We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
The Dummy Line | [Bobby Cole]

The Dummy Line

Jake Crosby’s nine-year-old daughter Katy is pure tomboy, and her dad couldn’t be happier. Since she was old enough to walk, Katy has shared Jake’s love of the outdoors, taking to hunting and fishing as quickly as other kids take to baseball or bike riding. As he packs the truck for a spring turkey hunt, he vows to savor the time with his little girl. But Jake’s hopes for an idyllic weekend are shattered when a band of drug dealers attempts to break into the Crosbys’ remote hunting camp. Desperate to protect his daughter, Jake makes a violent and gut-wrenching decision.
Regular Price:$10.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Jake Crosby’s nine-year-old daughter Katy is pure tomboy, and her dad couldn’t be happier. Since she was old enough to walk, Katy has shared Jake’s love of the outdoors, taking to hunting and fishing as quickly as other kids take to baseball or bike riding. As he packs the truck for a spring turkey hunt, he vows to savor the time with his little girl. But Jake’s hopes for an idyllic weekend are shattered when a band of drug dealers attempts to break into the Crosbys’ remote hunting camp. Desperate to protect his daughter, Jake makes a violent and gut-wrenching decision.

His quick thinking enables him and Katy to escape the camp and flee into the Noxubee River swamp. The bloodthirsty criminals are hot on their trail, however, and no one, no matter how innocent, will get in the way of their vengeance. As their treacherous game of cat and mouse winds deeper into the wilderness, Jake must face the fact that not everyone will come out of the swamp alive - but he will do whatever is necessary to make sure that Katy does.

Taut and engrossing, The Dummy Line is the riveting tale of an ordinary man pushed to extraordinary lengths to protect his only child…and those for whom he feels responsible.

©2008 Bobby Cole (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (360 )
5 star
 (107)
4 star
 (156)
3 star
 (65)
2 star
 (18)
1 star
 (14)
Overall
4.0 (317 )
5 star
 (110)
4 star
 (125)
3 star
 (55)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (12)
Story
4.1 (311 )
5 star
 (122)
4 star
 (119)
3 star
 (54)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (7)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 06-16-14
    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2013

    spa wench

    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    53
    38
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "defies belief, to a comical degree"

    I do not think this book was intended to be humorous, but it is, in a grim sort of way.

    The police, who play a very large part, as written, are so inept as to defy belief. Honestly, if a police officer, even a rookie, found a suspected kidnap victim, wouldn't he remove the duct tape over her mouth, the rope binding her hands, and the blindfold covering her eyes? perhaps ask her her name? or just throw her sideways across the back seat of the cruiser and head back to town, imagining the glory in store for the hero?

    ugh. just terrible. This story does no favors to the inhabitants of Alabama, presenting the majority of them as thugs, obsessed hunters, or fame-seeking police officers.

    would not recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    itzKat El Paso, TX, United States 06-10-14
    itzKat El Paso, TX, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Kat

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    79
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Read"

    Thank you Audible for putting this one on the Daily Deal, I don't think I would have gotten it otherwise. If you don't know this author and narrator combination you are in for a real treat. Defined characters make the story easy to follow while Jeremy Arthur does a fantastic job bringing them to life. I am happy add this as one of my favorites. ENJOY!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dan McCammon Solvang, CA USA 06-07-14
    Dan McCammon Solvang, CA USA 06-07-14 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A little frustrating"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Keep the general plot line, but make the characters (especially the police) have at least average intelligence. There are too many moments where it was like watching a bad horror movie, and I wanted to yell the obvious to a character and help them avoid trouble or act in the way a reasonably intelligent person might act. The author and story would benefit greatly by talking with a few police officers and gaining some insight into how things work.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bobby Cole? Why or why not?

    I got this book because I had a $10.00 credit and The Dummy Line was on sale for $2.99 or $3.99 (basically free because of the credit). If I had paid full price, or used one of my monthly credits, I would have tried to get a refund. That's a long way of saying that I'd give Bobby Cole another try if the book was free and I needed something to help pass the time.


    Was The Dummy Line worth the listening time?

    I use audiobooks for my commute, so the book fulfilled its purpose.


    Any additional comments?

    To be fair, the character development, elements of the story, and its telling were pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Trina Nycol United States 05-29-14
    Trina Nycol United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    183
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "AWESOME from start to finish!"
    If you could sum up The Dummy Line in three words, what would they be?

    Action packed! Great storyline and well-thought out characters. Listened in one day; couldn't put it down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Genia Hewitt, TX, United States 05-21-14
    Genia Hewitt, TX, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    85
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Read"

    I just didn't want to stop listening. It's that good. The story grabs you early on and holds you on the edge of your seat to the very end. I'm checking out other works by this author because if there are more like this- it's pure gold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Think about this 05-21-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    548
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    305
    263
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    172
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Suspenseful story full of heart"

    What a surprise this story was, as I pulled it from the sale rack. It's about an ordinary man out on a hunting trip with his nine year old becoming the prey to a group of low lifes, out for some deadly fun. The scariest thing about this tale, is that it could very easily happen as hunters dig themselves deep in the woods of unknown areas, not knowing just what else lurks around in the countryside. Jake's survival skills are put to a test. His love for his daughter and to protect the innocent shine through, to keep you on the edge of your seat. The story has some memorable characters whose lives are changed in this accounting of one terrifying night.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Vida T. Yancy Shreveport, LA United States 05-15-14
    Vida T. Yancy Shreveport, LA United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    159
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    517
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    13
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very well written!!"
    If you could sum up The Dummy Line in three words, what would they be?

    I'm so glad I read this book. It has so many twists and turns. A very easy listen but exciting and thrilling. My only complaint was the narrator's female voice but after the first few chapters that wasn't annoying anymore. Enjoyed it very much!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Angie holladay, Utah 05-14-14
    Angie holladay, Utah 05-14-14 Member Since 2015

    I am an eBay seller who listens to approx. a book a day while taking & editing photos of my items. I love a good suspenseful mystery!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    136
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    41
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Uneventful"
    What disappointed you about The Dummy Line?

    This book was full of potential with tons of 'almost' suspenseful moments yet every single time you start to think something was finally going to happen it fizzled into nothing or turned into the obvious. The author definitely seemed more concerned with getting his point of view about firearms across than telling a story. Too bad.


    What could Bobby Cole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Try telling the story first and worrying less about making your 'point'.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeremy Arthur?

    Narrator was okay, hard to tell because the story was boring.


    What character would you cut from The Dummy Line?

    Many characters were completely unnecessary and only made the story confusing...what was with the kidnapped 'housewife'??? What was that???


    Any additional comments?

    Only cost 4.95 and although not a complete waste, I wouldn't spend it again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 07-29-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 07-29-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    269
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    242
    232
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    22
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Start & Finish at The Dummy Line"
    Would you try another book from Bobby Cole and/or Jeremy Arthur?

    I might be inclined to read the second book written by Bobby Cole. Jeremy Arthur could have put action into his narration. He might have used emotions relevant to the scene. There was no real distinction as to how the character's felt. His different narration voices were good.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of this story was that when guns are used for the right purpose, in this book hunting, they have a legitimate use. However, when men with crime as their trademark, guns eventually lead to needless death. The least interesting aspect of this story was the calendars hanging in the sports hall that were meant for guy's eyes only. The calendar's were used two if not three times in the story. One time, maybe, more that that, never.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The pace of the story was quite slow. Maybe that was created by the fact that certain subject matter was repeated over and over. Elizabeth having the sprained ankle that slowed the escape process. The need for Jake to put his daughter, Katy, who had left her boots in the trailer when her and her dad first started fleeing from gunshots, up and down every time the three, Jake, Katy and Elizabeth, had to stop and rest. I lost count. He put Katy on his back, on his shoulders and helped Elizabeth by moving slower, using the protected barrel of his shot gun as a crutch or helping her with his hand.


    Do you think The Dummy Line needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The Dummy Line could use a follow-up book, I suppose. I did notice that there is a second book that is to follow. I certainly hope that no one goes on an adventure that requires another search and rescue.


    Any additional comments?

    The Dummy Line needed some different dialogue used between the character's that would have created thrill and excitement. The text was dull. I knew the ending quite early in the book. There was no mystery to be solved. The book read in slow motion.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Swallop Chula Vista, CA, United States 07-22-13
    Swallop Chula Vista, CA, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    38
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Waste of a credit and a few hours"

    I couldn't get beyond the first hour of this book, it was that bad. The story included a bunch of hicks, but there must be a way to write about them without writing at their level. To be honest, it seems like this was written as a 7th grade creative writing project. I've gutted my way through many poor beginnings, but this was simply dreadful. The characters were flat and the dialog was cheesy, things I can never get past. I gave the story three stars because I didn't get far enough to judge properly, but it didn't sound promising. If you want to get a sense of the loathing generated by, at least, the first hour of this production, listen to the song "Feed Jake" by Pirates of the Mississippi.

    I can't really judge the narration because the material was abortive, so Jeremy Arthur gets a pass on this one. He should really consider being a little more selective with the material he takes on, though.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 21-30 of 30 results PREVIOUS123NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.