A Private Cathedral: A Dave Robicheaux Novel Audiobook, by James Lee Burke Play Audiobook Sample

A Private Cathedral: A Dave Robicheaux Novel Audiobook

A Private Cathedral: A Dave Robicheaux Novel Audiobook, by James Lee Burke Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: August 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781797111643

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Longest Chapter Length:

29:17 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

08 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

15:00 minutes

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Publisher Description

After finding himself caught up in one of Louisiana’s oldest and bloodiest family rivalries, Detective Dave Robicheaux must battle the most terrifying adversary he has ever encountered: a time-traveling superhuman assassin.

The Shondell and Balangie families are longtime enemies in the New Iberia criminal underworld and show each other no mercy. Yet their youngest heirs, Johnny Shondell and Isolde Balangie, rock and roll-musician teenagers with magical voices, have fallen in love and run away after Isolde was given as a sex slave to Johnny’s uncle.

As he seeks to uncover why, Detective Dave Robicheaux gets too close to both Isolde’s mother and the mistress of her father, a venomous New Orleans mafioso whose jealousy has no bounds. In retribution, he hires a mysterious assassin to go after Robicheaux and his longtime partner, Clete Purcel. This hitman is unlike any the “Bobbsey Twins from Homicide” have ever faced. He has the ability to induce horrifying hallucinations and travels on a menacing ghost ship that materializes without warning. In order to defeat him and rescue Johnny and Isolde, Robicheaux will have to overcome the demons that have tormented him throughout his adult life—alcoholism, specters from combat in Vietnam, and painful memories of women to whom he opened his heart only to see killed.

A Private Cathedral, James Lee Burke’s fortieth book, is his most powerful tale, one that will captivate readers—mixing crime, romance, mythology, horror, and science fiction to produce a thrilling story about the all-consuming, all-conquering power of love.

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Will Patton continues to prove himself the perfect narrator for the Dave Robicheaux series. This time the detective investigates the long-standing feud between two of Louisiana's oldest and bloodiest families and finds himself facing the threat of a chilling time-traveling assassin. The lizard-faced killer can induce horrifying hallucinations and travels on a ghost ship that can appear anywhere. Patton shifts his colorful character voices and pacing with the ease of an oyster sliding down a gullet. He gives Dave's ever-present sidekick, Clete Purcell, a gruff growl and squeezes out profanities with the bite of a hungry alligator. This new adventure entertains as it mixes several genres that challenge our perceptions of our world."



  • “Burke has concocted his usual gumbo of thrills and chills, stirred it with gusto and seasoned it with plenty of local superstition and rumor…Burke has the voice to do justice to the region’s ancient curses and its modern crimes.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • "[An] all-enveloping mix of horror and crime.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Superb…An imaginative blend of crime and other genres, Burke’s existential drama is both exquisitely executed and profoundly moving.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)


  • New York Times bestseller
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About James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke  is a New York Times bestselling author of forty novels and two short-story collections. He has won the Edgar Award, the CWA Gold Dagger, and the Grand Prix de Littérature Policièr. He was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

About Will Patton

Will Patton is an award-winning actor and narrator. HIs narrations have earned the prestigious Audie Award for Best Fiction Narration and also won dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.