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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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    Dale Jonesboro, AR, United States 10-31-12
    Dale Jonesboro, AR, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2014

    Truck driver, Coffee drinker and avid listener of Audio books and Waylon Jennings !!

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    "Good Stuff !"

    John Sandford did a great job again with this Virgil Flowers novel. Never a dull moment with Virgil around. Good story line and the Narrator did a fine job too. Can't wait for another Virgil Flowers story to come out !

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    gavin eugene, oregon, United States 10-30-12
    gavin eugene, oregon, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "John Sanford is always good!"
    Would you listen to Mad River again? Why?

    Terrific dialogue! I love the way John Sanford's characters speak. They are real and likable.I can't wait for the next book by Sanford.


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

    Exciting , great to listen to on long drives.


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

    Of course it has to be Virgil Flowers, he is a one of a kind character.


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    Jon College Place, WA, United States 10-29-12
    Jon College Place, WA, United States 10-29-12

    I listen to two audiobooks a month. My main interest is in a well-told story, so I enjoy a lot of fiction. But I like history as well

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    "Virgil being Virgil"
    What made the experience of listening to Mad River the most enjoyable?

    It is great being back with Virgil Flowers in his hometown, meeting his parents, and riding around with him on a crazy case!


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    Eric Conger has a great voice, very versatile when it comes to characterization. I identify his voice with Virgil, of course. But he is also really good with Lucas Davenport.


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

    The kids are dangerous as hell, but hey, they aren't all that bad.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy John Sandford novels, you will love this one.

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    J. Lazarow Central Texas 10-29-12
    J. Lazarow Central Texas 10-29-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Virgil Flowers is back!"

    Another great story from Sandford. I always enjoy Virgil's quirky personality and perspective. Sandford brings together a contrast of people, motives, and lives in a compelling plot.

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    Rick Fountain Hills, AZ, United States 10-29-12
    Rick Fountain Hills, AZ, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Virgil Flowers does it again."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good read , good timely story and you will not want to stop listening.


    What other book might you compare Mad River to and why?

    Any other John Sandford book.


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    susan Ann Arbor, MI, United States 10-29-12
    susan Ann Arbor, MI, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Mad River?

    Not as intriguing and smart as Sandford usually is and a good performance did not make up for the slog.


    What was most disappointing about John Sandford’s story?

    Basically this was a throw away by Sandford whom I normally find gripping. I could easily put the story down.


    What aspect of Eric Conger’s performance would you have changed?

    what he had to read


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment. I hardly remember it.


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    Ray GRAPEVIEW, WA, United States 10-29-12
    Ray GRAPEVIEW, WA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Sandford's "Virgil Flowers" is a great series."
    Would you listen to Mad River again? Why?

    Sandford & Conger together are nearly unbeatable. Great inflecctive narration with an equally good story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Virgil doesn't know "all". The aurtor does an outstanding job of making the reader want to help Virgil solve the crime.


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

    Always "Top Drawer"


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

    Light humorous moments between Virgil and the ladies.


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    Corinne Springfield, TN, United States 10-29-12
    Corinne Springfield, TN, United States 10-29-12
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    "I love Virgil"

    I approached the Virgil Flowers series with trepidation. How could anyone be more natural and crafty as Lucas Davenport. Forgive me John Sandford for I was wrong. Virgil is the perfect mix of sexiness, detective work, and great dialog. Eric Conger growls the narrative in a way that is totally believable and character perfect. Long live Virgil and his work in and around "the cities".

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    sharon 10-29-12
    sharon 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Virgil is wonderful!"

    He is is my favorite Sandford character and Eric Conger is the perfect voice for him. I loved every moment and was sad when the story was over.

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    Harry Clark San Carlos, CA United States 10-29-12
    Harry Clark San Carlos, CA United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "It's always the journey with Sanford."

    If you like entertainment that lets you think then this book is for you. With Sanford the Flower books are almost always the same - no mystery as to whodunit. But that misses the point. These are wonderful stories of mid-west Americans that for this left coaster hit all the romantic notions of what are the real shades of grey in the world of crime. The same mass culture that produces intelligent detectives has the opposite effect on alienated youth. Nobody does it better or more entertainingly than John Sanford.

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