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The superb performance by Joe Hempel makes this glimpse into the voodoo world of New Orleans even more enjoyable than reading it in print. Homicide detectives seek the help of ex lawer turned private eye (or anything reasonable that will pay the bills) Wyatt Thomas who has acquired the unjustified reputation of bring an expert in all things voodoo, in their attempt to solve the strange murders of street people in their area. Meanwhile, Wyatt himself is looking for the grave of a client's mother whilst the client's daughter is getting very friendly with one of the Big East's voodoo queens.
This is a great book to hear, not so much for the story itself, although that was fine, exciting and, well, just a bit strange. It was the great characterisations of the protagonists which really shone through - and some of them are, to day the least, exotic. Mr. Hempel captured them in all their finery and nasty dealings, his very pleasant to hear voice capturing each individual and narrating the story impeccably from all points of view whilst still 'becoming' the voice of Wyatt himself.
An interesting insight into the unfamiliar, at least to this reader, world of the voodoo religion and it's beginnings as well as a fast paced murder thriller. My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me this colourful book, via Audiobook Boom.
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A great combination of intrigue and history. Really makes me want to go to New Orleans and visit this great city to party !!!
Great narration by JH
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DNF. I got to 35% and can't keep going. The POV is all over the place and the story badly needs a good edit!! E.g.: Words and phrases repeatedly used and the some of the sentences are pretty basic, better descriptions could have been used etc. The only thing going for it is the setting and narrator.
Joe Hempel was the only reason I kept listening to the book for so long, I would have given up at about 10% but really enjoyed his narration. He is so easy to listen to and has an admiral range of tones and cadences! He is definitely a narrator to keep an eye on.
*I received a copy of this for free but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.*
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