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Mad River Audiobook

Mad River

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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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    Joann A. Clabby 11-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mad River to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    story line


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

    yes and he is great as usual


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

    don't know


    Any additional comments?

    John Sanford always writes a good book and I can hardly wait until the next one.

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    Thomas L. Evans 11-05-12

    REvans173

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    "Virgil needs MORE...."
    What did you like best about Mad River? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the way Virgil thinks about life in more of a "normal" way than Luca Davenport tho at the same time the story lines slacks off & actually gets boring...Dumb people doing dumb things and it dragging on. EVEN THO the details of the search were interesting - it was just generally boring. I was REALLY REALLY LEFT Hanging with the dumb ending!


    What was most disappointing about John Sandford’s story?

    The ENDING.....STUPID ENDING .... nothing concrete...I was left hanging thinging WTF??? John missed a few pegs in this story!


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy that Virgil seems so normal ... he's not rich, not mean, not OVER Done ... a all around great guy who needs some love & personal attention/satisfaction.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    The ending is too weird ... think I'd wait for it to hit cable...


    Any additional comments?

    I realize that Richard Ferrone can NOT read all of J Sandfords books ... yet he's SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING for the "thriller" plot that goes with the Sandford books.

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    Sandy 11-05-12
    Sandy 11-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "another great Virgil Flowers story"

    Sandford has parlayed the relatively minor character of Virgil Flowers into a stand-alone character with at least as much personality as his original Lucas Davenport. I never miss one of Sandford's books and this is as good as any.

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    Garry Engelberg New York 11-05-12
    Garry Engelberg New York 11-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "STELLAR!"
    If you could sum up Mad River in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling Exciuting Riveting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole plot from stART TO FINMISH IS WONDERFUL AND KEEPS YOU at the edge of your seat


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

    The Latter Day Bonnie and Clyde


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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