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3.002 out of 53.002 out of 53.002 out of 53.002 out of 53.002 out of 5 3.00 (1,000 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton, Ed Sala Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781442359093
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In a startling departure, James Lee Burke has written an epic story of love, hate and survival set against the tumultuous background of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

At the center of the tale are James lee Burke's own ancestrors, Robert Perry, who comes from the slave-owning family of wealth and privliege, and Willy Burke, born of Irish immigrants, a poor boy who is as irreverent as he is brave and decent. Despite personal and political conflicts, both men join the Confederate Army, determined not to back down in their commitment to their moral belirfs, to their friends, and to the abolitionist woman with whom both are infatuated.

Willie's friend, Flower Jamison, a beautiful young black slave is owned by -- and fathered by, although he will not admit it -- Ira Jamison. Owner of Angola Plantation, Ira Jamison returns after the war and transforms his plantation into a penal colony which houses prisoners he rents out as laborers to replace the emancipated slaves.

Against all local laws and customs, Willie teaches Flower how to read and write. She receives the help and protection of Abigail Dowling, the Massachusetts abolitionist who has attracted both Willie and Robert Perry's attention. These love affairs are fraught with danger and compromised by the great and grim events of the Civil War and its aftermatch.

With unforgettable battle scenes at Shiloh and in the Shenandoah Valley, White Doves at Morning is an epic masterpiece of historical fiction. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Violent, lyrical, and engrossing…The man has a touch of the poet in him.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “[A] Civil War blockbuster…Extraordinary.”

    People

  • “Burke has created a cast of strong…characters; readers will warm to outspoken, irrepressible Willie as much as they deplore the evil Atkins…This moving morality play shows a different dimension of this gifted writer.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Starkly conveys the desperation felt by those who have no power or voice and vividly creates a sense of place and character. This novel parallels Paulette Jiles’ successful Enemy Women in its literary quality and use of family stories for background.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/16/2014

    " James Lee Burke is a well known Louisiana author because of his crime novels This book is different. White Doves at Morning is the story of the Civil War and Reconstruction in New Iberia, Louisiana. It's realism makes this book different than other Civil War novels I have read. I loved the characters, and found myself cheering and booing as I read. Some of the scenes are violent and gut-wrenching, but that is Burke's style. He also fills this book with characters who are struggling to do the right thing, when doing the right thing puts them in danger. I loved this book, especially the writing style and the characters. I would recommend this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/14/2014

    " Good book not real detailed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/11/2014

    " Great characters, ended too abruptly (I wanted more!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/6/2014

    " I love this author and his stories. They reflect his knowledge of history, literature, human nature and the Bible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Miller | 2/2/2014

    " Not my favorite Civil War book by a sight, but has some impactful moments and some richly drawn characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/28/2014

    " Ah, the American Civil War - rape, pillage and all the rest of it. Not the most gripping read I've read on the topic, but an ok story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 1/16/2014

    " No rave reviews from Dad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/14/2014

    " Oh Mr. Burke. How do you do it? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/8/2014

    " I liked the plot of this book, but the dialogue was a little bland and the 21st century words and phrases in it made me lose interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 1/5/2014

    " it was great.it was awesome.can't say much more about JLB. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 12/23/2013

    " Was excited to read this because of the civil war period but found too many foul words so I stopped reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 12/12/2013

    " Very good. Good characters and atmosphere. Civil war theme in the old South. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boni | 12/9/2013

    " Enjoy this series and listened to most while travelig to Mexico "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Hobbs | 12/8/2013

    " The 1st few chapters of this book are AMAZING!!! I just think this book is one that you can learn from and use. So well written. Transported me right back to the Civil War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darian | 11/20/2013

    " Really enjoyed reading this, perhaps more so since I was in the area relevant to the story while doing so. The ending was a bit disappointing for me, but not enough to detract my appreciation for Burke or Civil War era stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Fyke | 11/14/2013

    " Civil War; southern viewpoint; Louisiana setting. Uses people from his own antecedants. Very good but slow reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Hammerhead | 10/7/2013

    " This book was completely different from the other books Burke wrote. This one is not a mystery, but more of a story of one of his relatives before, during, and after the Civil War. The descriptions and characters are fantastic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 9/22/2013

    " I struggled with the character's believability; they did not feel well-developed although they came more full-circle at the very end. Not one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Valentine | 8/22/2013

    " I wish I could give it 10 stars. This is James Lee Burke's novel about the Civil War and two of his ancestors who fought in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Hilton | 8/9/2013

    " This is an excellent novel about the Civil War, set in the neighborhood that Burke's protagonist, Detective Dave Robicheax, now inhabits. It is based on real people and has that wonderful Cajun-country feel that all Burke's Louisiana tales portray. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terah | 8/3/2013

    " Ah yes...the book that began my love affair with this author. James Lee Burke is an amazing descriptive writer. I can't say enough great things about him. This book is epic and spooky in all the right places. It also started me reading again after years and years of not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry | 5/10/2013

    " Think Cold Mountain, only with sharp teeth. A fresh look at the Civil War from the Southern point of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cammie | 5/7/2013

    " James Lee Burke is one of best writers of our times. He is one of the few writers whose books I will purchase in hard cover because I can't wait for the paperback version to come out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 4/21/2013

    " Always love anything Burke writes. This was a departure from the Robeauceau series. About his ancestor, very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 2/7/2013

    " AS FAR AS THE CIVIL WAR GOES, I AM NOT AN OFFICIONADO. THIS BOOK WILL BRING YOU CLOSE! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dereka | 12/21/2012

    " I tried James Lee Burke before but found his work too humid and violent and mosquitoey and gave up but this novel, about the Civil War, was really great. Should I give his regular books another try? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne Auckerman | 11/15/2012

    " Set in mostly Louisiana, Civil War story--departure from his usual writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay Eaton | 7/30/2012

    " Compelling book in true James Lee Burke style - unforgettable "

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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 Narrators

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.

Ed Sala has narrated dozens of audio books throughout his career. His readings include Harlan Coben’s Tell No One, Stephen Sears’ Gettysburg, and Cormac MacCarthy’s Outer Dark.