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Publisher's Summary

A 12-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder - four men who know exactly who the children are and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children's fate. In a ranching community increasingly populated by L.A. transplants living in gaudy McMansions, the kids soon find they don't know whom they can trust among the hundreds of retired Southern California cops who've given the area its nickname: "Blue Heaven".

This program also includes a sneak peak of the first chapter of C.J. Box’s newest novel BACK OF BEYOND.

©2007 C.J. Box (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

" Blue Heaven is one of the best thrillers of the year, and it kept me up most of the night, the way few books have ever done. C. J. Box owes me a night's sleep!" (Tess Gerritsen)

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  • Zandra
  • RAVENSDALE, WA, US
  • 07-02-13

predictable

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

this book would be great for the listener that loves a genre with few twists and can enjoy predicting the next step.

Has Blue Heaven turned you off from other books in this genre?

has not turned me away from the genre, but it just made me feel like I was watching a "Columbo" episode. I knew who dunnit.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Bedford Lloyd?

Too many female leads and JBL doesn't carry a female voice very well.

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

Though I finished it, I walked away several times and could figure it out if I missed a large section. I did not have to rewind it. I think a bit of disappointment would best describe it.

Any additional comments?

I order three CJ Box books at the same time, I do hope the other two are less predictable. My father loved Blue Heaven and recommended it to me, just wasn't for me though.

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  • Ken
  • Cheyenne, WY, United States
  • 04-09-13

Who needs Joe Pickett

What made the experience of listening to Blue Heaven the most enjoyable?

I am from the town where Mr. Box resides and revel in his local color. This storey is rich, diverse, and the characters are nicely developed. I found it difficult to turn off my MP3 player until the dust settled.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the old rancher, of course, but little Annie and her mom became friends, and all the bad guys really got what they deserved.

Which character – as performed by John Bedford Lloyd – was your favorite?

To many were well done for me to pick a favorite. Just about every character mentioned was pretty thourghly developed and became recognizable.

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

No but I quickly took sides with the good guys and found myself anxious to follow their fates.

Any additional comments?

a must read if intertainment is one of your goals.

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  • Polly
  • FORT WORTH, TX, United States
  • 12-26-12

Riveting start--couldn't stop listening.....

Box does an awesome job of setting the story up. Two kids see a murder....and the murders want to shut them up. Good plot--which kept me listening, but the very end didn't match the gruesome story. Still, I enjoyed listening and would recommend it.

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Great Suspense from the Start!

Blue Heaven was exciting and fast paced from the moment i began the novel. The characters come alive and pull the reader into the story. Sometimes I had a sneaking suspicion regarding what was about to happen - but other times i was completely shocked and caught myself yelling out loud in suprise! I couldn't turn off my ipod as i just had to know what was going to happen next. There are no slow parts to this story. I highly recommend this book as a fast paced, intense, mystery adventure. I would like to read similar titles by this author.

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  • Lynn
  • Starkville, MS, United States
  • 09-29-12

Great Entertainment

The characters surprised me! I hated hearing a man only in his 60s described as old? But other than this, I think this is a good book to listen to for entertainment. And the bad guys got what was coming to them.

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extremely disappointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

i had much higher expectations after reading other reviews, especially with the narration, which was so amateurish and annoying that i couldn't continue after only 20 minutes.

What could C. J. Box have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

the story didn't capture my attention even after listening more than i wanted to.

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Story grabbed my heart

This is my first C J Box novel and I must say I was totally taken in. I had just finished listening to the Lincoln Lawyer and I was looking for a follow-up story that wouldn't let me down. This one didn't disappoint. I think anytime you have a story that involves children that are at risk, a certain amount of tension ensues. I simply couldn't put this book down. I listened to it every chance I got, and that hasn't happened in a long time. I will have to say, tho, I did not care for the ending; however, the book was an excellent read. I would encourage anyone to get it.

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Another excellent story by C.J. Box

Perhaps one of my favorites. I've either read or listened to everything Mr. Box has published. Keep up the good work.
P.S. write faster!

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  • Chuck
  • Pompano beach, FL, USA
  • 03-16-10

A disappointment

I was expecting a lot more from the Edgar Award winner of 2009. This book was childishly written and read like a cartoon. Very disappointing. The competition must have been pretty weak in 2009 for the Edgar Award. This is not an award winning book.

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A good book you can't put down

The action and suspense builds consistently toward the end. I found the plot and the behavior of the characters very credible. The characters are human with flaws and problems. At the end there is a little stumbling, but the bottom line is that you can't put this book (listen) down. It gets more and more exciting.