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.
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.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The only worthwhile aspect of this book is Will Patton's narration.
James Lee Burke writes using similes. Some are clever but the majority are meaningless, lame or simply boring. This book is like a bad dream. It deserves that simile.
The flashbacks mostly to Vietnam are lengthy, boring, and detract from the story. The apparent reason for them is to lengthen the book from novella to novel status.
The time frame of the book is late August through September 2005. The setting is New Orleans immediately before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. The novel uses the names of real city, state, and federal government officials and Burke supposedly describes the real conditions on the ground. He then sets Dave Robicheaux and others fictional characters in the midst of this to develop a fictional novel around the supposedly non-fictional Katrina background. Burke may be a good, even great, writer of fiction, but he did not pull it off in this case. The story is lame (putting it mildly) and the supposed non-fictional portions are so distorted and politicized as to call into question Burke's integrity.
This sorry book was published 8 years ago and will likely be read by few in the future, so writing a review to alert future readers makes little sense. But novels as dishonest and poorly written as The Tin Roof Blowdown inspire me to record the reasons for poor ratings.
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.
Old Broad with Keyboard
Yes. Lot's of action, a good story, believable characters, a ton of suspense & even a little humor. A great listen.
Similar in style to David Baldacci's Camel Club books
A very good performance!! Lot's of accents & very believable.
The drowning of New Orleans.
I sat up till 3:30 in the AM on a work night to listen to the ending of the book because I couldn't shut it off & go to bed!! It's one of those books that you need to listen to when you have lots of time. If you turn it off, you'll make yourself crazy wanting to get back to it.
Burke is now on my list of good, if not great, authors. He uses words like an artist uses paint! This is more than a police procedural story. Burke blends the themes of family and friends, mysteries and murder set in the chaos of the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans. Dave tracks killers and criminals while using his instincts and good ole common sense. Another theme here was that of redemption. One character's desire to redeem himself was very powerful. I don't want to say too much, so I won't say anymore.
Set in the state of my birth, this novel held my attention and I was very motivated to see what will happen next. I loved the narrator, Will Patton is an excellent performer. I had not heard him before. He performs this story so well that you think that there are several narrators. He uses distinctive voices, and I did not have to wonder who was speaking.
I will continue with this series for some time to come. Recommend....
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..
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.