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Mad River Audiobook

Mad River

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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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    Parusski Jackson TN 02-03-13
    Parusski Jackson TN 02-03-13
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    "Sanford at the top of his game!!"

    Jimmy Sharp, Becky Welsh, and Tom McCall are three Minnesota teens who, without planning it, kill a store clerk. Then the three kill a second victim during a car jacking. From that point Sharp, Welsh and McCall decide to settle old scores, and the real killing begins. This book is much darker than anything Sanford has ever written. Sanford also delves into some serious moral and ethical questions that may make a listener uncomfortable, but those issues need to be addressed. Throughout this horrifying tale we meet victim after victim and each time hope "no, this person will not be murdered", but Sanford does not give us any reprieve from some truly evil killers. Virgil Flowers is haunted by the brutality of the murders, but he is determined to take the teens alive. However, his colleagues have different plans for how the end will come for Jimmy Sharp and Becky Walsh. Spend a credit, download the book and strap in for a wild ride!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Arlington, TX 03-15-13
    Phillip Arlington, TX 03-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Decent Sandford entry"

    I would give this 3 1/2 stars if I could and Eric Confer turns in his expected laudable performance. This is just a decent entry compared to Sandford's best, though.

    That said, Mad River is superior to most police procedurals/mysteries that come out. I love John Sandford's books and find them a great, light reading experience. While this isn't his best, I'd still recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-26-15
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-26-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Virgil Flowers Rocks... A Little Less Than Before"

    John Sanford's so very good at writing these things and this time, Eric Conger's even better at reading them. As usual, this is a tightly plotted, engaging novel. Deliciously twisty as a Philly soft pretzel. Do you hear a "but" coming? Um, yeah.

    I missed the electricity Virgil Flowers has had with women. Okay, I'm shallow... but those matches were fun to enjoy. Here, not so much. Still, I totally recommend "Mad River". It's a great chase... In every sense.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D. A. Gordon 01-18-13
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    "Another great book from John Sandford"

    John Sandford's "Prey" series audiobooks are my favorites. I own them all and have heard each one several times. Yet, I haven't been much of a Virgil Flowers fan. I've listened to the other books about Virgil, but didn't like them as much as the "Prey" books. However, "Mad River" is different - this book is great!

    "Mad River" is intriguing, entertaining and satisfying. The characters are believable and the book is so well written that the reader feels the maddening frustration of the law enforcement officers involved. Eric Conger does a wonderful job, as always. In this book he does an especially good job of distinguishing the different personalities of Lucas Davenport and Virgil. I have already recommended this book to others; now I look forward to the next Virgil Flowers adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Dewitt, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-14-12
    William Dewitt, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-14-12
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    "Not Sandford's best"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If I were introducing someone to Sandford, I would pick another.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the small town theme. Ending was week.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Conger – was your favorite?

    by far Virgil.


    Did Mad River inspire you to do anything?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 07-24-17
    Brian 07-24-17
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    "great"

    This was my first Virgil Flowers book. Love the characters and a great listen. I will be coming back for more.

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    Egan Portland, OR United States 04-13-17
    Egan Portland, OR United States 04-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Favorite so far."
    Where does Mad River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best so far


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters, both good and bad had traits I could relate to, even though not pleasant traits at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kappa 01-07-17
    kappa 01-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "good storytelling."

    A strange tale with more twists than a pig's tail. Vigil is a complex character with a moral compass in a cynical society of reality when human nature is tested by the law.

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    Cathy Sweeney New york, New York USA 09-26-16
    Cathy Sweeney New york, New York USA 09-26-16
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    "John Sandford does it again!"

    This is a Virgil Flowers mystery and lives up to the previous ones. A story that keeps moving forward with twist that are not expected. The young people that are the problem are interesting and are the basis for all the action to find a killer. The numerous police forces involved are also important to the story. It keeps going to the last page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reader 09-16-16
    Reader 09-16-16
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    "I ended this one in tears, so great!"

    It started some what slow but it ended with me an emotional wreck. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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