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The Lonely Silver Rain: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 21 | [John D. MacDonald]

The Lonely Silver Rain: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 21

Searching for a wealthy friend's yacht, Travis McGee puts himself square in the center of the international cocaine trade, and finds himself the target of some of the most ruthless villains he's ever met. Contemplating his own mortality for the first time, Travis McGee discovers amid all the danger the astonishing surprise behind the cat-shaped pipe cleaners someone is leaving at his door.
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Searching for a wealthy friend's yacht, Travis McGee puts himself square in the center of the international cocaine trade, and finds himself the target of some of the most ruthless villains he's ever met. Contemplating his own mortality for the first time, Travis McGee discovers amid all the danger the astonishing surprise behind the cat-shaped pipe cleaners someone is leaving at his door. This is vintage McGee in a novel that confirms John D. MacDonald's reputation as one of the greatest suspense writers of all time.

©1985 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 05-23-12
    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2005

    I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .

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    "The Best For Last"

    If you are reading this, there's a good chance you've listened to the other twenty titles in the McGee series . . . experienced 20 years of John D MacDonald's McGee magic in just a few, short months and know what an incredible cultural treasure these recordings represent.

    Here, now, is the last McGee novel ever, maybe the best McGee novel ever and assuredly the most heartfelt McGee novel ever. Savor this one, because there ain't gonna be any more.

    Savor also Robert Petkoff's brilliant characterizations. I had my doubts, at first, but Petkoff has proven himself to be one of the best audiobook narrators ever, taking the listener on a trip back in time . . . to a world peopled by all the wonderfully quirky characters of MacDonald's imagination, bringing them from the written page to life with skill and style.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 12-26-12
    Amazon Customer United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent!"

    I got hooked on the Travis McGee books this year and have now gone through all 21. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. This one was a bittersweet experience because I knew it would be the last. As usual, the writing and characterizations were superb, and the plot kept me guessing. The ending was somewhat unexpected, but it was so much better than what I had feared. Yes, without any spoilers, it has a happy ending. If you like the earlier ones, you’ll love this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Boulder, CO, United States 08-11-12
    J. Boulder, CO, United States 08-11-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wonderful final novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As good as the first


    What did you like best about this story?

    The end was great and unexpected


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

    Great Reading


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

    Unexpectedly good


    Any additional comments?

    Sad there were only 21

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Fremont, CA, United States 06-27-12
    Ken Fremont, CA, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2010

    Avid listener, former reader. Especially enjoys Audiobooks on long road trips. They help us to stay alert and minimizes arguments.

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    "Interesting departure from Travis McGee stories."
    What did you love best about The Lonely Silver Rain?

    The surprising twist that takes the Travis McGee series into a whole new chapter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Trav, of course, as he begins to show his age.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Interesting, semi-ensemble production. Missed Gavin's raspy voice.


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

    Eventually everyone grows up.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alton Leesburg, FL 06-18-12
    Alton Leesburg, FL 06-18-12 Member Since 2008

    Retired book buyer/book manager for wholesale distributor in the 5 largest northeast states. Prolific reader who was inundated with ARCs.

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    "Excellent conclusion to a wonderful series"

    Even though I suggest earlier MacDonald books to savor this master at work The Lonlely Silver Rain can be appreciated by itself. MacDonald is a true master of the crime novel and what is remarkable about him is that there is a timelessness about him. With the exception of the value of the dollar and makes and models of cars the same stories could easily be told in the present day. A master of suspense and an exceptional storyteller this is MacDonald at his finest.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 06-01-14
    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible is a comfort to me as I recover from surgery.

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    "McGee's Last Ride"

    The last book of the Travis McGee series ended on both a high note and a low note. The low notes occurring as the author attempted to tie up all the loose ends of McGee's life. Willie Nucci of The Scarlet Ruse returns dying of cancer; perhaps as the author's stand in. Someone is leaving pipe cleaner cats on "The Busted Flush" and since I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone. I'll just say that it totally invalidates the ending of a previous book that was pretty convoluted and unlikely already. The last Meyer/ McGee party on some deserted tropical island several names from previous books are seemingly tossed in randomly to establish a connection to previous works. As are several names in one of the earlier chapters where the names of past characters now dead are named. It felt as though the soul reason for this portion of TLSR was that the author knew he was dying and was making an effort to tie all the loose ends of the series together. This seemed a useless effort on the part of John D. who with a few exceptions usually usually tossed in names of new characters in each book as though they were old friends.
    Which brings us to the positive aspects of the penultimate McGee. Trav's client is his old friend Billy Hanrahan; another of those old friends who somehow escaped mention in the first twenty books in the series. Billy and his new wife Millis have just had their brand new custom built yacht stolen and Billy contracts Travis to get it back. When he finds it there are three dead bodies on the boat. the kids who stole it and a girl they picked up in Mexico. At that point the attempts on McGee's life begins. In this vein McGee goes off on a rant concerning the American Government's war on drugs that contains more cogent points in three pages than thirty years of statements by political and law enforcement officials. All books and all series contain problems and weak points. At the time it was being written this series contained fewer than most; even close to thirty years after the final edition of the life and times of Travis McGee, the books still work. Despite the weaknesses that evolve in a series written thirty to fifty years in the past the works of John D MacDonald are a primer on how to write mystery fiction. With apologies to John Lennon. All I am saying is give McGee a chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Las Vegas, NV, USA 02-17-13
    Robert Las Vegas, NV, USA 02-17-13
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    "His Last and best, lose the narrator!"
    Where does The Lonely Silver Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the top 3 books he has written. Though the performance byPetkoff is Miserable, and DOES take away from the overall audiobook, I'm blind, and have NO CHOICE but to put up with him, IF I want the story. The narrator that was used on the abridged 4 tape audio books, was SO MUCH better, He made the stories WORK! I have ALL of those all 21 Travis Mcghees that is.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lonely Silver Rain?

    When Travis McGhee meets his daughter, and finds out her mother was "Puss", the Jolly Random Redhead.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Lose that LOUSY NARRATOR, Robert Pletkoff! I have Heard worse, but, I cannot remember where.


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

    "Wanted" by a Cartel, usually means DEAD! Live, and you meet the teenage daughter, you NEVER knew you had!


    Any additional comments?

    Above all else, PLEASE use another narrator. Try Scott Brick. Another GREAT book by John D. Macdonald, and, it's his LAST! John D. MacDonald is a Great Loss to the world, and I'm sure his loss to those that loved him most, Is SO much greater than his great loss that those of us such as Myself, who loved him through his books feel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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