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Darker Than Amber: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 7 | [John D. MacDonald]

Darker Than Amber: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 7

Travis McGee never shies away from damsels in distress. But this Eurasian beauty was different. When Travis and Meyer rescued her from the water, she had a block of cement wired to her feet, and she wasn't so much grateful as ready to snare them in a murder racket to end all murders.
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Travis McGee never shies away from damsels in distress. But this Eurasian beauty was different. When Travis and Meyer rescued her from the water, she had a block of cement wired to her feet, and she wasn't so much grateful as ready to snare them in a murder racket to end all murders.

©1966 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. Renewal © 1994 Maynard MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Anne Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-13-12
    Anne Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-13-12
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    "At last, but hoping for a better Meyer"
    If you could sum up Darker Than Amber in three words, what would they be?

    Meyer too gentile


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Darker Than Amber?

    Lots of Meyer love.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I liked Petkoff's voice and reading style for McGee, somewhat understated which was nice. He didn't try and tough guy it up thank god.

    However, I was a bit disappointed with Petkoff's take on Meyer. I love Meyer and I've had his voice in my head for a long time. MacDonald clearly wrote Meyer as a mensch. He's a retiree in Ft. Lauderdale for pete's sake. Petkoff doesn't capture that, way too gentile.


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

    If you haven't read or listened to McGee, you're in for a treat. I've been waiting a long time for a good commercial production of the McGee novels.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a hardcore McGee fan. My monitor background is a 1964 view of Bahia Mar where I can point out, to anyone who cares (i.e. no one) where slip F-18 is.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 05-09-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2001

    BJS

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    "A man from the first half of the 20th century"

    These are classic mystery stories written at a time when $10,000.00 was equal to $100,000.00 in today dollars. Also men and women had different rolls. If you take that into the balance of the story, you can enjoy the mystery, and how Trav solves each problem he encounters. I have started with book one, and have now completed book 7. They all get better I have found. Just have to get used to some of the dated language and interplay between characters. It's not 2012, but late 1960's. I still find the stories really well written and have enough mystery and strange turns of events to make each Travis McGee story a gem.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Carrollton, TX, United States 05-01-12
    John Carrollton, TX, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2005

    I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.

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    "Travise McGee does it again, and again, and again."

    I first read most of John D McDonald's novels at first printing. This book was a fun read then. Today, I listened to the audio version and enjoyed it for some of the same reasons, but I found any references to cost, technology, and the relative values of the time most interesting. To say I was impressed with the plot/story line, writing today as much as I did in the 60's would be misleading. JOHN D. just doesn't match up to current mystery writers like Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, or even Clive Cussler. However, this is still a fun read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 08-25-12
    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 08-25-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Not a Dud in the bunch"

    I love this series. I listen to longer books as a rule, but these make great breaks between the longer stretches. I can count on them for pure entertainment with just a touch of philosophy thrown in for grazing contact with reality. Great narration helps too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff tuscaloosa, AL, United States 04-12-12
    Jeff tuscaloosa, AL, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Finally!"
    If you could sum up Darker Than Amber in three words, what would they be?

    Great John D story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Travis is the King


    Any additional comments?

    I have been waiting so long for these to come to Audible. The original cassettes with Darrin McGavin will be hard to replace but the narrator does a great job and THANK YOU for getting these available!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 08-15-12
    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2005

    I read and listen to books as much as possible.

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    "The Summer of Travis McGee"

    I have been waiting for a long time to dive into these books. I didn’t expect Audible to do this but I am so glad they did. With work and college, my recreational reading is pretty much nonexistent these days. I listen to audiobooks at work and this has been the summer of Travis McGee for me. Every one of the stories does exactly what they are supposed to do.

    The Narrator was also a very good choice. He doesn’t actually talk Florida to well but he handles characters very distinctly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim CYPRESS, TX, United States 07-02-12
    Jim CYPRESS, TX, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "MacDonald hits his stride"

    One of the best Travis McGee novels and the first where McGee's friend Meyer takes a prominent role in solving the mystery.

    Without giving away any of the plot the action takes off immediately with a beautiful girl falling almost into McGee's lap.And of course, she's in need of his help.

    With plenty of plot turns and craftiness, McGee uses his charm, bulk and libido to come to solve the situation he's uncovered and to right the wrongs, but not before he's damaged, emotionally and physically.

    Although written in 1966, the story has aged well, and is well worth the price of admission.

    Petkoff's reading is masterful, as we've come to expect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 06-12-12
    Amazon Customer United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent!"

    What can I say?! I really enjoyed this one, and it was really odd to see old McGee going through an entire adventure without winding up in bed with ANY of the female characters! He didn't even get shot or stabbed this time around either! But it was still a great story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 07-31-14
    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2011

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

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    "Anti Prostitute Diatribe; Pretty Good Mystery"

    Travis and Meyer are fishing underneath a bridge when a woman is tossed off said bridge. Travis dives into the deep blue sea and saves her life. Unfortunately the woman is a whore; so not only is it a wasted effort the woman isn't actually a human being. Okay so that is a bit harsh in conveying MacDonald's attitude towards prostitutes, or any woman who gets around anywhere near as much as his protagonist Travis McGee; or is it?
    As in previous books by this author, any woman who gets around too much is killed off by a champion of the sexual double standard. This being said this is still a very enjoyable mystery with clear villains and a somewhat satisfactory ending. It takes a look; albeit one with one viewing it from 1967 at the cruise ship industry. McGee's extended conversation with a black woman from CORE working as a maid is the initial foray of the series into race relations and a forerunner for a more extended excursion into the race situation he made in The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper.
    The attitudes towards female sexuality probably reflects the values of the times as do the author's take on race. This is a middle of the pack McGee story; neither the best or worst.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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