Last Car to Elysian Fields: A Novel

Written by:
James Lee Burke
Narrated by:
Will Patton

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2003
6 hours 4 minutes
Sheriff Dave Robicheaux returns to New Orleans to investigate the beating of a controversial Catholic priest and murder of three teenage girls in this intense, atmospheric entry in the New York Times bestselling series.

For Dave Robicheaux, there is no easy passage home. New Orleans, and the memories of his life in the Big Easy, will always haunt him. So to return there means visiting old ghosts, exposing old wounds, opening himself up to new, yet familiar, dangers.

When Robicheaux, now a police officer based in the somewhat quieter Louisiana town of New Iberia, learns that an old friend, Father Jimmie Dolan, a Catholic priest always at the center of controversy, has been the victim of a particularly brutal assault, he knows he has to return to New Orleans to investigate, if only unofficially. What he doesn’t realize is that in doing so he is inviting into his life—and into the lives of those around him—an ancestral evil that could destroy them all.

A masterful exploration of the troubled side of human nature and the darkest corners of the heart, and filled with the kinds of unforgettable characters that are the hallmarks of his novels, Last Car to Elysian Fields is Burke in top form in the kind of lush, atmospheric thriller that is “an outstanding entry in an excellent series” (Publishers Weekly).
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Denise T

Great story! As usual! Love this narrator, too! He adds the flavor the writing invokes!

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William Schrader

I enjoyed the story line. I found the narrator much more difficult to pay attention to than other narrators in this series.

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Lisa Roberts

The narration for Dave Robicheaux, Clete, and the host of other characters in these James Lee Burkes book is just so spot on. Will Patton does an amazing job of bringing these characters, and with them, the stories, to life. The Dave Robicheaux character is one of my favorites. This is not my favorite book of Burke's, but the narration is always great and keeps me coming back for more.

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Burke's characters are broken, sad, real, gritty and at times terribly funny. Being a southerner, some of the sayings and lines his Clete and Dave use literally make me laugh and cry out loud. I thought by this time I would get tired of reading these novels but I find myself drawn back in every time! Burke's writing is colorful, vivid and consistently strong.

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Nell Molloy

I found it slow reading for the most part. I did enjoy the vivid descriptions of the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas, as I had lived there long ago. Not the author's best book, in my opinion.

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Cheryl G

OK, but I felt it dragged on in places and I could turn it off and not want to immediately listen again to find out the ending.

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Frank Conrad

I thought the book was GREAT!!! The reader is perfect and ads a lot to the book's charm. I've been listening to about 1-2 books a week for about 10 years, and this was definately one of the best.

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