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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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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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    Linda Dumont, NJ, United States 10-21-12
    Linda Dumont, NJ, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Virgil Flowers At His Best!"

    I have read all of the Lucas Davenport/Virgil Flowers book and anxiously await each new release. This book is right up there with "Bad Blood". Sanford puts you in the backseat and takes you down those country roads looking for those young killers. I would have liked to have seen the secondary plot (about the family of doctors) more developed.

    Eric Congers does an excellent job of narration (which can make or break the enjoyment of any audiobook).

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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 10-21-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Virgil at it again, with problems within the law"
    Where does Mad River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mr Sanford just keeps on writing great books and his characters are the key to the story
    We like all of his books this one was just as good as the rest Please keep up the great work


    What did you like best about this story?

    Virgil's prang of conflict about the family of Dr's to go after them or let them go.


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

    What can we say he does a great job on all of his books Listening to him is a pleasure


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

    We are a group of truck drivers who listen 4-5 hours atime A good book is finished as soon as we can This one was a good one Mr Sanford hasn't disappointed us yet


    Any additional comments?

    We enjoy the laid back character of Virgil he isn't so much flash just a guy who thinks on his feet

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. 10-17-12
    S. 10-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent -"

    The book hit a slow point early on but the evolution of the story makes it worth it. It is great writing and I loved the story. The narrator is positively C-, but I am now accustomed to his voice as Virgil Flowers, althought I would love to listen to a better performer. Worth the enjoyable time -

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon College Station, TX, United States 10-12-12
    Sharon College Station, TX, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Love that Virgil!"

    I liked this one better than the last couple of Virgil Flowers book, though they were good. I thought this one had a better story. I always like when there is at least a bit of Lucas Davenport in it also. I also like when Virgil has a bit of a fling, though Sandford cannot write a sex scene. But the characters have that "true" flavor with conversations that sound like real people. And while there is no mystery, since you know from the start "who-dun-it", there's still the figuring out how to catch them. Eric Conger doesn't do a great range of voices, but you expect him to read the Virgil books, so it's all good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Purdy Oaten eastish of eden 10-09-12
    Purdy Oaten eastish of eden 10-09-12
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    "Virgil Ponders God But Chaos Reigns in Minnesota."

    It is not a happy time for Virgil. Investigating the meaningless murders of several people in rural Minnesota just keeps turning up more bodies.The population is nervous, everyone in law enforcement is angry, and the intervention of Virgil Flowers, even in the area he originates from, is unwelcome. It isn't everyday Flowers gets stymied by two self centered, greedy little delinquents, while trying to sort out self righteous insurance salesman, a family of moneyed doctors, and a couple of guys who kick Virgil around a gravel parking lot like a bit of Spam getting pushed around bread crumbs, prior to going in the fry pan.; not a thing of beauty and not choreographed by Bruce Lee or Twyla Tharp.
    Should I mention that he also finds himself butting heads with the local law? It is no small conflict, since it could destroy the ccase he is trying to build...not good.

    On the plus side, Virgil is getting to spend time with his mom and dad, and has an old flame sometimes waiting for him in a motel, but those things aside, it is not a happy time. Flowers may think about God, but he is witnessing chaos in Minnesota...from the kids killing their mom and dad to tornadoes blowing through town.
    You can ponder what it all means, or just go along for the ride and the dark humor along the way. I found this a hard book to turn off, although it seemed to me to be a lot darker than prior titles in the series. It does hit on a lot of aspects of that old, "Bonnie and Clyde," movie. Every once in awhile I pick up that DVD from the shelf, consider putting it on, and then grimace and put it back. Know what I mean? I liked, "mad River," very much, and I am sure I will be listening to it again eventually, but you have been warned. God may be in His heaven, but there is not much evidence of Him in rural Minnesota, not Virgil's part of it, anyway. The answer, of course, is that Virgil needs to go fishing!

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    Mary A Seattle 10-08-12
    Mary A Seattle 10-08-12 Member Since 2009

    Mary A

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    "Not sure"
    What made the experience of listening to Mad River the most enjoyable?

    I love John Sandford and I especially love the narrators for his book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Virgil is always a treat, but somehow this book leaves one wondering. Noone seems to get what they deserved, but then that is what life is really like.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cary Little Rock, AR, United States 10-06-12
    Cary Little Rock, AR, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Virgil's Back..!"

    Another fun entertaining Virgil Flowers book.
    Already looking forward to the next.
    Eric Conger is Virgil Flowers, another outstanding
    read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Shelbyville, IN, United States 10-05-12
    Eddie Shelbyville, IN, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Trouble around Flowers' Hometown"

    Mad River is another great story from John Sandford. Virgil Flowers is trying to track down three young adults in rural Minnesota who are on a killing spree. In this case, Virgil has a pretty solid idea from the start who he is looking for, the problem is finding them. They were essentially homeless and largely friendless, so ideas as to where they might go or who might be their next victim are hard for Virgil to discover. This is close to Virgil's hometown as well, so we get to meet his parents and he runs into an old high school flame who has recently returned to the area after a divorce. These pieces all make for a enjoyable read that any fan of Sandford's novel will enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 10-21-12
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 10-21-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Something lacking"

    As others have stated, the basic story is good and keeps you listening but overall the characters just weren't well developed and the scenes seemed rushed. But it was the narration that made it hard for me to stick to listening. He read in a stiff, stilted manner with pauses at odd places. It was just a rather monotone sound all the way through and often it was difficult to figure out which character was speaking.
    I've listened to all the other books in this series and , for me, this was the weakest....but still worth listening to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy E. Scharf Novato, CA, USA 10-11-12
    Cathy E. Scharf Novato, CA, USA 10-11-12

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    "Sanford back on his game"

    This was the most exciting of the Virgil Flower series to date. The pace is fast -- sorry, no time for fishing this time out!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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