The narrator was very good at dialogue, making each person distinguishable, and fitting their personalities, but overall I did not enjoy it because it was just too violent and pointless for my taste.
Dealing with the crooked Sheriff Deputy
His hard boiled accent wasn't quite convincing, got a bit annoying sometimes, but overall it was okay.
This book came as a pleasant surprise. I hadn't heard of the Dave Robicheaux series, so this Cajun detective solving crimes in the colorful city of New Orleans was a great find. The descriptions of Lake Ponchartrain and the outlying areas made me want to pack my bags for a vacation on the bayou.
Dave is a complex character with plenty of flaws, and Will Patton does a fantastic job of giving voice to Dave and the other characters.
The plot is complex, and the twists and turns keep you interested. If I had one criticism, I'd say that poor Dave gets heaped with a little too much grief -- more than one guy, or the reader -- should be expected to stand. The flashbacks to Vietnam, along with descriptions of human rights atrocities in Central America, coupled with the gruesomeness of the crimes being investigated, are a bit over the top. I also wonder why the author chose to make gratuitious slams at the US Govt's handling of politics in Central America: The US Treasury officer in the story is doing his job; there was no need for him to justify his actions based on his religious or political views.
In any case, this is a great detective story and well worth your time. I plan to check out other novels in the series.
I feel kind of bad giving such a low rating but honestly I wish I had not wasted my money on this. The narration was difficult to understand and the plot was so boring I found myself having to rewind several times as my mind kept wandering. I finally gave up :(
Yes. I grew up in a lot of the areas JLB writes about and it is like transporting in time. I never want to live there again, but it is a quick way to visit and be entertained.
Yes, and he is good at all of them.
Yes, but my lifestyle does not allow it. But I listen at night as an alternative to TV
Keep writing JLB
The action is very quick, I found myself wanting to find ways to get back to it
Very much so, and the twists in the plot are very well thought out.
I bought this as a spur of the moment discounted item and was very glad I did. Will did a great job. And I think i've found a new performer to look forward to.
I spend so much time driving on business trips or suffering in boring exercise. For over 40 years I dreamed of something like Audible.
Some novels I read, some I Audible. After a cousin recommended James Lee Burke, I decided to try the first of Burke's Dave Robicheaux series in Audible. It was very well done and very colorful. I've found that in adding Cajun culture to most anything American makes it a little better.
Note: I'm not Cajun.
Unfortunately the next book in the series is only available in abridged format. I believe that it was Pat Conroy who said "Abridged books are an abomination onto God."
So the next one I'll read.
Flow of the story through well portrayed characters.
My first...he did a fine job.
Kept me on the edge of my seat.
Once more the Poet Laureate of New Iberia gives us nasty people doing heinus deeds in beautiful southern Louisiana.And who better to tell the tale than Dave Robicheaux himself, Will Patton.