I started the series with book 4 so I went back to the beginning to catch the history. I'm glad I got the history but I prefer the narrator in the subsequent books plus the story was a bit slow.
This was a "catch up" book so I can continue the series. I enjoy the character detail immensely in all his books.
The narrator did a good job with the characters. I am not a big fan of this narration but it was okay.
I downloaded the next three books in the series that I did not have. I will continue to listen to the entire series.
The narrator. Will Patton brings life to Burke's books that is simply not harnessed by Hammer.
Not unless they have already read the books narrated by Patton.
It was ok.
No. I wouldn't have read any other books in the series if I hadn't already fallen in love with the characters through other books.
Engaging. Satisfying. Easy.
I don't know about the edge of my seat, but I wanted to keep listening. I had already listened to more recent Dave Robicheaux stories, so I enjoyed getting some of the background.
As mentioned before, I had listened to more recent Dave Robicheaux stories with Will Patten as the narrator and I was use to hearing him as the voice of Dave. It was odd at first, but I thought Mark Hammer still did a good job. His Cajun accent was great.
I didn't know what had happened to annie prior to this book. I felt for Dave when he dreamt of her and his dad.
The book was very good, but where was Will Patton? I really do not like it when there is a different reader reading one of my favorite author's books. Mark Hammer's accent is just off.
Have listened to almost all Will Patton-narrated JLB books on Audible. Had stayed away from other narrators because WP is so, so, so good. But I gambled on this, and Mark Hammer is stellar. How he captures nuances of dialect and accents is nothing short of spectacular. I'm only about 1/2 way through, which is why I only give 4 stars for story and "overall," but if you're a fan of JLB and are have been attached to Will Patton due to his great narration, give this a listen. You will not be disappointed. That said, Will Patton loses nothing here; it's an embarrassment of riches in the narration world.
Of course, we love Robicheaux, which is what keeps me coming back.
Reading is fun and sometimes you find knowledge.
I enjoyed Neon Rain but Black Cherry Blues was not nearly as good. The new reader for this book was not as good either. I doubt if I will continue to read this series.
yes great story and characters
when he talks to his wife in the water
when dave tells dixie to take it an hour at a time
love the descriptive writing
Absolutely. I rarely do this but I would listen again in this case.
Dave is an American hero figure with good values, humility and strength and a very human tender side with his daughter.
Does a great job.
No "extreme" reaction but thought about it for a long time after hearing.
My fourth JLB book and now on a quest to hear them all.
I decided to follow all Robicheaux series and that is my third book in the series. When you think of it, the book is slow moving in a way. However it realy does the job of taking you there to the Bayou... to the baitshop with all those smells and images. I liked the experience of it all together.
The story is really very believable, the performance really good. I wondered how Dave was going to prove he was innocent while the events rolled.
I like Dave ... his character is genuine and not without flows... the events he went through.. the AA meetings and dringking and all. I especially like when he is sober and goes running 4 miles and pumps iron.
Especially James Lee Burke's Robicheaux series are not to be finished in one sitting... I observe his work like an apprentice, how he is bringing the characters to life and what words he is carefully chossing in the process....
Will try to finish all his books especially in this series regardless of I like or dislike the story.
I liked that this book was available in the unabridged version.
Can't Beat Will Patton
The storyline of this book was yet another great installment to the series; however, Mark Hammer narrating created a less than perfect listening experience. Will Patton's version of Dave Robicheaux, as well as all the other characters including Clete, is just unsurpassed. I actually regretted getting the unabridged version b/c of this fact. I'd rather have missed out on details in the book with the abridged version just to experience Will Patton's voice as Dave. It's a real shame that he either wasn't given the opportunity or denied the opportunity to narrate any of the unabridged version of James Lee Burkes past books. I am extremely happy to know that Creole Belle's unabridged version is read by Will Patton. What a treat those 18 some odd hours will be!!