Black Cherry Blues : Dave Robicheaux

  • by James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by Mark Hammer
  • Series: Dave Robicheaux
  • 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dave Robicheaux had begun to put the pieces of his broken life together again when an old friend turned up on his doorstep, dredging up old memories and new threats.

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Atmospheric, gripping, well paced

James Lee Burke was recommended to me recently as the 'most brilliant rendering of the deep south USA'. Actually, this did not make me rush to try his work because it made me assume, incorrectly, that crime novels of this location must necessarily be about the bleak past of the southern states. In fact, history and politics are worn lightly in this novel, in which the characters have their own strong morality, carefully drawn characters, specific histories and are deeply engaging. I cared deeply about Dave, Batista and everyone in their quasi family by the close of the novel, and the plot was outstanding: unpredictable, convincing and sustained. To start with, I found Hammer's very slow reading pace a struggle, but once this became the sounds of the scenery, the bayou, the boats, then it became very rhythmic and natural. Hammer's pace actually changed a lot, particularly at moments of high tension or action, but if you are a fan of Mankell or Nesbo's atmospheric north, then give Burke's south, and Hammer's accents, a try.
I tend not to write reviews about mediocre works - saving them for the books I really loved, or really cannot leave behind. I will definitely be listening now to the rest of the Robichaux series. I NEED to know what happens next in their lives...
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- Catherine

it's burke and streak but it's not patton reading

awesome book and hammer is a great narrator.... but he's not will patton and i have patton's voice in my head for all the characters.... saying that i think he captures dixie lee perfectly and you have to listen/read this book to understand how clete and dave get back together after the climactic scene in neon rain that ends with, "don't ever call me par'ner again".... so all in all 5 out 5 for the story but 4 out of 5 for the whole caboodle... but if I'd never heard will patton read burke it would have been a 5 out of 5 anyways..... it's all copacetic!
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- jellyman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-10-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books