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Open Season Audiobook

Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel

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Publisher's Summary

C.J. Box’s Open Season is a rare debut mystery that “immediately sets itself apart from the crowd” (Booklist). This thrilling novel stars Joe Pickett, a game warden in Wyoming who finds his life in danger after he looks into a murder investigation and discovers a conspiracy involving an oil pipeline and its threat to an endangered species.

©2001 C.J. Box (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Elkay 04-16-13
    Elkay 04-16-13
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    "Joe Pickett is no Walt Longmire"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Terser plot, less attention to pointless details, less hackneyed characters, a more compelling main character, more thought given to dialog and character development, fewer lengthy scenes in which some everyday activity is described in excruciating detail for no apparent reason. Also a top-notch reader can make me like just about anything.


    What was most disappointing about C. J. Box’s story?

    Oh, so many things.I like "everyman" detectives better than the super-geniuses, but I had the majority of the plot figured out 1/4 of the way through this book, and the characters were dull and unlikable. Joe Pickett is naive, incompetent, and gullible. He is surrounded by straight-up moustache-twirling villains but can't recognize them for what they are. His wife is pretty and rather pointless as a character, her mother is predictably irritating. The children are basically plot devices.I had only the vaguest sense of the appearance of the characters and of the setting, but I got a disproportionate amount of detail at odd moments - for example, an excruciatingly detailed account of every Cheerio fed to a small animal by one of the children. BORING.I also got a bit annoyed right off the bat for what I'll admit is a somewhat superficial reason. As a minor bit of background detail, we learn that the main character's family had a kitten and later a puppy that were both eaten by coyotes. This is described as a family of animal-lovers, and I get that bad stuff happens, but how did both of these animals end up outside, unattended, long enough to get eaten by coyotes? The children were unaware of the fate of their pets so presumably they weren't playing with the critters outside. It was, like I said, a VERY MINOR POINT, but it still colored the way I thought of these people. These are people who were either dumb enough to leave two baby animals outside, alone, where they could be killed by the local wildlife (and the main character is a GAME WARDEN, it isn't like they're ignorant), or they are just so careless that both animals escaped the house and were left to fend for themselves. Obviously, it bothered me, and I found I didn't care for the Picketts.The author does not present information in a way that is interesting or insightful. It was plodding and quotidian. The author also tends to summarize what a character has said instead of revealing the actual dialog, which left me feeling cheated out of meaningful insights into the characters. I mean, the difference between "Joe told her he had a stressful day, and she seemed to understand," and an actual back-and-forth interaction between the couple is huge. I sometimes felt like I was reading case notes instead of a novel. Not fun.Where conversations occur, Pickett doesn't say much, but the other characters go off on improbably long diatribes about their own opinions with a fair amount of regularity. It doesn't ring true, and that's always especially noticeable in audiobooks.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I didn't hate him, and his voice wasn't annoying or anything, he just lacked panache. I've been spoiled by George Guidall, Barbara Rosenblat, Rosalyn Landor, Simon Prebble, etc. Also, a lot of the Southern and Western vernacular just didn't work. Imagine a straightlaced newscaster trying to sell lines like "They was out-of-staters," and you get the idea. The dialog (such as it was) all sounded a bit stilted.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I can think of.


    Any additional comments?

    I have obviously been spoiled by Craig Johnson's "Longmire" series. I'd recommend "The Cold Dish" to anyone (and I have! To lots of people!), but I'll never mention this one to anybody. However: this book seems to have huge rave reviews from lots of readers and a handful of mystified readers for whom the book just fell flat: maybe download a sample and see which kind of reader you are? I'm definitely in the latter camp.

    24 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Ridley San Deigo, CA USA 04-09-12
    Gail Ridley San Deigo, CA USA 04-09-12 Member Since 2016

    G.Ridley

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    "Great Listen!"

    I enjoyed listening to this book because it was well written and well narrated. The Joe PIckett novels are easy listening and engaging. The characters are well developed and have a sense of depth to them. I wouldn't call these novels real mysteries or thrillers if that is what you are looking for. Over all, I recommend the series if your not into on the edge of your seat novels. You can sleep at night after listening to these books which is a good change sometimes for me.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Rocky Centennial CO 04-16-12
    Rocky Centennial CO 04-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Well written - perfect for a good road trip"

    C. J. Box has started a good series with the Joe Pickett character. I'm interested to see where it goes.
    Box is no Clive Cussler, but someday I hope he gets to that level.

