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Publisher's Summary

The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

©2013 C.J. Box (P)2013 Recorded Books

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Best mystery author ever

What did you love best about Breaking Point: A Joe Pickett Novel Book 13?

He develops all of his characters throughout this series.

What did you like best about this story?

This one was hard to guess what was going to happen or even what was really happening.

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

David has the perfect voice for the characters especially Nate.

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

You're going to love it!

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Disappointing

We listened to the first book, and jumped to this one because we'd bought it awhile back on sale. I so want to love this author, but probably won't buy another book unless on sale. The problems:
1) Box needs a good editor. An editor should have caught the amazing number of times Pickett grunts, and the intense repetition of certain areas over and over and over again.
2) In the first book we excused it, but this time I have to say it. I don't get the marriage. Perhaps Box isn't married and so doesn't have a grasp on what a good wife does or doesn't do? One minute the she's snarkie, next minute cares, next minute after an unbelievable disaster (which would make any wife ask about that first -- unless she is divorcing the arse) she bitches that he doesn't ask her how she is?
3) Joe also comes off stupid, dim-witted, then bright -- and this is not a complex character. He should be salt-of-the-earth.
4) Animal gore for no apparent reason.
5) He totally does not get kids, either doesn't have them or doesn't know them. He turns Joe, who is portrayed as a pretty good father, into an idiot with one child cahracter, out of character. He doesn't care so much that this child's life is not going to be okay. It is crucial in this book, and what he does is mess up a kid totally.

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usual twist turn and Joe picket excitment

loved it plot twist and unpredictable I read it twice to catch everything masterful storytelling

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Will the bureaucrats (the EPA in this case) win ag

While you are trying to find out the answer you will be on the edge of your seat and get damn mad. A must read.

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average for the series but still enjoyable

narrator very good for all the different characters. not as good as Jim Dale but still very good

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  • Cheryl
  • Long Beach, CA, United States
  • 03-20-15

Joe Pickett rocks!

Although the whole government angle is depressing and frustrating, it's satisfying to ride along with Joe and Mary Beth as their story unfolds.

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Started gently, built to serious suspense.

In he beginning, it seemed like it was going to be a cowboy tale. Then there was a mystery about what happened to a friend and neighbor. Then there was murder. There were twists and turns with the EPA getting involved and overstepping the boundaries. This story kept my attention to the end. I really enjoyed listening to it, and would recommend it highly.

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Game Warden

This is one of my favorite series fast pace and full of action. I would recommend starting with the first book and read them all.

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C. J . Box Takes a current subject, wow!

If you could sum up Breaking Point in three words, what would they be?

The goverment, EPA, timely.

What other book might you compare Breaking Point to and why?

All of C J Box's books

Which character – as performed by David Chandler – was your favorite?

Joe Picket

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

I couldn't but I would have liked to.

Any additional comments?

When you read the news paper expect to get a Joe Picket Book. This book was well done in every way.

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  • BDHumbert
  • Fort Pierce, FL, United States
  • 05-30-14

No Walt Longmire - But Still OK

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was an enjoyable listen - and not bad. But I am such a huge Longmire fan I just kept finding myself a bit "bored" by Joe Pickett. Not his fault - or C. J . Box's.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot was well thought out and well executed - felt like the story line held together very well - made sense and seemed possible.

Did David Chandler do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes - the changes in voice were close to perfect and made it easy to follow.

Could you see Breaking Point being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I actually was thinking how good Timothy Oliphant would be in the Joe Pickett role - but he is already busy. Yes it would seem to be a good candidate for either TV or Movie...