excellent, gripping--the kind of book you'll start and want to listen until the end. You start making deals with yourself to find the time. Will Patton as the narrator accurately captures the voice of this book.
I love books!
After Katrina destroyed New Orleans I thought to myself that there would be books and movies about it. I further thought that if anyone could tackle the subject it would be James Lee Burke. I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw this book available on Audible. I'd listened to several Dave R mysteries and enjoyed them all but this rates right up there at the top. Weaving a good mystery in its own right with Katrina and southern Louisiana as a backdrop, books don't get any better. I would recommend this book to anyone!
Never mind the story. It's great on its own, typical James Lee Burke and Dave Robicheaux. What really impressed me was Burke's writing about his beloved Louisiana, post Hurricane Katrina. I've not read many accounts of Katrina that have the poetry of language and heart that Burke has for the people and culture of New Orleans. That is what makes this story so wonderful to read.
Usually the books of the year chosen by the Audible editors are pretty good...I really can't understand why this one won the best book of 2007. I found it to be boring, full of cliches, and unbelievable characters. The only redeeming factor was Will Patton's narration.
Patton really makes Burke's books sing. His inflections, delivery and ability to audibly capture the author's descriptive nuances and characteristics of the personalities through audible representations is genius. Patton is Burke's gift from god. The story is of course up to Burke's great abilities as a story teller with lifesized characters and beautifully descriptive prose. Burke and Patton are joined at the art.
Patton's readings of all Burke's novels completes the author's art. Those reading of Burke's stories by other readers just do not have the same great rendering of the story nor especially the characters and environmental descriptions. I now only purchase Burke's novels with Patton's readings. Patton's timing, accent, expressiveness and ability to transfer written nuances in to speech is awesome. I have all of Burke's novels read by Patton and a couple by others read by others, the latter of which I just turn off after 15 minutes. With Patton's reaadings, I just can not stop listening to Burke's stories until they finish, and then I always wish there were more to go.
If it is a Burke novel and a Patton readking, that is the deal of the century in my opinion. If you like mystery novels with characters etched in life and themes which hold that attention. this team is for you..
I have listened to over 200 audiobooks, and can't figure out why I didn't like this story more.
The narrator was excellent, among the best I've heard at producing exactly the right regional accent as well as voicing different characters independently.
The story setting was compelling, and gave some disturbing insight into Louisiana post-Katrina.
The plot itself seemed to have the elements I like: deep characters, thought-out plot, enough action to keep things from being too dull.
But despite all this, the book just never really set its hooks into me. I didn't have any "driveway moments" with it, and didn't find excuses to listen like I have with other books. The plot and especially the numerous characters are a little difficult to keep track of, and maybe if I had really concentrated on identifying everyone and their back story I may have found the story more compelling.
If you're good with multiple characters and following a plot closely (mystery fans?), or want a story set in the unique post-Katrina south, give it a try. If you're going to be multi-tasking while listening, or want a hard-driven plot line, this is probably not the book for you.
A combination of James Lee Burke, Will Patton and the English language is the best. Add in the New Orleans tragedy during Katrina makes it even better.
I picked up my first book by James Lee Burke (Crusader's Cross) a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the read... complex characters, detailed imagery, grittiness and GREAT suspense. As a "newbie" to audio books, I thought it would be a great choice to buy The Tin Roof Blowdown. Let me now say that I am HOOKED! The narrorator brings the story to life in a whole new way. I'm thouroughly impressed and am currently downloading Swan Peak... I can't wait to start listening to that one! : ) If you like suspense and descriptive writing, you'll love this book. Note that language and images can be brutal and at times revolting, but that's just the style of the author... if you're squemish when it comes to overt sexual references (in some cases abuse), this book is not for you.
Well written, well narrated. The book exposed me to the truths of Katrina that were previously unknown to me. Get it.