high expectation not met. main character travis mcgee exhibits schizophrenic behavior, switching from warm and protective to caustic and cruel in a heartbeat. not a lovable character at all, every women he encounters wants to go to bed with him - really? women are weak and defenseless, becoming dependent on
I HATE political pedagoguery masquerading as literature. This was entertaining for about 15 minutes till the author got his political baseball bat out and the propaganda started. Please tell me why writers are dumb enough to think they can convince anyone in this fashion? ALL they succeed in doing is in ticking off half those reading, who won't stay reading and won't read any more. Dumb, dumb, dumb. I hate this book, I wish Audible would be more honest in the summary. This is dishonest unentertaining rubbish, don't waste yer credits or your ears.
Avid audio book listener with over 1600 books in my library!
A good narrator might have made this book bearable but considering the narration was just as bad if not worse than the story it made it impossible to listen to.
In every way possible.
It would have all gone into the trash can.
All total I have over 635 books in my library and this one makes the top of the list for the worst book I have ever purchased! I was desperate for a new series so I thought I would give this author and narrator a try. I am not sure which was worse, the author or the narrator. Save your credit it wouldn't be worth you time if it were free.
Hoped it would be a little better. Kind of a strange main character, Travis McGee, a kind of private investigator, sometimes kind and sometimes kind of cruel. Plot was average for this kind of story. I had read some reviews that gave me higher expectations, so i was mildly disappointed. It was interesting to remember how investigators had to operate before cell phones, computers, internet, DNA, etc. It is the first in a series for this character, so I am undecided if I will listen to more in this series.
This book is well written, and well narrated, but I found it depressing. The bad guy brakes the mind and soul of his female companion through systematic abuse. I was expecting something lighter.
Interesting, but a little slow.
Good voice for this story.
No, not enough meat to the story.
from Knowledge Lost
I’ve never read a John D. MacDonald book before and I’ve read a lot of good things about his Travis McGee novels, so I thought I might start at the beginning for this series. This is the first in what is now a 21 book series and the first time we meet Travis McGee, a self-described “salvage consultant”, almost like a treasure hunter but instead he recovers the property of his clients for a fee; half. He is hired and has to go up against the pathologically evil antagonist Junior Allen, who may seem friendly but has a very sinister agenda.
For a hard-boiled style “salvage consultant” McGee seems to be very ordinary; I felt like all the guys liked him (except the antagonist) and all the girls wanted him. There wasn’t much depth in the character at all except in one scene where he was ready to torture someone for information and I saw a glimpse of a sociopath in McGee. This just made me want to read a book with a sociopath hard-boiled detective, so if you have any recommendations let me know.
The story felt very predictable, it was more of a quick enjoyable story being told to me. I think, while this series might work well as filler reading to help recover from something heavy, there are much better books out there to read instead of this series. The sex and violence that was in this book was pretty intense for a book written in 1964 so I really don’t want to just write off the entire series because of predictability; so if you share a different opinion or can recommend me one of the Travis McGee books that could change my mind, please let me know.
I almost enjoyed this audiobook. It has all the elements you'd want - an enigmatic main character, an interesting, complex plot and a compelling victim, there wasn't enough payoff in the end to warrant the investment of time. The showdown with the villain, the loathsome Junior Allen, was too brief. Also, I felt like the character was fighting with the writing towards the latter part of the book.
The narration was fair, but it too often felt at odds with the writing. I've heard that there are earlier Darren McGavin versions, however, and those might be more compelling.
The skill of the narrator makes this audio book worth the time. The story is weak. I have read this same basic story a hundred times. Character development is rudimentary, to say the least. But, if you need something to listen too while traveling, it will do.
I really wanted to like this book and dig into the series, but I just couldn't get into it. I tried for over half the book, but it just didn't seem to be going anywhere, and there wasn't enough teeth to make me care much about any of the characters. I'm sorry to have to give it 2 stars, but that's all I can muster.