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Sunset Limited: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 10 | [James Lee Burke]

Sunset Limited: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 10

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, 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.
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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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    Vickey PATTERSON, CA, United States 09-08-12
    Vickey PATTERSON, CA, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2011
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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.

    6 of 6 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 2005

    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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    Chuck Ramrod Key, FL 12-29-12
    Chuck Ramrod Key, FL 12-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Mark Hammer and Will Patton ?

    Here in lies the problem. I love the James Lee Burke novels and especially the Dave Robicheau series but............. Mark Hammer is not the person that should be reading this book. He's terrible and brings boredom and a lack of voices to the characters. I was very disappointed in his abilities. Will Patton on the other hand makes the books come alive. He is Dave Robicheau and Clete Purcell and a difference voice for each character. When Will Patton reads the books I will be happy to buy them..... Mark Hammer is a different story.


    What other book might you compare Sunset Limited to and why?

    None


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Mark Hammer is a terrible narrater


    Was Sunset Limited worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Hoy Northern Minnesota on Lake Superior 10-08-12
    Michelle Hoy Northern Minnesota on Lake Superior 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The narrater voice is enough to put you to sleep"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, in book form, only


    What other book might you compare Sunset Limited to and why?

    Books 15 - 19 have a great narrater, and we really enjoy all of James Lee Burke's . Just sorry to have this group of narrter's reading this story.


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

    Everything, the tone of the voice, no sound difference between characters. Just very bad choice of narrters. Their voice are so bad that you don't want to even listen to story and you have a very hard time following the story because of that.


    Was Sunset Limited worth the listening time?

    No - would like my money back. HA HA


    Any additional comments?

    Love James Lee Burks books, but this was the worst book that I have ever hear on a cd, cassette, or from audible books in the past 10 years. We listened to on average 20 to 30 books every six months. This one almost put us to sleep listening to it and we still have 6 more hours to go before it finished.

    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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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 03-21-14
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 03-21-14
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    "I made it less than 10 minutes"

    I bought this book in a hurry assuming that Will Patton was the reader. I gave up after about 9 minutes, the quickest I've ever given up on a recorded book.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rancher5 CALHAN, CO, United States 07-17-13
    Rancher5 CALHAN, CO, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2008

    Rancher5

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    "Got through this Book of J Burke, not his best or"

    Listened to this book as I wasn't going to listen to anymore that Hammer read, I was pleased he livened up the pace and had enriched the book a little, Not sue what happened to this story it started out involved, seemed to loose direction about a 1/4 in. Couldn't keep characters separate at times, Besides Sonny connection with Dave's,& that conclusion the story was a bit confusing, Most of Burkes books are one of my best Audible experiences of all times this one left me short., Hammer was alot better than his read of Burning Angel,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Granby, CT, United States 01-06-13
    Dave Granby, CT, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not The Same Without Will Patton"
    What would have made Sunset Limited better?

    Will Patton narrating


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Lion's Game, Nelson Demille


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Hammer and Will Patton ’s performances?

    Will Patton, yes, Mark Hammer/James Lee Burke, no.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sunset Limited?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Don't break up a great team by adding another narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary LOCKHART, TEXAS, United States 10-04-12
    Mary LOCKHART, TEXAS, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Miserably bad narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not this production.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    not relevant


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

    I have not yet gotten to Will Patton. All of the other books by this author have been narrated by Patton and his skill is a major reason for purchases. Mark Hammer does not know how to speak in different characters adequately and especially does not know south Louisiana. I am listening only because my commute is boring. Hammer's nasal "cracker" accent for every character at least gives me something other than the traffic to fret over. I will never again purchase anything with his name on it.


    Did Sunset Limited inspire you to do anything?

    Never purchase anything with Mark Hammer as narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel that I purchased this book under false pretenses. It was listed under Patton as a narrator. I'm a couple of hours in and still am afflicted with Hammer. When will Patton appear? Audible was less than honest in the way the book was presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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