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Rough Country Audiobook

Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.
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Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort, where a woman has been shot while kayaking. The resort is for women only, a place to relax, get fit, recover from plastic surgery, commune with nature, and while it didn't start out to be a place mostly for those with Sapphic inclinations, that's pretty much what it is today.

Which makes things all the more complicated for Virgil, because as he begins investigating, he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented country singer.

©2009 John Sandford; (P)2009 Penguin

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    KSmith 06-04-12
    KSmith 06-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Addicted to Virgil"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm hooked. A friend who never steers me wrong on books and movies recommended John Sanford, so I started with the Virgil Flowers series. This is the third one I've purchased. With each one, as soon as it ends I start it over and listen again immediately. I'm going to start #4 in a few minutes, but wanted to take time to recommend this series. It's good fun, well written, and well read. Enjoy!

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    samuel 04-18-12
    samuel 04-18-12
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    "needs better editing"
    What did you like best about Rough Country? What did you like least?

    a very good story. the constant use of virgil said or one of the other charicters ssaid when only two people are in the conversation and you don't need that . most of the time its obvious


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rough Country?

    the finding of the body in the lake


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    already stated , but the use of the phrase , he said she said to much, i wanted to erase the book a couple times.


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    Randie Pearl, MS, United States 01-10-12
    Randie Pearl, MS, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, even better narrator"
    If you could sum up Rough Country in three words, what would they be?

    Intricate, interesting, entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoy the way John Sandford uses his characters. Whatever action they take always seems exactly right, they never behave out of character.


    What does Eric Conger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can't imagine hearing anyone else read a Virgil Flowers book. His performance is excellent and his voices seem exactly right, even for characters I've read about in other books by Sandford.


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    wishihadagardner 12-28-11
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    "Virgil and Lucas... love the characters"
    Where does Rough Country rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This, and other John Sanford crime mysteries, are an easy listen. Not the most intriguing I've read, but very enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The minor characters are interesting, but Virgil is layed back, cool, and I like the way he solves his problems.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It always makes me chuckle that Virgil has to grab something to eat after a particularly gruesome and stressful crime scene.


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    RM Simon 06-18-11
    RM Simon 06-18-11
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    "Such a pleasure"

    This is my second Virgil Flowers book. As before, Sandford paints a pleasing picture of the life of small town Minnesota, its people and scenery and its ways. The mystery, too, is satisfying, and the narrator most pleasing. A real treat to listen to.

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    Bob Takoma Park, MD, United States 03-24-11
    Bob Takoma Park, MD, United States 03-24-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Virgil Flowers rocks"

    I found John Sandford's 'Prey' series to be okay, pretty good, and Lucas Davenport a better than average lead character for a mystery/crime series.
    But with Virgil Flowers the author has struck gold. Virgil is immensely likable, and a far more unique creation. And Eric Conger is a superb narrator, he makes these stories immensely enjoyable to listen to. The plots vary a little in quality (and frankly none are great literary achievements) but they are plenty good enough because the character and the narrator are so winning.

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    Nancy 12-21-10
    Nancy 12-21-10

    I screwed up review for One Dog Night. I meant to give all FIVE STARS. Audible techinical said there 's no way to correct a review or redo

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    "Some surprises"

    I did enjoy this book. I didn't expect to because of some of the other reviews I had read. I found it suspensful enough too want to get to the next page even though I figured out all the 'who-dunits' before the end of the book. I enjoy the midwest settings and the downhome 'good ole boys' fishing and drinking. I was even comfortable with the gay/lesbian aspect and I thought it was well handled and not over played or bashed in anyway. This was a 'fun listen'.

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    GINNIE PANAMA CITY, FL, United States 12-13-10
    GINNIE PANAMA CITY, FL, United States 12-13-10 Member Since 2014
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    "DISAPPOINTING"

    WHY DO NONE OF THE REVIEWS MENTION THE CRUDE, VULGAR, AND RAUNCHY SEX-CAPADES? I LOVE THE ADVENTURES OF VIRGIL AND HAVE ENJOYED LISTENING TO ALL OF THEM...EXCEPT THIS ONE, IT WAS NOT WORTHY OF HIM. I ALMOST CHUCKED IT SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE LISTENING, WHICH HAS ONLY HAPPENED ONCE IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS. I EVEN LIKED STEIG LARSON AND THOSE STORIES WERE A BIT RACEY FOR ME! YEP, I'M A LITTLE OLD LADY FROM FLORIDA WITH A LOT OF CATS, HOWEVER TACKY IS TACKY! MR. SANDFORD CAN DO BETTER THEN THAT.

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    Amy 11-16-10
    Amy 11-16-10
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    "Virgil Flowers was great..."

    Interesting characters and plot. Very likeable hero... believable villian. Combined a good murder mystery with enough humor and funny encounters/characters to lighten it up just enough. I read in a review that Sandford is getting more and more political in his books so I may not use my credits for more... we'll see. I listen to these sort of books for sheer enjoyment and entertainment and I don't want to spoil my fun escape time with any political agendas. Politics take up so much of everyday life and books are my brief moments of escape. I hope Sandford doesn't go that direction because I would definately go for some more Virgil Flowers.

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    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 11-08-10
    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 11-08-10
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    "Entertaining"

    I like the Virgil Flowers character--an entertaining story. Kept my interest--maybe not the greatest novel, but lite entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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