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The Neon Rain Audiobook
The Neon Rain
Written by: 
James Lee Burke
Narrated by: 
Will Patton
The Neon Rain Audiobook

The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series.

In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

More mayhem? Listen to more of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux thrillers.

©1987 James Lee Burke; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"With its fine local color and driving action, this novel is both chilling and first-rate entertainment." (Publishers Weekly)
"One of Burke's best." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Teach 10-27-11
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    "Not quite as good as other Dave Robicheaux Novels"

    I have really enjoyed other Dave Robicheaux novels, but this one was a bit too scattered. The plot was unrealistic - cops that off the reservation wouldn't keep their jobs or be given one back. Dissappointed.

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    Kristie C. West Warwick, RI, United States 10-18-11
    Kristie C. West Warwick, RI, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Po'boy sandwich"

    First I loved Will Patton, the voices he used for all the characters were brilliant. The story moved along well and not at one time did I wish it were over or go faster. On the other hand, I don't need to know what exactly he is eating. I did want a Lime Cherry coke when I was done though.

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    Ava Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-07-11
    Ava Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Richly done"

    I have always enjoyed reading James Lee Burke's novels, this is the first of his that I have listened to and it increases the appreciation I have for audio books. This story paints a picture over and over with with each line, rich in color, design, and emotion. The narration is well done with the characters unique in voice, timbre, and inflection. I would find myself slowing down on my drive home from work to continue listening to narrator weaving his story like a blanket filled with texture, dark threads, and heat. You are there in New Orleans, the dark wet humid heat and cool relief of the rain. The colors and vibrations of this story are vivid and alive. Not a book for a sunny day on the beach, carve out time when you can truly enjoy Mr. Burke's story and Mr. Patton's telling of it.

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    Bren Conyers, GA, United States 10-06-11
    Bren Conyers, GA, United States 10-06-11
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    "Neon Rain"

    Neon Rain has the typical Burke characterizations - ordinary people struggling with life issues and trying to do the right thing and characters who have been disadvantged by life circumstances who choose to do the wrong thing. It is his human characterizations trying to triumph over evil who make Burke one of my favorite writers.

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    "I'm hooked!!"

    I bought this on a special sale -- it was $4.95! And I'm SO glad I bought it!! I'm a littled bummed the second in the series is abridged...but no matter...I'm gonna go through the whole series. Will Patton is FANTASTIC and James Lee Burke is a master story teller!

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    Carol Oakland, CA, United States 09-21-11
    Carol Oakland, CA, United States 09-21-11

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    "Totally Good Read"

    Loved the story, the protagonist, the reader... Had I read the book myself, I could never have gotten the protagonist's voice right in my head, the way the reader did. A wonderful audible read. Only possible flaw was one or two fantastical vignettes within an otherwise hard knock detective story. Yet, if seen as pure entertainment, then there really aren't any problems.

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    Amazon Customer wayne, ne United States 09-17-11
    Amazon Customer wayne, ne United States 09-17-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Nove, Perfect Performance"

    The Neon Rain, the first in the Robicheaux series, perfectly captures the texture of the Deep South. Its rich and subdued prose couples perfectly with the understated and richly complex characters. The story is original but familiar enough to allow noir fans to settle right in for a dark, intelligent tale. What really makes this an audiobook worth having is the pairing of the language with the Narration (read performance) of Will Patton, whose spot-on Southern tempo and gentle accent turn this audiobook from a prose reading to a poetry performance. Buy this audiobook. Buy it today.

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    theriault 09-02-11
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    "No one can beat James Lee Burke"

    James Lee Burke is one of the finest authors of the 21st century. His books are so difficult to put down and stop thinking about that I am captivated until I finish them. I also re-read them. He and Michael Connelly are my favorites. Don't miss any of them. This one is an early one where Robicheaux is still drinking and meets his wife Annie. Narration is very very good.

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    Amazon Customer Wildwood, MO, United States 08-11-11
    Amazon Customer Wildwood, MO, United States 08-11-11 Member Since 2010

    I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.

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    "Carnage, gore, stupid cops, white trash, revenge"

    Many times I wanted to quit listening to this one but I pressed on. I don't think I ever wanted a book to end so much before. Every time I thought it can't get any messier, the lead can't do anything more stupid, or the other characters more despicable...I was wrong. I also got extremely tired of the descriptions....tell me a couple times what something looks like but 4 or 5 different ways to describe the scene got old and annoying, Definitely not my kind of book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E. Golladay Greenville, SC USA 08-08-11
    E. Golladay Greenville, SC USA 08-08-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "Will Patton Owns Dave Robichaux"

    If Dave Robichaux really existed and he didn't sound exactly like Will Patton, it would just be wrong. I have listened to several of these books, and Will is amazing. The best. Never had listened to this first one (not sure if he wrote this as a prequel or if this was the first one), but it's a good, stirring read and Will does Dave justice again. Title is weird and unrelated, though.

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