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Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns.

The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But even he doesn't realize what's about to happen next.

©2012 John Sandford (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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  • Jon
  • College Place, WA, United States
  • 10-29-12

Virgil being Virgil

What made the experience of listening to Mad River the most enjoyable?

It is great being back with Virgil Flowers in his hometown, meeting his parents, and riding around with him on a crazy case!

What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

Eric Conger has a great voice, very versatile when it comes to characterization. I identify his voice with Virgil, of course. But he is also really good with Lucas Davenport.

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

The kids are dangerous as hell, but hey, they aren't all that bad.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy John Sandford novels, you will love this one.

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Virgil Flowers is back!

Another great story from Sandford. I always enjoy Virgil's quirky personality and perspective. Sandford brings together a contrast of people, motives, and lives in a compelling plot.

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  • Rick
  • Fountain Hills, AZ, United States
  • 10-29-12

Virgil Flowers does it again.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Good read , good timely story and you will not want to stop listening.

What other book might you compare Mad River to and why?

Any other John Sandford book.

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  • susan
  • Ann Arbor, MI, United States
  • 10-29-12

Disappointing

What disappointed you about Mad River?

Not as intriguing and smart as Sandford usually is and a good performance did not make up for the slog.

What was most disappointing about John Sandford’s story?

Basically this was a throw away by Sandford whom I normally find gripping. I could easily put the story down.

What aspect of Eric Conger’s performance would you have changed?

what he had to read

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

disappointment. I hardly remember it.

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Sandford's "Virgil Flowers" is a great series.

Would you listen to Mad River again? Why?

Sandford & Conger together are nearly unbeatable. Great inflecctive narration with an equally good story.

What did you like best about this story?

Virgil doesn't know "all". The aurtor does an outstanding job of making the reader want to help Virgil solve the crime.

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

Always "Top Drawer"

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Light humorous moments between Virgil and the ladies.

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  • Corinne
  • Springfield, TN, United States
  • 10-29-12

I love Virgil

I approached the Virgil Flowers series with trepidation. How could anyone be more natural and crafty as Lucas Davenport. Forgive me John Sandford for I was wrong. Virgil is the perfect mix of sexiness, detective work, and great dialog. Eric Conger growls the narrative in a way that is totally believable and character perfect. Long live Virgil and his work in and around "the cities".

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Virgil is wonderful!

He is is my favorite Sandford character and Eric Conger is the perfect voice for him. I loved every moment and was sad when the story was over.

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It's always the journey with Sanford.

If you like entertainment that lets you think then this book is for you. With Sanford the Flower books are almost always the same - no mystery as to whodunit. But that misses the point. These are wonderful stories of mid-west Americans that for this left coaster hit all the romantic notions of what are the real shades of grey in the world of crime. The same mass culture that produces intelligent detectives has the opposite effect on alienated youth. Nobody does it better or more entertainingly than John Sanford.

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Best of the Virgil Flowers series


Easily the most driven and interesting of the Virgil Flowers books. As good as the Prey books with Lucas Davenport!

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  • Jeri
  • United States
  • 10-29-12

Love Flowers! Great Series!

If you could sum up Mad River in three words, what would they be?

Great Series

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mad River?

The moments leading up to the bridge part

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

Eric brings life to this series and the voices he changes are what make the differnence

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

Oh yeah!,but did it in 2 parts had to get some sleep for work the next day

Any additional comments?

Want to see more of the flowers series and more of the Lucas D with Virgil