    The good thing about this book is it keeps your attention and the story is easy to follow. It's perfect for a good road trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Salinas, CA, United States 03-19-12
    Mary Salinas, CA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2017

    Happily Retired

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    "Great story but performance a bit too slow"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend Open Season for its interesting characters and setting, but I kept wanting to push the reader to speed it up. I think he added an extra half hour just by his laid-back pace.


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

    If you like to be surprised, this one isn't for you, except for the ending, which was quite satisfying for anyone who doesn't mind violence.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Chandler’s performances?

    Not unless I hear a noticeable uptick in his reading speed.


    Do you think Open Season needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'd be happy to spend more time with Joe Pickett and his family, but I don't think there's much more to add to the Open Season story line. I'd certainly enjoy learning a great deal more about the life of a game warden in Wyoming.


    Any additional comments?

    I use Audible books to lure me out of the house for a two-mile walk every day. Despite my dissatisfaction with David Chandler's reading speed, he and the interesting story got me outside and walking every day for two weeks, and for that I thank him and C.J. Box.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    marcia TRAVERSE CITY, MI, United States 03-19-12
    marcia TRAVERSE CITY, MI, United States 03-19-12
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    "joe pickett series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I got into this series toward the end and I really enjoy his work. Now I'm backing up and reading or listening to the beginning of the series. I recommend it and the way to go is audio


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe pickett of course


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

    I rent from the library and its the same narrator


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

    yes and I did at work in a 8 hr work day


    Any additional comments?

    I want the whole series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-07-11
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    "Joe Picket is awesome"

    Love the book, love Joe Picket and love C.J. Box. This is the first novel in the Joe Picket series and it is simply well written and easy to read and listen to. If your looking for a great story about wildlife, family, Wyoming and mystery then this is the perfect audio book! A+++

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elle (AKA PlantCrone) in the great NorthWest OREGON 06-12-13

    ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance

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    "Joe Pickett /WY Game Warden / He isn't Longmire"

    The first in a series about WY Game Warden Joe Pickett and his problems....The story is awkwardly written but fairly interesting, however David Chandler is not a particularly sterling narrator. His phrasing is awkward and toneless, his womens voices poorly done and he presents Pickett as a total wimp. Which is pretty much the way Pickett is written BTW.

    I purchased 3 of C.J. Box's audio books in the series but doubt I'll buy more unless the character is better developed and Chandler improves as a narrator.

    I'm not nearly as enthused about this series as I was about Walt Longmire, thats for sure. If you're interested in reading about Wyoming wilderness and enjoy mysteries then THATS the series to spend your credits on.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 02-23-17
    Karen 02-23-17

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Moral Compass"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, this author and series is not for me. It was too slow a pace for me, but I did like the premise of the story. I can see it as the start of this series, but it didn't compel me to buy more.


    If you’ve listened to books by C. J. Box before, how does this one compare?

    First listen, as part of the 1st in series sale. Good way to find new authors and readers.
    This was suppose to have more humor than another series from this author. This seemed almost on the order of inspirational reads with exception to last 2 chapters. If the pace of the whole story was on the order of the last 2 chapters, I may have been more interested in balance of series.


    Which character – as performed by David Chandler – was your favorite?

    I was looking for new readers mostly and a 1st in series sale is always a good way to find one. Reader did a good job, but not sure if it was the author's material or reader that did not compel me to buy book#2


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

    This would make a good movie


    Any additional comments?

    note: I do use the new 1.25x speed to match the author's intent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    U. Hoerhold 02-15-17
    U. Hoerhold 02-15-17
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    "Slow, sometimes awkward, not that interesting"

    The pace is very slow. There's a lot of time spent talking about the main characters kids, wife, mother in law. I assume it's meant to add depth to the characters, but it doesn't really do that, I still don't think I really know who Joe is. Instead, those scenes just seem to kill time. Some of the dialog is awkward. When Joe's old mentor is visiting him in the hospital, the conversation is not very natural. Also some of the sex talk is very odd. I don't mind sexual content in my fiction, but this wasn't very well done. I only made it about half way through this story, it just wasn't interesting enough for me to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis W. Petersen 01-30-17
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    "Great Story!"

    Really enjoyed the book. Written and read in such a way that I could see it in my mind's eye as the story progressed. Easy to listen to. exciting with unpredictable twists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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