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Mad River Audiobook

Mad River

Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.
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Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns.

The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But even he doesn't realize what's about to happen next.

©2012 John Sandford (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    J. Jackson rtp, nc usa 10-03-12
    J. Jackson rtp, nc usa 10-03-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Wonderful depiction of rural community"
    Would you listen to Mad River again? Why?

    I always relisten to Sandford's Virgil Flowers novels. I want to visit these communities again through Flowers' generous observations of people and landscapes.


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

    I never know where Sandford is going and I always enjoy the ride.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved when Sandford described the pleasure of driving at night. He then links it to the pleasure of being a child driven through the night by parents melodically talking in the front seat.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, John Sandford, please write faster.
    P.S. Was the "Randy White" character a nod to novelist Randy Wayne White?

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 01-18-13
    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 01-18-13

    Ann

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    "Another great book from John Sandford"

    John Sandford's "Prey" series audiobooks are my favorites. I own them all and have heard each one several times. Yet, I haven't been much of a Virgil Flowers fan. I've listened to the other books about Virgil, but didn't like them as much as the "Prey" books. However, "Mad River" is different - this book is great!

    "Mad River" is intriguing, entertaining and satisfying. The characters are believable and the book is so well written that the reader feels the maddening frustration of the law enforcement officers involved. Eric Conger does a wonderful job, as always. In this book he does an especially good job of distinguishing the different personalities of Lucas Davenport and Virgil. I have already recommended this book to others; now I look forward to the next Virgil Flowers adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Dewitt, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-14-12
    William Dewitt, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-14-12
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    "Not Sandford's best"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If I were introducing someone to Sandford, I would pick another.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the small town theme. Ending was week.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Conger – was your favorite?

    by far Virgil.


    Did Mad River inspire you to do anything?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Boulder, CO, United States 10-05-12
    Christopher Boulder, CO, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and author of Gonzo Marketing: Winning Through Worst Practices, and The Bombast Transcripts.

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    "Virgil: your guide to the Minnesota underworld"

    Sanford is one of the few American mystery writers who can actually write. Crais, Lehane, a few others maybe, but too many seem to be putting their names on stuff written by aspiring English majors who went to too many writing workshops. Rant off, sorry.

    But Virgil is always fun, ever ready with a felicitous turn of phrase, like "she had a fondness for little white truck driver pills she bought from little white truck drivers." And later, over a cheeseburger and fries after being on the receiving end of a major asskicking, he feels guilty: "When you get released from a hospital, shouldn't you eat something healthy? Lettuce or something?" ROFL

    Eric Conger's narration is pitch perfect -- one of those magic books (in this case, a whole series) where the audio version is way better than reading it yourself.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-26-15
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-26-15 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Virgil Flowers Rocks... A Little Less Than Before"

    John Sanford's so very good at writing these things and this time, Eric Conger's even better at reading them. As usual, this is a tightly plotted, engaging novel. Deliciously twisty as a Philly soft pretzel. Do you hear a "but" coming? Um, yeah.

    I missed the electricity Virgil Flowers has had with women. Okay, I'm shallow... but those matches were fun to enjoy. Here, not so much. Still, I totally recommend "Mad River". It's a great chase... In every sense.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Sauceda SARASOTA, FL, US 12-30-15
    Kimberly Sauceda SARASOTA, FL, US 12-30-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Good book not so good narrator"

    I like the story but the narrator is not good at doing voices for different people and he's always making statements sound like questions. You can't tell when a tough guy is talking narrators voice doesn't differentiate between characters. Just a suggestion try a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Clarksville, MD, United States 11-26-15
    Harry Clarksville, MD, United States 11-26-15 Member Since 2001
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    "Another awesome Sandford story"

    This was another great Virgil Flowers story. Interesting, thrilling, and couldn't put it down. I like how the story flows around different towns and people. Very fast paced story.

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    Rick 10-18-15
    Rick 10-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "loved it"

    I love this whole book I love flowers that f****** flowers anyway I can't wait for the new ones come out John Sandford's got to be one of the best crime novelist I've ever read enjoy every one of his books but I do still miss Lucas Davenport on occasion

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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 10-02-15
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 10-02-15
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    "Good bugt less of an edge"

    Virgil is good but he's got less of an edge to him than Lucas does. Not that, it's bad but it is a bit different. I still like the books a great deal as Virgil can be kind of a wild hare some times.

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    Amazon Customer 10-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    could do with less use of the f word otherwise like story and characters. narration very good also

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