I love New Orleans though I never spent much time there. It is the culture and language that set it apart from almost anywhere else in the world. So the narration is important to the story. Nick Sullivan is a good narrator but his interpretation of the French-Cajun dialect does determent to the story.
People of Louisianan are a mixture of almost all Caribbean cultures but the narrator uses a distinctively Jamaican accent to interpret the French creole. Burke is a great student of language in his stories. In many of his books, he can determine a person’s origin by listening to the dialect. So we as his readers and listeners know how important this is to him and the story line.
It is akin to substituting Maurice Chevalier with Jar Jar Binks and hoping no one notices.
As always Burke has a point of view or observation that is completely fresh, naked, and free from self delusion. He is like Hemingway. He writes about the things he knows and dares anyone to deny its truth.
Nick Sullivan is a good narrator but his interpretation of the French-Cajun dialect does determent to the story.
It is with extreme effort that Burke centers Dave Robicheaux’s character on his concepts of good versus evil. We understand him best through his weaknesses. When he is wrong, he is driven to drink and not until he makes amends does his ability to resist his greater temptations find victory. Except for the perfect among us, this is a path of contrition we all could use in our daily lives.
I once thought I could write until I read James Lee Burke. It is a shame his work has not garnered more serious attention just because he is a mystery writer.
Robicheaux finds WWII Sub
Burke has a fearless mastery of language and dialogue. He is almost Poe like in his use of vocabulary and tempo but he isn't beyond using terms that have been all but outlawed in today's politically correct society. But Mark Hammer is the reason for the success of the audible series. His Cajun vernacular is spot on and melodic. His narrations are almost musical.
When Dave Robicheaus's ex-partner demolishes a criminal's mansion and his reason for doing it is beyond genius. I don't want to spoil it but Ceitus is so colorful and contrasting side of the coin of Dave's personality, it is almost like they are one person.
Racism rises from the depths.
I would like to see serialized books listed in the order they were published.
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