Without a doubt, David Lee Burke and Will Patton make the best team, and this episode in the life of New Iberia Parish, LA detective Dave Robicheaux is one the best in the series. It has all the usual characters, twists and turns, and horrific violence typical of a Burke story. But Burke always celebrates what is good in human nature, and his stories invariably leave us with a sense of hope and satisfaction. The best Robicheaux stories take place in Louisiana, and this one (in my humble opinion) is the best of the best.
Dangerous secrets revealed.
Hard to choose between Dave and Clete. I want to marry Dave, and have a torrid fling with Clete.
Made me book a trip to New Orleans this winter!
Will is the perfect match. I love his narration and FINALLY brings Dave to life. I only pray that theentire series is re-recorded with Patton as I not only disgusted by all of Hammer's performances but wonder what in the world could Burke have been thinking by allowing Hammer to to distroy his brillance and incredable writing. How Hammer ever was allowed to narrate any book is beyond me. The only thing I can concluded is blackmale or brother-in-law to appease, keep mama happy and family peace. Will brings every person to life and just grabs your heat and soul to the point that I listened to all of Burkes books over and over where Will Patton does his magic. Not only could Burke's publisher make literally millons of buck by releasing a second edition of the entire series performed by Will Patton and give we audio addicts what we wantand need but this audio series would blow every other series writer out of the water. With no doubt, Will would make Streak and Crleat the most loveable and heart touching stand-up guys ever but cause his fictional Cajun cop and philosipher to come to life. This would not be a fictional series to the reader but more a bibliography and account of the life and times of perhaps the most loved and revered guys and gals of all time in modern lititure. Where are you Will? Give us audiobook readers the thrill and true joy of the REAL detective Robicheaux. Five stars for all off the perfect match of Burke and Patterson performances.
than James Lee Burke and Will Patton. THE perfect combination for a great listen. Burke's lush vocabulary and vivid descriptions have you seeing and feeling the surroundings. I've never been to Bayou country, but I feel like I know the place. Patton's reading of Robicheaux is spot on perfect and anyone else trying to do it would be a disappointment. Burke skillfully builds characters and plots and this was just one more that was worth every minute.
Burke and Patton do it again! I haven't listened to the Robicheaux novels in order, but it doesn't matter. This one gave me a little more history of Robicheaux's early years. Will Patton is an amazing narrator, not to disrespect the late Mark Hammer, but the narration is awesome!! If you are a fan of the Robicheaux novels this is a must listen!
Robicheaux novels seem to be two part: one detective, the other the soap opera of Dave's life. Both work in this one. The insights into Dave's anguished and driven life are at their best, while Dave in many ways is at his least sympathetic. At times he's far from likable, though always understandable, thanks to Burke's gifted writing and thorough insight.
The mystery of the book is a little more focused than the novels leading up to this one. While Burke still uses a lot of similar characters and social settings, and many scenes still seem to happen on the grounds of old Louisiana bayou homes, the story here has more cohesion than the ones just before it. The links between events and characters are more natural, less forced than in some before this one.
Overall, one of his better ones, I think. Other books I've described as not a good place to jump into the series. I think this one would be a good start for a newcomer. It stands by itself, and in some ways breaks with other stories.
This is the first one I heard Will Patton read, and despite being a big fan of Patton's, I couldn't get used to the change from the late Mark Hammer. I can see why people who started on Patton would have the same reaction to Hammer's reading. The two are so dissimilar that it changes the feel of the book. Hammer feels more languid and introspective, whereas Patton feels more hurried. His reading of Purcell is just odd, sounding about as New Orleanean as Robert DeNiro (And no, being from the Irish Channel would not make Clete sound THAT much like a junkie from Brooklyn). Either reader will take getting used to for those accustomed to the other.
Devoted audible mystery user. Been using since 2001 - that's a bunch of books. I've enjoyed every one I purchased through my membership.
I was only recently introduced to Dave Robecheaux in the Tin Roof Blowdown.
Burke's tortured detective struggles with his demons of the past while trying to find the decency in a world that seems to have gone mad with criminal activity of the worst kind. His writing style is so descriptive and graphic that you can smell the Lousiana swamp, hear the rain, and feel the humidity of the area near the City of New Orleans. The characters are rich, the mystery uncommon. Yet, Dave wades into the crimes to humanity with the tenacity of a bulldog, all the while questioning his motives, his anger and his own sense of what is the right thing to do - in spite of himself.
A great read, and it was good to go back some to learn of the Robecheaux character. I look forward to going through the series.
Not the best Burke novel I have listened to, but not bad either. I cannot rave enough about the reader. His voice, attitude and accent are perfect for these stories.
I read Tin Roof Blowdown first, so this was my second James Lee Burke / Dave Robichaux novel.
Even though I gave it 5 stars, it is not as good as Tin Roof Blowdown. This was more like a 4 to a 4.5, so I rounded up because the reader was terrific.
The only thing I didn't like was that too much of the story was wrapped up in the epilogue all too quickly and sumarily; it was more like a dinner murder mystery conclusion.
Other than that, it's a good listen.
Will Patton is a phenomenal reader!!
I am now going to go back and listen to the rest of the Robichaux stories in order :)