Wayfaring Stranger

Wayfaring Stranger

Audiobook CD - 2014
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From "America's best novelist" ( The Denver Post ): A sprawling thriller drenched with atmosphere and intrigue that takes a young boy from a chance encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to the trenches of World War II and the oil fields along the Texas-Louisiana coast.

It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde's stolen automobile.

Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp. Eventually, Weldon and Rosita fall in love and marry and, with Hershel, return to Texas to seek their fortunes.

There, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart-a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific-and Roy's wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita's life a nightmare. It will be the frontier justice upheld by Weldon's grandfather, Texas lawman Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon's plans for saving his family from the evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2014.
ISBN: 9781442369924
Branch Call Number: FIC Burke
Characteristics: 11 audio discs (approximately 13 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Patton, Will


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Mar 16, 2015

Huge fan of Will Patton, excellent reader. Just can't get on board as a Burke fan despite several attempts.

Mar 03, 2015

Terrific, gritty James Lee Burke at his best. Some passages are so well written they read like music.

Dec 06, 2014

WHEW! I just finished this exciting yet massive story, and recommend it very highly. I loved the whole thing, but let me tell you, Will Patton just *shines* reading it. He infuses every chapter with depth-of-character. He does a wonderful job distinguishing the many voices. He's just a peach. RECOMMENDED.

Aug 25, 2014

**** stars. In 1934, sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends with Weldon firing a gun and being unsure whether it hit its mark.
Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland barely survives the Battle of the Bulge, in the process saving the lives of his sergeant, Hershel Pine, and a young Spanish prisoner of war, Rosita Lowenstein,a woman who holds the same romantic power over him as the strawberry blonde Bonnie Parker, and is equally mysterious. The three return to Texas where Weldon and Hershel get in on the ground floor of the new oil business.
In just a few years Weldon will spar with the jackals of the industry, rub shoulders with dangerous men, and win and lose fortunes twice over. But it is the prospect of losing his one true love that will spur his most reckless, courageous act yet, one that takes its inspiration from that encounter long ago with the outlaws of his youth.
A tender love story and pulse-pounding thriller that crosses continents and decades of American history, Wayfaring Stranger is a sprawling historical epic full of courage and loyalty and optimism and good-heartedness that reads like an ode to the American Dream. **** I have been in love with the novels and characters ( especially Dave Robicheaux ) of James Lee Burke for 27 years. His novels hold a special kind of love and loyalty between men and women and men and their friends. Mr. Burke's characters will change from hard-boiled detectives into believers in the mysticism of history's ability to create awe in such forms as the sounds of a Civil War Army. I am amazed at the ability of this author to show love and honor that are deep and endless and turn around and create a character like Dave's friend Cletus who is an out-of-control, hard-drinking, wisea** who still always has his back. I have never been disappointed by his mysteries or novels. I believe he has grown in integrity and writing over the years as an author and a man. How can you not love a man who says: ?It has been my experience that most human stories are circular rather than linear. Regardless of the path we choose, we somehow end up where we commenced - in part, I suspect, because the child who lives in us goes along for the ride.? ?writing is like being in love. You never get better at it or learn more about it. The day you think you do is the day you lose it. Robert Frost called his work a lover's quarrel with the world. It's ongoing. It has neither a beginning nor an end. You don't have to worry about learning things. The fire of one's art burns all the impurities from the vessel that contains it.?

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