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Rough Country Audiobook

Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

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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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    Elaine SNOQUALMIE, WA, United States 12-31-12
    Elaine SNOQUALMIE, WA, United States 12-31-12 Listener Since 2002
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    "Another good Sandford novel"

    I love the Prey books and now I look forward to the Virgil Flowers novels. Sandford mixes in just enough personal stuff without overdoing it. His descriptive talents bring the scenes alive and, again, without overdoing it. This was hard to put down and Eric Conger's narration is among the best.

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    Mikay Cordova, TN, United States 11-12-12
    Mikay Cordova, TN, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Virgil Flowers is great!"

    I love this series by John Sandford. Virgil is just the right kind of smart gilded with vunerable. I like my heros with lots of intuitiveness and just a little "misguidedness". Virgil has just the right blend. Some people may not like the background - lesbianism, but Virgil's persuit of the answers/killer is the really interesting part of this for me.

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    N TAMPA, FL, United States 09-10-12
    N TAMPA, FL, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"
    If you could sum up Rough Country in three words, what would they be?

    Unpredictable. Intense. Exciting.


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

    The very last part.


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

    Yes. They are all great.


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

    Laughed at some parts.


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    Amazon Customer 08-21-12
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    "I love Virgil!"
    What made the experience of listening to Rough Country the most enjoyable?

    John Sandford's writing and Eric Conger's reading. Eric brings the writing alive. He is more of an actor than an attractive voice just reading the words.I


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

    Virgil Flower has a way with women. I loved the scene where he is starting to embed himself into the investigation by getting to know the locals. This time he gets it wrong and is trying to seduce a lesbian.


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    This is by far the best reading of ANY artist. Conger's reading of all the Virgil Flower's books is spot on.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to all the Flower's books and Eric Conger---What a treasue!

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    Gene 08-12-12
    Gene 08-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT READ"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely


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

    No but I certainly will listen to Eric again. Great narrator


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

    Yes it really draws you in


    Any additional comments?

    Great series, great author and narrator!

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    Jim CONROE, TX, United States 08-06-12
    Jim CONROE, TX, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A book to hear"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rough Country to be better than the print version?

    I like to read, but I drive 3 hours each day and this is the best way for tme to feed the need to read. :-)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is Virgil Flowers, he's just like me!


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

    Virgil Flowers


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

    Bug bits & Men kill


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story and the book...

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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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