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A Deadly Shade of Gold: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 5 | [John D. MacDonald]

A Deadly Shade of Gold: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 5

When McGee picks up the phone and hears a voice from the past, he can't help it. He has to meddle. Especially when he has the chance to reunite Sam Taggart, a reckless, restless man like himself, with the woman who's still waiting for him. But what begins as a simple matchmaking scheme soon becomes a bloody chase that takes McGee to Mexico, a beautiful country - and one from which he hopes to return alive.
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When McGee picks up the phone and hears a voice from the past, he can't help it. He has to meddle. Especially when he has the chance to reunite Sam Taggart, a reckless, restless man like himself, with the woman who's still waiting for him. But what begins as a simple matchmaking scheme soon becomes a bloody chase that takes McGee to Mexico, a beautiful country - and one from which he hopes to return alive.

©1965 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. Renewal © 1993 Maynard MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 09-08-12
    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Travis McGee - a hero for all time"
    What did you love best about A Deadly Shade of Gold?

    John D. MacDonald's writing is the ultimate in the craft. He's been my own (writer's) hero since I began reading his work decades ago. Yet now, I can be intimately engaged in his world through the brilliant interpretation of Robert Petkoff. Unbelievable talent - this man has more "accents" than most actors in Hollywood. I'm hooked for good and have bought and listened to many of the books and intend to buy them all, even though I read the print books years ago over and over again.

    My favorite aspect of this particular title was the love Travis cultivated for Nora, and the scene painting he accomplished in Mexico.

    OUTSTANDING!


    What other book might you compare A Deadly Shade of Gold to and why?

    All of the Travis McGee series are comparable, but there was something even a bit more compelling in this title than the rest. Just so intriguing. So sad in parts. So .... John D. MacDonald! (the master...)


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love his interpretations of female voices. It's truly amazing how he moves from one voice to the other (Trav's is very deep) and seems to flawlessly accomplish this transition. I especially loved his Mexican and Jewish Bronx accents!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. I want to listen to all the Travis McGee books.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Mr. Petkoff, for bringing us a consistent list of all the books with the SAME narrator's voice. It is soothing and comforting to know ahead of time that you will portray our hero, Travis McGee!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 04-24-14
    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2011

    In the process of beginning a new chapter of my life and strengthening connections with my daughter.

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    "Great story; Horrible attitudes"

    As always MacDonald tells a good story. On the other hand of all the books in the Travis McGee series McGee is at his most anti social and misogynistic in this one. The story is the typical buddy gets killed; I have to avenge him; staple of adventure novels. The police officer who understands the way to investigate crimes is an interesting aside.
    The professor in the Florida college who advises him on the gold statue is a nice touch. As is the story on the creation of a totally new way of life along the Mexican gulf coast. His opinion of the real estate in the greater LA area is amusing.
    But now for the attitudes. For starters McGee is awfully condescending towards a good percentage of the people, cities, buildings, and systems on planet Earth. His overblown sense of rightness is especially apparent in his attitude towards women. He is highly judgmental about the sex lives of every woman who crosses his path. Yet in this book alone he manages to get himself into bed with five different women that he has no intention of pursuing a relationship with. Three of those women he assaults prior to falling into bed with them; evidently being slapped around really turned women on back in 1965. He also has no qualms about sleeping with women he thinks little of as human beings since he dissects them ruthlessly both before and after bedding them.
    His torture of Alma Hitchens he is able to rationalize with no problem. After all the whole situation was her fault; poor Sam having no chance of retaining his moral center after having been seduced and tumbled by a beautiful third grade actress. Pity us poor men who can't be expected to resist doing anything we're asked to by a hot woman once we've had sex with her.
    Also as in many of his pre-1970's works he is all atwitter concerning communist plots and conspiracies. Though his willingness to touch on the 1956 Hungarian revolution will provide an important reference to those unfamiliar will it.
    Given all the negatives if you're able to skim over the 19th century attitudes towards women and sex MacDonald is a great writer. His mystery fiction works contain excellent information he's researched on tangential subjects to his books. This one got a four star rating from me despite those abhorrent attitudes and actions portrayed in this work; if not for them it would have earned five.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Macklin Ewa Beach, HI, United States 01-02-13
    Macklin Ewa Beach, HI, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous narration of a good yarn"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Mr. Petkoff has to be the best narrator in the business. He does full justice to MacDonald's rich characterizations in a lively, if somewhat bloody, adventure.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 05-19-12
    Amazon Customer United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The adventures continue"

    Poor Travis sure has a hard time keeping his friends alive. But this is another great story. Glad I came across these books!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    History Buff Maryland 02-15-14
    History Buff Maryland 02-15-14 Member Since 2005

    Grace

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    "McGee grows on you"

    I suppose it is only fair: some books are chick lit, and some appeal equally to all. This one, however, was overloaded with testosterone. Yet, I did become involved in the story.

