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Burning Angel

Unabridged / Go to Abridged Audiobook

Written By: James Lee Burke

Narrated By: Mark Hammer

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: June 2012

Duration: 14 hours 13 minutes


Detective Dave Robicheaux becomes entangled in the affairs of the Fontenot family, descendants of sharecroppers whose matriarch helped raise Dave as a child. They are in danger of losing the land they've lived on for more than a century. As Dave tries to discover who wants the land so badly, he finds himself in increasing peril from a lethal, rag tag alliance of local mobsters and a hired assassin with a shady past.


  • dlct

    OK, I like Burke. He's a good solid writer and evokes the West and Southwest beautifully. However, this one's set in New Orleans and while I know he's done his research, he uses terms and words that I, as a well-educated, well-read person, don't have a shred of a clue as to what they mean. The narrator is fine as long as he doesn't have BIG words to try to pronounce or maybe he just has a weird accent, but he intruded on the story for me. The story itself was terribly convoluted with tons of characters and Burke spent so much time describing each one from their hair and the way their necks looked, their clothes -- and these are all long, drawn out, descriptions, full of odd metaphors and funky allusions that you forget what's going on in the story. As I said, I like Burke so I listened to the whole thing twice and there's still a lot I'm confused about. Maybe this is one that shouldn't have been abridged, but I'd give it a wide berth.

  • Gordon Goodman

    James Lee Burke is one of the greatest southern poetic novelists of our day. The plots are not always the most complex, but the characters and the feeling of the deep south are so richly etched into it's pages that the plot at times becomes secondary. Will Patton, could not have been a better choice as the reader for this series of books.