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The Highway | [C.J. Box]

The Highway

When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Blue Heaven and Back of Beyond, C.J. Box, comes a gripping new thriller.

When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish.

Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state. There's a serial killer out there roaming the highways, and Cody and Cassie must find him before he takes more lives.

©2013 C.J. Box (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    D. Bloom Akron, OH 07-04-14
    D. Bloom Akron, OH 07-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Live WELL!

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    "Way to dark...almost stopped reading/listening."
    Would you try another book from C.J. Box and/or Holter Graham?

    It appears Box was tinkering with some dark elements and decided to move on. This is a skip.


    Has The Highway turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No the Pickett novels are excellent!


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narrator.


    What character would you cut from The Highway?

    The main villain and Box's decent into madness with the character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JayCee Sioux Falls, SD, United States 02-05-14
    JayCee Sioux Falls, SD, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2011

    boat baby

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    "Wish I'd stopped with "Back of Beyond""

    I loved all of the books in the Joe Pickett series and was really excited about being introduced to Cody Hoyt. "Back of Beyond" was great so I started reading "The Highway" immediately afterwards. I wish I hadn't.

    While the first half of the book showed the same CJ Box promise, the second half of the book seemed to have been written by someone else. Cassie was a weak character and I simply could not buy how she solved the case. With the end of the story leaving us hanging about the 3rd bad guy, I definitely will not listen to a sequel. Didn't like Cassie from the beginning.

    I've pre-ordered the next Joe Pickett book and am looking forward to that but I'm now a little hesitent about other Box books.

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    itinerant 01-14-14
    itinerant 01-14-14
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    "the final solution"
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    Not your typical series development. A pretty good story, but premised on some highly unlikely scenarios and alliances. The damsel-in-distress makes for a good page-turner, though, although the ditzy damsel is both hard to take and hard to believe: Mr. Box doesn't so much strain credulity as simply fail to acknowledge it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DJ Midwest 11-27-13
    DJ Midwest 11-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "awful"
    Would you try another book from C.J. Box and/or Holter Graham?

    no thanks


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    more Wally Lamb


    What didn’t you like about Holter Graham’s performance?

    too monotone


    What character would you cut from The Highway?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    not my sort of story; nothing but awful, negative people, leaves you feeling icky.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth 09-28-13
    Ruth 09-28-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Loved this from beginning."
    What made the experience of listening to The Highway the most enjoyable?

    The narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cody Hoyt


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

    Excellent work.


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

    Not and extreme reaction other that I wanted to read more. I was angry at the ending.


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    Star 09-26-13
    Star 09-26-13
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    "This was horrible!"

    I was so disappointed in this story. Loved C.J. Box. He has such great characters, but don't think I will ever purchase or listen to another one of his stories.

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    Barbara Davis 09-15-13
    Barbara Davis 09-15-13 Member Since 2001

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    "I wanted to like it more than I did"

    I like books set in Montana where place plays a prominent role. I thought the kidnapped girls might develop into detailed gross gore. That didn't happen. It must be part of a series but I'm not inspired to read the one that came before, nor do I want to read the next one.

    Authenticity demerits: the detour described over Beartooth Pass in the third week in November is highly improbably. That pass closes in mid October and to the best of my knowledge, has never been open in November. Global warming may change that sometime in the future but it has not yet happened. IF the pass were open, it has an elevation of almost 11,000 feet and has hair raising hairpin turns that would either scare the bejesus out of a high school driver or send her over the edge when she hit black ice. Even a teenage driver can't text and stay alive on that road.

    No native Montanan would route anyone over that pass in October much less November. I've seen it closed (for days) by snow in July.

    No trucker would detour over Beartooth Pass because, not only is it closed in November, I don't think large semi trucks are allowed.

    Authenticity points: the road through Yellowstone Park from Cooke City to Gardiner IS kept open all winter. There is a religious group that bought a lot of land near Gardiner.


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    D. Reams Nebraska 09-14-13
    D. Reams Nebraska 09-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "What a GREAT Ride!"
    If you could sum up The Highway in three words, what would they be?

    Can't-stop-listening good, surprising, great audio performance.


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

    I was expecting the good and bad guys to predictably finish out the book. I was wrong! Lots of twists and turns.


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

    I LOVE this guy. Wish he had more books that I could listen to. I think this is one of the best audio books that I have listened to thanks in large part to his reading performance.


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

    Hang on -- it's going to be a bumpy ride!


    Any additional comments?

    The audio performance was great. The story line kept me on the edge of my seat -- so much so that I was looking for excuses to get to my study and listen to the book. I have had to rewind to catch up on previous Audible's that I have had lukewarm interest. Not in this case. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. One of the best audio books that I have listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marty Chester, CA, United States 08-28-13
    Marty Chester, CA, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great story!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    all of it


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    did a great job all the way around, brought the characters to life!!


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

    The Highway Is Not As Safe As You Think


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I would of known this book was book #2 in a series, but didn't miss anything with out reading the first book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Vancouver, WA, United States 08-12-13
    Larry Vancouver, WA, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from C.J. Box and/or Holter Graham?

    I have read all of the Joe Pickett series and thought this would be of similar quality
    and subject matter. I only read 5 chapters and returned the book.


    Has The Highway turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not yet, but if they follow this kind of story line, yes.


    What didn’t you like about Holter Graham’s performance?

    Subject Matter,,, disgusting


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Hope this feedback gets back to CJ Box

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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