I would recommend this book to EVERYBODY! James Lee Burke writes with a depth and a level of insight that is so rare and such a joy to read! Will Patton, (a truly under-appreciated actor and an EXCELLENT ORAL interpreter) brings not only the troubled Dave R. to life (investing him with a dignity and a level of suffering that is not just poignant, but outright cathartic) he also populates the story with an abundance of rich characters JUST BY VIRTUE OF HIS VOICE & PRESENCE! OUTSTANDING WORK! The Cajun/Creole/Louisiana dialects used in the Burke novels are difficult to master and a joy to hear. Patton is the perfect talent to breathe life into the rich and layered characters that only Burke could imagine and create! I love the way that Burke brings these folks to life on the page and the way Will Patton makes them burst to life over my ear buds!I love to listen to my Audible books while I work-out and the daily hour on the treadmill is always a JOY when I have Will Patton doing a James lee Burke story! GENTLEMAN THANK YOU BOTH FOR ENRICHING MY DAYS!Do yourself a favor and listen to CREOLE BELLE! BTW->I have enjoyed EVERYONE of the Burke books-but this is clearly one of the BEST!
Since CREOLE BELLE is part of the Dave R. series and since you have a cast of characters that you come to love->I would recommend ALL of the DAVE R. books->but I also love the Texas Sheriff and the Texas lawyer that Burke created. This story is similar to and I enjoyed it almost as much as BITTEROOT...which not only NAILS modern Missoula, MT->but also tells a story of corruption & intrigue! You cannot go wrong with Will Patton bringing JAMES LEES BURKE to life on your IPOD!
Mr. Patton is so talented that he layers the novel with emotion and empathy and anger all in the proper amounts. He truly is EXCELLENT!
YES. But It was instead enjoyed over a two day period!
I love what Audible provides for me via the work of authors like Burke and great actors like Patton->THANK YOU ALL for an absolutely EXCELLENT entertainment experience!
On a purely personal note-I am living with Cancer and as john Denver used to say: "Some days are diamonds and some days are stones!" But everyday with these great stories makes the workout and the recovery from the big "C" easier and HAPPIER! I really want to thank you ALL for helping me to recover from and live with Cancer. Like my old Methodist Minsiter used to say: "You are doing the Lord's work!" THANKS SO MUCH!
Will Patton is the perfect match for James Lee Burke. No one can do a better job of narrating a Burke novel than Will Patton. Together they are the best!
The story is a page turner and the characters are a fascinating bunch of both good and bad people. It almost felt like the the ending was going to be terrible for the good guys but things work out.
Have listened to 45 books since November. At the top.
Clete Purcel. Such a complicated man and yet easy to understand.
I am an audiobook junkie and listen to at least three to four books per month.
Faster paced writing.
no - he was okay but I think the book was so slow I lost interest. This is hard to believe since I am from New Orleans and love New Orleans history.
When New Orleans history was mentioned it grabbed my attention but there wasn't enough of it to satisfy me.
No matter the gritty subject, Burkes beautiful prose gets the reader through to the next visceral assault . Robicheaux ard Purcell are the kind of guys I want on my team. Integrity and guts, strength and compassion dictate their actions. These aging tough guys still get the job done when they'd rather be fishing. Will Patton is a master, and the only one who could do these characters justice. Makes me sad to think that after 19 episodes- even these 2 are not immortal.
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.