Loved the story, the protagonist, the reader... Had I read the book myself, I could never have gotten the protagonist's voice right in my head, the way the reader did. A wonderful audible read. Only possible flaw was one or two fantastical vignettes within an otherwise hard knock detective story. Yet, if seen as pure entertainment, then there really aren't any problems.
The Neon Rain, the first in the Robicheaux series, perfectly captures the texture of the Deep South. Its rich and subdued prose couples perfectly with the understated and richly complex characters. The story is original but familiar enough to allow noir fans to settle right in for a dark, intelligent tale. What really makes this an audiobook worth having is the pairing of the language with the Narration (read performance) of Will Patton, whose spot-on Southern tempo and gentle accent turn this audiobook from a prose reading to a poetry performance. Buy this audiobook. Buy it today.
James Lee Burke is one of the finest authors of the 21st century. His books are so difficult to put down and stop thinking about that I am captivated until I finish them. I also re-read them. He and Michael Connelly are my favorites. Don't miss any of them. This one is an early one where Robicheaux is still drinking and meets his wife Annie. Narration is very very good.
I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.
Many times I wanted to quit listening to this one but I pressed on. I don't think I ever wanted a book to end so much before. Every time I thought it can't get any messier, the lead can't do anything more stupid, or the other characters more despicable...I was wrong. I also got extremely tired of the descriptions....tell me a couple times what something looks like but 4 or 5 different ways to describe the scene got old and annoying, Definitely not my kind of book.
If Dave Robichaux really existed and he didn't sound exactly like Will Patton, it would just be wrong. I have listened to several of these books, and Will is amazing. The best. Never had listened to this first one (not sure if he wrote this as a prequel or if this was the first one), but it's a good, stirring read and Will does Dave justice again. Title is weird and unrelated, though.
The reader was really good which is probably why I kept listening. The story for me was depressing and the plot didn't make a whole lot of sense.
I felt like there were too many characters that weren't explained and there were things that happened that didn't really fit in the story line . I felt like a couple of characters and plot twists could have been left out and a couple others better developed and it would have been a better listen. But the reader was really good I thought .
What a refreshing experience! This is a new author for me and I am delighted to have found him. The narrator is first rate. The only thing wrong was that it had to come to an end as all stories must.
The Neon Rain is the first audiobook I have listened to without having read the book first. I was completely caught up and fascinated by the story and the rich, almost operatic imagery James Lee Burke lays down to create the moods and colours of New Orleans at the end of the 20th century.
The narrator, Will Patton, delivers the work impeccably. The combination works flawlessly.
I am sure the book will be as gripping and dark on the page but listening to the story being read to me while lying in a darkened room was an intimate and often harrowing experience, redeemed by the basic decency of the main character and the talents of both artists.
This was bought for a low price on special at Audible on a whim, mainly to listen to while driving my daughter back to New Orleans. This is a good detective story and in my non-literary opinion, extremely well-written. Mr. Burke uses eloquent prose. The reader is someone who I did not know by name but recognized quickly by voice. I did not like him too much in the movies he played in, but I think he does a superb job reading this novel. If you are familiar with Graham Greene spy novels, this book kind of reminded me of that tone. The heroes work in gray areas and are very introspective. You don't always reach the end of the story with a clear sense of winners or losers---like real life in most cases. This is not the last book of this series I'm going to read (my idealistic daughter does not consider audio books "reading", but it's that or nothing for me these days). I'd buy it again at the regular price.
The narration was excellent, and I have to admit it was well written. But it was so dark - no "ups" of any kind, and very violent. Even the love interest part of the book was sad and depressing and I have to add that I found the violence and actions of the protagonist pretty far fetched for the outcome...............This writer and narrator have talent and if you like dark, gritty listens, this one is for you.....