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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Wow, I had read this story years ago (emphasis on the years) and was surprised and maybe even slightly amused with how dated the story is now. It’s still not bad, if you keep the time period in mind as you listen.
This story was/is the first in a long series of Travis McGee books and sets the stage for future stories.
The narrator didn’t quite detract from the story, but somehow failed to add any kind of spark to it. All in all, the narration was not too bad once you got into the story.
Seemed like just another detective story and not what I was expecting from the short writeup
Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.
No. I didn't like this story at all.
Perhaps a bit
I didn't finish it but the characters were grubby people.
I was robbed of a credit on this one. I didn't like it at all.
No. Too many really good writers to listen to besides this one.
Harlen Coben - any we haven't already listened to.
Yes. But it is hard for a man to speak a women's role. It was hard to care about the female characters.
It passed time while exercising.
He took a fairly good 3 hour script idea and streached it into 6 hours with too many unnecessary boring descriptions.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
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.
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.
I don't like this style of writing. I wouldn't buy another book by him.
I can't blame the narrator. My experience with this book would not keep from trying another book narrated by Robert Petkoff.
The characters were stereotypes of forced
I found the performance quite well done. All the characters were well- differentiated and believable.
The narrator was good. I would listen to him again.
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.
No. The characters were utterly unbelievable. This book must have been written by a 16 year old boy. It was ridiculous.
No as long as they have a story and believable characters.
The narrator was fine it was the material he was forced to read.
I would say not. It was so unbelievable that nothing hooked me.
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
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