James Lee Burke is a stupendous talent. The story that is woven amid the carnage of New Orleans after Katrina is one of the best of its kind. The story is superbly crafted, developed on many layers, each character full and complete and so much more than window dressing - the plot twists and confuses and just when you thought a person was as disreputable as one could be they rise from the ashes and offer some thin strand of human conscience.
I love the amazing characters that Burke is able to bring to life in his books, and the villein, in this case plural are built from some creepy fabric and with the amazing narration by Patton come to life in a way that is very disturbing.
The whole series is highly recommended, but as the series goes on it only seems to get better, just the opposite as many others jump a shark at some point and loose me, not this one.
The opening scenes describing the carnage after Katrina are worth the price of admission, just amazing literature.
Very highly recommended.
I downloaded this because it was listed as one of the best books and had so many positive reviews here...I wasn't entirely let down, but I also wasn't as thrilled as others. The narration was good and the characters voices seem to fit them well. Overall, just not a great, "must read" in my opinion. Something that passed the time well enough to deserve some praise, but not enough for anymore stars.
I am a blessed man!
Will Patton is as eloquent and captivating as Burke's colorful and passionate writing style. It is a tragic story, with so many unusual and ingenious characters, the suspense seems overshadowed.
This is a book I did not want to end. I love Will Patton's work in the movies,and I am more impressed with his reading skills.
I downloaded this as soon as it was available, and didn't listen to anything else until I finished it. Burke is a master at his craft and Patton is quickly becoming my favorite narrator.
The way these two bring the post Katrina Big Sleazy to life is amazing.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
I've read a ton about post-Katrina New Orleans and nothing has come close to how it's described in this book. With Patton's delivery, it nearly breaks your heart. It's so spot-on, it becomes another aspect of the book.
Though the relationship that's developed between the characters adds to the richness of the storyline from book to book, I believe this book can stand alone in the series. If you've ever wanted to get your feet wet in one James Lee Burke book, this might be the one. I'm not certain what it's like to read this book rather than listen, but I can tell you for certain that this is one of the finest blends of writing and narration you'll encounter.
This is a powerful book by an excellent writer. As always, Burke throws his troubled, flawed heroes into a complex murder story full of vivid characters set in a south Louisiana that outsiders don't fully get. This time, however, the setting was impacted by a catastrophic disaster that changed the lives and realities of everyone in the region, and Burke does a masterful job of working real life into a fictional creation. My family is all from New Orleans, and I grew up in nearby Mississippi, where Katrina destroyed all of my childhood memories, so this book was almost too painful to hear.
Once again, Robicheaux has to deal with tragedies created by weak people in painful circumstances, not all of which center on the storm, and once again the conclusions and resolutions are as insightful, sad, and relevant as you would expect. Burke's maturation as a writer, and maybe as a person, are clear, as the characters seem less like cutouts from other fiction, and more like people he may have met in real life. If you like where Burke has been going in recent novels, you won't be disappointed.
Where this one really hurt was in the way the city is reflected in the introspection of the characters, and obviously of Burke himself. Seeing your home, the place you love, devastated like New Orleans or Mississippi (or New York after 9-11) were is something you can't shake, and can't explain, but Burke captures it poignantly. I was in tears reading Purcell's attempts to understand his grief.
And I have to add, those who want to make this book part of a political issue should have their reviews deleted. This isn't about Bush, it doesn't take one political side over another. Those who blame New Orleans or its residents, may you never feel what they felt. If you can't handle a sample of the reality in a book, the real thing would destroy you. Many cities are built along faults, seacoasts, forests--places prone to disaster. May your perfect world never be disrupted by reality.
If you like Burke, this is one of his best. The writing is excellent and very evocative of the time and place - this time being post-Katrina. You have to be prepared for low life miscreants and gratuitous violence, however. The narration by Will Patton is some of the best in any audio book I've listened to. I highly recommend this book. The only disappointment, however, is the ending - which seems to come too quickly, is not as well developed as the rest of the book, and is not as credible as the rest of the story.
This is my favorite so far from America's best. JLB's most powerful novel yet. Payton reads JLB so well that I prefer to listen rather than read. I found my myself listening to the same paragraphs over and over again just to feel the beauty of the bayou or the pain and suffering of the destruction. JLB provides descriptions of the chaos left in the wake of Katrina and Rita that should be read be everyone. My thanks and praise to both men.
"The Tin Roof Blowdown" is one of Burke's best. I enjoyed listening, the story kept me guessing all the way through. I hope Burke writes more storys with the same back drop.
Another wonderful book! I loved it. It really helps understand the destruction and desolation Katrina left in its wake for the city of New Orleans and it's people.