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Light of the World Audiobook

Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

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Publisher's Summary

"America’s best novelist" (The Denver Post) and "the reigning champ of nostalgia noir" (The New York Times Book Review) introduces his most evil character yet in the 20th thriller in the best-selling Dave Robicheaux series.

A New York Times best-selling author many times over, James Lee Burke is a two-time Edgar Award-winner whose every book is cause for excitement, especially those in the wildly popular Dave Robicheaux series.

In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders he committed while capital punishment was outlawed in Kansas. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz, whom listeners met in Burke’s most recent best seller Creole Belle.

"James Lee Burke remains the heavy weight champ," says New York Times best-seller Michael Connelly, "a great American novelist whose work...is unsurpassed." The master proves it once again with this harrowing novel that examines the nature of evil and pits Dave Robicheaux against the most diabolical villain he has ever faced.

©2013 James Lee Burke (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Pecan 10-02-13
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    "Longest Burke book ever"
    What did you like best about Light of the World? What did you like least?

    The mystery of the book is good. I loved the crazy cowboy. Burke's use of cliches & supposed colloquialisms were boring. "What's haps?" Really? People don't talk like that in real life. I have met people from all walks of life and many vets. I have not heard anyone talk like Clete. Although that may be the point, it is tiresome. His daughter is a cliche in her behavior & past.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Lee Burke? Why or why not?

    No More I have read all of the other books by James Lee Burke. This one repeated descriptions of the scenery, emotions, & inner thoughts ad nauseum. I do not remember that other books did this to this extreme. It felt as if he were trying to fill pages


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

    Always very good and the redeeming grace in this book in particular.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


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    Jan LAGRANGE, KY, United States 10-01-13
    Jan LAGRANGE, KY, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    "He never fails!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Light of the World to be better than the print version?

    I love to own both versions. I have collected all of the print copies of Burke's books but I love to hear them too. Will Patton was the perfect choice to read these stories and Burke's language flows so well in the audio versions.


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

    As in all of his books Burke's characters are complex and on missions to complicate their lives and those of the ones they love. It is impossible to become a part of these books without thinking "Please, stop now!". Of course they don't and therein lies the story.


    Any additional comments?

    With many series authors the books start becoming shorter and the plots less involved. Burke defies this trend. Each of the Dave Robicheaux books is complex, thick with a sense of place and time and the complicated mix of human emotions. I look forward to each new addition to my Burke library.

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    Amazon Customer Pleasant Ridge, MI, United States 09-29-13
    Amazon Customer Pleasant Ridge, MI, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Burke is the best author of our time!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Light of the World to be better than the print version?

    I love the audio version of all of Burke's Robicheaux series, Will Patton brings the characters to life. I would highly recommend any or all!!


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

    Will Patton is perfect as Dave Robicheaux, he brings all of the characters to life!


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    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 09-29-13
    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Another homerun for Burke...."

    As always Patton's narration is spot on and perfect. The characters are flawed, but leave a lasting impression. Burke's laid back style, lush descriptions and insight into the motives of his characters makes him the best at this genre. I've listened to the entire series and this was my favorite. PLEASE give us just one more.

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    David United States 09-28-13
    David United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Love it, but problems"

    I loved this book and didn't want it to end. But . . . .

    Part of my love with Burke's series is Will Patton's voice, performance, and consistency. The book was down loaded to my Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, and laptop. The early part of the book was Will Patton; however, at some time his voice changes! Again, I tested devices and external speaker systems. My theory is the sound engineer dialed his voice down.

    Were I to have read rather than listened to the book, I would have to observe that editing was needed: too many descriptions of settings, weather, and the demons of characters. Also the philosophical issues and observations of Burke were noticeable.

    But . . . I didn't read - I listened (mainly in my car) and just didn't want it to end.

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    melissa Norwich, CT, United States 09-26-13
    melissa Norwich, CT, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2015

    An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!

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    "Burke at his Best!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Light of the World to be better than the print version?

    I usually prefer the print but rarely have time to read anymore so I'm pleased with the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The return of the familiar characters, their sincerity and their devotion to each other and their ideals. The story is as intimate as it is intricate. No one transports me to places and communities better than Burke.


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

    Clete Purcell, a lovable, train wreck of man. He is a tormented soul with a heart of gold. Burke has crafted him so vividly and Will Patton brings him to life so effortlessly and so perfectly.


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

    Burke's book engage me on all emotional levels, there is a realistic quality to his characters that really draw me in.


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    Jon Klamath Falls, OR, United States 09-19-13
    Jon Klamath Falls, OR, United States 09-19-13
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    "A disappointment"
    What would have made Light of the World better?

    A new author with a good plot and more believable characters.


    What was most disappointing about James Lee Burke’s story?

    The plot and the characters.


    What didn’t you like about Will Patton’s performance?

    He might be better than the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I may not have read enough to find something I like.


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    Ray 09-18-13
    Ray 09-18-13 Member Since 2016

    I live in NYC,am happily married & have always loved reading.

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    "A great series that never disappoints"
    What did you love best about Light of the World?

    The return of Gretchen.


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

    Yes, bec the two lead females are strong-willed, yet surrounded by old-fashioned, militant older males who they challenge.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Whenever Gretchen or Alafair tells somebody off and they react.


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

    Stubborn, old-world mentality meets with modern-age morality.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Matthew 09-16-13
    Matthew 09-16-13
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    "Not as good as his previous works."
    What disappointed you about Light of the World?

    The level of violence.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. I was particularly disappointed given how much I have enjoyed his previous books.


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    Stefanie 09-15-13
    Stefanie 09-15-13 Member Since 2017

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    "Can Jump Right In without Prior Reading"

    This is a great mystery containing not so perfect cops, daughters trying to find their way in life, a badass cowboy, and a sadistic killer. I was wondering if not having read any previous Robicheaux books would make this difficult to enjoy but that is not the case. Whatever you need to know is in the book. Will Patton does a good job except with the female voices, they sound like goons. If you can get past that the story is quite enjoyable with a few twists and turns to throw you off just when you think you have it figured out.

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