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A Morning for Flamingoes Audiobook

A Morning for Flamingoes: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BERNICE 05-09-12
    BERNICE 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.

    3 of 4 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 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.

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    Chicken 08-29-16
    Chicken 08-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent characters, inconsistent narration tho"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Morning for Flamingoes to be better than the print version?

    I love audiobooks and I love regular books, and to me, both have their times and their places. The narration on this version wasn't the peerless Will Patton, who does most of JLB's wonderful stories, and it took some getting used to. It wasn't horrible, but there are long pauses in the reading, and it's sometimes distracting. Still though, I would listen to it again, and do recommend this audiobook. The story is so good and the characters so potent, that they shine through all on their own.


    What did you like best about this story?


    What did I like best about this story? The beautiful language of James Lee Burke's writing. He's a modern-day master, and I never tire of his stories, especially the Dave Robicheaux series.

    ********************************************************Spoilers**********************************************

    What else did I like best about this story? Dave reunites with Bootsie! I do wish this had been a bit more fleshed out, but it was meaningful just the same. We hear so much about Bootsie in other books, and hearing the origin story of their relationship ties up a lot of loose ends for anyone listening to the Dave Robicheaux series out of order.

    Also, this story features one of the best JLB characters ever, Tony Cordo, who is a mafia don fighting to keep control of his empire, while caring for his disabled little boy. JLB has an unparalleled talent for finding the humanity in even the most despicable of characters. In Tony, he shows us yet another deeply textured man who makes us feel what he feels, and who is far more than an initial summation of him might suggest. His relationships with his son, Paul, and with Dave, and even with Jess, his bodyguard, are so thoughtful and nuanced.

    T-Bow (I might be spelling that incorrectly) is another wonderful character, who despite all hardships, captures your heart whether you want to like him or not. Even when he is terrified for his life, he makes the right decisions, and his vulnerability and fierce ties to his family make you care as much about his welfare as Dave does.

    The ending is excellent, though there was one bad guy/gal I wish had been punished properly. Still though, a satisfying story that illuminates the darkest recesses that people can go to, and humanizes them in the process.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sometimes, but unfortunately there were many moments where it didn't match at all, almost like the reader had just woken up and was still roaring to life. However, this wasn't always an issue. In all of JLB's books, there are long moments of dream-like reflection, and this book is no exception. During those chapters, the narration did fit the pace perfectly, and I didn't mind it at all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have as extreme a reaction to this book as I have to some of JLB's others, but it did make me cry a few times. The ending is so poignant and the character relationships are tender and beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this audiobook, despite the inconsistent narration. JLB fans will love the story, and it answers many questions in Dave's timeline across the books.

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    rebecca Dallas, TX 05-25-16
    rebecca Dallas, TX 05-25-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Prefer different reader"

    I enjoyed the story line, however, the reader made it difficult to understand which character was speaking.

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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 2016
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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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