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A Morning for Flamingoes Audiobook

A Morning for Flamingoes: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

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Dave Robicheaux felt the bone-grinding pain rip through his body as the .45 did its damage. Through the agonizing haze that enveloped him, he heard an almost inhuman laugh: the hideous, victorious cackling of Jimmie Lee Boggs - a sound he would never forget.

It had started out as an ordinary prisoner transfer, then turned into a blood bath when the convicted murderer got hold of a gun. Robicheaux could still hear that contemptible laughter, replacing the horrors from 'Nam he relived every night, echoing in the still of his darkened bedroom.

When Boggs is spotted in New Orleans, Robicheaux follows, joining a DEA sting operation in the Quarter. Poised for revenge, he prepares to face his fears and silence the laughter once and for all. But, in the murky water of the Pearl River, Robicheaux finds that some things are more important than sweet, simple revenge.

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

©1990 James Lee Burke; (P)1993 Recorded Books

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"A highly spiced gumbo of vice, violence, voodoo." (Observer)

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    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 02-11-15
    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 02-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Louisiana Undercover"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Morning for Flamingoes to be better than the print version?

    Since I never read any James Lee Burke and have only listened to the first three in this series, I can't answer that question but I can say this is a pretty good story. It keeps you listening and going back to make sure you got it all. I like Burke's writing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dave, Dave, Dave!! Everything about his is compelling. Love the way he is written. Great guy with a few flaws. Good dad. Sensitive man.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Hammer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only the first three books of this series. The character is growing. I like it. Nice voice, expressive.


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    Watus Prosperity, SC, United States 01-12-15
    Watus Prosperity, SC, United States 01-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Just who doesn't like Dave Robicheaux"
    What made the experience of listening to A Morning for Flamingoes the most enjoyable?

    Because this was so early in this series, I really didn't expect much. But I was surprised. This is a very good book and a classic Robicheaux novel. I highly recommend it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Morning for Flamingoes?

    It is all about bringing together the title with the story line and it was well executed.


    What does Mark Hammer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really like Will Patton and didn't think I would like Mark Hammer because nobody is Dave like Will Patton and throughout the catalog there have been other narrators that did not do as good a job. But I thought Hammer did an excellent job here.


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

    Not really. I think this is more about the intrigue and the way Burke paints and has always painted a vivid picture.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a little more description in this book than many of those in the series. Burke is careful to describe, for instance, the apparel certain characters are wearing. While many authors take this to the extreme, here it helps identify the personality of the characters. I don't remember seeing that much in future books.

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    valerie 01-04-15
    valerie 01-04-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great tale"

    As usual James Burke delivers a fantastic story woven throughout Louisiana. There is mystery drugs cops and plenty of picturesque bayou storyline.

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    Suze R Norwalk, CT 02-01-14
    Suze R Norwalk, CT 02-01-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Dave Robicheaux's character study continues"
    If you could sum up A Morning for Flamingoes in three words, what would they be?

    Characters: the characters are what keeps the plot moving in this book. I find with this series and John Sandford's "Prey" books, it's the character/s that keep me coming back, even if the storyline is lacking. Moody: Dave has emotional baggage and it plays out in his decisions. Louisiana: great backdrop.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, not on the edge of my seat, but found it interesting and entertaining.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I have liked Mark Hammer's performance in other books. I guess this performance was a little flat and I prefer Will Patton narrating this series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this book is not a page turner.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the Dave Robicheaux series overall.

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    Kathleen DAYTON, IN, United States 08-30-12
    Kathleen DAYTON, IN, United States 08-30-12
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    "Good solid story"
    Would you listen to A Morning for Flamingoes again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because I love this series. Dave Robicheaux is such a likeable character that I almost think of him as real.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dave's best friend Cleet is great. He is funny and helps move the story along in a way only cleet could do.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the very beginning when Dave got shot was so interesting I found myself driving home the long way just so I could listen longer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it took me a couple of days to listen to this book. Not for lack of trying though.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, great series

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    Karen Bozeman, MT, United States 08-30-12
    Karen Bozeman, MT, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "too many dead bodies"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a more believable story, less gratuitous bloodshed


    What could James Lee Burke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not kill so many characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all the Clete (sp?) Purcell scenes are good


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, Dave R is both admirable and credible, in all Burke's novels, also Mike Hammer's narration is a perfect fit


    Any additional comments?

    Despite my reservations about all the bloodshed, the book is a gripping read.

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    Albert L. Buerkel 08-20-12
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    "I'm now a James Lee Burke fan."

    I love the way the writer gives you a real feel of New Orleans.One of my favorite cities.The characters are well developed, and the story is great detective story.Dave Robicheaux is a flawed human being ,but you have to love the guy and root for him.I'll be reading more from Jame Lee Burke!

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    Thomas 08-20-12
    Thomas 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Recording skips"

    I have recently added James Lee Burke to my list of recorded books. The stories are good, and I enjoy the performance, but these recording will skip several minutes with no way of retrieving the missing parts. I've listened to hundreds of Audible books. This is the first time it has happened. It happened in Morning for Flamingos and now in A Stained White Radiance. This is very annoying.

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    shipit 07-10-12
    shipit 07-10-12
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    "A Bad Burke? Yes, it's true..."

    James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors and Dave Robicheaux one of my favorite characters, but this novel didn't live up to Burke's ability to tell a believable story. The plot was weak and didn't really fit with Robicheaux's character in other stories. Even Burke's descriptive abilities seem to have left him in this story, when he throws in a phrase now and again about birds singing or some such drivel. Basically Bad Burke.

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    Cleo Plainwell, MI, USA 04-21-12
    Cleo Plainwell, MI, USA 04-21-12
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    "I've fallen in love again"

    James Lee Burke infuses his scenes and character with such detail and color....I can almost taste, smell and feel all that he describes. His heroes are truly human...good men, but troubled, tortured and imperfect as are all of us. Nothing comes easily for them....and they are often torn and undecided. Hey, I can relate. Love these books, love the series.

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