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The Deep Blue Good-By Audiobook
The Deep Blue Good-By
Written by: 
John D. MacDonald
Narrated by: 
Robert Petkoff
The Deep Blue Good-By Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    J. N. Manor Milwaukee, WI USA 05-04-12
    J. N. Manor Milwaukee, WI USA 05-04-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Not great"
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    The hook is great but the main story is just too bizarre. Maybe I just can't relate.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 05-04-12
    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 05-04-12

    Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.

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    "Goodbye Deep Blue"
    Would you try another book from John D. MacDonald and/or Robert Petkoff?

    No. I didn't like this story at all.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John D. MacDonald again?

    Maybe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Perhaps a bit


    What character would you cut from The Deep Blue Good-By?

    I didn't finish it but the characters were grubby people.


    Any additional comments?

    I was robbed of a credit on this one. I didn't like it at all.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Yerington, NV, United States 04-26-12
    Karen Yerington, NV, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "It passes the time."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Too many really good writers to listen to besides this one.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Harlen Coben - any we haven't already listened to.


    Did Robert Petkoff do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. But it is hard for a man to speak a women's role. It was hard to care about the female characters.


    Was The Deep Blue Good-By worth the listening time?

    It passed time while exercising.


    Any additional comments?

    He took a fairly good 3 hour script idea and streached it into 6 hours with too many unnecessary boring descriptions.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 04-26-12
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Story and characters seem very dated"

    I have heard great things about the Travis McGee series so I was looking forward to listening to this book, but didn't make it pass the 2nd hour. The first ten minutes introduced the first woman character, who was a "dancer". She ended up being the best employed of all the women characters I was aware of. All the women were weak damsels in distress, making bad decisions and waiting on Travis to save them. I found it too tiresome to listen to any longer. I did try to keep in mind that the book was written in early '60s so it was probably very relevant for the times in which it was written. The narrator did a fair job with the material. Hope my next audible book is worth the credit. This one wasn't.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Rodman Adams Middle Island, NY United States 04-09-12
    Nancy Rodman Adams Middle Island, NY United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Typical male mystery"
    Would you try another book from John D. MacDonald and/or Robert Petkoff?

    Right from the start this book was a turn off. I listened for an hour and couldn't deal with the male bravado. I prefer stories with more balanced characters. It is rare that I don't finish a book even if I don't care for it. I paid for it after all. But this was too unpleasant to continue.


    What could John D. MacDonald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't like this style of writing. I wouldn't buy another book by him.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Petkoff?

    I can't blame the narrator. My experience with this book would not keep from trying another book narrated by Robert Petkoff.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 04-02-12
    Amazon Customer United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Phony"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Real characters


    What could John D. MacDonald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters were stereotypes of forced


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    I found the performance quite well done. All the characters were well- differentiated and believable.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator was good. I would listen to him again.


    Any additional comments?

    I am really tired of wasting my credits on really bad books. I won't be buying anything new without doing some serious research. The reviews on your site just don't give an accurate picture of what is in the book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    August 03-22-12
    August 03-22-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Ridiculous!"
    Would you try another book from John D. MacDonald and/or Robert Petkoff?

    No. The characters were utterly unbelievable. This book must have been written by a 16 year old boy. It was ridiculous.


    Has The Deep Blue Good-By turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No as long as they have a story and believable characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was fine it was the material he was forced to read.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I would say not. It was so unbelievable that nothing hooked me.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 03-20-12
    Michael 03-20-12

    ndsmaine

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    "waste of time and money"
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    high expectation not met. main character travis mcgee exhibits schizophrenic behavior, switching from warm and protective to caustic and cruel in a heartbeat. not a lovable character at all, every women he encounters wants to go to bed with him - really? women are weak and defenseless, becoming dependent on

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 04-27-13
    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid audio book listener with over 1600 books in my library!

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    "The Top of my Worst books List"
    What would have made The Deep Blue Good-By better?

    A good narrator might have made this book bearable but considering the narration was just as bad if not worse than the story it made it impossible to listen to.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John D. MacDonald again?

    NO


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In every way possible.


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

    It would have all gone into the trash can.


    Any additional comments?

    All total I have over 635 books in my library and this one makes the top of the list for the worst book I have ever purchased! I was desperate for a new series so I thought I would give this author and narrator a try. I am not sure which was worse, the author or the narrator. Save your credit it wouldn't be worth you time if it were free.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James FRANKLIN, WI, United States 12-20-12
    James FRANKLIN, WI, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Non detective, detective story"

    Hoped it would be a little better. Kind of a strange main character, Travis McGee, a kind of private investigator, sometimes kind and sometimes kind of cruel. Plot was average for this kind of story. I had read some reviews that gave me higher expectations, so i was mildly disappointed. It was interesting to remember how investigators had to operate before cell phones, computers, internet, DNA, etc. It is the first in a series for this character, so I am undecided if I will listen to more in this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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