I've noticed some criticism of the narrator which surprised me as I found him excellent. He differentiated the voices well without going overboard, and didn't make the mistake of making the female voices all breathy as a number of male narrators do. He was easy to listen to.
The story itself was interesting but it felt quite odd to me as it unfolded, and certainly the psychological rationale was puzzling. I couldn't work out whether it was simply set in the 60s or actually written then, and because it's an audiobook rather than a hard copy I didn't have the option of flicking to the back of the title page to check. Eventually I checked by with Audible and the odd notes fell into place - it was written in 1964. The disappointing aspects of the story became easier to understand - expectations of characters and their motivations have changed a fair bit since then, especially with respect to women. I won't race to get the rest in the series but may try another one sometime.
I have 20 of the original audio cassette tape version of the books that John D. MacDonald wrote. In all but a few of them Darren McGavin was the reader. Mr. McGavin appeared in numerous films including -The Natural- (Gus Sands) and also was an Emmy Award winner. He had the voice quality of what you would expect a Travis McGee to have; a little gruff, but not overbearing. He also put you
It would be tough for me to recommend this audio book to a friend because the narrator was poorly chosen.
Robert Petkoff, while being a fine reader, could not put peanut butter on a slice of bread when it comes to bringing a story to life. While his style of narration might be fine for some other book series he brings nothing to the table for these wonderful stories.
We purchase audio books for a variety of reasons, but most come down to not being able to have a book in our hands. On this basis, we need someone who can bring the whole tale into our minds and not just our ears. While I rate this storyline pretty good, the performance brings my overall evaluation down a bit.
Retired and retiring old Oirisher/Brit who has now escaped first to Atlanta, now living in Bourbon country in Kentucky.
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.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
My 1st &, I'm guessing, final Mac Donald. Gottit for lor long ride to Hilton Head with my wife who dead-panned sometime during the 600th over-wrought sex coupling, "Your books are like my romance novels, only ... Silly." it feels like a junior- high school kid was sentenced for his detention to write a required number of words... I'm guessing he was caught reading a skin-mag, right? Maybe Penthouse? Which was his only research. Yeah, Guccione would have featured this thing in the 70s.
We began chanting... "Plot... Plot... Plot..." every four or five minutes as MacDonald wandered off onto sophomoric non-sequitur internal monologues over the darkness of human nature. We figured the kid was fattening his assigned word count. Petkoff read it well... Earned his money.
Reader "Duke" summed up this weak detective story for me with his comments I've excerpted below:
"Since I am reading the book today, not years ago when it was written, I winced at the weak and apparently helpless women portrayed at every turn of events, all dependent on Travis to rescue and help them. Perhaps for fans who read the book when it was released it calls up memories of characters prevalent in those days, but it simply felt very old fashioned and overly heroic for me, to the extent that I grew anxious and irritated and began wondering why I was listening to it. The extremely whiny voice given to the main female lead enhanced my discomfort. That being said, I have enjoyed many books with strong male lead characters, it's the consistent and overtly weak and helplessness of the females that just doesn't click (with me). Reminds me of the earlier days of cinema when love stories were about the strong man tricking or exploiting the sexy woman to be his."
I am 65 ys old and female. I remember the days when this series was written and have NO desire to go back there even in a book. The whiny, helpless women who could do nothing to help themselves and who just couldn't survive without a man to guide them is a stereotype I can live without. I often read books set in times past where there are strong female characters who work WITH the men in the story but MacDonald's stories all seem to revolve around women who must jump into bed with the lead male character whenever they feel threatened at all. It's just not "real".
I didn't finish this book. It gave me the creeps.
The First in the Serial Makes you want to Read, Listen to More
Robert Petkoffs Performance Is Just OK - I Thank he lacks Passion for Travis
I couldn't get past the scene with the woman that was depressed - it just seemed so false and dated.
Wow, I had read this story years ago (emphasis on the years) and was surprised and maybe even slightly amused with how dated the story is now. It’s still not bad, if you keep the time period in mind as you listen.
This story was/is the first in a long series of Travis McGee books and sets the stage for future stories.
The narrator didn’t quite detract from the story, but somehow failed to add any kind of spark to it. All in all, the narration was not too bad once you got into the story.
Seemed like just another detective story and not what I was expecting from the short writeup