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Crusader's Cross Audiobook

Crusader's Cross: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Critically acclaimed and best-selling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty.

For Dave Robicheaux, life in Louisiana is filled with haunting memories of the past. In Crusader's Cross, a deathbed confession from an old schoolmate resurrects a story of injustice, the murder of a young woman, and a time in Robicheaux's life he has tried to forget.

Her name may or may not have been Ida Durbin. It was back in the innocent days of the 1950s when Robicheaux and his brother, Jimmie, met her on a Galveston beach. She was pretty, and Jimmie fell for her hard, not knowing she was a prostitute on infamous Post Office Street, with ties to the mob. Then Ida was abducted and never seen again.

Now, decades later, Robicheaux is asking questions about Ida Durbin, and a couple of redneck deputy sheriffs make it clear that asking questions is a dangerous game. With a series of horrifying murders and the sudden appearance of Valentine Chalons and his sister, Robicheaux is soon involved with the murderous energies of the New Orleans underworld.

©2005 James Lee Burke; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.

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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 04-04-09
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 04-04-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Burke At His Best"

    Dave falls off the wagon and manages to impale himself on a cross of his own making. At one point, it looks very bleak for Dave indeed. Of course, we know that Dave will overcome, but how he does makes for excellent listening.

    I've read that Dave can be ethically challenged. This is the first book I've listend to where I finally understand that comment.

    Will Patton's narration is as usual, excellent, although he does have a tendency to be "breathy."
    His characterization defines Clete Purcell.

    This one will keep you sitting in the car or have your headphones glued to your ears.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Vandalia Milpitas, CA, USA 10-15-05
    Vandalia Milpitas, CA, USA 10-15-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"

    I just finished Crusader's Cross and I can't say enough about it. This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. James Lee Burke's writing and the expert narration by Will Patton make you feel like you're in the Louisiana Bayou along side Dave Robicheaux. I'm adding this to my very short "listen to again" list.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marci portland, OR, United States 05-31-13
    Marci portland, OR, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I loved this book in ways I didn't know I could"

    The smells, the poetic descriptions, the names of the characters, the colloquialisms, the flaws of the characters make this book perfection. This series, Burke and Patton, are beloved to me. They take my expectations of any other book to a level that is unfair. Crusader's Cross is a great story. You get to know Dave even better and join him in a major life event. Clete is on fire and adds the right amount of color and an "oh my gosh how are they going to get out of this" feeling. The mystery is complex and believable and personal. Just a work of art.

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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 04-12-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The best in the series in some ways"

    This is a good series, there are a lot of books in it so I do not write a review of them all, but on this occasion I have to point out that this is a stand out. The story is beautifully developed, the ending brought to an exciting conclusion and the language and description of events fabulous. I do have to add a bit to the narrator controversy, although I find Patton adequate, he butchers Cletus Purcell's voice, - but it does not take the audio out of the first rate category - it is just that he is not as good as the other prominent narrator for that character. There are times in this story when you have to find a way to keep the audio rolling, it is just so well written and compelling that there are simply not good places to pause. The villein is extremely well built and seems to have the upper hand although you are not sure who his surrounding cast is, there are great moments of suspense and surprise twists in the story.
    Highly recommended

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    Oliver 11-05-08
    Oliver 11-05-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Easy listen"

    I really like this series of books. One of my favorite series. Very descriptive of characters and situations.

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    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 10-30-05
    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 10-30-05 Member Since 2005
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    This is my first Dave Robicheaux novel and my first read by Will Patton. I loved both and will seek out more! Will Patton does such a good job I will look for more novels that he reads.

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    Michelle Eureka, CA, United States 09-09-10
    Michelle Eureka, CA, United States 09-09-10
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    "Bored to sleep"

    I bought this book based on the glowing reviews. I couldn't even listen to it for more than 2 hours. It was boring me to sleep in the middle of the day. I never did hear the author "turn a phrase" or give a fantastic description of anything. In the two hours I listened nothing happened to catch my interest or attention, so I switched to something else. When my MP3 player choked and had to be reformatted, I didn't even bother putting this back on it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne 01-22-09
    Suzanne 01-22-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Crusader's Cross"

    James Lee Burke does it again. This is not the narrator who usually does his books, and it took some getting used to.

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    Val 05-28-07
    Val 05-28-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Southern Sound"

    Will Patton's authentic, sweet, soft, southern drawl is music to my southern ears and the perfect voice for Dave and the other memorable New Iberia characters! Engaging, entertaining, and addicting, Crusader's Cross is Robicheaux (I mean Burke!) at his best.

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    Homer Woodburn, KY, USA 08-30-05
    Homer Woodburn, KY, USA 08-30-05
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    "Good Ole Dave"

    Typical Dave, you say, "please don't do it" and he does it and gets in deep trouble. Will Patton makes these books come alive! He is absolutely the best at getting out what James Lee Burke puts into a book. Love his Cajun dialect, when he uses it. Great Book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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