EASY , FUN READ
TRAVIS IS A REAL STAR!
OUTSTANDING VOICE INTERPRETATION AND INFLECTION AT A GREAT PACE
NOT EXTREME, JUST ENTERTAINING
Different....very different but also the same. It catches Macdonald at his best
This is my third visit with Travis McGee; first as an adolesent; again at 40 and now 20 years later. I did not realize what I had forgotten. With the first chapter it all came back though. The complex Travis an alter ego for the author.
There is a reason why John D. Macdonald seems to make the top 5 list of many good writers. Many characters are developed to be believable but a very small group seem really to live. Sherlock Holmes is one that comes to mind, Travis McGee is another. The details in his stories rest with his character. Travis reminds me a bit of the cowboys that live at the end of the wild west. They knew their
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I picked this title up on the recommendation of one of the reviewers that I follow (Darwin8u). I was looking for a new series (having now substantially read/listened to the Harry Hole books), so I wasn't turned off by the suggestion that this was not just a beach-side read. As is usual with this particular reviewer, the observations were spot on, albeit that they were of two other MacDonald titles and I had to interpolate a bit, but I wanted to start at the beginning. That's the OCD in me.
MacDonald is a strange dude. He appears to be cast somewhere between Raymond Chandler and Hemingway (bizarre as that sounds); a fatalistic observer of life. Sometimes he goes close to almost profound observations, but at other times he seems happy to dispense the heavy hand of his lore.
Overall, I think I like the style, even if I am not yet a fan of McGee, the protagonist. I think he's one of those you need to grow into, a bit like Harry.
I thought Petkoff's narration was fine. I'm not sure why it has attracted such criticism in some reviews. I didn't find it monotone. Perhaps that was an observation made of McGee's fatalism.
This is not an easy read but, in it's own way, it is not a hard one. Given a bit of time to recover from McGee's opening gambit, I suspect I will go back for another round.
Old Broad with Keyboard
I read the whole series - hell, I owed the whole series back in time. I loved McGee's lust for lost causes even back then when I was a teen. Hearing the first book in the old series with the perfect narrator was so much fun that I worked till 4:28AM to hear the ending. Good thing I was doing data entry in my home office.
McGee has always been my favorite. I always thought he was MacDonald's alter ego. Knuckley, tanned, confident, old enough but still young enough to rescue the girl. Worldly wise but still grounded in common sense & fairness.
Robert Petkoff makes the book come to life.
Yup. It was. And I did.
In order to enjoy this book you need to understand the date it was written. All the big sexual revolution started that decade, the attitude and behaves of man and women must be understood based on the time of the history and not the way we expect or assume modern man and woman behaves.
This is my first encounter with John McDonald and Travis McGee. Although I am not young but my native language is Spanish and I have not seen any translation of this author’s novels. I really enjoyed the psychological aspects. I'm sure the reaction of a woman who has been abused in these times is not very different from that described in the novel.
I am looking forward to listen and read (thanks to Whispersync) the rest of the series as i as sure that both McDonald and McGee will change as time pass by, 20 years is a lot of time and lots of changes.
The narration was very good and perfect for a person like me that speaks English as a second language. I liked the pace, the intonation and the cadence of the narrator’s voice.
Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.
Travis McGee is a character I want to learn more about. The books have been around for a long time yet the story holds up well.
I have listened to it more than once and will again. In fact, the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald on cassette from Books on Tape is what hooked me on audio books back in the dark ages of the 80ties.. My library's copies of these cassettes got destroyed by all the listening, and when BOT changed over to Audible, I was very sad that I had lost touch with these great stories. So it was a thrill to see Audible step up and re-record the entire series. In my experience, no other series holds up as well from book 1 to book 21, sure some of the books are weaker than others, but the characters, the believability and fallibility of the hero, and the astute observations of the evolving culture and destruction of Florida are all worth your time and investment.
The Travis McGee series really stands alone, others try and imitate THIS series, and usually fall short. The only thing close is the first 14 of the Prey from John Sandford before he got so formulaic..
I really liked the performance by Robert Petkoff. He brings a great interpretation to the characters that is faithful to what I believe MacDonald intended. After struggling with the recordings of the 80ties and 90ties it is delight to have the improved audio quality AND a great performance that doesn't jar loose the classic interpretation of the characters of this series.
I would like Audible to consider offering a deal for those addicts who would like to own the entire series... can we get a Bogo deal or something like that?
I hadn't read a Travis McGee book in years. I remembered that I liked the Florida and shoreline ambience. His foes are always supervillains and die spectacularly badly. Unfortunately, this one had a truly terrible victim--one I found little sympathy for. Anyway, the ambience is there, and T. McGee is still the hard-boiled softy! I thought that the book was read well and it's worth a listen when you want sheer entertainment--that's why you buy a Travis McGee! Warning: if you read it at the beach you'll keep glancing over your shoulder. . .
A man like any other. Only more so.
Quality writing. The Main character was a man of conscience and deliberate action. Even so he was able to think on his feet in a very believable way.
At some points it did. Mostly it was character development with slpashes of the mystery part on the increase as things developed.
When he went to see the woman the bad guy had shacked up with.
No in pieces was fine.
The thing of Travis having a mysterious past was kind of cliche. I guess the story has to develop in some manner.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
Had a problem with the timeline in the story until I realized it had been written in 1964. I definitely will read more of the series but probably not all 21 in a row. But it is good to have a short listen, which these are, every now and then.Travis just might be Reacher's cousin.