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Timothy

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  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (384)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "WOW! You won't be dissappointed"
    Overall

    Will Patton reading James Lee Burke is like music to the ears! Absolutely beautiful. I found myself driving the long way home just to get further along in the story... and with gas prices what they are... that's saying something!

    I particularly enjoyed Swan Peak because it features the same great New Orleans characters in an absolutely beautiful setting.

    For those of you who enjoy James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series, you will not be dissappointed.

    If this is the first in the series you're considering, I would go back a few and maybe start with something like Crusader's Cross, then Tin Roof Blowdown, then Swan Peak. With the brilliant character development Burke does, I feel it's important to be introduced to the main characters on their own turf "pre-Katrina" then "post-Katrina"... then enjoy their run-ins with the Montana folk!

    James Lee Burke is not for the faint of heart. Expect violence and strong sexual language. If that sort of thing doesn't bother you... you'll be hooked!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2448)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (606)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    I picked up my first book by James Lee Burke (Crusader's Cross) a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the read... complex characters, detailed imagery, grittiness and GREAT suspense. As a "newbie" to audio books, I thought it would be a great choice to buy The Tin Roof Blowdown. Let me now say that I am HOOKED! The narrorator brings the story to life in a whole new way. I'm thouroughly impressed and am currently downloading Swan Peak... I can't wait to start listening to that one! : ) If you like suspense and descriptive writing, you'll love this book. Note that language and images can be brutal and at times revolting, but that's just the style of the author... if you're squemish when it comes to overt sexual references (in some cases abuse), this book is not for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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