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.
The entire premise was completely unbelievable
I have always enjoyed Burke, so yes.
I get more flavor when Patton reads it.
Don't get so political with the stories. Seems to be more so with every book.
A journey through a dreamstate. A foreign country where words flow from a gentle waterfall of images of a fantasy New Orleans that may never have been, but surrounds you with a credible and meaningful reality that you hope will never end!
I have read all his books. Loved this one. The story keeps you guessing, the prose is rich, James puts you in the locals with texture and nuance. I get immersed in the southern culture reading his books. I love the south so this is fine with me. Narration is perfect for the story. Will Patton is always great. Looking forward to the next novel.
As usual, James Lee Burke is the ultimate master of descriptive prose in this new Dave Robicheaux novel. Will Patton's reading of Burke novels is of course 5-star. Great characters abound in this new one with sidekick Clete Purcel leading the way, but the storyline seemed to travel to and around so many topics, from the oil spill to nazi war criminals that one tended to give up on where it was all going, and just enjoy the ride.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. Even though these stories can be gruesome and violent, Mr. Burke's writing style is poetic throughout the book and Mr. Patton's reading is perfect.
Dave Robicheaux because he has another "star" performance.
His voice and recitation make this a great listen.
I've thought about these books becoming movies because I really enjoy the characters, but I'm afraid we would lose the poetic verse in Dave's thoughts.
James Lee Burke is mesmerizing. Always. Will Patton uses his voice to evoke the South in all it's lazy, steamy, passionate beauty.
Not my favorite book in the series. I'm not a great fan of Clete, and this one is mostly about him. But anything--anything!--written by Mr. Burke and read by Mr. Patton is worth every minute and every penny.
I love how Burke draws you into the characters in a way that when the book is over you can't possible read another for a peroid of time. You need to process what you have just read. More than when reading, audio books with a narrator like Will Patton, and a writer with the descriptive powers of Burke, give a very clear mental image in my mind about the lay of the land, how the characters look, feel, think. I could go on & on.
Randy Wayne White's, "Night Vision" and "Deep Shadow" Great characterization and intense story line. Perfect narration.
I only want Will Patton when listening to James Lee Burkes Dave Robicheaux novels. Will puts everthing into his narration. He distinguishers between different charactors. If narrators can't do that I would just as soon "read" the book myself.
This book absolutely made me cry several times. Especially at the end when Clete threw himself on the villian and risked his own life. I admire Dave & Clete and their motivations to do the right thing. It reminds me of a time when men protected & cherished their families.
I love the addition of Clete's daughter Gretchen. Hope to see more of her character interacting with Clete. Can't wait for Burke's next novel!
Will Patton's narration is worth the price of the book and the time to listen to it. James Lee Burke has written a great book; Patton brings it to life.
If you do nothing else, listen to the first 3 minutes just to hear Patton's voice read Burke's words.
Forget the plot, characters, & dialogue, the descriptions of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the bijou, sky, weather, etc are powerful.