Having grown up in New Orleans it was interesting to hear the story, however, the narrators extremely slow speech pattern and incorrect pronunciation of cajun/french names shows a lack of preparation and understanding of this area and the people. People in N.O. don't speak with a southern dialect, nor do they speak slowly...it was a distraction from the story.
Northwest mother to a diverse international brood Lover of plants, books, horses and dogs
A good story is always a good find, but when you get it wrapped up in such delicious language and an understanding of the impact of Katrina, it's all the better. The narator adds just the right touch of cajun spice.
Read the book but had trouble with the French and foreign names. The narrator provides a wonderful flare in accent and character. Enjoyed this immensely and have recommended it to my friends that passed the book on to me.
Not only was the story line of this book incredible, the narrator did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. I am often reluctant to immerse myself in fiction relating to real-world events for fear of how distorted those events become. However, this story's setting was believable without immerseing me in the Katrina devastation too much. I'd say Tin Roof Blowdown is a must read for anyone so far removed from the hurricane's devastation that they need and insight into the after-effects. More importantly, it is a must read for those who believe humans have the capacity to do almost anything - good or bad - in the face of disasters.
This Incredible story will keep you riveted until the end.
James Lee Burke paints incredibly detailed picture of a world I've never seen providing the reader / listener an environment that engages all senses. Will Patton’s narration is exquisite, using amazingly diverse voices to bring the richness of characters and scenes to life. You get a sense of experiencing hero, villain, and every walk of life in-between.
The plot not for the faint of heart as Burke explores the darker sides of post Katrina New Orleans as only someone that has lived life there would know. This incredible walk through the minds of criminals and law enforcement weaves a tail of 'who done it' that combined with excellent narration makes this one of my top picks of some 100 books I've listened to.
Excellent Story. And the narrator is AWESOME. He captures each and every single character with such authenticity that you can't help being sucked into this story. I've been looking at this audible book for months and I'm glad that I finally decided to listen to it. The story is told with such depth of each character and scene that you don't want to turn it off. I give this one 10 stars.
I really enjoyed this audiobook by James Lee Burke. I've read paper versions of most of Mr. Burke's novels. Will Patton the narrator of this book brings the characters to life unlike anything I could imagine when reading the paper versions. The richness of the novel was brought out by Will Patton. Having helped with the disaster clean up only a few months after Katrina, the novel evokes a powerful memory of what I saw. Great book.
Burke is a wonderful writer--I bought everything on Audible by him after I finished Tin Roof. You can practically SMELL New Orleans as it must have been during Katrina. This book helps you understand why people could not leave and gives a sympathetic picture of what post Katrina was like. All of that backdrop woven into a very good suspense story. A wonderful achievement.