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The Devil's Punchbowl Audiobook

The Devil's Punchbowl

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Publisher's Summary

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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    tn 05-21-15
    tn 05-21-15
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    "Ugh! I think I am done with Greg Iles!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Characters are whiny and their actions don't really fit characters. Character development is all over the place. Seems like he just planned out a bunch of actions and then made the characters do them whether it made sense or not. Narrator is awful especially for women.


    What could Greg Iles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Different narrator, less whiny characters, more consistency in what the characters did and felt.


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

    Maybe someone who does the Tom Clancy or Clive Cussler novels.


    Do you think The Devil's Punchbowl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think it has one but I am not going to read it. I will finish the book but it really isn't enjoyable. Kind of like fingernails on chalk board.


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    Kandi P. Nashville, TN 05-19-15
    Kandi P. Nashville, TN 05-19-15
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    "More brilliance"

    I love how Iles weaves a story together. Just when you think the details he provides has no bearing on the story, dozens of pages later that detail moves the story forward. Brilliant writing. This story was slow at first, but stay with it! The exposition, while longer than the previous Pen Cage novels, was all necessary for the story to play out.

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    Kitty 05-15-15
    Kitty 05-15-15 Member Since 2016

    Give me a good mystery and I am happy!

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    "Better and better..."

    Each book in this series pulls you into an exciting adventure... and each adventure gets better and better. Although long books, they still leave me wanting more. I hope that you enjoy these books as much as I did.

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    Sandra R. Forrer Gaithersburg, MD USA 05-07-15
    Sandra R. Forrer Gaithersburg, MD USA 05-07-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Unexpected twists"

    Every time I thought I knew where this was headed, something unexpected happened, even at the end. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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    Barbara N. 04-14-15
    Barbara N. 04-14-15

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    "Riverboat and the Mayor"

    Loved it. Great story and Dick Hill is best reader out there. Started slow, but hsng on there, best is yet to come. The best of the series about Natchez. A must read.

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    Teacher Santa Barbara, CA 04-08-15
    Teacher Santa Barbara, CA 04-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Torture!"
    What would have made The Devil's Punchbowl better?

    The narrator was all wrong. Clearly, Mr. Hill is an elderly gentleman, and there is nothing he can do about that, however, his voice was all wrong for the main character who is supposed to be younger, but sounded ancient and old. And then to make matters worse, the narrator had to do female voices which sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard. It was torture to listen to this, the story was good though, and I wanted to hear it. Please re-do this story with new narrator.


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

    Almost, but the narrator made be want to scream.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Another narrator!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Devil's Punchbowl?

    All fine


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    Kazuko Nakamura 04-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Difficult to hear"

    The parts where the character whispers the narrator did as well. But to a point that I had to increase the volume dramatically for every part after rewinding. And with so many parts with whispers.... Annoying.

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    RickyF United States 03-27-15
    RickyF 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

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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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