I enjoy MacDonald's works. Having traveled alot I have come to rely his short stoy-esque style. Always an attention grabber, never boring. Petkoff should be complimented on his wide range of voicings. He has a good sense of the characters. McGee seems irratable in this episode. Probally needs a girl friend or a case of Mike's Hard Lemonade...
It was a different time, of course, but thank heavens authors are a little more generous in the ways they depict women today. MacDonald's women are always in need of a man to make things okay, and, of course, Travis McGee fills the bill. Even his smart women are way too needy to be believable in the 21st century.
Had a higher opinion of women.
He seems to enjoy the irony.
Disappointment -- I seem to recall these books were better the first time around. I love the setting -- the interesting and extensive interior of the "Busted Flush" and the wry comments McGee's friends make. Just the day of women as needy sex objects is way past, so I had trouble suspending my disbelief to get into the story.
I absolutely love audiobooks. There is simply nothing like having someone read you an engrossing story; not to mention you can get things done while you listen. I always have one on the go.
A typical pulp crime novel. The guy is tough, the dames are weak the plot is simple. A bit formulaic and sexist for my tastes.
I listen to a lot of stories, but it definitely rates in the upper group near the top. "If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage." It benefits from starting with a JDM story of course, and as a longtime Travis McGee fan I had very high expectations.
Well, Travis of course. He's the reason we read these stories.
To be honest at first his voice rubbed me wrong- it did not fit the image I had of Travis' voice... but... after a bit, the versatility of his voice, the way he could image the women of JDM with subtle vocal changes (please note in a McGee novel there are ALWAYS women and they are ALWAYS important), and so deftly and skillfully passed through accurate emotional undertones that as soon as I paused the reading and thought over the plot transformations to that early point I found I was thinking of McGee with that voice.
Absolutely, however, I used it on a trip and found it made me eager to get back behind the wheel when I was away from it for the usual reasons and interruptions.
This book is not the best written by JDM- he had not yet fully matured as a writer as he would in later McGee stories, so the orator was faced with challenges from that perspective, but there is not a moment from the time I started listening that I was not happy to have picked it up and found it well worth the price. I am now picking up every McGee audiobook in the series. I start Naked in Pink today... :)
José M. Batista
I found the characters their language and their emotions, actually the whole story too inconsistent and unreal. I struggled to get to the end of it.
Makeup Artist in Wasington DC. Area loves listening to my audible books while making jewelry or cooking.
Having devoured Travis McGee novels in the 70's I feel like an old friend is back in my life. Enjoyed listening to the book.
write like clive cushier
Petkoff ain't the problem, the story never got off the ground
It's in the top 10
Can't compare Travis to any other character I can think of, and I might say the same of John D MacDonald's creative talent.
I didn't feel he showed enough emotion, somehow he seems to lack the machismo of the real McGee. Also, I was dismayed at his pronunciation of 'cay'. I could be wrong, I suppose, but I have only ever heard it spoken as 'key', and I can't believe Travis McGee would do otherwise.
The last chapter moved me, as do the last chapters in most of the McGee series.
In 1956 or 1957, I was in the USMC, stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In the PX there I spotted a paperback book with a banner running diagonally across the front cover that read 'I wish I had written this book', signed Mickey Spillane. That book was either The Damned or Dead Low Tide, I can't remember which, but reading it began my appreciation of John D MacDonald. I devoured just about everything he wrote, enjoying them all, but the Travis McGee series was the icing on the cake.