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Purple Cane Road: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 11 | [James Lee Burke]

Purple Cane Road: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 11

Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age-old adage that the sins of the father pass on to the son. But what was his mother's legacy? Dead to him since his youth, Mae Guillory has been shuttered away in the deep recesses of Robicheaux's mind. While helping out an old friend, Dave is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered 30 years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job.
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Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age-old adage that the sins of the father pass on to the son. But what was his mother's legacy? Dead to him since his youth, Mae Guillory has been shuttered away in the deep recesses of Robicheaux's mind. He's lived with the fact that he would never really know what happened to the woman who left him to the devices of a whiskey-driven father. But deep down, Dave still feels the loss of his mother and knows that the infinite series of disappointments in her life could not have come to a good end.

While helping out an old friend, Dave is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered 30 years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job.

Dave's search for his mother's killers leads him to the darker places in his past, and solving this case teaches him what it means to be his mother's son. Purple Cane Road has the dimensions of a classic - passion, murder, and nearly heartbreaking poignancy - wrapped in a wonderfully executed plot that surprises from start to finish.

©2000 James Lee Burke (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Dixie MOUNT MORRIS, MICHIGAN, United States 05-18-13
    Dixie MOUNT MORRIS, MICHIGAN, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story - WRONG Narrator"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This narrator did not relate to the characters being read. AT.ALL. The narration is rushed and has none of the cadence or personality of the southern Louisiana dialect. It greatly distracted from one of the best stories in the series. My brain kept trying to disconnect from the reading.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vickey PATTERSON, CA, United States 07-31-12
    Vickey PATTERSON, CA, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "THIS narrator? Really?"

    I have all of Burke's books. When Mark Hammer or Will Patton narrate, it is time well spent. With Nick Sullivan, not so much. The man doesn't even have a mild southern accent let alone any hope of giving Dave and Cletus the Cajun inflections and cadence. What were you thinking, Audio.com??

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Darla MIramar Beach, FL, United States 08-06-12
    Darla MIramar Beach, FL, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Good book; wrong narrator"

    Nick Sullivan is a good narrator, but Will Patton and Mark Hammer bring Dave Robicheaux to life with their great Cajun dialect.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara University Place, WA, United States 11-06-13
    Barbara University Place, WA, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Get Will Patton back"

    I love James Lee Burke and have great anticipation for his books. Having said that I believe that Nick Sullivan can probably read anything else but he is not authentic in a Louisiana setting. It is very difficult to tell when the character changes and there is no Louisiana cadence. Will Patton is 100% more successful and I look forward to his low, lazy voice. Please find something else for Nick Sullivan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan United States 02-18-13
    Alan United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Accent or dialect? Both apply in New Orleans."
    Would you listen to Purple Cane Road again? Why?

    I love New Orleans though I never spent much time there. It is the culture and language that set it apart from almost anywhere else in the world. So the narration is important to the story. Nick Sullivan is a good narrator but his interpretation of the French-Cajun dialect does determent to the story.

    People of Louisianan are a mixture of almost all Caribbean cultures but the narrator uses a distinctively Jamaican accent to interpret the French creole. Burke is a great student of language in his stories. In many of his books, he can determine a person’s origin by listening to the dialect. So we as his readers and listeners know how important this is to him and the story line.

    It is akin to substituting Maurice Chevalier with Jar Jar Binks and hoping no one notices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As always Burke has a point of view or observation that is completely fresh, naked, and free from self delusion. He is like Hemingway. He writes about the things he knows and dares anyone to deny its truth.


    What didn’t you like about Nick Sullivan’s performance?

    Nick Sullivan is a good narrator but his interpretation of the French-Cajun dialect does determent to the story.


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

    It is with extreme effort that Burke centers Dave Robicheaux’s character on his concepts of good versus evil. We understand him best through his weaknesses. When he is wrong, he is driven to drink and not until he makes amends does his ability to resist his greater temptations find victory. Except for the perfect among us, this is a path of contrition we all could use in our daily lives.


    Any additional comments?

    I once thought I could write until I read James Lee Burke. It is a shame his work has not garnered more serious attention just because he is a mystery writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Peterson 04-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator is all wrong"
    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Nick Sullivan?

    I love James Lee Burke, his stories are great and the descriptions of his home territory paint beautiful pictures.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Purple Cane Road?

    not finished yet, I'll keep listening, but I really considered skipping this one and going on to the next one in the series.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

    Will Patton or Mark Hammer were good, Nick Sullivan, I'm sure is a fine narrator, but he is not Dave Robicheaux, and the accent of the other characters was all wrong..more "island" than south Louisiana


    Was Purple Cane Road worth the listening time?

    tell ya later


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SCOTT NAMPA, ID, United States 03-04-14
    SCOTT NAMPA, ID, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't get past the first five minutes..."
    What disappointed you about Purple Cane Road?

    I'm sure, given the high caliber of all the others in the Dave Robicheaux Series, I would have loved this story. However... HOWEVER, I feel I have been robbed in that the narator just plain sucks. Couldn't stomach him for even five minutes. Sorry Mr. Burke...


    Has Purple Cane Road turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

    Mark Hammer or Will Patton


    What character would you cut from Purple Cane Road?

    no opinion


    Any additional comments?

    Refund?

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    Bruce Aurora, IL, United States 02-25-14
    Bruce Aurora, IL, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Why change narrators?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Its not that Nick Sullivan is bad but its not the Dave Robicheaux we all know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jb Idyllwild, CA 01-29-14
    Jb Idyllwild, CA 01-29-14 Member Since 2007
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    "One of best Robicheaux books, except the reader"
    What did you love best about Purple Cane Road?

    This Robicheaux book has a very good plot, and was easy to follow.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

    Will Patton


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to perhaps 200 books, this is the first review I have written. The reader, Nick Sullivan, has done well over 100 books, so he is not a beginner. But my feeling is that he would be better suited for something by Crighton or some other suspense thriller author, and I have probably heard him before.. He just does not make it in this book. His interpretation of a Creole accent was distracting, no matter how accurate it may have been -- I don't know. And he ruined my concept of Helen Soileau. I note he does not read any more Burke-Robicheaux books.

    That said, the plot in this book is fantastic, and I would put it in the list of best of the Robicheaux books, the others for me being Neon Rain and Pegasus Descending. A while back I decided to read (listen to) all of them, from the beginning, this being the latest. I have at least 8 to go (though I've already read Pegasus - my first one - can't wait to read it again).I have a list of all the books, in order, with readers.

    I note that Mark Hammer comes back for 2 books, and then it is Will Patton all the way. I like both of them, Patton for his slow style and drawls, Hammer takes it a little quicker, and I like that too..His accents are fantastic. Clete just comes alive for me when either of them read. But just give me Will Patton, and I can go down to Louisiana for a while in my mind, anytime I want.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Horan NYC 01-23-14
    Marilyn Horan NYC 01-23-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Not a narrator, but a reader."
    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Nick Sullivan?

    James Lee Burke definitely. Nick Sullivan---NEVER. Sorry Nick Sullivan, but you're up against Will Patton who OWNS the Dave Robicheaux narration franchise.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If Will Patton had done it.


    Did Purple Cane Road inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, never read another Dave R book narrated by Nick Sullivan


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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