Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.
Penn's quest for the truth sends him deep into his father's past, where a sexually charged secret lies waiting to tear their family apart. This long-buried sin is only a single thread in a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the vicious Double Eagles, an offshoot of the KKK. Penn is forced to confront the most wrenching dilemma of his life: Does a man of honor choose his father or the truth?
Drenched in southern atmosphere, Natchez Burning marks the brilliant return of a genuine American master of suspense. Tense, disturbing, and filled with electrifying plot twists, this novel commences the most explosive and ambitious story Greg Iles has ever written.
©2014 Greg Iles (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
Avid book listener. I love anything James Lee Burke,John Sandford and Nelson Demille. Stephen King has entertained me recently.
Just started book but worst reader ever. I can't hear story because of extreme theatrics of reader.. This is very disappointing.
"There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
The audio version of NATCHEZ BURNING is such a disappointment. I'm finishing it in hardcover.
Perhaps I'd have a different view had the narrator (and the producer) not decided that this should be orally portrayed as a Shakespearean tragedy to be shout-acted from the stage.
Maybe that too could have worked if he could call on the range of voices needed for the myriad characters introduced in the first quarter of the book (I've heard). But, he doesn't; nor does he have the requisite acting skills. His gaudy effusions evoke a blushing empathy and recollections of my summertime TV conflicts with Mom to drown out the latest, worst soap opera hero.
Our narrator here sounds as if he's going for the voice of a 1960s Southern black from the documentaries on the civil rights battles of the 50s and 60s: FOR ALL OF HIS CHARACTERS (with some slight moderations), from the 1960s African American to the numerous KKK rednecks-from-hell to the lily-white main character, a Southern mayor in the 2000s.
In short, the narrator gets in the way of THE STORY. I bought the audiobook because of THE STORY. It seems like the publisher would want to hire a narrator that at least, if he couldn't help the story, would not hurt it.
On the bright side though, I've purchased the book in hardcover and look forward to finishing it in the ink. My parents grew up in Natchez during the early period of the book so I was looking forward to this in audio. Oh well.
Someone else reading it. A pro like Scott Brick or Dick Hill. Lorelei King would have been a million times better than this guy!
Love Greg Iles - hate this narrator's performance so much that I could not get through the first chapter.
In everyway possible. Over-acted, no enunciation, way too much voice inflection. Just terrible, terrible performance. The company that released it would do well to just toss this performance and get someone else to read it.
none. I couldn't get through the first chapter because of the narrator.
I vote to permanently ban the narrator from ever performing on another audio book.
I couldn't listen for more than 30 minutes because the reader is HORRIBLE! Why would anyone choose him over Dick Hill? I recommend buying the Kindle edition for a more enjoyable experience.
The narrator! I am having such a hard time listening to this. I think I would be better off reading it. Story is great but I am having such a hard time enjoying this because of the narrator.
This is the worst narrator I have ever listened to. After listening to all of the previous with Dick Hill who is wonderful, I am so disappointed. His inflections and candece is just wrong and no southern accent.
Who picks the narrator? They should be forced to listen to this!
Perhaps more than one narrator would have made the performance better. At times Mr. Ledoux and his various accents left a bit to be desired. Other than that, I love Greg Isle and I'm getting ready to start Bone Tree right now.
I have been a fan of Greg Iles for a long time and have been waiting for this book for YEARS! The previous narrator in the series (dick hill) was THE voice of these characters and the nuance he added to the story helped make them my favorite audio books. Why they would change to a new narrator is beyond me and why they would use someone who from the sound of it has never actually heard someone from the south speak is flabbergasting. I've never been more disappointed in a book in my life.
The end of the screeching
Nothing to like. AWFUL
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
...major weakness is often grossly excessive wordiness. Natchez Burning is a great 5 star story in the Penn Cage series that must be down rated to 4 stars because Greg Isles does no use more tightly tuned prose. I have no issue with 36 hour novels unless the author's sloppiness is the cause.
I still recommend this book because of the quality of the plot, the amount of action, the mystery, and the intense suspense. Natchez Burning is about Penn Cage's physician dad being charged with murder. Like many of Iles' novels the issues go back to the Jim Crow period in the US south.
I have no idea who might enjoy this book. Maybe people with short term memory loss; people who need to hear the same episodes and the same ideas repeated over and over and over. How many times do normal people need to hear that Penn is worried that the APB might be dangerous for his father?
I do not know how much my distaste for the book influenced my opinion of the narrator's performance.
I was very disappointed. I have enjoyed the Penn Cage series up until this turkey.
This book seemed bloated to me. Too many characters really did not add much to the telling of the story. Too many things written about as though they were important and then abandoned. Why tell us about Albert's records in the fireproof underground records if they are not going to play a part in the book. Too many characters that behave like no one would ever act. If this is a prequel to another book, it is way too long. The action was not believable. Henry went from ICU to hero. Penn shot a tempered steel chain in two.
After a near death collision in 2011, Iles has struggled back to give readers what he says is the *first of a trilogy,* the very ambitious Natchez Burning. From what little I've read about his accident it seems a miracle the author made this return. It's good to know that Iles is recuperating well and will continue to write. Whether or not I'll continue to read...I'm still uncertain. The word *trilogy* attached to this 800 page behemoth has me feeling like someone just offered me a piece of pie after I just finished a pie eating contest.
I've liked this author's previous books and especially found his portrayal of Mississippi seductive. Though his novels are consistently heavy on the violence, the morality of Penn Cage and his dedication to family, truth, and justice, as well as his love for the South, have always kept me wanting to return. Natchez Burning was the first of his books that I've had to force myself to continue. Substantial in both page count and story, Iles has over achieved in ways, and may have sacrificed some of the important points he is trying to make regarding the racial history of the American South. In comparison with the previous Iles novels I've read, this one was poorly edited (very poorly edited), congested with an overabundance of psychopathic sadists, and stuffed with pointless digressions and repetition, repetition, repetition. For me, much of the book seemed implausible, and the focus drifted from the civil unrest of the South that I was interested in following, to the gratuitous violence of Iles' characterizations of vitriolic *good 'ol boys* in white hoods.
Dick Hill has always been as much of the Iles novels as Will Patton is James Lee Burke, Ray Porter and Jonathan Mayberry...but I came to accept Ledoux, more than I accepted this work of Iles. There is a good and entertaining story here, but in so many ways, this was not the Iles I'm used to. Sadly, not up to my expectations.
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