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Montrose, PA, USA
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  • Lay Down My Sword and Shield

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 930

Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney Hackberry Holland yields to the myriad urgings of his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends to make a bid for a congressional seat - and finds himself embroiled in the seamy world of Texas powerbrokers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sets the stage for all of JLB's books

  • By Stevon on 08-12-13

In living color

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-10

This is another perfect conjoining of Burke and Patton, vivid in intensity and clarity. The audio-book was made for them. The voices are all there with nothing held back. The language is rough and necessary giving the listener the reality demanded by the characters. Burke and Patton never hold back; they flood our senses to overload making it up to us as the audience to rise to the occasion. Never look for an apology from these two. If you love what you hear, there is much more Burke / Patton out there. Hosanna, life is good.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Ford County

  • Stories
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: John Grisham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 332

John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection of stories reminds us once again why Grisham is America's favorite storyteller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, hard to listen to

  • By Wendy O on 11-07-09

When reading a review is most helpful

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-09

I would have hesitated buying this time if I had read but a few lines offered by those who went before. Audio books, and thereby their original,suffer bad reviews for poor reading. Could poor Mr. Grisham not hear himself??

  • Heaven's Prisoners

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

Vietnam vet Dave Robicheaux has turned in his detective's badge, is winning his battle against booze, and has left New Orleans with his wife for the tranquil beauty of the Louisiana bayou. But a plane crash on the Gulf brings a young girl into his life - and with her comes a netherworld of murder, deception and homegrown crime.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the unabridged version?

  • By Richard J. Strasma on 01-03-16

Weak for Burke

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-07

I have read Burke and loved his great coloring, his pithy rendering of characters. Having never been on a bayou, I think I would know it if I was by his descriptions, even the smell of the place.
Now comes the real challenge> getting someone to read the work, someone who will not run the whole thing into a ditch. But, here comes Will Patton and not only are Burke's words NOT sinking beneath the lily pads, but they actually soar to new heights. So infused is Will's voice in my mind now, I cannot read Burke any longer without hearing it in Will's voice and inflection.

A rare conjunction of two wonderful talents! Crush some more mint into that Mint Julep and enjoy the trip!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful