I've long been a fan of every one of James Lee Burke and Will Patton collaboration but this one is better. Woodrell's trilogy has just become one of my favorite audio books. Pinchot's interpretation was on target with the vocal inflections that I've encountered in the bayou country. Wonderful, colorful, literary slice of the downside of bayou life. I do hope there is more to come from Woodrell & Pinchot.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This was an engaging listen. Any fan of James Lee Burke would probably enjoy it. Probably better than Burke: no clumsy love scenes or irritating politics / social commentary.
Bronson Pinchot over-does his voicings, though, and most of his women characters sound about the same: one combination or another of drunk, insane, or brain-damaged. He's a talented narrator, but someone should have suggested he dial it down a little here and there.
Overall, well worth the time and the credit.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I found the tone of the story, the characters, and the narration to be unrelenting downers, without enough to hold my interest. I expect more than to just bear witness to what seemed to be 1. people who don't respect each other, or their jobs, and 2. a place that has few redeeming qualities to one interested in what happens there. I read some gritty ones too--the thing that they need to have to hold me is human interest.
I have read all of James Lee Burke's Robicheaux novels, and wonder that other reviews find these comparable, other than being set in So.LA. What grabs me in Burke's novels is a protagonist (and the people close to him) with qualities a reader can empathize with; they aren't just depressives living depressing lives facing depressing circumstances.
Perhaps I didn't stick with it long enough to find a redeeming value in the Bayou Trilogy--it just didn't happen soon enough to not lose me and make me feel I'd wasted my Audible credits.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Bayou Trilogy the most enjoyable?
Mr. Woodrell's colorful and often amusing turn of phrase
Who was your favorite character and why?
Rene Shade, the stereotypical angst-driven, damaged hero. I enjoyed his attachment to and his repulsion by his cultural roots.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
I usually enjoy the narration by this particular actor but his attempts to speak in a 'cajun' style dialect are so far off base as to be initially irritating and ultimately humorous. He often sounds like a completely stoned Forrest Gump. It ain't pretty.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. It is a trilogy and should be listened to as such. There are character shifts between each story that need a bit of time for analyses and digestion.
Any additional comments?
An acceptable listen but a James Lee Burke novel it is not. On the positive side, the characters can been seen as exaggerations and the listener does not get dragged into the mind-bending angst of a Dave Robicheaux or Clete Purcell.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful