've been one page long.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Lee Burke? Why or why not?

    I've read others and liked them, but after reading this one, I won't be buying any more.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    I like listening to the way he does the dialect and continues on after the end of a sentence to include part of the next. He's excellent, and I would listen to others he narrates.


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

    The narration was excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Bloomington, WI, United States 08-20-13
    Nick Bloomington, WI, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2014

    Retired Marine combat officer now enjoying life in Southwestern Wisconsin. With my wife, Crystal, we own and operate a portrait studio, True Lives Studio, in Bloomington, WI

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    "I've heard it before"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    As a reader and listener of Burke's novels I've eagerly awaited each new book in whatever series he has written. I'm a huge fan of Dave and Clete but I just heard too many story lines and similar characters in other books.

    As usual, Will Patton's narration is spot on. I love each character and how he allows the writing to be the "voice", not his voice.

    Worth listening to....yes....But not quite what I was hoping..


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Too many similar characters from other novels


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

    Dead on. I'd repurchase Burke's novels if he redid those done by Mark Hammer


    Was Light of the World worth the listening time?

    Yes..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Apple Valley, CA, United States 08-18-13
    Brian Apple Valley, CA, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2010

    Long haul commuter. Audiobooks keep me from causing serious physical harm to my fellow commuters. Bless you, Audible!

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    "The Bobbsey Twins from Homicide Ride Again"

    JLB once again weaves a wonderful mystery full of vivid imagery and unsavory characters. If you have followed the adventures of Dave and Clete you will not be disappointed. In addition to the usual cast of characters, we learn more about Clete's daughter, Gretchen - who is a chip off the old block. A colorful character from Bitterroot, Wyatt Dixon plays a large role in the story and provides some of the best scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Wieseman 08-17-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Summertime JLBurke"

    I've listened to a Will Patton performance of James Lee Burke's work every summer for a while. His narration is always perfect and always a great story to go along with it. Good stuff!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Anaconda, MT, United States 08-17-13
    Michael Anaconda, MT, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2010

    Mike Grayson

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    "Not Burke's best."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It is too long. Burke could have taken a bit more time and edited this one a bit more. It feels like a rough draft, rambling around without a point, with too many loose ends. Not as tight and well written as most of the series.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Weird ending. Too many characters just stop doing anything for the last ten minutes of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    While I still enjoyed the book, the themes are getting repetitive and tired. I am glad it took place in Montana, but it wasn't that accurate. All the final action seems to take place near Flathead Lake, yet he refers to the same sheriff as in Missoula (Flathead Lake is part in Lake County, part in Flathead County: different sheriffs).

    Too many people die in these books for it to be realistic. I didn't add up the total death toll, but it is high. Too much gore, more than is needed. There are as many murders in this one book as Missoula would see in a year.

    Yet I still enjoy Burke's prose. It is poetic and beautiful, and Patton's wonderful narration makes it sing. Despite my complaints, I am still glad I listened to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-16-13
    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the great writers!"
    If you could sum up Light of the World in three words, what would they be?

    FAN TAS TIC


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

    None. James Lee Burke is a unique writer.


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

    Will Patton is such a great narrator that each character is distinct enough to love.


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

    Fast paced and thought provoking.


    Any additional comments?

    Love Gretchen. She really adds a fresh character to this series, one I would be disappointed to see not included in every book. Also glad that Aliphair has more to do. This gives the novels a chance to grow up and into a new generation. And Wyatt and his woman are such welcome additions. How will Burke deprive us of them now? They are amazing new characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Westbrook Eufaula, AL United States 08-15-13
    Stephanie Westbrook Eufaula, AL United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "First Rate Everything"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The writing is impeccable. The characters are well developed and the way James Lee Burke crafts a scene is spectacular. On top of this, the narration by Will Patton absolutely captures the color and feel of this novel. I can't say enough good things about his nuanced performance. The writer and narrator have created a masterpiece together.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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