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
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the writing was so descriptive
the lead - travis
the way back for mrs. atkinson
only thing didn't like was the narrator's women's voices - his men was right on though
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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.
I liked this murder mystery. The author, John MacDonald, did a great job of characterization in letting me get to know the main character, Travis McGee. I liked how he lives on a houseboat in Florida - great setting. Even though Travis is willing to help others who cannot help themselves, he is still a James Bond type of character who will intimidate and torture if need be. This helped to keep my interest throughout the plot and made it a great mystery. It is hard to believe that this modern day suspense was written 47 years ago!
A very entertaining book and I already plan on getting the second book in the series, "Nightmare in Pink."
Excellent narration by Robert Petkoff.
It has been more than 25 years since I listened to the original Travis McGee recordings with Darren McGavin narrating. First, I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed them. I also didn't think that anyone but McGavin could do them justice, but Robert Petkoff was superb. And I also learned why I like Lee Child's Jack Reacher series so much. He and Travis McGee have a great deal in common. Even though the Deep Blue Good-Bye was written in 1965 - before cell phones and technology - it is a wonderfully suspenseful read. Travis a salvage specialist and beachbum, living in the Florida Keys. He only works when he runs out of money. He is a brute and a romantic. He has soft spot for the underdog and an absolute sense of right and wrong. He is wonderful. A truly good author and book will last forever. Travis McGee lives on.
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?