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  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1650)
    Performance
    (1428)
    Story
    (1389)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "superb story but political agenda gets in the way"
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    Yet another superb Burke story, with superb prose, with a depth of character seldom if ever matched by other modern writers. A treat to the literary senses all around. Other reviewers have outlined the basics of this complex tale but a troubling political agenda that has long been the underpinning of Burke's work has finally bubbled to the surface in an in-your-face, no holds barred manner. Mr. Burke's political leanings have been apparent to us all over the years but we were willing to overlook this, with a nod & a wink and an "oh well", for the sake of unsurpassed story, literary environment and character development & complexity. Added to the mix in audiobooks is Will Patton's reading which really puts all others to shame.
    A misguided, misinformed, very liberal agenda which can only be described as hubris has become the forte of the modern liberal artisan. Think of those Hollywood stars whom we have long admired for their on-screen character(s), who then with unqualified arrogance think that we are interested at all in their political agenda or opinions. You begin to seriously wonder if those movies were really that good and you wonder if you will ever see another of their efforts nor enjoy it.
    At the end of this reading, or in this instance storytelling, you get the feeling that you need a bath.
    Let's put it another way - if I agreed wholeheartedly with Mr. Burke than we would both be wrong.
    Regardless of your opinion as to the above, get this audiobook and judge for yourself. It is a must own for any Burke fan. I regret the 3 star overall rating but that disappointment that I was left with was worth at least a 2-star minus. I lament my lost anticipation of another Burke effort.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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