I always prefer audio James Lee Burke because of the reader Will Patton. Will has all the characters down perfectly. He has a great Louisianna, Creole and Cajun accents.
The James Lee Burke books are getting more philosophical and more interesting. Dave and Cleat are slowly getting over Viet Nam. I love all of his Dave and Cleat stories.
Cleat Purcell. He always sounds hassled and harried. He usually is.
Dave to Cleat "This is another mess you got us in"
The colorful, descriptive and emotional way that James Lee Burke writes makes this book a winner for me. The language can be coarse and the book contains a lot of violence. If you do not care for these things then this book is not for you. Burke's depiction of life in Louisiana is very interesting. His characters have a lot of depth and the plot is intricate.
Yes, because his writing is so descriptive and has a lot of depth to the story line and the characters.
I feel closer to Dave and Clete than ever before. In the book it says Clete looks like John Goodman, which is exactly how I always pictured him. Your gonna love it "Big Man".
The "best" Southern voice in all audio books, he could read a phone book and I'd be captivated.
You have to love the characters of Clete and Dave, they are like old friends. Love them. They seem so real.
Will Patton his voice fits the book so well.
I just started listen to them.
I started with Creole Belle, now I'am going to start at the very first one.
living life and happy about it
I have been mildly disappointed in the last couple Dave R books. This one is back on track.
I would highly recommend this book. It's characters are simply endearing, beloved and well-developed. This is truly my favorite Dave Robicheaux tale out of all of the 19 books.
The dialog is natural and true to these characters. Nothing seems forced or contrived.
I am a huge Clete fan, however Will Patton IS Robicheaux. I have tried to go back to the earlier books but without Patton it's not the same.
YES! Will Patton is Dave & Clete!!!!
Emotion, dialect, suspense.
I have listened to every Dave Robicheaux book and this is the best so far and that’s saying something! I listen to & from work and I found myself sitting in my car as I could not tear myself away! The story was complex and exciting. Several threads all lead to an exciting end! Will Patton IS Dave Robicheaux ! Will Patton brings Dave Robicheaux & Clete to life! I had read all the books but when I heard the 1st audio book I listened to them all from beginning to end and relived them all differently. He mesmorizes you. I will look for more books read by him.
I had never read any of the Dave Robicheaux books, but I was looking for a new series and was encouraged by the overwhelmingly glowing reviews. What I expected was a rich and lovable character; what I perceived was a one-dimentional New Orleans cliche character who speaks only in homilies and analogies, and philosophizes ad nauseum about virtually everything. And I mean everything. He considers Florida's lack of seasons comforting because not having to worry about the advent of winter is analogous to lifting the burden of thoughts of death. His incessant philosophizing is sprinkled with anachronistically lofty literary references and thesaurus hunting words, showing, I guess, that he may sound and act like a hick, but isn't one. I found no real character development in him or his wife, while Clete and his daughter were much more dimensional. I believe that his higher education would have affected more than his occasional lapses into big words and profundity; as a character describes him: "you may be formally educated, but you're a coarse man, Mr. Robicheeaux". My thoughts exactly. He appears to intentially verbalize as crudely as possible, interspersed with occasional educated articulation.
In short, this is not the series for me. I prefer evolved protagonists who are really evolved, not just with a diploma. I find him and his portrayal of New Orleans cliche. I could see absolutely no relationship between him and his wife, and just a strangely superficial one between him and his daughter. I'm sure Will Patton is a good narrator, but I usually find him sounding a little too drawly. I know this is different from all the enthusiasts; but I don't believe this is an intellectual thriller or mystery.
As much as I love them, Burke has worn out these characters. David Robicheaux and Clete Purcell need to retire or Burke needs to find a new formula. Everything that made Robicheaux amazing has been wrung out of his character, and the only thing I can see that might save Dave is if Burke can take him to a new level. I wish that Burke would promote Dave to head the Sheriff's office and bring in a new, younger character for Dave to mentor and guide. Or perhaps Dave retires and takes up a PI license and a younger partner. Perhaps Alifair could fall in love with a young cop from New Orleans and bring him to Iberia Parish to be taught by her Dad. Clete could continue to be the thorn in Dave's side, but he is just too damned old to go on being that reckless and still get out of bed in the morning.
David Robicheaux is an old man. So is Clete. By trying to keep Dave from "living" his age (and Clete from dying from the abuse of his aged body,) Burke is turning Dave into a caricature and Clete into a cartoon. It makes me sad.
Robicheaux fans will probably like the book. It isn't going to get Burke any new fans.