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Robicheaux

Narrated by: Will Patton
Series: Dave Robicheaux, Book 21
Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
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Dave Robicheaux is a haunted man. Between his recurrent nightmares, his thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next. During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one which involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave's beloved wife. As he works to clear his name, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves.

©2018 James Lee Burke (P)2018 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Terrific

Another winner from the Master of gorgeous prose. Dave and Cloete are wonderfully flawed but honourable and loving role models.

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  • Elinor Dashwood
  • 15-03-2018

Not Burke's best, but still very good

This isn't the best James Lee Burke, and I found the ending a bit lame, but even on a bad day, he's a master of his craft. As usual Will Patton reads like a dream, though I do wish he'd look up how to pronounce "misogyny" correctly.

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  • Iain S
  • 13-03-2020

Patton & JLB? Magnificent as always

James Lee Burke has long been one of my two favourite authors, along with John Connolly, and I never thought anything would trump enjoying one of his wonderfully crafted tales, comprising such beautiful and elegiac prose as only those two men can weave, so wonderfully, so mesmerisingly. But, I was wrong. For, where Mr Connolly’s publishers have chosen to opt for the droning tones of Jeff Harding, Mr Burke’s have opted for the tragically underestimated and quite wonderful Will Patton. What a magnificent decision that has turned out to be. Let’s face it, the narration sells the audiobook, otherwise we would all be buying the kindle versions and letting our own inner voice provide the narrative. Patton’s softly measured, honey-and-scotch warmed tones mellifluously transport the fortunate and wise listener to the Atchefalaya Basin, to the Louisiana bayou, and to the home and stamping ground of Dave “Streak” Robicheaux. This is as equally introverted and explosive a novel as any that JLB has written, and plays Robicheaux very much against himself. Far more introspective even than he was in his early years, Robicheaux is a man constantly at war with the demon dwelling in his dark corners, the violence that lurks in his soul and which comes climbing out of the bottle, when our flawed and tragic hero falls once more. That Dave doubts even himself, was shocking to me, and I wondered on occasion if he was not right. The storytelling is simply perfect and the tale is a gripping one, with moments of such explosive carnage, counterbalanced by such tenderness and insight, that you have to recognise Robicheaux’s as the heart of a poet - albeit a poet capable of terrible things. I can relate to a lot of JLB’s characterisation and the questions and soul-searching Dave does. As someone who has dealt with those capable of the most appalling acts, and had to carry on regardless - because someone has to do it - I have wondered were these men not better being dealt with by some other form of justice. So at times, it’s as if JLB can peer into my own soul and provide me with reassurance that, by carrying on carrying on, I was doing the right thing, the decent thing, the human and humane thing. Still, and all, at times, I like “Streak”, one half of “the Bobbsey Twins, from Homicide” a whole lot better - and what a superb literary creation Purcell is, a Sancho Panza to Robicheaux’s Quixote, always there for his partner, as he tilts at those corrupt and rotten Southern windmills... “Robicheaux” is a beautiful story, beautifully told by an actor at the top of his game. I look forward to listening to (I pray) a few more such, from the incredible JLB, and the wonderfully cast Mr Patton, in future. Superb.

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  • Ms. S. J. McReynolds
  • 21-01-2018

Gripping as always

Will Patton's narration unimpeachable..story compelling but perhaps a little too much overblown philosophising this time.

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  • D. Munro
  • 09-12-2018

Another good one

I have read, or listened to, all of the Robicheaux novels and this is one of the best. I would have given it five stars but for the fact that the plot became a bit implausible, and rushed, towards the end. In every one of the recordings I find that Will Patton’s narration is much better than any of the alternatives and his Clete Purcel voice is particularly convincing. There are many characters in the story and Patton brings each one of them to life in an unmistakable way.

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  • Baz Borozitch
  • 02-09-2018

Classic. A return to form

I was unconvinced by Dave and Clete's previous outing but this was perfect. All the dark poetry and beautiful imagery, the flawed good guys, the mixed up bad guys. JLB back to his best.

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  • Lisa Crowe
  • 19-08-2018

Wonderful as always

Interesting story line given current rise of populism! The “Bopsie twins from homocide” do it again. Burke’s bad guys are so believable, they make your skin crawl. He is a brilliant writer and I’m, for one, very thankful for his genius.

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  • Andy
  • 29-06-2018

Poetic

Listening to a James Lee Burke book is a real pleasure. The stories are always great you revisit characters that you know and love and in particular you he writes in a manner which has depth and is very poetic and evocative. I can honestly say that for me he is in a league of his own. This book is the latest in a long line of 5star books. A must read

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  • Mark
  • 14-03-2018

The Bobbsey Twins on Top Form

The 21st outing for Dave and Clete and it's a corker with incredibly rich characters and wonderful evocations of times gone by in a lost paradise. Against this lush background are some terrific villains and the spectacularly creepy 'Smiley'. What a character!
Dave clearly feels 'time's winged chariot hurrying near' but I hope he's got enough puff left in him for further adventures as nothing compares to this series for literary crime fiction of the highest order.

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  • judith
  • 20-02-2018

He's back!

Thrilled to see a new Robicheaux on the block. Usual suspects, either real or imaginary. Greatly relieved by the absence of Cletus' ghastly daughter, and minimal outing of Alafair.
But why...oh , but that's a plot spoiler ......see what you think ;)!

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  • Simon
  • 08-02-2018

Another stunning book from one of the very best

Any Dave Robicheaux novel is a treat, but when you’ve waited some considerable time for one, it’s doubly so. That said, it has to live up to its heritage and I’m very pleased to say this book does that with ease. Will Patton’s narration is as good as it gets and he brings to life JLBs characters like no one else could. Elements of the story are reflective of Dave Robicheaux’s past and how that always seems to collide head on with present, only serving to make life harder for him, as he becomes more determined to unravel the truth. No one paints a picture quite like JLB and as I’m sure I’ve said in the past, you are transported to the world of Dave, Clete, Alafair & co, so much so that you can feel the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair. More than that you experience the conflict in the man as he takes his first sip of bourbon and knows how the night is going to finish up. I know of many another author that should have retired a lead character many books ago, but keep churning out shadows of earlier books, that is not so here, this one only makes you wish for the next. Thank you Mr Burke!