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Download The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel (Unabridged) Audiobook, by James Lee Burke
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,994 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series.

In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanean | 2/9/2014

    " While he does write beautifully and I love reading about New Orleans. This one was just a little too gritty for me. I like Robicheaux but I started with a book later in the series. He is a flawed but genial character. In this phase of the series he seems to be competing with the bad guys to destroy himself. It is not a very pretty contest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/9/2014

    " James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series is probably one of my all time favourite series and I tend to listen to them on CD because the reading is fantastic, or to put it another way, it is the best listening experience I have had with any book or series. However, I digress. I decided to start from the beginning, I have following Dave and Clete for many years now and I decided to go back to the first book to remember what it was like and why I have become such a huge fan. As I expected, I was not disappointed. I highly recommend James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series, caution, one gets easily attached. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Hall | 1/27/2014

    " I appreciated the straight forward style of Burke's writing. He gets the right details in the story and doesn't over work them, creating three dimensional characters with a sparity of words. Robicheaux comes to life as more than a gritty cop. I appreciated the characters for their imperfections as much as anything else when the story ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 1/24/2014

    " This is Burke's first book about Det.Robicheaux. Since I have not read them in sequence, I'm now reading the earlier books to "fill in the blanks." I do love this author's style of writing. Can't wait to read the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Patterson | 1/11/2014

    " Wonderful writing, almost pure poetry. Not quite enough plot, for a mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 11/26/2013

    " Not sure on this book.First in a series and couldn't quite get to grips with it - might read the next in the series and see how it goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 11/24/2013

    " hi dave! what's that? you hear something in your head that sounds like wet newspaper ripping? uh-oh, that doesn't sound good. i think a certain vietnam-scarred, semi-recovering alcoholic cop we all know and love is about to start some t-r-o-u-b-l-e down in new orleans... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hlawton75 | 11/19/2013

    " I'm a sucker for a James Lee Burke novel. Total escapism and a lovely descriptive way of writing that transports you to New Iberia and new Orleans and makes you want to be there. My Dad recommended the Dave Robicheaux series and I'm hooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Martin | 11/1/2013

    " I loved it. But I love all his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 10/8/2013

    " All the Dave Robicheaux books are a journey into the dark swamp of human guilt, regret and anguish. This isn't necessarily the bad thing that perhaps it sounds. Burke writes with a white hot passion, and his journey has a lot to teach about the human spirit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kavita | 10/8/2013

    " Have been waiting a long time to read this one - hard to find on the shelves... off to a really good start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 10/7/2013

    " Wonderful poetic voice, and interesting in terms of how an alcoholic *might* think. Some of the plot bothered me (confusing, eclipsing the reader), but the language was the most captivating aspect of the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bobbie | 7/10/2012

    " I liked the descriptions of New Orleans and got a good feel of what that area is like. The violence though was absurd to me. From one fight to another with guns, bags of bolts and torture made me think that the book was just a vehicle for violence not writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 12/16/2010

    " I just reread (listened to Will Patton read) THE NEON RAIN which I probably read about 20 years ago or so. Loved it--the prose as beautiful today as I believed it to be years ago when I first encountered James Lee Burke and Dave R. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/10/2010

    " Way over-written but that's half the fun. Local color and conspiracy drive a solid start to the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Miller | 10/17/2010

    " I loved the references to Wichita and the Mennonites. I didn't know that Burke was a professor at Wichita State in the 80s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 9/28/2010

    " These Burke books are great summer reads. This is actually the first of the Dave Robicheaux books and I wish I'd read them in order. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mariola Clark | 11/23/2009

    " I am not sure I am a fan. It is such a dark book. Nothing happy happens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil | 8/4/2009

    " Robicheaux is a wonderful character, and I now pick up every one of Burke's books because I enjoyed this, the first. As an extra observation, I like the 'darkness' in his style. Gritty would be another word for it. "

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About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including the New York Times bestsellers Creole Belle, Dixie City Jam, The Glass Rainbow, Rain Gods, Pegasus Descending, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Feast Day of Fools, and more.. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.