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Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel | [C. J. Box]

Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel

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.
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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.

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    Matthew MOSCOW, IDAHO, United States 02-08-15
    Matthew MOSCOW, IDAHO, United States 02-08-15
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    "It's clear to me now -"

    C.J. Box and William Kent Krueger are the same person. Craig Johnson is personality #3. 'Nuff said. If you like one, you'll like the other two as well.

    I believe they are gnomes typing away in that great big assembly line of book publishing in the back of Santa's workshop.
    "Formula one, or formula two? What's your pleasure?"

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    Chase 12-26-14
    Chase 12-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "great read"

    this is a great book. love the series with Joe pickett. hooks you and won't let go.

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    Diana Perris, CA, United States 08-31-14
    Diana Perris, CA, United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "THERE SHOULD BE MORE THAN 5 STARS"

    What a delightful book. New and interesting involvement with an endangered species. Love Joe Pickett, game warden, looking forward to more on him. This book has it all: a good mystery, murder, great family, animals, children, endangered species. The last 3 hours are absolutely nail biters. If I was reading a actual book I would the page ready to turn before I was done reading that page. And David Chandler was magnificent

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    John Wilsterman Atlanta, Georgia 08-18-14
    John Wilsterman Atlanta, Georgia 08-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A great "Opener" for CJ Box!"
    If you could sum up Open Season in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, heartfelt and thought-provoking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe Pickett, because he plugs away at his problems and overcomes tremendous odds against him. Joe is the kind of guy you trust to do the right thing and it gets him in trouble. You trust Joe Picket, who is loved by his wife and family.


    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    David Chandler is the perfect reader for this book, combining the right amount of local idiom and character inflection. Good pace and a voice you can actually hear.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A little of both but it will make you mad at government.


    Any additional comments?

    A very exciting first of a series!

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    Len 08-14-14
    Len 08-14-14
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    "Great start to a great series"
    Where does Open Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I could only find the last 4 novels of this series with Joe Pickett at the library so I started at the end of the series.
    I found the first of the series here at Audible and just finished the first, "Open Season".
    These are just great, I have been hunting and fishing for 45 years and these books are pretty darn true to fact.


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    HeartsOpenWide California 07-15-14
    HeartsOpenWide California 07-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hooked again by Box"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I had my first audible experience with another series by CJ Box and another narrater. I was worried Picket stories and narrater Chandler would not be as good. I quickly got hooked to Joe Pickett and and so glad they used Chandler for the narrater.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe of course!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Sheraton was running from the killer


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

    I wanted to but I forced myself to make it last


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    Matt Ellsworth, ME, United States 04-26-14
    Matt Ellsworth, ME, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great first book to a series!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Open Season the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish. All of the characters were good though I really hated a few of them by the end!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would say my favorite character was Sheraton the daughter. I thought her character was portrayed really well and I could really visualize the stuff this little girl was going through. She made me laugh she made me cry.


    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    Overall he is a decent narrator I appreciated they way he handled the little girls voice. I knew she was a little girl but he didn't try to come up with a voice that sounded like a little girl.


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

    Rocky Mountain Weasels


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to the next book in the series.

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    Jennifer 03-01-14
    Jennifer 03-01-14
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    "I am so glad that I tried this author."
    Would you listen to Open Season again? Why?

    Yes, to refresh if needed to.


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

    Yes, could not wait to find out if the daughter would be okay.


    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    He has a wonderful narrator voice. Looked for other books he narrated.


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    Kelly Colorado Springs 01-20-14
    Kelly Colorado Springs 01-20-14 Member Since 2011

    Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "good mix of old-fashioned Western & modern mystery"
    Would you try another book from C. J. Box and/or David Chandler?

    Yes. His story won't create adrenaline that keeps you awake until late in the night trying to get to a less scary spot -- like the Prey series. It isn't an action packed, fast-paced story such as the Bourne and Gray Man novels. But Joe is more knowable and reachable than any of those heroes and more real than Reacher in Lee Child's series. If you like to know the characters and make friendships with them, you will be happy to meet Joe.


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

    I loved that this character is distinctly different from those in other series I enjoy. Joe is an outdoorsman, a protector of our wild western areas; a quiet, loyal man who happens to be embroiled in a mystery. He is likable and I look forward to the next installment so I might get to know him better.


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

    Definitely Joe. I thought the portrayal of his wife to be a bit stuffy and the children to be too adult. But it was a first installment and I hope that those characters will grow and develop more as the series progresses.


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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 01-11-14
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Great mystery in rural Wyoming!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery set in rural Wyoming. The first scene grabbed me, and this story was a fun listen from start to end. Joe Picket, the local game warden, is new to his job and loves it, but is struggling to raise his family. I quickly cared about him and his family, and liked the secondary characters as well. Picket suspects something when investigating a local murder where the body ends out on his property, and it is clear to the reader that there is a conspiracy of some kind. The suspense and action built to a riveting final two hours in this short eight hour. I truly could not stop listening. The reader is very easy to listen to, and seems just right for this novel.

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