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Valerie

Auburn, New York, United States
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  • Feast Day of Fools

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,394

Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story with remarkable delivery.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-13-11

And fools they were

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

Reviewed: 05-13-13

Would you listen to Feast Day of Fools again? Why?

Yes! Burke's descriptive writing, plot and of course, Patton voice.

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

Yes. I was caught up waiting to see what each character was going to do next, how the plot would unfold and if Hack would ever give in to Pam.

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

Hackberry Holland. Will Patton is able to convey Hacks tortured memories of the POW camp, his longing for his deceased wife and his stubborness in letting himself love again.

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

I think almost everyone will be able to relate to the characters in this book on some level. There are a few laughs and a few places where one might want to cry. I wanted to tell Hack he was fortunate to have two women in his life who really loved him. But, he finally realizes this in the end.

Any additional comments?

YES! I hope Burke has a fourth book coming in this series. He left the main characters injured in Mexico. Also, Burke and Patton are a great combination.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rain Gods

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Divided Loyalties and Sultry Prose

  • By Catherine on 07-25-09

Rain Gods

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

Would you listen to Rain Gods again? Why?

Yes, I will listen to Rain Gods again. I enjoy Burkes discriptive writing and Pattons narration. Because of the length of this book once is definitely not enough.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rain Gods?

Hacks flashbacks of the Koren POW camp.

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

I LUV his voice and he gives each character a different voice helping to see their personalities.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Hack finally gives in to Pam.

Any additional comments?

I luv the Burke and Patton combination. I wish Patton narrated all of Burkes books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Two for Texas

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Good... and a bonus! Clete is here!

  • By Tim on 01-04-13

Valerie's Gallery

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

Reviewed: 02-23-13

If you could sum up Two for Texas in three words, what would they be?

Great story line.

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

What happened at the Alamo.

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

I LOVED how he had a different voice for each character. I almost felt like a knew them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Sun went back for White Man's Woman.

Any additional comments?

Will Patton is a wonderful narrater. I especially enjoy James Lee Burke's discriptive writing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful