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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (82 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Wells Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455188413
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Justin Pitre was born and raised on his grandfather’s Louisiana bayou, and he has made a promise to keep his family’s prized 500-acre property safe. But across town, Big-Tex oil bigwig Tom Huff and his company have major plans to cash in on the resources that lie below the bayou by ramming a dragline through the Pitre property. Justin and his fiery wife Grace go to all lengths to stop their bayou from being destroyed, but they might not know exactly what they’re up against.

Featuring a bayou boat chase, a burgeoning romance between the governor and a hotheaded young environmentalist, a sexy snitch, a kidnapping, and a fishing trip gone wrong, Crawfish Mountain showcases Ken Wells’ trademark flair for adventurous storytelling, winning characters, and a singular locale.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The plot’s many wild turns and feel-good ending may remind readers of Carl Hiaasen’s novels. Wells is a native of southern Louisiana, and his love of Cajun culture and its patois, food, and ties to the landscape shines throughout.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Hold on to your seat—Dick Hill’s going to take you on a pirogue ride that will rock you with humor and intrigue. He doesn’t miss a beat as he switches from Cajun patois to Southern accents, reels out the names of foods with piquant accents, and steers you through political chicanery.”

    AudioFile

  • "Wells knows the lingo and rhythms of Cajun language and culture as only a native can, and his depiction of the lowlife Junior and his twisted psyche is gritty and humorous."

    Library Journal

  • “If you enjoy enjoy crawfish and shrimp, and Dixie beer , not to mention good fishing, good ol’ boys, and good-looking women, you're in the right novel.”

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 12/19/2013

    " This book was great. If you know anything about Cajun life, you will get a real kick out of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 9/24/2013

    " A political, satirical pageturner about a serious subject - read for Bill's reading group at the time of the oil spill in the Gulf - totally unplanned timing but very appropriate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Kay | 6/20/2013

    " This book has it all - romance, suspense, environmental issues, gorgeous scenery & some really bad guys. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fay | 6/12/2013

    " The author had a good story line with the oil companies versus the marsh. But, he over-did the Louisiana politics and the characters. The story was too far-fetched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 5/29/2013

    " Great book, easy read. Think Cajuns would appreciate this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Z : ) | 11/1/2012

    " I LOVED Ken Wells' Meely LeBauve trilogy, and was hoping this one showed the same excellent storytelling skill. The storyline wasn't my cup of tea (or Community coffee, for that matter). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 10/28/2012

    " I would only read this book if you are really into Louisiana politics or the oil industry. I didn't care much for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffschaffer | 9/20/2012

    " It wasn't quite the zaniness of Carl Hiaasen but not a bad Cajun version of that fun, with good guys to root for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/15/2012

    " A little predictable but still a good night stand book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mmb | 10/1/2011

    " I enjoy Ken Wells a lot and this book was a fun read, but not as wacky and wild as his LeBauve trilogy which includes one of my all time favorites--Junior's Leg. Crawfish Mountain was a very environmentally conscious book in the style of Hiassen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 8/11/2011

    " Another to add to my list of books that I've read recently with a little too much going on for one story. The characters were a little to stereotypical Cajun, but it was still an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 2/15/2011

    " Good ole'boys meet Oil Co. politics and greed in La. Real good so far.I finished it and am still of the same opinion.It was fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 2/11/2011

    " This book is pretty slow to start. Eventually, (about 2/3rds into the book it gets very good. It just takes awhile to get there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/22/2010

    " Very charming tale of a small city in Bayou country. Big-city politics mix with backwoods heros. Ken Wells is very familiar with his characters and can paint an excellent portrait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Bradli | 11/21/2010

    " The ending was a bit contrived but overall a good read. Great description of the bayous of Louisiana as well as of the Cajun people. Very entertaining as well as informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 8/18/2010

    " A political, satirical pageturner about a serious subject - read for Bill's reading group at the time of the oil spill in the Gulf - totally unplanned timing but very appropriate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 3/17/2010

    " This book was great. If you know anything about Cajun life, you will get a real kick out of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffschaffer | 1/17/2010

    " It wasn't quite the zaniness of Carl Hiaasen but not a bad Cajun version of that fun, with good guys to root for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 11/15/2009

    " Another to add to my list of books that I've read recently with a little too much going on for one story. The characters were a little to stereotypical Cajun, but it was still an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Kay | 5/13/2009

    " This book has it all - romance, suspense, environmental issues, gorgeous scenery & some really bad guys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 10/29/2008

    " A little predictable but still a good night stand book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 6/2/2008

    " Great book, easy read. Think Cajuns would appreciate this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 5/12/2008

    " I would only read this book if you are really into Louisiana politics or the oil industry. I didn't care much for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 5/8/2008

    " Good ole'boys meet Oil Co. politics and greed in La. Real good so far.I finished it and am still of the same opinion.It was fun "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fay | 2/10/2008

    " The author had a good story line with the oil companies versus the marsh. But, he over-did the Louisiana politics and the characters. The story was too far-fetched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/28/2008

    " Very charming tale of a small city in Bayou country. Big-city politics mix with backwoods heros. Ken Wells is very familiar with his characters and can paint an excellent portrait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 1/21/2008

    " This book is pretty slow to start. Eventually, (about 2/3rds into the book it gets very good. It just takes awhile to get there. "

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About the Author

Ken Wells is a senior editor for Portfolio magazine. He spent many years as a senior writer and features editor for “Page One” of the Wall Street Journal. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, he grew up in the Cajun enclave of Bayou Black, Louisiana, and now lives with his family near Manhattan.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.