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The Dummy Line Audiobook
The Dummy Line
Written by: 
Bobby Cole
Narrated by: 
Jeremy Arthur
The Dummy Line Audiobook

The Dummy Line

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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.

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    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 08-02-14
    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Now HERE is a great story!"
    Where does The Dummy Line rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right near the top. It was a completely unexpected pleasant surprise! Ive paid 2-3 times as much for some audiobooks that were not nearly as entertaining as this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all great


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Arthur’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I dont believe so. I think its the first time.


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

    Hold on to your seat!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Patty 08-01-14
    Ms. Patty 08-01-14
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    "Unexpected WOW!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dummy Line the most enjoyable?

    In addition to the fast paced action, I enjoyed the character development; some a bit flawed, distinct personalities. Their motivations dovetailed into their actions which influenced the actions of those around them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dummy Line?

    One of them was when the cocky deputy realized he had forgotten to take the tape off the hostage and then that she was the wrong hostage after all.


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

    Mr. Arthur was incredible; without using exaggeration, he changed the voices of the men, sounded believable in the women and girls' voices and had a credible Alabama accent. He was the best narrator I have heard to this point.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Anything involving Katie.


    Any additional comments?

    I had purchased this book quite a while ago, but kept postponing listening to it because it sounded only mildly interesting. After the first chapter, I was hooked. I have never stayed up all night before to listen to a book, but I couldn't stop myself.

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    Razzberry Raccoons 07-29-14

    RazzRac

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    "Keystone cops in a hunting camp"
    What would have made The Dummy Line better?

    Characters intelligent enough to be believable.


    What was most disappointing about Bobby Cole’s story?

    The blunders that the characters made were too obviously an effort to force the story along.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator did an amazing job given the material. I don't know how he made it through the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dummy Line?

    When they found the jeep, realize the girl is missing and do not use the tracking dog that have with them to try to find her. Kidnapping the wrong woman is another. These are just two that come to mind


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't make myself finish this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Henderson Santa Paula, CA, US 07-28-14
    Chuck Henderson Santa Paula, CA, US 07-28-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wow... You will have a hard time turing it off."
    If you could sum up The Dummy Line in three words, what would they be?

    Stimulating, suspenseful and scary.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all. But the DP switch board women; smoker, was fun.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many... I guess the last scene..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RevDisaster Iowa City, Iowa United States 06-30-14
    RevDisaster Iowa City, Iowa United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A roller coaster ride with a great finish!"
    What did you love best about The Dummy Line?

    The story is totally believable and is one to which many folks can easily relate. The characters are well developed and their actions are true to their nature. I loved the way the story was told from the perspective of the different characters so that you have a sense of expectation without knowing which actions will contribute to the ultimate resolution of the situation. Cole has an ability to make his characters totally lifelike - not bigger or smaller than we might perceive if we were part of the story. And each part is played out in a sequence that keeps the listener guessing until the final chapters.


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

    The narrator does an excellent job of breathing life and emotion into the players, so that they become very real and close to the listener. His reading also enhances the mood and substance of each scene, making each detail seem important. This was especially effective when the action was taking place in a setting which contributed strongly to the characters' fears and uncertainties.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am a guy who has been known to cry at emotional TV commercials, so it did not surprise me that I shed tears at the end, but the reality and intensity of the characters emotions did truly move me. I could imagine being there and feeling all that they were feeling.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book because my wife had read Cole's "The Rented Mule" and really liked it. Now I am anticipating another great experience with that novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer ELKVIEW, WV, United States 06-21-14
    Kindle Customer ELKVIEW, WV, United States 06-21-14
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    "Stumbled Upon Awesomeness!"

    This book was a real surprise for me and I am so glad that I took the chance to listen.

    Great, fun, action-packed and character rich, this is one that I did not want to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon United States 06-18-14
    Sharon United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not bad, don't pay attention to the narrator"

    I enjoyed the book, however, I did not care the for the narrator. He makes all rednecks sound like dumbest people on earth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 06-16-14
    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2015

    spa wench

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    "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
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    itzKat El Paso, TX, United States 06-10-14
    itzKat El Paso, TX, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Kat

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    "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
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    Dan McCammon Solvang, CA USA 06-07-14
    Dan McCammon Solvang, CA USA 06-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "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

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