The Dummy Line Audiobook | Bobby Cole | Audible.com
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 (98 )
5 star
 (29)
4 star
 (47)
3 star
 (14)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (4)
Overall
4.1 (83 )
5 star
 (29)
4 star
 (38)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.2 (80 )
5 star
 (33)
4 star
 (35)
3 star
 (9)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-21-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-21-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

    HELPFUL VOTES
    348
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    217
    206
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    90
    67
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good and Fast Paced"

    This was a really fast paced, on the run, page turner.   A story that could have gone very wrong at many turns.  A smart, brave man just trying to do the best he can to survive so he may save others who are unable to save themselves.  I will watch the reviews for the next in this series, but, based on this one I will look forward to another if it gets as good reviews. Good narration and one I will remember. Great price.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 03-05-13
    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    66
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    46
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great listen"

    Fast paced and hard to put down. Bobby Cole is a great story teller and I will be looking for more. The characters are developed quickly and without unnecessary information and the situations are believable. The narration is spot on and I totally enjoyed this listen. One of the best so for!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gayle Auburn, IL, United States 05-11-13
    Gayle Auburn, IL, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    96
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    129
    91
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    27
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "WOW! What a Rush!"

    This title popped up on my Kindle Deals, but I ended up buying the Audible version as well. What a GREAT read! I could not stop listening - from beginning to end it kept me entralled. It hopped around from one part of the story to the next pulling all the separate components together until they all meshed at the end. I pushed my MP3 player right up to the point where it shut itself off because the battery was nearly dead! LOL! I just couldn't give it up long enough to recharge! The triumphant ending of the good guys over the bad guys had me grinning with joyous humor. I HIGHLY recommend this book and can't wait to read the next one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jack WESLEY CHAPEL, FL, United States 01-11-13
    Jack WESLEY CHAPEL, FL, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    37
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Title Perfectly Fits the Book!"

    I don't want to give away the story more than the publisher's blurb, and I don't like to repeat the plot, since it's already there.

    I usually like longer reads, but I'll tell you, I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed with this book! It's a no-holds-barred "Keystone Kops" kind of a novel, and I couldn't turn it off for wanting to know how it would end up. The back story is balanced quite well by the action and suspense.

    I'm so glad the author has written a sequel, and I've pre-ordered it.

    I heartily recommend this novel!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deedhopes Texas, USA 03-06-13
    Deedhopes Texas, USA 03-06-13 Member Since 2012

    Deed

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Dummy Line - a good read!"
    Would you listen to The Dummy Line again? Why?

    Yes! I am not a relistener. However, the quality of this book is such that I would listen again without reservation.


    What other book might you compare The Dummy Line to and why?

    The Dummy Line is unique. However, if I must compare it to another book....a detective novel without the detective. The police/sheriff are important in the believability of the book. Nevertheless, the main character isn't a super cop or a Demi God. He is a young father in a so so marriage that is faced with life changing choices along the Dummy Line!


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

    Jeremy Arthur narrates with a southern accident, just thick enough to believe him.


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

    I found myself hopeful as the book progresses. However, the bad guys have one ...not so bad guy. It is odd to hope that "the not so bad guy" escapes. Of course I want this dad and his family to survive.


    Any additional comments?

    I have 4 sons and 1 husband. I read all the time. My boys do not read as much as I would like. I think they would all enjoy this book. I was ready for the next book and hopefully the next book by Bobby Cole.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robert La Selva Beach, CA, United States 01-22-13
    Robert La Selva Beach, CA, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    164
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Outdoorsman Kills Bad Guys"
    What did you love best about The Dummy Line?

    I liked the performance and the sense of place. I also liked the shading towards reality rather than hyperbolic cartoon violence. For me, it is a 4 rather than 5 because I couldn't quite smell the pine forest and didn't really care about any of the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Candace Russell Phoenix, AZ United States 07-17-13
    Candace Russell Phoenix, AZ United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    58
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    474
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lot of action, very little mystery"

    I'd say Bobby Cole is a good enough storyteller, but there was so much implausible and inconsistent in the content of this book that it left me, well, let's say unsatisfied. I mean, did he miss any of the buffoonish boorish Southern cop stereotypes? Also, it doesn't work to describe the little girl as caring about injured or abused life forms when earlier in the book she was praised for hunting and skinning game. And ridiculing that poor police dog for being distracted by an apparent neglected health problem was hardly a fair characterization; besides which, I'd expect a German Shepherd would more likely be used if you know where your criminal is hiding and want the dog to take him down, with perhaps a bloodhound or other scent hound used for the actual tracking. Gee, I didn't know I was so annoyed when I started this review. All that said, I think Mr. Cole could write a worthwhile novel if he troubled to do more research, or perhaps found a police mentor to work out some of the technical details before trying again. I would have liked this book if it had been more real for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ann beautiful Colorado 01-08-14
    ann beautiful Colorado 01-08-14 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    33
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1015
    53
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story! This could happen...."

    With a husband that hunts, and a daughter that joins him, this yarn really hit home. A riveting story and narration make this a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 07-29-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 07-29-13 Member Since 2010

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

    HELPFUL VOTES
    78
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    144
    138
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    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 2 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 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 11 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    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.