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Summary

Penn Cage is facing a son's worst nightmare - having his father stand accused of murder. Worse, each effort to defend the legendary Dr Tom Cage unearths new, shocking secrets, leaving Penn to question whether he ever really knew his father at all. At issue is the murder of Viola Turner, once Tom Cage's nurse, now back in Natchez and a corpse in her sister's house. What was the relationship between Tom, Viola, and the "Double Eagle Club", an ultra-violent group of hardened men who considered themselves more elite than their peers in the Ku Klux Klan? In Natchez, where the past is never truly "past", long-buried secrets turn lethal when exposed to the light of day.

©2014 Greg Iles (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Need to read the next novel quickly!

Was gripped by this book. Excellent novel and an excellent audio reproduction. I would definitely recommend it. I found myself listening at times when I would usually be doing something else, so involved was I with the story.

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My Best of 2014

This is the fourth in the Pen Cage series, so make sure you listen to them first, as they do follow on in each book.

Pen seems to be finally settling down, his marriage is on the way, his dad is near retiral, life seems grand. Suddenly it all goes wrong as his dad is charged with assisting in a patient's death and a whole part of the dad's life is revealed that causes Pen to question just who his father really is.

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Natchez burning

Engaging and well read story. Hard to stop listening too. The reality behind the fiction is shocking.

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very scary people !

great story and reader its a pity that i can't get others from the series

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great

brilliantly performed and a gripping story. I would definitely recommend this book or any other Greg Isles book.

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The best of the best...what a wordsmith!

Where does Natchez Burning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Undoubtedly one of the very best. I have heard many excellent books but this has been the finest so far.

What did you like best about this story?

The complexity....the depth of your involvement in the moral implications involved in the story

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

Impossible to say. Jeff Harding is a voice artist forming solid pictures of children, women and men whether they are from different states in America...south or north. I choose most of my books after looking for the name of this artist. I still find it surprising that Mr Harding speaks all the parts.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Surprise at the complexity of southern states life and horrified at the grim politics that seem mediaeval in their practice. All set against a real historical context.

Any additional comments?

This is a long story...be patient time will reward you with one of the best stories I have heard.

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  • Joe
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  • 12-11-16

Stunning story, fantastic narration.

I loved this tragic and powerful story and the narrator bought it to life brilliantly. Highly recommended.

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  • James
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
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Antebellum skullduggery

Where does Natchez Burning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the top ten books.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the way fact and fiction are twined together. The characters are believable and bring a sense of the gothic to the table.

What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Beautifully paced read with terrific characterisation in the voicing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The casual cruelty of the Ku Klux clan members

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  • 12-05-15

So good I went to Natchez!

Amazing book can't wait for the next in the series. Natchez is a beautiful quiet town and having seen it if you get the chance go!

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Worthwhile but a little slow in the middle

This book make a really great start but it lost its way in the middle a bit, before gathering pace again. There was one point where it became pretty hard going, with plot points being hammered home and discussed over and over again between different characters, but by the end I found myself wanting more and googling when the next book will be released. I'm glad I persevered.

The narration was on the whole pretty good and I felt helped capture the southern feel quite well, but the female characters were awful. I found it really distracting any time a female character had a lot to say.

Overall I'd recommend it, with the caveat that it requires a bit of patience. Worth the effort in my opinion.