Extended Audio Sample

Download A Stained White Radiance Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample A Stained White Radiance Audiobook, by James Lee Burke Click for printable size audiobook cover
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: August 1996 ISBN: 9781442335646
Regular Price: $9.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $8.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux knows the Sonnier family of New Iberia -- their connections to the CIA, the mob, and to a former Klansman now running for state office. And he knows their past -- as dark and murky as a night on the Louisiana bayou.

An assassination attempt and the death of a cop draw Robicheaux into the Sonniers' dangerous web of madness, murder and incest. But Robicheaux has devils of his own. And they've come out of hiding to destroy the tormented investigator -- and the people he holds most dear.

Filled with the usual Burke combination of brilliant action and a stunning novelistic theme, A Stained White Radiance will keep Burke's fans riveted -- and win him many new ones. Download and start listening now!

BK_SANS_002156

Quotes & Awards

  • “A wild, bumpy, teeth-jarring ride…[A] cinematically fast-paced yet reflective crime novel.”

    Joyce Carol Oates

  • “James Lee Burke is the best writer of detective fiction on the American scene and A Stained White Radiance is proof…It takes the crime novel into places it's never gone before.” 

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “It takes off like a rocket…His action scenes crackle.

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A wholly original tale of crime and revenge, inside and outside the law. This series keeps getting stronger and stronger.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Martin | 2/2/2014

    " Too many overtones of the supernatural for me to find it very credible. Of historical interest, but by no means my favorite by Burke. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 2/1/2014

    " I probably need to take a break from Robicheaux, but I won't. I enjoy Burke's books, and this one is a good representation of his style, though as I have complained before I get tired of different characters having similar choices of words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanean | 1/28/2014

    " Very good writing. Terrific Story. This was my first Burke book and I have already checked another out to start soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chawkins | 1/20/2014

    " another great James burke read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikel | 1/19/2014

    " Beautiful. Burke is often at his best when he pulls in characters from walks of life (a la the CIA) that so nicely contrast his home grown characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don Paske | 1/13/2014

    " I don't quite understand all the hoopla over James Lee Burke's writing. The character development we good; the story contrived. I could not develop any empathy with any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Watson | 12/21/2013

    " Being from the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast, I could really identify with the characters and content matter in Robicheaux's A Stained White Radiance.would definitely enjoy re-reading this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 12/16/2013

    " i could read Mr. Burke's books all day every day and never ever get bored.a stained white radiance was a fantastic read with great words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 11/1/2013

    " A Stained White Radiance by James Lee Burke (1993) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Green | 10/23/2013

    " He is just a wonderful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 10/22/2013

    " He's my favorite author. Read a Burke book and your in a dark theater by yourself surrounded and engulfed by his images. I've read them all but can only do so once every 3-4 months because in the end they are their message about the human condition is not hopeful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 8/15/2013

    " Nancy - to read; Ron - 4 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TexasMargarita | 4/11/2013

    " Worth the time it takes to read. I set about one summer trying to read all the ones in my library, and all the ones I could find at half price books- I did a pretty good job of finding them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Kearns | 3/4/2013

    " Some great parts in this one, but the time/memory/history theme is in the background. I'm going to take a break from Detective Robicheaux for a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 1/31/2013

    " Read for Novel class. Not my usual pick, but has a Louisiana noir vibe that's easy to read. First person past tense POV isn't irritatingly dense like some other books I've read recently. Overall I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis Neal | 1/30/2013

    " Mark Hammer's narration (on the audiobook) makes it better than it would otherwise be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erich Sysak | 12/17/2012

    " JLB is my favorite crime writer and can do no wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H Hoover | 8/29/2012

    " Another JLB work of evocative depth. Exceptional read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 4/16/2012

    " Another strong entry in a strong series. Dave gets more introspective as the series goes on, giving Burke a chance to explore issues of social justice and the societal dysfunction of the rural south. Good crime story too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 4/11/2012

    " Another good Dave Robicheaux novel set in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 2/28/2012

    " I really liked the characters in this book and love when they refer back to his childhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salvatore Leone | 1/11/2012

    " There are a lot of mysteries/thrillers set in Louisiana and this does not necessarily stand out from others I've read but it is still interesting, with some suspense, and lots of well written characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Good | 8/28/2011

    " The metaphors are beautiful. The characters were not as fully developed as in other books by Burke and the story line was weaker. However, the reader did a good job and the language is beautiful enough that it more than makes up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 8/12/2011

    " Nancy - to read; Ron - 4 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/1/2011

    " He's my favorite author. Read a Burke book and your in a dark theater by yourself surrounded and engulfed by his images. I've read them all but can only do so once every 3-4 months because in the end they are their message about the human condition is not hopeful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 12/17/2010

    " First time reading this writer. I had a hard time with dialect and local vernacular. I found his pace very slow until the last 125 pages. The plot was all over the place and not easy to tie all the subplots and characters together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 10/26/2010

    " I like JLB's lyrical prose. I can almost smell that marsh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salvatore | 8/19/2010

    " There are a lot of mysteries/thrillers set in Louisiana and this does not necessarily stand out from others I've read but it is still interesting, with some suspense, and lots of well written characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erich | 8/14/2010

    " JLB is my favorite crime writer and can do no wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 6/21/2010

    " Mark Hammer's narration (on the audiobook) makes it better than it would otherwise be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 3/24/2010

    " This series just keeps getting better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/30/2010

    " Burke reminds me again and again why he is such a great writer. His literary style within such a formulaic genre is nothing short of amazing. This book represents some of his best work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/26/2009

    " Another good Dave Robicheaux novel set in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 12/8/2009

    " Some great parts in this one, but the time/memory/history theme is in the background. I'm going to take a break from Detective Robicheaux for a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 12/5/2009

    " A better than average James Lee Burke novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 4/12/2009

    " I really liked the characters in this book and love when they refer back to his childhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 3/20/2009

    " Book 6 in the Dave Robicheaux series. A little more graphic than my normal fare. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including the New York Times bestsellers Creole Belle, Dixie City Jam, The Glass Rainbow, Rain Gods, Pegasus Descending, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Feast Day of Fools, and more.. 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 the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. 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.