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  • Purple Cane Road

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Dave Robicheaux has never known what happened to his mother. He is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered thirty years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job. Dave's search for his mother's killer leads him to the darker places in his past, and solving this case teaches him what it means to be his mother's son.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged

  • By Michael on 12-28-10

Another home run for J.L.Burke and Will Patton

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

Reviewed: 06-19-12

What did you like about this audiobook?

Burke and Patton combine to deliver quality every time. Burke's rhythmic writing full of descriptive adjectives and colorful Bayou characters becomes a playground for Patton's fabulous reading and voice inflection. Patton's interpretation melds with Burke's stylistic flair to be unmatched in audible entertainment, especially good for long drives.

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

All the Robicheaux novels are rich in a similar but varied flavor. They are centered around the New Orleans police department and street life. If you like one sample, you will love the series.

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

Burke is a great author in that he hits hard with information that peaks your interest right away but his humor and humanity are ever present in his story. He is flawless at driving a plot and always keeping you guessing or smiling or both.

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

Will Patton is the spot on reader for Burke's novels. I pity the fool who would try to follow Will in doing a novel in the Robicheaux series.

Do you have any additional comments?

This book was particularly well suited to the strengths of Burke and Patton. A reat tour de force in the audible world. If you want to start somewhere with this series this is a good place.

  • Armageddon in Retrospect

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Rip Torn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

The first and only collection of unpublished works by Kurt Vonnegut since his death - a fitting tribute to the author, and an essential contribution to the discussion of war, peace, and humanity's tendency toward violence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vonnegut should get the nobel peace prize

  • By CHARLES on 05-07-12

Vonnegut should get the nobel peace prize

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

What made the experience of listening to Armageddon in Retrospect the most enjoyable?

Rip Torn's reading and Vonnegut's words created a fantastic antiwar yet entertaining treatise...as only Vonnegut could pull off.

What other book might you compare Armageddon in Retrospect to and why?

This book contains the foundational thought that went into writing Slaughterhouse Five. The two short novella's in the book seemed to be Vonnegut working though his ideas on the subject of man's inhumanity to man.

Which character – as performed by Rip Torn – was your favorite?

The corporal in the Army of the World.

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

The subject matter is such that three or four listenings would be a better approach.

Any additional comments?

This book contains letters, short stories and other words of wisdom from Vonnegut on the subject of his war experience and his thoughts on war. This book is an act of heroism and should be read by anyone who claims they are, or wants to be a writer.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Souls

  • By: Nikolai Gogol
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Gogol's great comic masterpiece paints an hilariously satirical picture of provincial life in 19th century Russia. Its publication in 1847 not only provided inspiration for succeeding generations of Russian writers, but fanned the already flickering flames of social discontent which were eventually to flare up and consume Russia in the revolution of 1917.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • dead souls

  • By Jennifer on 08-14-07

Dead Souls is a very funny book

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

Would you listen to Dead Souls again? Why?

This book is a classic study in the dark comedic aspects of human behavior. The story is about a scam and the responses of the characters when presented with the scam. Everybody wants their piece of the pie.

What did you like best about this story?

The understanding of human nature.

Which scene was your favorite?

The chess game.

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

Several. The characters that refused to participate were moving.

Any additional comments?

A good book to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful