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The Devil's Punchbowl Audiobook

The Devil's Punchbowl

As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.
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As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.

But one boat isn't like the others.

Rumor has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas to its Mississippi backwater. And with them - on sleek private jets that slip in and out of town like whispers in the night - come pro football players, rap stars, and international gamblers, all sharing an unquenchable taste for one thing: blood sport - and the dark vices that go with it. When a childhood friend of Penn's who brings him evidence of these crimes is brutally murdered, he begins a quest to find the men responsible. But the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy and, with his family's lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies are those bound to him by blood or honor.

Together they must defeat a killer who has an almost preternatural ability to anticipate - and counter - their every move. Ultimately, victory will depend on a bold stroke that will leave one of Penn's allies dead - and Natchez changed forever.

©2009 Greg Iles; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Kindle Customer United States 03-27-15
    Kindle Customer United States 03-27-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Awful sound quality, ugly and sick storyline"
    Would you try another book from Greg Iles and/or Dick Hill?

    I have great respect for Dick Hill's narration based upon other Audible books I have listened to, so I would not avoid him. Bad audio quality is the audio engineer's fault. Greg Iles has put me off from ever reading his demented scribbling again.


    Has The Devil's Punchbowl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better audio engineering would have helped and and a narrator who can do a southern accent was warranted.


    What character would you cut from The Devil's Punchbowl?

    This is a sick, ugly book, filled with characters that should not have been written about.


    Any additional comments?

    The violence and sadism are beyond off-putting. This book is little beyond pornographic violence wrapped in a Penn Cage storyline.

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    Betsy Sher 03-24-15
    Betsy Sher 03-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    Sat in my car after work just to finish it ....great book. graphic in a few parts had to fast forward but overall good

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    PAR-TEE 02-14-15
    PAR-TEE 02-14-15

    Bongoman

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    "Great story"

    I found this book to be a page turner. A little tough to read at times due to the violence, but overall a great thrill ride. Highly recommended. The narration is par excellence!!!

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    705thMP 02-04-15
    705thMP 02-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrific storyline"

    Overall a great book. Iles is always suspenseful. At many times the narrator speaks so low, almost a grumble, the words are unrecognizable.

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    Susan J. Macaulay River Forest, IL USA 01-19-15
    Susan J. Macaulay River Forest, IL USA 01-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't Hear Half of the Book"
    Would you try another book from Greg Iles and/or Dick Hill?

    I would read another book by Greg Isles, but I doubt I would listen to another book read by Dick Hill. Perhaps it was the recording, and the not the narrator, but I couldn't hear half of what was being read when listening to this book in the car (which is where I do about 90% of my audiobook listening), even with the volume turned all the way up. The reader's attempt at a soft southern drawl often reduced the volume below the point of hearing, as did his voicing of the female characters. I've not had this problem with other audiobooks, so I don't think it was either my hearing or my system.


    If you’ve listened to books by Greg Iles before, how does this one compare?

    I didn't enjoy this one as much as I have enjoyed others. The descriptions of human and animal abuse were far too graphic, and the plot moved a bit slowly compared to some of his other books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Someone with a more forceful voice.


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

    Parts of it were good - suspenseful. I always enjoy Penn Cage books, although others more than this one.


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    Connecticut Grandmother 12-20-14
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    "Gratuitous Violence and Sex"
    Would you try another book from Greg Iles and/or Dick Hill?

    Not without carefully reading the reviews. I have read/listened to the earlier books in this series, and liked them. I think you should separate the reader from the author; one can be excellent and the other poor.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I would love a refreshing,upbeat, positive story, e.g., Alexander McCall Smith. John Grisham's books are informative in a positive sense, along with a good story line. This book has few redeeming features..


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

    His performance is good. It is the text that is extremely disturbing.


    Did The Devil's Punchbowl inspire you to do anything?

    No. If it were not for the plot line, I would have stopped listening. I did not learn anything except the depths of depravity of the author's imagination.


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    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 11-22-14
    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 11-22-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

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    "PENN CAGE WINS AGAIN"

    Greg Iles always holds my interest. This book shows the ghostly underside of life along the Mississippi. It is a compelling and engaging story. I don't agree with the negative reviews of narrator Dick Hill. Dick gives the work the depressing feel that it deserves.

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    Don LELAND, NC, United States 08-23-14
    Don LELAND, NC, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Back in Natchez"
    If you could sum up The Devil's Punchbowl in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, intriguing, informational


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Penn Cage. So much turmoil he dealt with in a short period of time, coming from all directions. Just when you think he is going to give in and fold under the pressure, he stands up and does the right thing, knowing it will be far from easy.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Jonathan Sans. Loved the Irish accent and Hill did it so well.


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

    International drama in a small southern town.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read nearly all of Iles's books and enjoyed every one. This one was no exception. I'm glad to see that there are others in the pipeline. It's been a long dry spell from Iles. Also, Dick Hill is outstanding when narrating these books. I'm about to start the new short story, The Death Factory, and hope the change in narrator is not a huge mistake.

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    Mike Erickson The Villages, FL, USA 08-05-14
    Mike Erickson The Villages, FL, USA 08-05-14 Member Since 2014

    Major Mike

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    "Speed It Up"
    What did you love best about The Devil's Punchbowl?

    A great story with lots of twists and excitement.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mayor, Penn Cage. He's a smart, determined, strong character who also has weaknesses and self doubts.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    The same.


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

    Nasty in Natchez


    Any additional comments?

    If you play Dick Hill at double speed, the novel moves along nicely and you won't fall asleep.

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    Catherine Tyree 06-20-14
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    "Story good; narration / sound quality not so much"
    What did you love best about The Devil's Punchbowl?

    I love Greg Iles' books. I enjoy all of them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Penn Cage


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    shoulda been better


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

    What has Penn Cage gotten into this time?


    Any additional comments?

    Sound quality not good - have to continually fine tune to hear ... sometimes talk so low can't hear anything, next thing it's too loud. Not a pleasant, easy listen. Greg Iles deserves better.

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