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.
I love John D McDonald and I have not read any of his books in a number of years. I am so glad they are on Audible.com I love how he uses colors in each title. I really like the twists and turns in this book.
If you thought you enjoyed the 80's series of audiobooks featuring Darren McGavin as reader (and I did), get ready to have your socks blown off by Robert Petkoff's version! Travis McGee, as read by Petkoff, trades in McGavin's world weary, semi-bemused approach for a much more grim, hardboiled style. He really holds you til the last "page".
Can't wait to dig in to the rest of the series. Highly recommended.
I've read all the McGee novels numerous times - but never downloaded an audible version til this one - and have decided to get them all in sequence. Nice to revisit an era of good vs. evil, without mobile phones or laptops. And, of course, Travis McGee is always delightful in expounding in his world-weary way on the disappointments of American materialism and mass culture - while enjoying every minute of it.
I have read the T. McGee series in book form and every few years, I reread them. Since I am an avid audio book user, this is perfect fit.
Robert Petkoff does a credible job as McGee, and the other characters as well. He uses his flexible voice to good effect. My one and only complaint is that he doesn't sound like the McGee of my imagination. However I don't see that as worth deducting a star. This is a very good listen.
The final confrontation between McGee and Junior Allen
I have to disagree with other listeners about the quality of the reader. While he not in the league of Frank Muller (he was in a class by himself) he is better than he is being credited for.
We listened to it on our vacation to keep us entertained on the way to California. It kept our attention and keep the trip exciting.
All Travis McGee books keep us on the edge of our seat. They are written very well.
He put inflection in his voice as he read it.
Tell us about yourself! Just a cynical and tired, retired English professor.
John D. MacDonald served a long and fruitful apprenticeship in paperbacks to become the universal king of the hard-bitten beautifully crafted crime novel. The Travis McGee series
is the culminating work of a master who was always better than his many imitators. This opener in the series gives us plenty of crisp action and Travis, the absolute best of the lonely, sometimes cynical, knight operators in a dirty and violent world.
I read this terrific series pretty much as it was published. One of last century's best mystery writers created a memorable and unique character in Travis McGee. My sense of the right voice for McGee would be someone older, more restrained and with a voice implying more confidence. I bet he'd be good at other stuff but (for me) it was a distraction.
I will probably buy more in the series though McDonald wrote amazingly well.
I just did not get into the character, Travis or the story
Not John D. MacDonald
I thought this would be a good series to begin as I love this Genre. i was wrong.
I am a retired RN in New York State and love, lobe, love James Patterson books!
This series and John D. MacDonald are new to me. A very nice change of pace. Kept my attention and gave a good picture of the character background.