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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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    Rita Tampa, FL, United States 07-07-13
    Rita Tampa, FL, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired

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    "Love mysteries"

    Robert P is the reasons i tried John series Robert is a awesome narrator, he has that thing. John did a great job keeping me interested not to mention its base on year I was born, no disappointment beside I wanted Trav to really hurt the bad guy, listen for your self worth the credit or cost.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Folly Beach, SC, United States 06-11-13
    Charles Folly Beach, SC, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Sadly, didn't hold up over time"

    Back in the day, I could hardly wait for the next Travis McGee novel to be published, always in paperback. I'm not sure if he even published in hard cover, but I certainly couldn't afford those in any case. As a big fan I downloaded this book soon after it was available and just got around to listening to it. Sadly, it just did not hold up over time. He was clearly the model for Jack Reacher and other heroes with a soft heart, but this big tough guy just seems so dated. There is endless meaningless dialog that seems to go nowhere and the scenes with the several damsels in distress just didn't work for this day and age.

    The reader was more than adequate, fitting voice to characters unerringly.

    This is certainly not a bad book and like all McDonald novels short enough for a long plane ride. Give it a try, for old times sake.

    I just bought Quick Red Fox on sale, I'll give you all an update on that one soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos P. Zilzer Pembroke Pines, FL, USA 05-24-13
    Carlos P. Zilzer Pembroke Pines, FL, USA 05-24-13 Member Since 2008

    Traveler

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    "The story reflects the reality of that time"

    In order to enjoy this book you need to understand the date it was written. All the big sexual revolution started that decade, the attitude and behaves of man and women must be understood based on the time of the history and not the way we expect or assume modern man and woman behaves.

    This is my first encounter with John McDonald and Travis McGee. Although I am not young but my native language is Spanish and I have not seen any translation of this author’s novels. I really enjoyed the psychological aspects. I'm sure the reaction of a woman who has been abused in these times is not very different from that described in the novel.

    I am looking forward to listen and read (thanks to Whispersync) the rest of the series as i as sure that both McDonald and McGee will change as time pass by, 20 years is a lot of time and lots of changes.

    The narration was very good and perfect for a person like me that speaks English as a second language. I liked the pace, the intonation and the cadence of the narrator’s voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Glenview, IL, United States 05-01-13
    Todd Glenview, IL, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2009

    Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.

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    "Doc Ford Lite"

    Travis McGee is a character I want to learn more about. The books have been around for a long time yet the story holds up well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas W. Gleason Minneapolis, MN 02-27-13
    Thomas W. Gleason Minneapolis, MN 02-27-13 Member Since 2006

    Tom Gleason

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    "Great cover of a great classic"
    Would you listen to The Deep Blue Good-By again? Why?

    I have listened to it more than once and will again. In fact, the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald on cassette from Books on Tape is what hooked me on audio books back in the dark ages of the 80ties.. My library's copies of these cassettes got destroyed by all the listening, and when BOT changed over to Audible, I was very sad that I had lost touch with these great stories. So it was a thrill to see Audible step up and re-record the entire series. In my experience, no other series holds up as well from book 1 to book 21, sure some of the books are weaker than others, but the characters, the believability and fallibility of the hero, and the astute observations of the evolving culture and destruction of Florida are all worth your time and investment.


    What other book might you compare The Deep Blue Good-By to and why?

    The Travis McGee series really stands alone, others try and imitate THIS series, and usually fall short. The only thing close is the first 14 of the Prey from John Sandford before he got so formulaic..


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

    I really liked the performance by Robert Petkoff. He brings a great interpretation to the characters that is faithful to what I believe MacDonald intended. After struggling with the recordings of the 80ties and 90ties it is delight to have the improved audio quality AND a great performance that doesn't jar loose the classic interpretation of the characters of this series.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like Audible to consider offering a deal for those addicts who would like to own the entire series... can we get a Bogo deal or something like that?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret GUILFORD, CT, United States 02-19-13
    Margaret GUILFORD, CT, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Well, it's a Travis McGee novel--"
    Any additional comments?

    I hadn't read a Travis McGee book in years. I remembered that I liked the Florida and shoreline ambience. His foes are always supervillains and die spectacularly badly. Unfortunately, this one had a truly terrible victim--one I found little sympathy for. Anyway, the ambience is there, and T. McGee is still the hard-boiled softy! I thought that the book was read well and it's worth a listen when you want sheer entertainment--that's why you buy a Travis McGee! Warning: if you read it at the beach you'll keep glancing over your shoulder. . .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Parks Bakersfield, CA, United States 02-12-13
    Brian Parks Bakersfield, CA, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2004

    A man like any other. Only more so.

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    "A Gumshoe that is really smart."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Quality writing. The Main character was a man of conscience and deliberate action. Even so he was able to think on his feet in a very believable way.


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

    At some points it did. Mostly it was character development with slpashes of the mystery part on the increase as things developed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he went to see the woman the bad guy had shacked up with.


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

    No in pieces was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    The thing of Travis having a mysterious past was kind of cliche. I guess the story has to develop in some manner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy worcester, MA, United States 02-01-13
    Betsy worcester, MA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2010

    I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.

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    "Travis is a great character."

    Had a problem with the timeline in the story until I realized it had been written in 1964. I definitely will read more of the series but probably not all 21 in a row. But it is good to have a short listen, which these are, every now and then.Travis just might be Reacher's cousin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Therese TUCSON, Arizona 01-17-13
    Therese TUCSON, Arizona 01-17-13 Member Since 2004
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    "I love Travis McGee!"

    And I love John D. MacDonald for writing this series. I was excited when this series was introduced on Audible. MacDonald paints the best words pictures of his characters. You know not only what the character looks like but the description goes deeper - under the skin and into the psyche. If you like Michael Connely, Lee Child or John Sanford then you must read John D. McDonald. For me, he is the start of this genre and sets the bar very high.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Portland 01-07-13
    Cynthia Portland 01-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "excellent in almost every way"

    Truly very good. My only complaint is that Audible is so anxious to tell you that it is an audible production that you have no time to think about the last sentence. There should at least be a pause of a few seconds!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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