I bought this book while looking to listen to something new. I had not heard of James Lee Burke. I was pleasantly surprized- this stories contain such wordy details that you can see where his character is and actually smell the rain coming in the wind.
I have now read some of his other works with his other main characters. The same sensations can be found there as well.
Listened to it while at the gym. Excellent for that purpose. I would highly recommend it for entertainment
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
A basic and fairly good detective novel. This is the first in the series, and it was recommended to me. I liked the New Orleans and Cajun background, and it was pretty easy to read. I wondered about a few parts of the plot, like why Annie would fall for this guy (the hero) under the circumstances, and about his ex partner's role in the book. I would read another book about Dave Robicheaux at some point. It wasn't earth shattering, but it was entertaining. Several other reviews compliment Burke's use of sensory detail. I didn't particularly agree that he used it that skillfully. In fact, I thought that part was a little formulaic, and I kept trying to see if I was noticing the formula correctly: throw in some details about nature at the beginning of a scene to try and get the reader to feel a soft, romantic feeling about New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. Then proceed with the killing (well, I suppose I should just say "proceed with the plot.")
I'll start with the good. First off, I love a good murder mystery and this one had some good twists and turns to it. I absolutely LOVED Will Patton as the narrator. I got about halfway through the story, I think, because of Will Patton giving each character their own voice. Who needs video when the author and narrator paints such a vivid picture. A very vivid picture. I kept hoping I could get past the coarse language. Language that was quite appropriate to the setting. I found that as much as I wanted to hear the rest of the story, I just couldn't do it.
I would recommend Burke to all, cause I like his portrait of people and places
I've read several of Burke
He is one of best narrator I've heard
Patton is blessed with the ability to make all characters find their individual voices. Gotta love Clete Purcell but Dave is beautifully proffered and performed by Patton. I would listen to any book narrated by WP and would defer listening to any of JLB's works not done by Patton.
Couldn't stop listening. Kept hoping it would get better for this poor guy. He just got into one pile after another and it seemed to me like a cop should have known better in several instants. After listening to this book, I am not sure I would ever enjoy time on the bayou.
How this poor schmuck just kept getting hurt, getting other people hurt and never caught a break until the very end and even then it was a little bitter.
Performer needed to undo just a little more of the sadness that constantly spilled out of his mouth. He made this sad story all the sadder.
Too violent and scary, but it would probably be a big hit because of that. I would probably go and see it.
I can't hear it.
I can't hear it. It does not download on my Kindle 2. I was not told this.
I will cancel soon. You need to inform consumers what Kindle audio works on.
My Uncle Joe recommended James Lee Burke to me, and he was right. I love the character and the setting (New Orleans). A great story! Can't wait to hear more.
The plot did keep me on the edge of my seat. I really had no idea where the story was going. All I knew was that I needed to keep listening to find out.
Did not care for voice tonality.
The constant back and forth between the two detectives about their marital states.
Have listened to other stories by author and this character and they were enjoyable therefore, after trying for five chapters could not finish book.