The Axeman

  • by Ray Celestin
  • Narrated by Christopher Ragland
  • 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ray Celestin garnered the CWA New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel with this critically acclaimed historical thriller.
New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer - The Axeman - stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him. As Michael, Luca, and Ida all draw closer to discovering the killer's identity, the Axeman himself will issue a challenge to the people of New Orleans: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim. And as the case builds to its crescendo, the sky will darken, and a great storm will loom over the city....


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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it highlights an interesting era in New Orleans history.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, there were too many disparate story lines. Switching back and forth broke the tension.

How could the performance have been better?

Mr. Ragland did a good job of portraying the different characters. However, many of the unusual names and places are mispronounced. Having been born in New Orleans and being a lifelong resident of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area, these mispronunciations take me right out of the story. The author got a few things wrong, too. Angola State Penitentiary is nowhere near Boutte (pronounced Bootee, not Bootay).

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- Sandra H. Albert

I listened twice

The book was so interesting I listened twice. The first read I wandered from the mystery so taken was I by life in New Orleans in 1919. The second read I concentrated on following the threads of intrigue. I just might listen a third time.
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- Donna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books