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Sunset Limited Audiobook
Sunset Limited
Written by: 
James Lee Burke
Narrated by: 
Mark Hammer
Sunset Limited Audiobook

Sunset Limited: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 10

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Publisher's Summary

Detective Dave Robicheaux returns to center stage in an incendiary new novel by James Lee Burke. A gripping tale of racial violence, class warfare, and the sometimes cruel legacy of Southern history, Sunset Limited is a stunning achievement, confirming Burke's place as one of America's premier stylists as well as master storytellers.

The 40-year-old crucifixion of a prominent labor leader named Jack Flynn remains an unsolved atrocity that has never been forgotten in New Iberia, Louisiana. When Flynn's daughter, Megan, a photojournalist drawn to controversial subjects, returns to the site of her father's murder, it quickly becomes clear that her family's blood-stained past will not stay buried. Megan gives her old friend Dave Robicheaux a tip about a small-time criminal named Cool Breeze Broussard, scarcely suspecting that the seemingly innocuous case will lead Robicheaux and his partner into the midst of a deadly conspiracy.

Combining brilliant prose, crackling suspense, and an exquisite sense of character and place, Sunset Limited is a wrenching tale of historic violence and soiled redemption that reveals one of America's finest novelists at his masterful best.

©1998 James Lee Burke (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Mer PATTERSON, CA, United States 09-08-12
    Mer PATTERSON, CA, United States 09-08-12
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    "Narrated by Mark Hammer AND Will Patton?"

    Just finished listening to this--and loved it. However, I am totally confused that both of these actors are listed as narrators. It is Mark Hammer only. What gives? When I read the reviews of this series, I see that very few folks are either/or about these two--some really do NOT like Hammer's accents or pronunciations, so much so that it ruins the book for them. If they purchase this thinking that at some point Will Patton is going to be reading, they will be sorely misled. I hope this will get corrected.

    I also hope that audible.com will release more of this series in unabridged form. I never fail to enjoy the stories or characters and Mr. Burke's inestimable prose--with only one misstep in narrators (Nick Sullivan)--which is a pretty good record, over all.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 10-08-12
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 10-08-12 Member Since 2013

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "YAWN or just Aok"

    I love JLB, he is one of my favorite authors. But this one became tiresome for some reason. The characters lacked the typical depth given by the author, the plot seemed too familiar; just nothing new seemed to happen in this story. OH I wish it had been better.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-18-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Toby Belch and Filler? Not Burke's best."

    Yep, I have liked Streak Robicheaux enough to read ten of his stories to date. Mark Hammer's an important reason. He's among the greatest voices to have worked in this audio media. And yeah, Dave Robicheaux's life and mind are still fascinating as he tries to focus the American South through his very liberal lens where all people of color are noble yet bruised by all white people of affluence who have both inherited and continue to stain their own souls. While there's complexity of plot and character there's no nuance in Burke's judgement of this deep- Louisiana culture. To Burke, there is no New South, except as an irony. Little surprise that Alec Baldwin's been casts as Robicheaux in movies.

    But in 'Sunset Limited' I began to find what was an engaging eccentricity in Robicheaux's internal monologues to have grown into an oddness bordering upon a distracting contradiction. Dave is presented to us as a simple cop: man-of-the-people, back-country moralist with a deep bayou accent and deeper back-countrty mind-set.

    So how does one account for the intellectualism of his analogies? For example I was startled to here one made in this novel between the characters around him and Sir Toby Belch from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night! I know that Robicheaux attended a blue collar college, and yet he brings the critical analysis of a professor of literature to bear upon his reactions to story points. Toby Belch?? And his inner vocabulary as he analyzes his dreams, presents his imaginings, and details histories is rich as a tenured faculty member's and simultaneously littered, even driven, with Jungian archetypes.

    So many of these, well, homilies, are now plunked into the stories that I'm feeling like a guy asked to buy a mine that some seller's shot-up with a shotgun loaded with tiny gold shavings. They call that "salting" and sellers who do that get into trouble with the law.

    I'll read the next in this series… and I can recommend that you buy this one… but I can't recommend it with the enthusiasm that I had for say, "In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead". But still, as a tribute to the late Mark Hammer, it's worth hearing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Hurst, TX, United States 09-10-12
    William Hurst, TX, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Burke is Always Good"
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    James Lee Burke is far and away my favorite writer. His books are always entertaining and thought-provoking and his characters and settings are more real than those of any other author. This not my favorite of his books, but still excellent and better than a book by anyone else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mina Brown Dallas, TX United States 04-04-15
    Mina Brown Dallas, TX United States 04-04-15 Member Since 2003

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    "Confusing & tedious--recommend listening at 1.25x"
    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Mark Hammer?

    I generally love Burke's books, and the Dave Robicheaux character in particular. He's flawed, interesting, good cop, and completely likeable. I don't know if I can put my finger on it, but I thought this book was particularly confusing, hard to follow the various threads, and implausible in some areas. Difficult to keep the relationships between the characters straight. I was so disappointed in the narrator--there wasn't quite enough distinction (or any) in the voices of the characters. So I couldn't quite tell who was talking in various dialogues. It was just a struggle--I'm not sure I'll get another Robicheaux novel if it's narrated by Mark Hammer.


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

    Reasonable. Eventually tied up all the loose strings.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Hammer?

    Absolutely. Hated the narration. I had to put the speed up to 1.25x Couldn't bear it. Every other Robicheaux novel I've listened to was narrated by Will Patton, and I thought it was great. So before I hired a cast, I'd probably go back to Patton. But a cast would most definitely be better than Hammer.


    Did Sunset Limited inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Troy Stafford 07-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Ole Dave"

    Decent story. I really enjoy the way the author paints a scene with his words. Oh and Cleet always feels like he's living on borrowed time...

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    JAMES B HARRIS 05-12-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't know if I got lost or just didn't care"

    I got lost about half way through and never found my way back. I have read a bunch of JLB's stuff and 9 out of 10 times, they are superb. But two or three of them, I read and at the end, I feel like I need to see the cliffnotes to figure out what just happened. This is one of those. JLB is my favorite author but every so often, he'll slip a dud in there. This is a dud.

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    Demon 02-05-16
    Demon 02-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Who is this?"

    this is the worst reader I've ever heard. it's like listening to a story in 2nd grade. if you guys want to do mr Burke justice get tommy lee jones. he played robicheax in Electric Mist, and he had a good feel for it.

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    Ron 08-29-15
    Ron 08-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Confused"

    Have listened to many of writers novels. Enjoyed each until this one. Narrator is too slow. Third way through still found disjointed and confusing. Can't find a story. Wrong narrator. I'm quitting this and moving on.

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    Suzan 08-19-15
    Suzan 08-19-15
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    "Mark Hammer is no Will Patton"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sunset Limited to be better than the print version?

    Not this audio version. If Will Patton narrated it, then I would say yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the Dave Robicheaux books. The ones I have listened to all have been wonderfully descriptive. James Lee Burke describes so vividly the details that they come alive. I have been to New Iberia and when I found James Lee Burke, he become one of my favorites.


    What didn’t you like about Mark Hammer’s performance?

    You could not tell the characters apart. They all sounded so much alike.


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

    Could not possibly come up with one.


    Any additional comments?

    Have Will Patton narrate this book. It would become another favorite of mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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