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The Tin Roof Blowdown Audiobook

The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: This is more than just a mystery. Burke hits all the genre high notes while undertaking a pointed examination of post-Katrina New Orleans. Will Patton's narration drowns you in the bayou and brings you back dripping with satisfaction. It is a "perfect storm" of genre fiction and real life tragedy. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, bodies float through the streets and hang from trees, and every drug dealer, murderer, and rapist is out taking advantage of the desperate lawlessness that holds the city captive.

In the midst of it all is Robicheaux, doing his best to help regulate the post-Katrina madness, all the while on a dogged search for a pair of dangerous fugitives, a dope-addicted, fallen priest, and a vigilante insurance salesman who takes his family's protection too far. This promises to be the most taxing and emotional case Robicheaux has had to work.

In his singular style, which defies genre, James Lee Burke has created a haunting picture of life in New Orleans after Katrina. Filled with complex characters and vivid descriptions of the destruction and death that gripped the Big Easy, The Tin Roof Blowdown is an action-packed crime thriller as well as a poignant story of what disaster and desperation can do to people.

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

©2007 James Lee Burke. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Mystery, 2008

"Meticulously textured....dense, rich prose that draws the reader into a web of greed and violence." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Tom Wichita, KS, United States 10-14-09
    Tom Wichita, KS, United States 10-14-09 Member Since 2016
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    Not only an excellent read but a very important work for our time.

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    W. Max Hollmann Florida 02-12-09
    W. Max Hollmann Florida 02-12-09 Listener Since 2008

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    "Same, old, same old"

    This book could be reduced by 2/3 if you just eleminated Robicheaux's introspections, self-analysis, self-doubts, Vietnam flashbacks, liberal talking points, self-pity and janudiced personality profiles. This is the same formula Burke used in earlier books and frankly it is tiresome. It's getting to the point that Burke has worn out his themes and is boring.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    James Olive Branch, MS, USA 02-01-09
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    "Great Book"

    This is a great book, I thought the first 15 min's were a little slow but it was great after that.

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    Bill Cypress, TX, USA 09-24-08
    Bill Cypress, TX, USA 09-24-08
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    "Ok book...not so Ok narration"

    Having grown up in New Orleans it was interesting to hear the story, however, the narrators extremely slow speech pattern and incorrect pronunciation of cajun/french names shows a lack of preparation and understanding of this area and the people. People in N.O. don't speak with a southern dialect, nor do they speak slowly...it was a distraction from the story.

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    Hubert 09-01-08
    Hubert 09-01-08 Member Since 2016

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    "The Tin Roof Blowdown"

    This was a great book, I was unable to put it down. Such great insite into Katrina.

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    Deborah 08-12-08
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    "Wonderful Language - Great Context"

    A good story is always a good find, but when you get it wrapped up in such delicious language and an understanding of the impact of Katrina, it's all the better. The narator adds just the right touch of cajun spice.

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    J Brian East Wenatchee, WA, USA 06-19-08
    J Brian East Wenatchee, WA, USA 06-19-08
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    "Great Book and better to listen to than read!"

    Read the book but had trouble with the French and foreign names. The narrator provides a wonderful flare in accent and character. Enjoyed this immensely and have recommended it to my friends that passed the book on to me.

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    Jennifer Prince IN USA 06-12-08
    Jennifer Prince IN USA 06-12-08 Member Since 2016

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    "Fascinating Book"

    Not only was the story line of this book incredible, the narrator did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. I am often reluctant to immerse myself in fiction relating to real-world events for fear of how distorted those events become. However, this story's setting was believable without immerseing me in the Katrina devastation too much. I'd say Tin Roof Blowdown is a must read for anyone so far removed from the hurricane's devastation that they need and insight into the after-effects. More importantly, it is a must read for those who believe humans have the capacity to do almost anything - good or bad - in the face of disasters.

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    Christina Pfafftown, NC, USA 04-28-08
    Christina Pfafftown, NC, USA 04-28-08
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    "Good Enough"

    I thought this book was O.K. it kept me entertained while in the car... but I wouldn't listen to it twice,

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    Michael 04-21-08
    Michael 04-21-08
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    "An Incredible Story!"

    This Incredible story will keep you riveted until the end.

    James Lee Burke paints incredibly detailed picture of a world I've never seen providing the reader / listener an environment that engages all senses. Will Patton’s narration is exquisite, using amazingly diverse voices to bring the richness of characters and scenes to life. You get a sense of experiencing hero, villain, and every walk of life in-between.

    The plot not for the faint of heart as Burke explores the darker sides of post Katrina New Orleans as only someone that has lived life there would know. This incredible walk through the minds of criminals and law enforcement weaves a tail of 'who done it' that combined with excellent narration makes this one of my top picks of some 100 books I've listened to.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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