    Travis McGee is clearly the right agent for the right job...and the right job had nothing to do with money. For him it has more to do with loyalty and doing what is right. But sometimes what is right may not look that way to others.

    Robert Petkoff did a good job on the narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick King Exeter, NH 12-10-13
    Patrick King Exeter, NH 12-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Comically bad"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a very silly and improbable thriller that makes itself absurd by repeatedly going off on pseudo philosophical tangents. Travis McGee is a large, sentimental, narcissistic, violent, sociopath who makes one poor decision after another but still manages to spin things in his mind so he feels like he's "helped" someone. If he would just LISTEN to people in the first place instead of trying to manipulate them to do what HE thinks they should do, he might be of some benefit instead of getting them all killed.His attitude about women is hilarious. Of course every woman who meets him aggressively wants to take him to bed at least to hear him tell it. He on the other hand is very judgmental. Oh he takes advantage of casual encounters one after the other, but he's bound to make some eviscerating comment about her low self esteem or her intelligence after he's thoroughly used her for everything she's got. There is one term that sums this guy up and it is a crude allusion to a bodily orifice.


    What could John D. MacDonald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If the story was better plotted and the characters less stereotypical it would be a better book.

    That said I disliked McGee from the beginning. His friend Sam Taggart calls to say he's in trouble and needs help. McGee changes the subject and gets him talking about a love affair Taggart skipped out on three years before. Clearly McGee himself had designs on Taggart's ex and lays this absurd guilt trip which Taggart falls right into. McGee goes to the woman in the case, takes her to dinner and gets her all worked up about seeing her old beau again. They go over to the motel Taggart is staying in only to find him knifed to death. At that point both McGee and the woman, a boutique owner, swear to avenge their fallen lover and comrade. Irresponsibly McGee takes this woman to Mexico on a search for Aztec gold which apparently got Taggart killed, and McGee gets her killed too!

    Over the course of this story McGee beats and tortures three women (all of whom want to sleep with him afterwards), kills a dog, and an elderly (albeit scummy) TV producer. McGee's behavior is the cause of at least ten violent deaths in this book alone. In the long run however McGee determines his friend Taggart thoroughly deserved to be knifed and the people who actually did it are allowed to walk away.

    The main thing I think John D. MacDonald could do to improve his work is to see a psychiatrist.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    Petkoff was the reason I kept listening to this book. His voices are terrific. I particularly liked the Boston art expert who appeared twice while McGee negotiated his blood money.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would probably watch it on Netfix. I would not pay to see this story dramatized in a theater. It is quite funny in the fact that it takes itself so seriously.


    Any additional comments?

    I doubt I will read anymore of this series. These books came highly recommended by people whose intelligence I previously took as a given. I am reassessing this point. I am a long-time lover of Ian Fleming's novels and have also read all of Micky Spillane's work. At one point in this book McGee has the temerity to comment "It's easy for Mike Hammer." Well, Travis, in every Spillane book Mike Hammer is beaten to a bloody pulp. In your story you sprained your wrist. I'd say it was easy for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Cryan Virginia 11-24-13
    R. Cryan Virginia 11-24-13
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    "The Narrator doesn't quite work for me."

    Robert Petkoff a good narrator generally, but he has too soft an edge to his voice and his reading to pull off Travis McGee. McGee is a man's man, and the audiobook publisher should find a reader that sounds like a tough guy. (And McGee, as the first person narrator, can quote women without doing a female voice.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nedra TILLAMOOK, OR, United States 05-22-12
    nedra TILLAMOOK, OR, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from John D. MacDonald and/or Robert Petkoff?

    Robert Petkoff for sure but not another of the Travis Mcgee series. Each one in the series tells the exact same story - just different colors. Very unrealistic. Too many "dahlings" and "Yes, Dear" comments made by too many weak, dumb, complaining and whining women who all fall into bed with the wonderful Travis McGee who is apparently the only man on the planet who see himself as the best gift in the world to women. Just not a very good listen.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No comment


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

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    Could you see A Deadly Shade of Gold being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No comment


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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