Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Pale Blue Eye - Louis Bayard

The Pale Blue Eye
By: Louis Bayard
Published: 2007
Audiobook Read by: Charles Leggett

After listening to The Black Tower and Mr. Timothy and absolutely loving them, I was really looking forward to this one! I am very happy to say this was every bit as great as the others!

Augustus Landor is a haunted man. Tragedies of the past have become the catalyst for his future. Everything he does has roots in the memories that haunt him. He has become something of a hermit, enjoying no one's company, and desiring nothing from anyone save his solitude.

When atrocities rattle the fortitude of the leadership of West Point, Landor, unwilling though he may be, seems to be the only person who can solve the case. With his years of detective experience in the New York police force, he has the skills to ferret out the culprits of these heinous crimes. With the help of a young cadet, a poet by the name of Edgar Poe, serving as eyes and ears inside the barracks, Landor slowly but surely uncovers a hideous chain of events that lead to a deadly conclusion. However, things are not what they seem and beneath this horrendous series of crimes lies another, more surprising mystery that takes the cunning Mr. Poe to uncover.

Once again, Louis has crafted a masterpiece of historical fiction here and I was enthralled by it from beginning to end! The mystery has so many twists and turns that every time I thought I had an idea of the solution, a new bit of information would throw me into turmoil again! Indeed, when the final curtain fell, I had been completely taken by surprise by the true nature of the crimes and who the perpetrator really was! I was impressed once more with the beautiful way the story flowed along. Louis is a truly gifted story teller easily keeping me fascinated from beginning to end!

I listened to the audiobook read by Charles Leggett. Charles was absolutely perfect for the part, having exactly the right voice to portray Landor. His performance was stellar all the way through and I will gladly listen to another book by him any day!

Overall, this is another SPECTACULAR example of Louis Bayard's work. Of the three books I've listened to I would be hard put to pick my favorite, they all have different but equally wonderful qualities. I think after listening to this book, I have no choice but to declare Louis my favorite author! I can't wait for his newest book, The School Of Night, to come out next month!


  1. Sounds like a good read. Don't you just love it when you find a really great book? I don't read as much as I once did,but I still love to get lost in a good read. Blessings jane

  2. Andy where do you find time to read so much? You're blessed to have this time to read!

  3. Jane, when I got the first of those three books to listen to, I had no idea I would like it so much. It was very rewarding to find it was so good! I enjoy trying out random books but I have found a few that were not very good at all. But I guess I have to risk a few bad ones if I expect to find the good ones! :)

    Audiobooks, Darlene, audiobooks, that is the secret to my success! :) The day I decided to try them was a great day! I've gotten to enjoy so many books now, and all while I'm working! It's absolutely great! :)

  4. I've never read anything by Louis Bayard. I guess I should start!