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Mad River | [John Sandford]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jan 10-03-12
    Jan 10-03-12 Member Since 2004
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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 Member Since 2011
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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 2010

    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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    R. Webster 11-17-14
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    "Another skipping audible book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one


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

    Can't tell you it skipped too bad.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eric Conger’s performances?

    My problem is not with Eric Conger, it's with Audible!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mad River?

    I'd fire whom ever is in charge of Audible!


    Any additional comments?

    The audible skips! I've called before about other books skipping and you were no help.
    I would and have told people not to use or download audible books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Janetville, Ontario, Canada 10-25-14
    Lisa Janetville, Ontario, Canada 10-25-14

    Proud Canadian. Lakeside views. LOVE audio. Living with MS. Prefer male authors. J.K. fooled me aka Silkworm. Action, adventure, suspense!!

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    "Mad Listener"

    This was not written in the same "Virgil" genre that I am used to. I found this book to be somewhat darker than John Sandford usually paints the Virgil Flowers character. As usual Eric Conger did a great job narrating the story! Hopefully the next in the series will give me a few more chuckles along the way which I have grown quite used to!

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    John NJ, United States 09-25-14
    John NJ, United States 09-25-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Another enjoyable Virgil Story"

    I like this character and always enjoys Sandford's writing. It's nothing phenomenal but never lets me down either. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Babara Saint James, MO, United States 06-22-14
    Babara Saint James, MO, United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I Miss Davenport"
    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Eric Conger?

    Sorry, Virgil Flowers just doesn't do it. Stories seemed focus on showing the oddities of people.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jayne 01-12-14
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    "Like the characters."
    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Eric Conger?

    The story dragged a bit in parts but I really enjoy the character of Virgil Flowers. Overall a good story, always enjoy Eric Conger's narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 11-28-13
    William 11-28-13

    Listen to a lot of audio books driving across the wide open spaces of Nevada during monthly 450 mile trips to and from Las Vegas.

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    "Shades of Elmore Leonard"

    The best Virgil Flowers so far. Characters and pacing reminded me of the late Elmore Leonard, who was one of my favorites. Worth a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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