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!!
I thought this book was going to deliver more than what it did. The story overall was not very exciting and at parts it became very confusing. I also had problems understanding the narrator sometimes as he portrayed some accents too strongly while making everyone sound a bit similar.
The part I enjoyed was the author's descriptions of his surrounds and the characters. Overall not a bad book, but not very good either.
I love James Lee Burke but the narrator ruined it for me on this one. All the characters sounded alike. It was just an ok story line..
It always amazes me how many times James Lee Burke can work rain into his books. Being from Houston, I know about rain. However, it seems it is forever raining on the bayou. I laugh each time he starts to talk about the rain storm.