Travis McGee
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  • 1

    The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (997)
    Story
    (1008)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series

    I went into this book as a fan of Lee Child and Stephen King, two authors that were influenced by John D. MacDonald. After reading the first book in t..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 15 2012 by Michael Cavacini (Philadelphia, PA, United States)
  • 2

    Nightmare in Pink: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (275)

    Nina - a career girl living alone in Manhattan - offers Travis McGee companionship and the first loose thread in the elaborate fabric of a gigantic swindle. Now, she's leading McGee on a wild and tortuous chase into the decadent world of high society, the ruthless world of big money, and the weird world of hallucinatory drugs.

    Bonnie says: "Trav McGee just gets better"
    Trav McGee just gets better

    This is book 2 in series, and it's better than the first. I think the narrator does a great job with voices that convey, not only attitude, but the la..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 28 2012 by Bonnie (Bellmore, NY, United States)
  • 3

    A Purple Place for Dying: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (214)

    A Purple Place for Dying finds Travis McGee witness to a murder he can't prove and a kidnapping nobody wants to believe. McGee becomes a pawn between a wealthy Southwestern patriarch, the law, and a mysterious gang bent on insurance fraud. Just the kind of thing McGee revels in!

    Bonnie says: "A man from the first half of the 20th century"
    A man from the first half of the 20th century

    These are classic mystery stories written at a time when $10,000.00 was equal to $100,000.00 in today dollars. Also men and women had different rolls...Show More »

    Reviewed on May 09 2012 by Bonnie (Bellmore, NY, United States)
  • 4

    The Quick Red Fox: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (211)

    It was the standard blackmail scheme. For years, sultry Lysa Dean's name on a movie had meant a bonanza at the box office. Now a set of pictures could mean the end of her career.When first approached for help by lovely Dana Holtzer, Lysa's personal secretary, Travis McGee is thoroughly turned off by the tacky details. But being low on cash, and tenderly attracted by the star's intriguingly remote secretary, McGee sets out to locate his suspects -- only to find that they start turning up dead!

    Grace says: "stark hollywood"
    stark hollywood

    What we get here is a piercing fiction of what is most likely pretty real in the stark worlds of hollywood. Worthwhile.

    Reviewed on April 16 2012 by Grace (Edina, MN, United States)
  • 5

    A Deadly Shade of Gold: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (178)

    When McGee picks up the phone and hears a voice from the past, he can't help it. He has to meddle. Especially when he has the chance to reunite Sam Taggart, a reckless, restless man like himself, with the woman who's still waiting for him. But what begins as a simple matchmaking scheme soon becomes a bloody chase that takes McGee to Mexico, a beautiful country - and one from which he hopes to return alive.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "Travis McGee - a hero for all time"
    Travis McGee - a hero for all time

    John D. MacDonald's writing is the ultimate in the craft. He's been my own (writer's) hero since I began reading his work decades ago. Yet now, I can ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 08 2012 by Aaron P. Lazar (Geneseo, New York, United States)
  • 6

    Bright Orange for the Shroud: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    Travis things he's in for a quiet summer until a walking zombie of a man, Arthur Wilkinson, stumbles aboard The Busted Flush. He's the latest victim of a fragile-looking blond sexpot who uses the blackest arts of love to lure unsuspecting suckers into a web of sordid schemes. Gone, suddenly, are the lazy, hazy days of summer as Travis becomes embroiled in one of the most dangerous, dirtiest cases of his career.

    Marilyn says: "Finally, unabridged!"
    Finally, unabridged!

    I read these all in print, then listened to them as abridged versions with Darrin McGavin narrating. Robert Petkoff is a fine narrator, but I miss McG..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 20 2012 by Marilyn (Uxbridge, MA, United States)
  • 7

    Darker Than Amber: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    Travis McGee never shies away from damsels in distress. But this Eurasian beauty was different. When Travis and Meyer rescued her from the water, she had a block of cement wired to her feet, and she wasn't so much grateful as ready to snare them in a murder racket to end all murders.

    Anne says: "At last, but hoping for a better Meyer"
    At last, but hoping for a better Meyer

    Meyer too gentile

    Reviewed on March 13 2012 by Anne (Cincinnati, OH, United States)
  • 8

    One Fearful Yellow Eye: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (153)

    How to you extort $600,000 from a dying man? Someone had done it very quietly and skilfully to the husband of Travis McGee's ex-girlfriend. McGee flies to Chicago to help untangle the mess and discovers that, although Dr. Fortner Geis had led an exemplary life, there were those who'd take advantage of one "indiscretion" and bring down the whole family. McGee also discovers he likes a few members of the family far too much to let that happen....

    Constance says: "It seems over but then it gets REALLY interesting!"
    It seems over but then it gets REALLY interesting!

    Yes! It's flawlessly constructed.

    Reviewed on May 09 2012 by Constance (Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands (U.S.))
  • 9

    Pale Gray for Guilt: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    The men who killed Tush Bannon knew he was a nice guy with a nice wife and three nice kids - trying to run a small marina on the Florida coast. They also knew he was in the way of a big land development scheme. Once they killed him, they figured they were on easy street. But Tush Bannon was Travis McGee's friend, and McGee could be one tough adversary when protecting a widow and her kids.

    Doug says: "My Favorite Book In My Favorite Series"
    My Favorite Book In My Favorite Series

    McGee is a conflicted but essentially moral man and his rage at what happened to his friend is very nearly palpable. It infuses the book with a tensio..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 09 2012 by Doug (Highland Park, IL, United States)
  • 10

    The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (73)

    Helena Pearson. Undeniably beautiful... indisputably rich... incredibly wanton... the perfect client for Travis McGee. He did a big favor for her husband and then for the lady herself. Now Helena is dead, and McGee finds out that she had one last request to make of him: find out why her beautiful daughter, Maurie, keeps trying to kill herself. So, half-convinced that Maurie needs a good doctor and not a devil-may-care beach bum, McGee makes his way to the prosperous town of Fort Courtney, Florida, a respectable, booming, deadly little place.

    Amazon Customer says: "The hits just keep on coming"
    The hits just keep on coming

    I really wish I had read these books when I was younger! Who knows, I might be a boat bum now! But this is excellent Travis McGee. A really good li..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 09 2012 by Amazon Customer (United States)
  • 11

    Dress Her in Indigo: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    A wealthy old man laid up in the hospital is desperate to understand the last months of his daughter's life before she was killed in a car crash in Mexico. It was puzzling. She'd cleaned out her considerable bank account, left Miami and hadn't been heard from again. Travis McGee ventures into the steep hills and strange backwoods of Oaxaca through a bizarre world of dropouts, drug freaks, and kinky rich people - and begins to suspect the beautiful girl's death was no accident.

    Amazon Customer says: "A creepy view of the 1970s "Drug Culture""
    A creepy view of the 1970s "Drug Culture"

    In the early 70s I thought I was a hippie, but not like these folks. Perhaps there had to be some like these to supply the drugs that seemed to be ev..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 09 2012 by Amazon Customer (United States)
  • 12

    The Long Lavender Look: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    A lovely young girl steps in front of Travis McGee's headlights. McGee misses the girl but lands in 10 feet of swamp water. As he's limping along the deserted road, someone in an old truck takes a few shots at him. And, when he goes to the local sheriff to complain, the intrepid Travis McGee finds himself arrested and charged with murder. And he can't help but ask himself, "is this what they call southern hospitality?"

    Amazon Customer says: "I thought Miss Agnes was a goner for sure!"
    I thought Miss Agnes was a goner for sure!

    This one starts off with a bang, and hardly slows down. Poor Miss Agnes suffers horribly, but not as much as the ladies who come into the life of Tra..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 11 2012 by Amazon Customer (United States)
  • 13

    A Tan and Sandy Silence: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Private eye Travis McGee outwaits and outwits a deranged killer as he searches for a missing wife on a remote Caribbean island, where he also tangles with a baby-faced businessman with a taste for murder.

    Amazon Customer says: "This one was odd... But good"
    This one was odd... But good

    This one was all over the map, but the bad guy is truly evil and keeps out-smarting poor Travis. Meyer takes his lumps and almost pays the ultimate p..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 11 2012 by Amazon Customer (United States)
  • 14

    The Scarlet Ruse: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Travis McGee is too busy with his houseboat to pay attention to the little old man with the missing postage stamps. Except these are no ordinary stamps. They are rare stamps. Four hundred thousand dollars worth of rare. And if McGee doesn't recognize their value, perhaps Mary Alice McDermit, a six-foot knockout who knows all the ways to a boat bum's heart, will. Only it's not McGee's heart that's in danger. Because a syndicate killer has put a contract on McGee.

    Fritz says: "This Is Not Great Literature, BUT.........."
    This Is Not Great Literature, BUT..........

    JDM's McGee books are all essentially cookie-cutter versions of one another. But thay are all tremendously entertaining and as readable as books come..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 04 2012 by Fritz (Moraga, CA, United States)
  • 15

    The Turquoise Lament: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Now that Linda "Pidge" Lewellen is grown up, she tells Travis McGee, once her girlhood idol, that either she's going crazy or Howie, her affable ex-jock of a husband, is trying to kill her. McGee checks things out, and gives Pidge the all clear. But when Pidge and Howie sail away to kiss and make up, McGee has second thoughts. If only he can get to Pidge before he has time for any more thinking.

    Amazon Customer says: "Travis Goes to Pago Pago"
    Travis Goes to Pago Pago

    At least he didn't get shot this time! This one was tough on our hero. Very personal involvments and a lot of back-story. As usual the characters a..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 12 2012 by Amazon Customer (United States)
  • 16

    The Dreadful Lemon Sky: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    Hero of The Dreadful Lemon Sky is Travis McGee, a man of universal interest and independent means who lives on an old houseboat he won in a poker game. One evening a young woman shows up with a suitcase full of cash. McGee agrees to be bagman.She tells him what to do if she doesn't return. When she doesn't, McGee is left alone to deal with an intrigue that involves drugs, fear, passion, and death.

    rick says: "Florida; Oh Florida"
    Florida; Oh Florida

    McGee and Meyer head north to find out who killed a woman who came to Travis for help. Trav and Carrie Milligan once had a one night stand and it ceme..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 04 2014 by rick (PURLEAR, NC, United States)
  • 17

    The Empty Copper Sea: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    Van Harder, once a hard drinker, has found religion. But that doesn't keep folks from saying he murdered his employer, Hub Lawless, whose body hasn't been found. To clear his name, and clear up the mystery, Van asks friend-in-need Travis McGee to find out what really happened. What McGee finds is that Timber Bay is a tough town to get a break in when you're a stranger asking questions. But what he also finds is that, dead or alive, Hub Lawless is worth a lot of money.

    Amazon Customer says: "A haunting story"
    A haunting story

    I thought I had it all figured out. I knew who the bad guy was. Then it all changed! This one was a very good read (listen?) and well worth the tim..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 03 2012 by Amazon Customer (United States)
  • 18

    The Green Ripper: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Beautiful girls always grace the Florida beaches; strolling, sailing, relaxing at the many parties on Travis McGee's houseboat, The Busted Flush. McGee was too smart - and had been around too long - for many of them to touch his heart. Now, however, there was Gretel. She had discovered the key to McGee - to all of him - and now he had something to hope for. Then, terribly, unexpectedly, she was dead. From a mysterious illness, or so they said. But McGee knew the truth; that Gretel had been murdered.

    deepdvr_ca says: "Love Travis McGee"
    Love Travis McGee

    Yes, because it is part of the evolution of Travis and hi associated characters.

    Reviewed on April 10 2014 by deepdvr_ca (Northern, Ca)
  • 19

    Free Fall in Crimson: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    This time out, McGee comes close to losing his status as a living legend when he agrees to track down the killers who brutally murdered an ailing millionaire. For starters, he renews an unfinished adventure with a famous - and oversexed - Hollywood actress, who leads him into a very nasty nest of murderers involving a motorcycle gang, pornographic movies, and mad balloonists. And McGee relearns the old lesson - that only when he comes close to the edge of death does he feel he completely alive.

    rick says: "Very Good Writer; outdated attitudes."
    Very Good Writer; outdated attitudes.

    I began reading MacDonald as a young man in the eighties. In those days the gender role and sexual attitudes expressed by the author weren't unusual. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 22 2014 by rick (PURLEAR, NC, United States)
  • 20

    Cinnamon Skin: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (55)

    When Travis McGee's friend Meyer lent his boat to his niece Norma and her new husband Evan, the boat exploded out in the waters of the Florida Keys. Travis McGee thinks it's no accident, and clues lead him to ponder possibilities of drugs and also to wonder where Evan was when his wife was killed.

    Peter Drummey says: "This was the place MacDonald should have stopped"
    This was the place MacDonald should have stopped

    Having read this book when it came out--and audiobooks were in their primitive infancy (remember all those cassettes in large boxes that came through ..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 03 2013 by Peter Drummey (Boston, MA USA)
  • 21

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (69)

    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.

    Philip says: "The Best For Last"
    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 Mac..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 23 2012 by Philip (Thousand Oaks, CA, United States)