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The Dawn Patrol Audiobook

The Dawn Patrol

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Publisher's Summary

Every morning, Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water.

But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police. He blames himself, just as almost everyone in the department did, for not being able to save her.

Unexpectedly, he finds himself with the chance to make amends, and this new investigation gives him a wilder ride than any he's ever imagined.

©2008 Don Winslow; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] terrific thriller....Winslow keeps raising the stakes, as well as the waves, for all involved." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jesse Creston, NC USA 12-08-08
    Jesse Creston, NC USA 12-08-08 Member Since 2015

    Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.

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    "What he said"

    Brian the previous reviewer said exactly what I wanted to say. I too lived in San Diego (La Jolla) and all these place names resonate with me. The story is great and Ray Porter does just an excellent job. On the the "Machine"!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cary Little Rock, AR, United States 08-23-16
    Cary Little Rock, AR, United States 08-23-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"

    I highly recommend this book. Great story and Ray Porter did an awesome job.
    Can't wait for more Boone and his crew!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 03-17-16
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 03-17-16 Member Since 2016

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "A great story"

    Oh man I really enjoyed ‘Dawn Patrol’. It has a great plot along with some great character. The author does a wonderful job of building the relationships between the dawn patrol and giving the listener enough background on both the characters and the culture to make them invested in both. He also does a wonderful job with the descriptions of the scenery and action which really makes you feel as if you’re in the middle of pacific beach. Now listening all of this you would think that its lacking for action but no, it does a great job with balancing the narrative and giving the listener a lot of action making it feel like it’s always moving forward. The only thing that was a bit strange was the author seems to slip in an out of taking the story from Boone’s point of view to a third person point of view while in the same scene a couple of times. I’m actually surprised I picked up on it and it didn’t take away from the story at all but I could see it driving an english teacher mad. Any ways I can’t say enough about how great I thought this book was and I highly recommend this to anyone who loves the beach and thrillers.

    Ray Porter does a wonderful job with all of the characters as always. He really brings the book to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BillNapoli 01-11-16
    BillNapoli 01-11-16 Member Since 2010

    At age 72, I have been an avid reader all my life, and am especially interested in Sci Fi, Action, Spy, and Detective books.

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    "Fantastic book!"
    Where does The Dawn Patrol rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best, most enjoyable books that I have listened to in a long time, and I have listened to hundreds. The storyline is excellent, and the character and the story background descriptions are absolutely first rate.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boone is probably my favorite character, although all of the characters were vividly portrayed and came totally alive in the book.


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

    Ray is an excellent narrator. His ability to give each of the many characters, male an female, his or her own unique voice is remarkable. His inflections and timing are perfect.


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

    As a man, I hate to admit to crying. However, I did. Not tears of sadness, but of joy and exultation at Sunny's success in riding the wave of her life. The narrative was so good, that I felt it was me riding that wave--and I have never been on a surf board in my life.


    Any additional comments?

    I was delighted to learn that Don has written many other books. This book was the first of his that I have "read," but now that I have finished it, I intend to listen to them all!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allen Anthony 12-30-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Deceive @ all cost"


    When I was a kid in the 1950's I. Lived surrounded with the onset of these ideologies , create misdirection with any actively you become engaged. Learned to speak carrier pigeon English so many did not understand, and only certain groups were interested to understand what you were saying. I enjoyed walking down memory lane.
    Now Boone is a cop and is on a mission to solve a disappearance /murder while wading through the society of misdirection!
    Enjoy the unusual

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Talbot los angeles 07-28-15
    Victoria Talbot los angeles 07-28-15 Member Since 2016

    latte lady

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    "Lotta twists"

    I can't speak for everybody but for me I like it when the plot twists. This story is unpredictable like the analogy of waves that runs throughout the book.
    In addition, the characters are very well developed. Clearly, the author knows what he's talking about. And he is passionate about it.
    This is a fun read with a lot of simultaneous mystery sub plots tangled in the mix. It is equally funny and dramatic.
    The author drops a lot of history into the characters and plot, revealing a deep connection to the California surf culture, ties to the land and to its history. As well as a love of culture.
    Sometimes the characters are cliched but it's also true that people who identify with a lifestyle can become caricatures of themselves.
    Hence the main character is sort of always the odd man out pretending to cliches.
    Several supporting characters bear out the cliches but not to distraction. Again, it strengthens the fictionalized accounting of an ethnographic subculture with strong mores and taboos.
    Anyone will enjoy the ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 04-16-15
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 04-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Okay, but was this a history lesson?"

    Be warned a third of this book is CA history, I think. At least there's a lot of back story on CA and surfing how much is true I don't know and don't care. I could have done with less of it but the book is still good. The story has a slow build with a frantic end and a truly disturbing crime to be solved. The narration fits well with the characters although the one Brit could have been performed better. I would say this is a good summer vacation read on a lawn chair somewhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elle (AKA PlantCrone) in the great NorthWest OREGON 12-25-14

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

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    "I've gotten Hooked on Don Winslow and Ray Porter!"

    I first listened to a Don Winslow audible book about a month ago and since then I've become totally hooked on the surfing scene he writes so wonderfully of..a scene I grew up with in the late 1950's and 1960's, first surfing at Ventrura County Line in 1958 when my family was camping on the beach for a month..something my folks loved to do...set up an old canvas army tent right on the sand and live at the beach for free..long before pay to camp parks with all the luxuries (like out houses).

    Makes me long to go back when I hear the dialogue in The Dawn Patrol...it was a wonderful time and this is one wonderful book.

    Well worth the listen-there is a lot more to the plot than riding waves and it really drew me in

    Enjoy this series..I sure am!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Johnson Powhatan, VA United States 10-05-14
    C. Johnson Powhatan, VA United States 10-05-14 Member Since 2008

    Elementary

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    "Exceptionally entertaining!"
    Where does The Dawn Patrol rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to hundreds, so it's tough to place specifically; however, it's in the top tier!


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

    It was very entertaining. The author's knowledge of surfing (likely coupled with tons of research) made the west coast dialog truly believable and quite cool. Storyline was unexpected, but also timely and compelling.


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

    This is my first Don Winslow / Ray Porter coupling. Ray did a stellar job of narration. Characters were brought to life, each uniquely interesting that, when combined, kept me engaged.


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

    Wooohooohooohooo.... Wipeout!!!


    Any additional comments?

    My first Don Winslow novel. Can't wait to get the next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 11-11-13
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great mystery story!!"

    I loved this story by Don Winslow; in addition to enjoying the narration by Ray Porter. He was the perfect narrator for it.

    The characters were well developed and I could vividly imagine them as I listened to the audible. I especially liked the main character, Boone Daniels, the private investigator in San Diego, California.

    There is a lot of action and mystery in the story which made it all enjoyable. I also liked the historical reflections about San Diego and surfing.

    This book was as good as Don Winslow's “Power of the Dog” which I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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