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The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1 | [John D. MacDonald]

The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.
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He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

Nothing that John D. MacDonald wrote is better loved and more enduring than the 21 books in his series about Travis McGee, the Florida-based “salvage consultant” who recovers property for a fee so he can take his retirement “a piece at a time”. Narrator Robert Petkoff, hand-chosen to narrate with the approval of MacDonald’s estate, brings McGee’s world of the Busted Flush (his houseboat, which he won in a poker game) and “Miss Agnes” (his custom Rolls-Royce pickup truck) to vivid life.

©1964 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. Renewal © 1992 Maynard MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Lee Chapel Hill, NC, United States 12-14-12
    Lee Chapel Hill, NC, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Disturbing Theme"

    This book is well written, and well narrated, but I found it depressing. The bad guy brakes the mind and soul of his female companion through systematic abuse. I was expecting something lighter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Auburn, United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-05-12
    Linda Auburn, United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The Deep Blue Goodbye"
    What did you like best about The Deep Blue Good-By? What did you like least?

    Interesting, but a little slow.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable ending.


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

    Good voice for this story.


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

    No, not enough meat to the story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Kitto Townsville 10-07-12
    Michael Kitto Townsville 10-07-12 Member Since 2010

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    "The Deep Blue Goodbye"

    I’ve never read a John D. MacDonald book before and I’ve read a lot of good things about his Travis McGee novels, so I thought I might start at the beginning for this series. This is the first in what is now a 21 book series and the first time we meet Travis McGee, a self-described “salvage consultant”, almost like a treasure hunter but instead he recovers the property of his clients for a fee; half. He is hired and has to go up against the pathologically evil antagonist Junior Allen, who may seem friendly but has a very sinister agenda.

    For a hard-boiled style “salvage consultant” McGee seems to be very ordinary; I felt like all the guys liked him (except the antagonist) and all the girls wanted him. There wasn’t much depth in the character at all except in one scene where he was ready to torture someone for information and I saw a glimpse of a sociopath in McGee. This just made me want to read a book with a sociopath hard-boiled detective, so if you have any recommendations let me know.

    The story felt very predictable, it was more of a quick enjoyable story being told to me. I think, while this series might work well as filler reading to help recover from something heavy, there are much better books out there to read instead of this series. The sex and violence that was in this book was pretty intense for a book written in 1964 so I really don’t want to just write off the entire series because of predictability; so if you share a different opinion or can recommend me one of the Travis McGee books that could change my mind, please let me know.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Bleuel Canoga Park, CA United States 10-06-12
    William Bleuel Canoga Park, CA United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Well It's a Start..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I almost enjoyed this audiobook. It has all the elements you'd want - an enigmatic main character, an interesting, complex plot and a compelling victim, there wasn't enough payoff in the end to warrant the investment of time. The showdown with the villain, the loathsome Junior Allen, was too brief. Also, I felt like the character was fighting with the writing towards the latter part of the book.

    The narration was fair, but it too often felt at odds with the writing. I've heard that there are earlier Darren McGavin versions, however, and those might be more compelling.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lance Karl Johnson 09-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Time Filler"

    The skill of the narrator makes this audio book worth the time. The story is weak. I have read this same basic story a hundred times. Character development is rudimentary, to say the least. But, if you need something to listen too while traveling, it will do.

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    Carol 07-30-12
    Carol 07-30-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Just Couldn't Get Into It"
    What would have made The Deep Blue Good-By better?

    I really wanted to like this book and dig into the series, but I just couldn't get into it. I tried for over half the book, but it just didn't seem to be going anywhere, and there wasn't enough teeth to make me care much about any of the characters. I'm sorry to have to give it 2 stars, but that's all I can muster.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappoinment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Belmont, CA, United States 07-28-12
    Diane Belmont, CA, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Story was okay but not intriguing or fascinating. Disappointing after all i had read about this series!


    Would you recommend The Deep Blue Good-By to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, not good enough to hold one's attention.


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

    Added life to the characters.


    Do you think The Deep Blue Good-By needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not if written in this same style. Way too much flowerly self reflection that did not enhance the story!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-24-12
    Susie Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Skip this and the next two"
    What would have made The Deep Blue Good-By better?

    First.. not have the character nickname "Trav". Very irritating and unbelievable.Second.. The character as written, was not strong enough for all of its social pronouncements. Just not a believable lead character.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anne Perry, Craig Johnson, Vince Flynn or Brad Thor


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Petkoff’s performances?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Deep Blue Good-By?

    I would not have published it. So I guess that would be all scenes?


    Any additional comments?

    I try to purchase hardcover editions of the books I like, this author's works would not have a home in my library Further, I downloaded all 3 audio books and now wish I could have the credits back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie 07-21-12
    Valerie 07-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "How old is Travis?"
    Any additional comments?

    What a nauseating character this Travis Mcgee. I'm a huge fan of mysteries. thriller's etc.. but really couldn't stand the teenage boy outlook on women and himself - won't be bothering with any more in the series.

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    Charlotte Erickson 07-10-12

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    "Pretty Boring!"

    I thought I would try reading the first book of this series. I was disappointed. He just rambles on and on and I got very bored - no action to speak of. I wouldn't recommend this book. There are so many good books to pick from.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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