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Two for Texas | [James Lee Burke]

Two for Texas

This James Lee Burke novel, featuring Son Holland - the great-grandfather of Burke's Billy Bob Holland - as he flees a Louisiana prison camp with a Native American woman and a fellow prisoner in tow, is now available in audio.
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Publisher's Summary

This James Lee Burke novel, featuring Son Holland - the great-grandfather of Burke's Billy Bob Holland - as he flees a Louisiana prison camp with a Native American woman and a fellow prisoner in tow, is now available in audio.

©2000 James Lee Burke (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Candace ISLESBORO, ME, United States 01-30-13
    Candace ISLESBORO, ME, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2011

    I live on an island off the coast of Maine. Since I installed a "doggie door" I am now retired from "Letting The Dogs In and Out"!

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    "Cajun goes County Western?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love Burke/Patton so was eager to sample a different venue. I was disappointed. I like Robicheaux thrillers so much I've bought several Apple Shuffles and distributed them among my friends. I won't be adding this one.


    Would you recommend Two for Texas to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I would recommend some of the many other Burke/Patton stories first.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing stands out


    Do you think Two for Texas needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Burke continues to try different venues. I know I'll buy them, just wasn't as captivated with this theme as I have been with his past works. I download books Will Patton narrates because of his incredible soothing yet passionate voice. I wonder if he can mimic a Downeaster's dialect!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caitriona 01-18-13
    Caitriona 01-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow"
    Would you listen to Two for Texas again? Why?

    Yes - JLB always stands up to multiple readings. The plot, characters, narrative voice, humour, and depth of emotion in this story make it a very rewarding experience


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Two for Texas?

    Anytime Hugh is knocking around. Or Deaf. Will Patton's delivery is brilliant, particularly for these two characters.


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

    Hugh or Deaf!


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

    Oftentimes both!


    Any additional comments?

    Nobody should ever be permitted to read James Lee Burke other than Will Patton. I'm addicted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Dawson city, Yukon, Canada 01-17-13
    Mike Dawson city, Yukon, Canada 01-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "This book should be a movie..."
    Any additional comments?

    ... And Will Patton should play Sun Holland.
    Not to sound like a member of the heard, but this story is Amazing ;)
    There is certainly a recognition of characters from prior series, but I think that is part of the magic. The flow of the story blends perfectly with the writers in-depth description of this flawless and surprising tale from the past. Though it is fiction, I found myself googling the main characters to try and see where their story ends.
    To anybody ready to pass on this novel because of its short length, Don't you dare! This is a must hear. A captivating, one- sitting, listen with a satisfying finish.
    Thank you JLB.

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    Gary anaheim, CA, United States 01-08-13
    Gary anaheim, CA, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A western for everyone"

    James Lee Burke is such a skilled writer. His descriptive phrases bring sharp images to the imagination. This is a small book, but the story did not seem small. It moved along briskly. The characters that he created seemed so real, one would almost think he actually knew them and shared firsthand in their real life adventures. The narrator was nothing short of fabulous. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a terrific story and great characters, regardless of how one feels about western genre books. This one is special.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Hungary 03-08-13
    Bruce Hungary 03-08-13
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    "The Master - James Lee Burke"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Two for Texas to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version.


    What other book might you compare Two for Texas to and why?

    Any of the "Holland" series by James Lee Burke. He captures western landscapes and characters in a very insightful and artful way. I love the way he handles language.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he does a great job with Burke's novels. I believe he could do other authors equally well, but I have not personally heard them. There's something about his voice that really captures the mood of the story.


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

    Just loved it - well researched, believable, and well told.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 05-31-15
    Michelle 05-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "JAMES BURKE IS OUTSTANDING !"

    Book was nice reading..
    Will Patton, outstanding!
    Love all of Burke s books.

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    Sylvia 07-27-14
    Sylvia 07-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "TEXAS NATIVE - LOVES THIS BOOK"
    Where does Two for Texas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Will Patton is by far the BEST narrator for any and all James Lee Burke books. I couldn't take my earbuds out - started this book at night and stayed up all night. One of my very favorite Burke books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Son" - he was believable, vulnerable, honest and made me proud to be a Texan.


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

    I have NEVER been disappointed in any of the narratives by this performer. His portrayal of any of the characters developed by Burke makes each one individual and SO EASY to follow - as far as I'm concerned, he would never have to say the "he said, she said" etc., because his narration is so concise that one knows each character without identification.


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

    The Alamo Revisited


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE THIS BOOK

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon GRAND JUNCTION, CO, United States 01-15-13
    Sharon GRAND JUNCTION, CO, United States 01-15-13
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    "An Historical Surprise"
    Where does Two for Texas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is only my second audio book, and it doesn't compare to the first book with regard to genre and depth.


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

    It was enjoyable, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it kept me on the edge of my seat.


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

    It meant everything, since there were so many different characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We did, in fact, listen to it in one sitting while travelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Dona Ana, NM, United States 01-30-13
    John Dona Ana, NM, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2008

    Powakee

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    "Burke Needs to Slow Down"

    My overwhelming sense with this book was that it was another Dave Robecheu novel transported back in time. First, I should say that I listened to any book I can find that Will Patton reads. I particularly like the Dave Robecheu novels. Second, I like the 'gum-shoe' cop books that Burke writes. But, Third, this one was simply and only the same two characters of Cleat or Pete and Dave. Unfortunately, I think Will Patton got caught up in the familiarity of the 'voice' of the book and by a quarter the way in he was using the same exact voice of Dave & Cleat.

    In the end, the same voice, the same style, the same characters and just moving it to the Texas independence fight - it just didn't cut it for me. Basically, this book blew chunks.

    Either Burke needs to take a vacation or he needs to try a little harder and create some new characters or . . . he could just write Dave Robecheu novels.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Houston, TX, United States 02-19-13
    Sharon Houston, TX, United States 02-19-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Not a current story"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I did not realize that this book was about thirty years old until I started listening.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    nothing


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Performance was not the issue.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I did not listen past the first few chapters.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Please read reviews and research the book if you are looking for current updated stories

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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