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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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    Kathleen DAYTON, IN, United States 08-30-12
    Kathleen DAYTON, IN, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2016
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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

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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.

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    Albert L. Buerkel 08-20-12
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    "I'm now a James Lee Burke fan."

    I love the way the writer gives you a real feel of New Orleans.One of my favorite cities.The characters are well developed, and the story is great detective story.Dave Robicheaux is a flawed human being ,but you have to love the guy and root for him.I'll be reading more from Jame Lee Burke!

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    Thomas 08-20-12
    Thomas 08-20-12 Member Since 2012

    I spend so much time driving on business trips or suffering in boring exercise. For over 40 years I dreamed of something like Audible.

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    "Recording skips"

    I have recently added James Lee Burke to my list of recorded books. The stories are good, and I enjoy the performance, but these recording will skip several minutes with no way of retrieving the missing parts. I've listened to hundreds of Audible books. This is the first time it has happened. It happened in Morning for Flamingos and now in A Stained White Radiance. This is very annoying.

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    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 08-03-12
    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2015

    So, I Read This Book Today . . .

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    "Have Will Patton re-record these!"

    I am a huge fan of James Lee Burke. His is, literally, a poet of a novelist. His words bring the history, culture, and people of Louisiana to life. You come to know these people, to see, feel, hear, and know the things they know. He is, in a word, one of the very best writers I have ever read.

    Now for the however - - - Hammer is a NIGHTMARE!!!! I don't know where this man grew up, but I have a sneaky suspicion he is a something like a New Jersey native, as he certainly isn't Southern! I don't know if I find him more phony, hokey, or just plain obnoxious. I have to hold my sides and laugh hysterically when I see people who have apparently never stepped foot in Louisiana, or possibly even the South, raving about what a wonderful "Southern" reader Hammer is. Believe me - - this is NOT Louisiana Cajun, in any shape, form, or fashion! Obnoxious...... especially when he forgets to play up his phony southern accent and drops into his normal accent - is that New Jersey? New York? It certainly isn't Cajun! In addition, if you are going to read the book, it would be really nice if you would at least look up how the names of towns and the names of people are ACTUALLY PRONOUNCED. What a mess. It made my skin crawl trying to listen to him.

    Will Patton IS Dave Robicheaux. The accent, the smooth delivery, the pronunciations - all are spot on. He pulls you into the story, makes you a part of Burke's world, and leaves you wanting more.

    Here's a shout-out to Recorded Books:

    When you are deciding on a narrator for a particular book, actually LISTEN to the prospective narrator before you make a decision on who does the reading. If the reader is distracting, doesn't fit the language, or sounds irritating for any reason, whether it be a lousy accent like Hammer or droning pitch, etc., it is going to RUIN the experience. I can't tell you how many times I have failed to purchase the (more expensive!) audio books of certain authors because I can't stand the narrator.

    I buy a LOT of books - they are my entertainment, rather than sitting and watching the idiot box. And most of my books (over 600 at last count) are in AUDIO form. I listen to books just about every minute I am not sleeping or working. Losing out on good authors because of bad narrators is really disappointing.

    Would really LOVE IT if you would re-record these masterpieces of Southern literature with Will Patton. I would be the first lined up to buy them!



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    Mike 07-10-12
    Mike 07-10-12
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    "A Bad Burke? Yes, it's true..."

    James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors and Dave Robicheaux one of my favorite characters, but this novel didn't live up to Burke's ability to tell a believable story. The plot was weak and didn't really fit with Robicheaux's character in other stories. Even Burke's descriptive abilities seem to have left him in this story, when he throws in a phrase now and again about birds singing or some such drivel. Basically Bad Burke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cleo Plainwell, MI, USA 04-21-12
    Cleo Plainwell, MI, USA 04-21-12
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    "I've fallen in love again"

    James Lee Burke infuses his scenes and character with such detail and color....I can almost taste, smell and feel all that he describes. His heroes are truly human...good men, but troubled, tortured and imperfect as are all of us. Nothing comes easily for them....and they are often torn and undecided. Hey, I can relate. Love these books, love the series.

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    Gail Ridley San Deigo, CA USA 02-27-12
    Gail Ridley San Deigo, CA USA 02-27-12 Member Since 2016

    G.Ridley

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    "Great Book"

    Bought this book on sale last year because I love how James Lee Burke always makes the characters in his stories believable. The narration was not the best... but I got used to it. So, if you are able to get this book on sale... and you are already a fan of JLB, this will be a great choice.

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    Ed San Antonio, TX, United States 08-10-11
    Ed San Antonio, TX, United States 08-10-11
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    "Nice writing, great narration"

    I'm a fan of JLB novels and this one stands out as more complex, less predictable. At the end of the first reel, the story had gotten us through a climax, but certainly the story was far from finished. As another reviewer noted, the characters are somewhat more believeable and the protagonist actually develops an ambivalent relationship with the "baddie," finding redeeming qualities and commonalities with him. Mark Hammer did a stand-up job narrating the characters, mood and pacing. You can tell he enjoyed this story.

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    Tina Leoni Costa Elk Grove, CA, US 05-17-11
    Tina Leoni Costa Elk Grove, CA, US 05-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Makes me want to go to New Orleans"

    I have listened to a couple of these Dave Robicheaux (sp?) novels and I really enjoyed this one. The story is interesting and I kept wanting to know what happens. I like how many of the characters and not "good" or "bad" but are conflicted and have both good and quailites about them. I love how the author paints a vivid picture of the area, the landscape, the food, and the culture of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Makes me want to visit!

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