A 12-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder - four men who know exactly who the children are and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children's fate. In a ranching community increasingly populated by L.A. transplants living in gaudy McMansions, the kids soon find they don't know whom they can trust among the hundreds of retired Southern California cops who've given the area its nickname: "Blue Heaven".
This program also includes a sneak peak of the first chapter of C.J. Box’s newest novel BACK OF BEYOND.
©2007 C.J. Box; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
"Blue Heaven is one of the best thrillers of the year, and it kept me up most of the night, the way few books have ever done. C. J. Box owes me a night's sleep!" (Tess Gerritsen)
Audiobook. The first few pages grab your interest with a grizzly event involving two children witnessing a murder. The remainder of this procedural drama traverses the adventures of a toughened rancher seeking the answers. Bad cops have infiltrated a peaceful Idaho community.
The individual motivations of characters is nicely done, you feel sorry for some, detest others. Empathy is drawn even to peripheral characters caught up in the scenarios created.
No spoilers, but there are a few surprise deaths; the ending of the book is disappointing in that it became a bit ethereal. This isn’t an element throughout the book, only the last chapter.
I had no trouble with the reader; he did very well with a variety of ages, sexes, and ethnicities. No trouble determining who-said-what-to-who. Not what anyone would label as a deep book, simply a nice page-turning mystery. Easy listen.
Living in a log home in the tall trees, surrounded by wildlife and streams, it is easy to find myself enveloped within a great story!
this book would be great for the listener that loves a genre with few twists and can enjoy predicting the next step.
has not turned me away from the genre, but it just made me feel like I was watching a "Columbo" episode. I knew who dunnit.
Too many female leads and JBL doesn't carry a female voice very well.
Though I finished it, I walked away several times and could figure it out if I missed a large section. I did not have to rewind it. I think a bit of disappointment would best describe it.
I order three CJ Box books at the same time, I do hope the other two are less predictable. My father loved Blue Heaven and recommended it to me, just wasn't for me though.
Tell us about yourself! I am a 65 year old attorney licensed in two states with a very active insolvency practice. My Hobbies include training Labrador Retrievers and listenting to tape books.
I am from the town where Mr. Box resides and revel in his local color. This storey is rich, diverse, and the characters are nicely developed. I found it difficult to turn off my MP3 player until the dust settled.
I liked the old rancher, of course, but little Annie and her mom became friends, and all the bad guys really got what they deserved.
To many were well done for me to pick a favorite. Just about every character mentioned was pretty thourghly developed and became recognizable.
No but I quickly took sides with the good guys and found myself anxious to follow their fates.
a must read if intertainment is one of your goals.
Box does an awesome job of setting the story up. Two kids see a murder....and the murders want to shut them up. Good plot--which kept me listening, but the very end didn't match the gruesome story. Still, I enjoyed listening and would recommend it.
Mu favorites are paranormal, supernatural, post-apocalyptic, and horror!
Blue Heaven was exciting and fast paced from the moment i began the novel. The characters come alive and pull the reader into the story. Sometimes I had a sneaking suspicion regarding what was about to happen - but other times i was completely shocked and caught myself yelling out loud in suprise! I couldn't turn off my ipod as i just had to know what was going to happen next. There are no slow parts to this story. I highly recommend this book as a fast paced, intense, mystery adventure. I would like to read similar titles by this author.
As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!
The characters surprised me! I hated hearing a man only in his 60s described as old? But other than this, I think this is a good book to listen to for entertainment. And the bad guys got what was coming to them.
i had much higher expectations after reading other reviews, especially with the narration, which was so amateurish and annoying that i couldn't continue after only 20 minutes.
the story didn't capture my attention even after listening more than i wanted to.
This is my first C J Box novel and I must say I was totally taken in. I had just finished listening to the Lincoln Lawyer and I was looking for a follow-up story that wouldn't let me down. This one didn't disappoint. I think anytime you have a story that involves children that are at risk, a certain amount of tension ensues. I simply couldn't put this book down. I listened to it every chance I got, and that hasn't happened in a long time. I will have to say, tho, I did not care for the ending; however, the book was an excellent read. I would encourage anyone to get it.
Perhaps one of my favorites. I've either read or listened to everything Mr. Box has published. Keep up the good work.
P.S. write faster!
I was expecting a lot more from the Edgar Award winner of 2009. This book was childishly written and read like a cartoon. Very disappointing. The competition must have been pretty weak in 2009 for the Edgar Award. This is not an award winning book.
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