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The Neon Rain Audiobook

The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

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.
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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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    Diana NORFOLK, VA, United States 03-22-11
    Diana NORFOLK, VA, United States 03-22-11 Member Since 2016

    I am retired and am busier than when I had a full time career. I don't get time to read; but my Ipod fills the gap.

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    "Okay"

    This was interesting enough, once I got into it I wanted to continue. Many twists and turns. OK for the price.

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    andrew norfolk, VA, United States 03-16-11
    andrew norfolk, VA, United States 03-16-11 Member Since 2003
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    "You won't be disappointed"

    Anything written by James Lee Burke will be, at the very least, great ... anything read by Will Patton, will be wonderfully entertaining ... they make a wonderful team!

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    Lloyd Ithaca, NY, United States 03-06-11
    Lloyd Ithaca, NY, United States 03-06-11
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    "Book 3, Narrator 5"

    My first JLB book, not sure if I'm up for a 2nd. He writes well, but the story gets lost in his florid definitions. Everything's a simile, from the sweat on someone's brow to the sun setting over Lake Ponchartrain. Will Patton, though, is amazing. He does an incredible range of voices for each character, and I could see Dave Robicheaux or Captain Guidry standing in front of me, just from listening to him give them life. It's worth a credit for his performance alone.

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    Gavin Bayside, NY, United States 02-19-11
    Gavin Bayside, NY, United States 02-19-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Narrator"

    It was well worth the discount price. Pretty good detective story. Not wildly realistic though.

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    Vivian Colcord, OK, United States 02-10-11
    Vivian Colcord, OK, United States 02-10-11
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    "Surprised and very pleased!"

    Will Patton has been one of my favorite narrators since I discovered audio books many years ago, so that is the main reason I chose The Neon Rain as one of my selections. However, it did not take me long after I began listening to realize I very much like Mr. Burke's style of writing and I adore the main character, Dave Robicheaux! I will definitely look for more Patton/Robicheaux novels.

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    Cheryl Lawton, MI, United States 02-08-11
    Cheryl Lawton, MI, United States 02-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The Neon Rain"

    I was glad to listen to this, got it during the 1st of Series sale. I started reading this series with the one where Dave rescues Alafair. It was good to listen to this to get the background, when Dave was still with NOPD. It's a great story, as always the wonderful descriptive text and the truly great narration by Will Patton.

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    Beth Gray 10-16-10
    Beth Gray 10-16-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Excellent"

    This is my first Dave Robicheaux book. My husband has been reading him for years and always comments about how the words just flow off the page and how well the characters and plots are developed. I'm sorry I waited so long! I, too, enjoyed the story and the character development. And, I have to agree with my husband the writing is incredible. The way Burke puts words together and the descriptions and scenes he paints with them is exceptional. Everything is enhanced by the narrator who does a wonderful job! You can visualize everything and everyone that is being described.This will not be my last Dave Robicheaux book!

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    Marie Tallahassee, FL, United States 08-21-10
    Marie Tallahassee, FL, United States 08-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "You'll get hooked like a big catfish ..."

    When I come across what for me is a new series, I always like to start at the beginning. I was introduced to J.L. Burke and Robicheaux with Audible's free first chapter for The Glass Rainbow. I was intrigued by Will Patton's narration, the lyrical descriptions of Louisiana, and this taciturn but expressive man, Robicheaux. So I started with Neon Rain, and then promptly went through Black Cherry Blues and A Morning for Flamingos. Like one reviewer has already noted, these novels are graphically violent and, depending on your sensitivities, they may seem gratuitously violent at times. Burke has a poetic style, painting his scenes with words in such a way that you can't help but watch the horror unfold; yet, the second or third rendition of the same scene does seem overdone. I actually found myself rolling my eyes at those times, especially with Clete's apparent relish of the gorier details. But Robicheaux is one of those flawed, nobel characters that's hard to turn your back on, even when he insists on being hard-headed and mucking things up. He's a tortured soul that you want to see redeemed because at heart he's a good man. So Burke hooked me and reeled me as I went through the next two unabridged novels in the series. I'll say here that I definitely prefer Will Patton's narration to Mark Hammer's. With two novels back-to-back, Hammer's narration became irritating for me when he took up the other characters. A slight modulation can go a long way, even when dealing with difficult dialects. While I do recommend the Dave Robicheaux series (and The Neon Rain is a great place to begin), I don't recommend careening through three in a row. By the end of A Morning for Flamingos, I was wondering if the 24 character of Jack Bauer had been modeled on Robicheaux: it seems that nothing can kill Robicheaux, and yet no one who loves him will live long.

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    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 07-07-10
    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 07-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent!"

    I started listening/reading the Robicheux books out of order, so this one really gave me some insight into the "Bopsie Twins from Homicide". Robicheux is really trouble in this one (even more than the others), but like all of James Lee Burke's books it is well written and Will Patton does yet another amazing job with the narration.

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    Tracey Rains 06-08-10 Member Since 2007

    I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.

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    I'm kind of interested in the story in this novel, but I just can't stand listening to any more of this narrator's overly-sincere, "Wow, this is SOOOO deep" style. I was prepared to endure the southern accent; I know where the book is set. But even that got on my nerves after a while. I live in the south, and even for me it was a bit much.

    But the thing that has made me abandon this book is that Patton has affected that kind of tone that I associate with someone talking too slowly, in a kind of whispery voice like he's talking to someone he's trying a little too hard to convince he's non-threatening. I did listen to the sample and knew this might not be my favorite narrator, but I hadn't counted on how much worse the effect gets the longer you listen. My advice is if you don't care for Patton as you listen to the sample, skip this one.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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