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A Morning for Flamingoes: A Dave Robicheaux Novel | [James Lee Burke]

A Morning for Flamingoes: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

Dave Robicheaux felt the bone-grinding pain rip through his body as the .45 did its damage. Through the agonizing haze that enveloped him, he heard an almost inhuman laugh - the hideous, victorious cackling of Jimmie Lee Boggs - a sound he would never forget. It had started out as an ordinary prisoner transfer, then turned into a blood bath when the convicted murderer got hold of a gun.
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Dave Robicheaux felt the bone-grinding pain rip through his body as the .45 did its damage. Through the agonizing haze that enveloped him, he heard an almost inhuman laugh: the hideous, victorious cackling of Jimmie Lee Boggs - a sound he would never forget.

It had started out as an ordinary prisoner transfer, then turned into a blood bath when the convicted murderer got hold of a gun. Robicheaux could still hear that contemptible laughter, replacing the horrors from 'Nam he relived every night, echoing in the still of his darkened bedroom.

When Boggs is spotted in New Orleans, Robicheaux follows, joining a DEA sting operation in the Quarter. Poised for revenge, he prepares to face his fears and silence the laughter once and for all. But, in the murky water of the Pearl River, Robicheaux finds that some things are more important than sweet, simple revenge.

More mayhem? Listen to another of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux thrillers.

©1990 James Lee Burke; (P)1993 Recorded Books

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"A highly spiced gumbo of vice, violence, voodoo." (Observer)

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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 02-06-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautiful series strong as ever"

    When dealing with a series there seems to be a point in which the author seems to be phoning it in and the series just degrades. I see no evidence of this happening yet in the James Lee Burke series, the writing is still beautiful, the action exciting and the description of the people and places of South Louisiana good enough to make you feel like you just paid a visit to the place. I am excited to start my next installment in the series and my hope is that it is just as good as this one was.
    Highly Recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PLYMOUTH, MA, United States 05-09-12
    Amazon Customer PLYMOUTH, MA, United States 05-09-12
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    "great writer--bad performance"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Great plot--just couldn't stand listening to Mark Hammer--especially since Will Patton does such a wonderful performance on books by the same writer. I actually fell asleep and remember dreaming about how terrible and boring the speaker made this book. I couldn't bear to listen to him any longer.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Couldn't bear listening to the speaker's boring voice drone on and on.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Hammer’s performances?

    NOOOOOO!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Great writer--


    Any additional comments?

    Will any purchase future Audiobooks in this series performbed by Will Patton.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Easthampton, MA, USA 02-06-09
    Amy Easthampton, MA, USA 02-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "An Excellent Book and Narration"

    Any James Lee Burke fan will be pleased, and any new listener will be spoiled for any other narrator. Mark Hammer's voice is rich and full of character and soul-he makes you feel the heart break. The writing is so descriptive, you can see the character's faces, smell the air around them, feel their fear, or humor, or anger. Wonderful.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 07-01-14
    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 07-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "SOMEBODY SHOOT ME!!!!!"

    One day I awoke and finally came to the realization that MARK HAMMER should just pull the hammer back and squeeze the trigger!!!
    I know, I know, I know it's just a joke people calm yourself but really why is this man allowed to narrate books. Can someone please tell me why?? James Lee Burke is an excellent author but if someone doesn't stop the HAMMER audible will have to close their doors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ferrari Baltimore, MD United States 06-11-14
    Joseph Ferrari Baltimore, MD United States 06-11-14
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    "Can't download audiobook!"
    What would have made A Morning for Flamingoes better?

    It would be much better if it can be downloaded!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't say because I couldn't download it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See earlier comments.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger! Because I can't download it.


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suze R Norwalk, CT 02-01-14
    Suze R Norwalk, CT 02-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Dave Robicheaux's character study continues"
    If you could sum up A Morning for Flamingoes in three words, what would they be?

    Characters: the characters are what keeps the plot moving in this book. I find with this series and John Sandford's "Prey" books, it's the character/s that keep me coming back, even if the storyline is lacking. Moody: Dave has emotional baggage and it plays out in his decisions. Louisiana: great backdrop.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, not on the edge of my seat, but found it interesting and entertaining.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I have liked Mark Hammer's performance in other books. I guess this performance was a little flat and I prefer Will Patton narrating this series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this book is not a page turner.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the Dave Robicheaux series overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    james Whitehouse, TX, United States 12-04-12
    james Whitehouse, TX, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Hammer is a distraction"
    What did you love best about A Morning for Flamingoes?

    The story is pure James Lee Burke, which is to say a gutsy, well written story with a tempo that keeps you interested till the end.
    The narrator, Mark Hammer, however, is a complete foreigner to the geographical and cultural base of the story. His pronunciations of names from this region and overall performance, sometimes jar a reader familiar with S. Louisiana loose from the story.
    The story itself does draw you back. If you know nothing of this area and culture, you will not notice the shortcomings of the narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robicheaux


    How could the performance have been better?

    different narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia Twinsburg, OH, United States 11-20-12
    Felicia Twinsburg, OH, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Reader"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes I would change the reader


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Lee Burke? Why or why not?

    Yes as long as the reader is Will Patton.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Hammer?

    Will Patton


    Was A Morning for Flamingoes worth the listening time?

    I couldn't make through 5 minutes with this reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure the book is great but I will to read it myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen DAYTON, IN, United States 08-30-12
    Kathleen DAYTON, IN, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good solid story"
    Would you listen to A Morning for Flamingoes again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because I love this series. Dave Robicheaux is such a likeable character that I almost think of him as real.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dave's best friend Cleet is great. He is funny and helps move the story along in a way only cleet could do.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the very beginning when Dave got shot was so interesting I found myself driving home the long way just so I could listen longer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it took me a couple of days to listen to this book. Not for lack of trying though.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, great series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Bozeman, MT, United States 08-30-12
    Karen Bozeman, MT, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "too many dead bodies"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a more believable story, less gratuitous bloodshed


    What could James Lee Burke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not kill so many characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all the Clete (sp?) Purcell scenes are good


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, Dave R is both admirable and credible, in all Burke's novels, also Mike Hammer's narration is a perfect fit


    Any additional comments?

    Despite my reservations about all the bloodshed, the book is a gripping read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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