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Summary

In 1934, 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland confronts the notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, resulting with Weldon firing a gun, 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 Hershel Pine and a young prisoner of war, Rosita Lowenstein - a woman who holds the same romantic power over him as the beautiful Bonnie Parker.

©2014 James Lee Burke (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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"A fantastic novelist...so far above the prevailing standards of crime fiction that it is pointless to make the comparison." ( Daily Express)

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Wayfaring Stranger

What a great story - written with gritty style . It would make a terrific film . The narrator's voice is perfect for the plot. I will def. listen to more of these books especially if read by Will Paton.

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Like nearly every other book written by Mr. Burke and narrated by Mr. Patten, this excellent novel kept me interested the whole time. James Lee is a league apart. Upon finishing, I felt joy, and a little sadness, not unlike the feeling of losing a close friend. I will listen to this again in the future, maybe next time I won't still feel like I want to cry after the epilogue.

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Magnificent

Beautiful elegiac prose, stunning evocation of both landscape and time, wonderful picaresque characters. All this and a narrator who is perfect . What's not to love?

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A fantastic story

A wonderfully written story that touches on so many faucets of life from love to hate, from honesty to lies, from kindness to cruelty. It spans a period of history that starts in the depression, progresses to the death camps in Nazi Germany and comes to rest in the oil fields of Texas. Beautifully read it's one of the finest stories I've listened to. Burke is a genius !

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Another good book

What made the experience of listening to Wayfaring Stranger the most enjoyable?

James Lee Burke is a littery poet. His words and prose that describe the simplest of things is pure poetry.
His knowledge on the subject books he writes about is very intensive, a real master story teller.
Will Patton with his southern drawl brings the books to life.

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A Masterpiece

I just cannot fault this author's output. A story that weaves together all that is good & bad in people, the state & our relationships & consequences of change. The narration is flawless, Will Patton has the skill to make the very most of his voice. The author must have been delighted with his reading. Excellent.

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Sensational

James Lee Burke is a genius and Will Patton is the perfect choice to narrate this remarkable thriller.

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Supurb descriptive writing

The voice cadence, tone & pace enhanced the authors atmospheric writing. An interesting story with good historical research very enjoyable.

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  • 07-07-19

James Lee Burke writes enthralling epics.

James Lee Burke writes enthralling epics, describing American life before and after WW11 with meticulous detail and Will Patton is one of only a few narrators who could do these books justice. In the style of the Golden Oldies, when blockbuster movies did not rely on stunts and special effects and bad language was not common or necessary, James Lee Burke's tales feature, in no particular order, heroism, murder, mystery, suspense, love, romance, betrayal. A top tier effort and nothing short of a Classic.