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A great story that was not fully developed.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This novel had a lot of potential. The complex plot is there, but the intricate detail and character development is not. For instance, the antagonists, the two rouge cops and the two call girl characters were underdeveloped. The reader gets some insight and early development early on, when the two are setting up Haller, but that’s about it. The principal antagonist is woefully undeveloped, especially when compared to Connelly’s other notable villain such as the Scarecrow and the Poet. Likewise, the two call girls were introduced, then put on the shelf, having served the plot purpose. There was a lot of story potential there. It seems as though Connelly outlined a dynamic plot then tried to get to each point as fast as he could. Overall, the novel leaves much to be desired.

One of Iles best to date; but Dick Hill is missed

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-14

What did you love best about Natchez Burning?

This is perhaps one of Iles best works to date. The novel demonstrates Iles growth as a novelist. With this work, Iles blurs the line between best-selling commercial fiction and serous literature. This bridging of gaps is often present in some of Iles’s other novels but is often slanted more towards the commercial thriller genre. With Natchez Burning, Iles fuses the two producing a novel that can be appreciated literary critics and commercial fiction readers alike.

What didn’t you like about David Ledoux’s performance?

My main complaint about this audio book is the narration and, to be fair, it is not David Ledoux's fault. Ledoux did a great job; however, Dick Hill’s presence was missed. Listeners of Greg Iles audio books have become accustomed to Hill’s narration. This is especially true of the Penn Cage novels. From The Quiet Game to The Devil’s Punchbowl, Hill has narrated, and his voice has become the voices of the characters. Natchez Burning appears to be the last of Iles novels with Penn Cage as the main protagonist and it was a mistake to switch narrators here at the conclusion. It is like switching the lead actor in the last installment of a major motion picture trilogy. That being said, Ledoux did a good job, but I expect that the performance reviews will be impacted by listeners' disappointment with the substitution

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

Yes.

17 of 22 people found this review helpful

Where is Dismas Hardy?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-12

Any additional comments?

This book is alright, but as a Dismas Hardy book, it falls short. Why? Because Dismas Hardy is absent for the majority of the novel. As much as I like the Hardy series, I felt short changed, as though I was sold a mediocre novel in a Dismas Hardy package: keep listening, Dismas Hardy will make an appearance soon. By the time he did, I had forgotten I was expecting him.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful