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Blue Heaven Audiobook

Blue Heaven

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Ken Kihei, HI, USA 08-22-16
    Ken Kihei, HI, USA 08-22-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Close to Joe Pickett standards but improbable plot"

    When you run out of great books to read, pick a stand-alone from a favorite author and hope for the best. That is what I did and wasn't disappointed. This is as good as you can expect for an alternate story from a writer of a great series like Joe Pickett.

    Don't expect the author to be a master of a different genre, police detectives in this case. The book is well crafted with complex plot and engaging characters. It's failing is similar to a lot of novels, occasionally the characters don't do the obvious simple thing to resolve their predicaments which requires the reader to suspend his common sense.

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    Dean 04-12-16
    Dean 04-12-16
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    "Kept me interested"
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Heaven the most enjoyable?

    Good story, With the unlikely hero.


    What other book might you compare Blue Heaven to and why?

    Can't compare it to anything.


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

    Didn't really like the narrator, at times, he made me feel like he was reading a story to a fifth grader. But the story, and most of the times, narration was good enough I kept listening.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, mainly because of the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to most of the Pickett books. I have also listened to other CJ Box books this was the best out of the Pickett series.

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    Bonnie 06-28-15
    Bonnie 06-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Believable nail biter"

    Two children witness a brutal execution. One of the killers spots them and the children run with the killers hot on their trail. Great action, believable characters, and a story that will have you reading into the wee hours with nail biting interest.

    I highly suggest all of C J Box books. I have read them all - first the Joe Pickett series and then all the stand alones like this one.

    It was even better due to the narration of John Bedford Lloyd. He performed many different voices and they were all distinct.

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    Alan McCarron Cardiff by the Sea, CA 05-07-15
    Alan McCarron Cardiff by the Sea, CA 05-07-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Best writer of really believable suspense"
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Heaven the most enjoyable?

    Actually, I didn't want to be kept so very wide awake at night, but the book is a thriller.


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

    The worse-than-you-could-imagine deceptions kept happening, and the setting and characters made it plausible.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure.


    Any additional comments?

    C.J. Box kepts coming up with plots so bizarre that you "can't make this stuff up." I just hope he's making it up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Murrieta, CA, United States 01-20-15
    Diana Murrieta, CA, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Joe Pickett but still a great read"
    Would you listen to Blue Heaven again? Why?

    probably not. it was good but not that good


    What did you like best about this story?

    the last 90 minutes


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

    Jess


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

    no clue


    Any additional comments?

    The last 90 minutes would have been a page turner if I was actually reading. What bothered me the most was the hispanic accent on both the latino cops. Not everyone latino has an accent. just like all irish don't speak with an accent. seemed a bit much.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 08-27-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 08-27-14 Member Since 2012

    I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.

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    "Early C. J. Box"

    This was a good story, however, I think that the newer Joe Pickett series stories are better. His newer novels have a smoother presentation. I enjoyed the characters and the unexpected ending. It was fun to read this on a buddy read.

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 02-07-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Blue Heaven"
    Any additional comments?

    Audiobook. The first few pages grab your interest with a grizzly event involving two children witnessing a murder. The remainder of this procedural drama traverses the adventures of a toughened rancher seeking the answers. Bad cops have infiltrated a peaceful Idaho community.

    The individual motivations of characters is nicely done, you feel sorry for some, detest others. Empathy is drawn even to peripheral characters caught up in the scenarios created.

    No spoilers, but there are a few surprise deaths; the ending of the book is disappointing in that it became a bit ethereal. This isn’t an element throughout the book, only the last chapter.

    I had no trouble with the reader; he did very well with a variety of ages, sexes, and ethnicities. No trouble determining who-said-what-to-who. Not what anyone would label as a deep book, simply a nice page-turning mystery. Easy listen.

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    Zandra RAVENSDALE, WA, US 07-02-13
    Zandra RAVENSDALE, WA, US 07-02-13 Member Since 2013

    Living in a log home in the tall trees, surrounded by wildlife and streams, it is easy to find myself enveloped within a great story!

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    "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
    Ken Cheyenne, WY, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2002

    Tell us about yourself! I am a 65 year old attorney licensed in two states with a very active insolvency practice. My Hobbies include training Labrador Retrievers and listenting to tape books.

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    "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
    Polly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "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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