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A Purple Place for Dying: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 3 | [John D. MacDonald]

A Purple Place for Dying: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 3

A Purple Place for Dying finds Travis McGee witness to a murder he can't prove and a kidnapping nobody wants to believe. McGee becomes a pawn between a wealthy Southwestern patriarch, the law, and a mysterious gang bent on insurance fraud. Just the kind of thing McGee revels in!
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A Purple Place for Dying finds Travis McGee witness to a murder he can't prove and a kidnapping nobody wants to believe. McGee becomes a pawn between a wealthy Southwestern patriarch, the law, and a mysterious gang bent on insurance fraud. Just the kind of thing McGee revels in!

©1964 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. Renewal © 1992 Maynard MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Patricia 05-24-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My Mystery Lovers Friends I would Tell Them to Get all of the Travis McGee Books - And they Did


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sometimes I Think McGee Has Too Big of Heart - But I can't do without Travis in my Life


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 05-21-12
    Mary 05-21-12
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    "Great listen: A Purple Place for Dying"
    Where does A Purple Place for Dying rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Up among the top!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love John D McDonald's books--I remember reading them decades ago when they were first published.


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

    Travis McGee, of course


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love the way characters develop as the story progresses.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader is excellent, and the quality of the audio book is great, as usual from Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ADRIAN KORNHAUSER E 05-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Really really good book."

    Very nice book, fun to read as all the Travis Mc Gee books I have read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Merle Grosse Ile, MI, United States 04-17-12
    Merle Grosse Ile, MI, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Travis McGee Novels"
    Would you listen to A Purple Place for Dying again? Why?

    I've been a fan of John D. MacDonald for years. Happy to hear them from Audible.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara United States 04-16-12
    Barbara United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Love Travis McGee!"

    This series has been a long time coming. They are like southern comfort food. You never get tired of hearing them....over and over and over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas United States 04-10-12
    Thomas United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Travis Magee"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Purple Place for Dying to be better than the print version?

    In some ways the audio version is better. Great way to pass the time on long drives, workouts or downtime when reading a book doesn't work well.


    What other book might you compare A Purple Place for Dying to and why?

    All of the other


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peterack Alexandria, VA 12-22-13
    Peterack Alexandria, VA 12-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Travis McGee Marred by Narrator's Limitations"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Purple Place for Dying to be better than the print version?

    No. At least not THIS version. The narrator did a fine job with men...but whenever women character's came about, and there is one woman is is a main character throughout the book, they sounded like Muppets...which was really distracting.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not so much this one. It is sort of a mystery by the numbers, not a lot of twits or surprises, but MacDonald is a good and descriptive author that the reader is compelled to follow the trail.


    What didn’t you like about Robert Petkoff’s performance?

    As I mentioned earlier...he cannot perform in women's voices without sounding like a animated squirrel or Muppet...which became very distracting for me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just the dialogue as written. MacDonald can take the description of a woman's clothed rear end and allow the reader to visualize the character, and does so without becoming pornographic or silly.


    Any additional comments?

    The third in the McGee series, really begins to hit its stride after a strong opening and a weak sophomore offering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 07-11-12
    Jane 07-11-12
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    "John D. is a thoroughly engaging storyteller."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would give this book to friends who enjoy a good story with action and philosophy in equal measure. The characters build with the tempo of the action.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Purple Place for Dying?

    When Trav and Jasper Yeoman come to understand each other.


    What aspect of Robert Petkoff’s performance would you have changed?

    Improve his use of english.language skills.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Families can surprise you.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    carl HARBOR CITY, CA, United States 06-26-12
    carl HARBOR CITY, CA, United States 06-26-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, depending if they like audio books


    What did you like best about this story?

    simple


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

    I like audio books better personal preferance


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    plain and simlpe


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anton B. Cipri 07-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Travis is THE MAN!"

    Always a mans man. It's very easy to get quickly absorbed into these stories. A great escape from reality.

    Written in 1964 it's fun to remember how we used to communicate. Actually writing letters...Stopping at a pay phone to make a call...No political correctness. Ahhh the good ole days.

    I was born in 1959 and it's fun to remember those simpler times. I read all of these years ago but love to listen to them now to pass the time on the beach or smoking a cigar.

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