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A Morning for Flamingoes Audiobook

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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    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.

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    Amazon Customer 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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    Tracy Ogden, UT, United States 03-25-11
    Tracy Ogden, UT, United States 03-25-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible narrator"

    I love JLB's books read by Patton. Tried this one since it was on sale. The pace of the narration totally distracts from the story. It is so bad, I have no idea what the story is even about. Hammer makes every character sound like the same on.
    If you like JLB, read them if they are narrated by this guy.

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    Amy Easthampton, MA, USA 02-06-09
    Amy Easthampton, MA, USA 02-06-09 Member Since 2012
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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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    John Covey 12-17-15
    John Covey 12-17-15
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    "Yet another excellent read."

    Another excellent read by James Burke. This story line is exceptional and the narration flawless. love this series.

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    Jacquetta Morton 09-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great one!"

    Gripping until the end! I got used to the narrator when I listened to the book before this. not my favorite.

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    nancy davis-loomis 06-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    Burke catches the "shades of gray" between good and evil better than other cop novelists. His resolutions are satisfyingly just.

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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 05-06-15
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 05-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Early Robicheaux, a little slow,"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I favor Will Patton but Mark Hammer has a similar presentation, slow and drawn out. In this case its a little too slow. I cant really fault the reading too much as it was still compelling enough.


    If you’ve listened to books by James Lee Burke before, how does this one compare?

    I didnt like this one as well as most others. It was too long given the story/plot. I found many of the characters, including Dave Robicheaux to be inconsistent and a bit unreal. righteous anger that didnt seem to last, moralizing on one subject but neutral on another that would have required equal outrage. Anyway, as always Burkes writing is near poetry, and very compelling.


    What aspect of Mark Hammer’s performance would you have changed?

    Hammer reads too slow, even though he is trying to impart the feeling of the moment, it just drags.


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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 04-23-15
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 04-23-15 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "a good early one by Burke in the Robicheaux series"

    I started somewhere in the middle with the Dave Robicheaux series and have listened to them all going forward from there. I got this one on a 2 for 1 audible sale and didn't notice that Mark Hammer not Will Patton was the narrator. To me, Will Patton is Dave Robicheaux and Hackberry Holland, he is James Lee Burke's characters. I didn't think I'd listened to any by Hammer but when I looked through my audible history I had. I would never turn down a good Burke book, especially since I'd already bought it. But like most novels, after initially thinking about Patton not being the narrator I got into the story and quit thinking about who the narrator was, the story just flowed. I still prefer Patton but Hammer is OK.

    In the end it was still all about the characters that Burke created, his insight into human nature, his flowery writing style, and the stories themselves. This one was no different. There are some south Louisiana nasties he's in contact with, he's just beginning to work with Clete Purcell, and there are some women. Dave has lived and lives quite the life. I will eventually get to all of the books in the series. It will be a sad day when Burke writes no more.

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    Tee 03-11-15
    Tee 03-11-15
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    "Awesome book!"

    This book was a good story which is narrated very well. I could listen to this one over and over. The fact that the setting is New Orleans is a bonus because the storyline edges along the superstitious nature of modern times and the dark voodoo from the past.

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