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Rough Country Audiobook

Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

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Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort, where a woman has been shot while kayaking. The resort is for women only, a place to relax, get fit, recover from plastic surgery, commune with nature, and while it didn't start out to be a place mostly for those with Sapphic inclinations, that's pretty much what it is today.

Which makes things all the more complicated for Virgil, because as he begins investigating, he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented country singer.

©2009 John Sandford; (P)2009 Penguin

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    Stephanie New York 08-15-13
    Stephanie New York 08-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed"

    I have listened to a Sandford book once before and it was probably a 4 star... This book was very highly reviewed by another member who generally agrees with me on thrillers, so it was a surprise that I didn't really get pulled in. I did not read the first two in the series, so maybe that would have helped however I detected very little character development of the protagonist. I don't really have a sense about who he is or what he's like and I didn't care too much about him, like I had become attached to Jack Reacher in Lee Child's series. In addition, this book was sorely lacking in action. Basically, there is serial killer and Flowers goes around and inquires. At the end there is a twist, that however did not surprise me that much. I finished the book however I'm not eager to buy the next one. Since I didn't strongly dislike it, I would say that this is a 3.5 star listen. Since I'm current with Reacher and looking for something new I'm going to switch over to Sandford's prey series and see if I like that better.

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    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 06-24-13
    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2016

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Not Bad, Not Great"

    The great thing is that Sanford does a great job of creating 2 different characters in Lucas D and Virgil F, I like the Virgil series but they are not all great compared to most of Lucas' stories... Virgil has a specific way of creating unrest that helps him reach his ends & his ultimate goal. I am not always convinced with Virgil's methods, especially against a really solid 'criminal crew', his weakness is so obvious & so easily exploitable if needed to keep real criminals from going back to jail... etc.... BUT his smokescreen & creation of 'chaos' thru talk & untrustworthiness from potential suspect to suspect, so in the types of conditions Lucas inserts Virgil his method works & entertaining

    I also like that Virgil has a military background although I don't believe it is used enuff, even though I'm not looking for another Reacher wanna-be minus about 100 pounds & 100 Macroliters of testosterone & fighting ability but it would be more interesting if instead of just being an MP Virgil was Recon, SF, etc... but I'm just going talking nonsense... This book is not the near the best of the 6, the first couple novels are Sanford's best regarding Virgil but I'm convinced he can get back to some more 'grass-root', causing chaos, taking a completely unreadable angle to get that first lead to solve his cases... & not carrying his gun often? I can understand the t-shirts, but its book 6 & he still hasn't learned & don't think he will make book 8 with that kind of attitude esp after making the type of enemies he has plus ones that are in included by proxy for knowing Davenport..... Worth the reading, average in content

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    chris Casa grande, AZ, United States 04-07-13
    chris Casa grande, AZ, United States 04-07-13

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    "Best Virgil yet"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    So far out of the Virgil series, this one is my favorite. Lots of twists that u don't see coming. Love being blindsided by a plot!


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

    Virgil, I love that guy!!!


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

    The ending.


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    Ronald 02-21-13
    Ronald 02-21-13
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    "NOT SANDFORD'S OR VIRGIL'S BEST......"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I HAD A DIFFICULT TIME FOLLOWING THE BEGINNING. HAD TO GO BACK AND LISTEN AGAIN. STILL DIFFICULT.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Sandford before, how does this one compare?

    AGAIN, NOT HIS BEST WORK.....


    What three words best describe Eric Conger’s performance?

    ERIC IS GREAT


    Do you think Rough Country needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO. MOVE ON.


    Any additional comments?

    ALMOST CALLED AND ASKED FOR A REFUND.

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    Lochlass Raleigh, NC, United States 01-24-13
    Lochlass Raleigh, NC, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love that F***ing Flowers!"

    Love the development of the character Virgil Flowers, from Sandford's Prey series. Congers laid back style is a perfect match. Story keeps your interest and I'm looking forward to the next Flowers book.

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    Elaine SNOQUALMIE, WA, United States 12-31-12
    Elaine SNOQUALMIE, WA, United States 12-31-12 Listener Since 2002
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    "Another good Sandford novel"

    I love the Prey books and now I look forward to the Virgil Flowers novels. Sandford mixes in just enough personal stuff without overdoing it. His descriptive talents bring the scenes alive and, again, without overdoing it. This was hard to put down and Eric Conger's narration is among the best.

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    Mikay Cordova, TN, United States 11-12-12
    Mikay Cordova, TN, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Virgil Flowers is great!"

    I love this series by John Sandford. Virgil is just the right kind of smart gilded with vunerable. I like my heros with lots of intuitiveness and just a little "misguidedness". Virgil has just the right blend. Some people may not like the background - lesbianism, but Virgil's persuit of the answers/killer is the really interesting part of this for me.

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    N TAMPA, FL, United States 09-10-12
    N TAMPA, FL, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"
    If you could sum up Rough Country in three words, what would they be?

    Unpredictable. Intense. Exciting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rough Country?

    The very last part.


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

    Yes. They are all great.


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

    Laughed at some parts.


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    Amazon Customer 08-21-12
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    "I love Virgil!"
    What made the experience of listening to Rough Country the most enjoyable?

    John Sandford's writing and Eric Conger's reading. Eric brings the writing alive. He is more of an actor than an attractive voice just reading the words.I


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rough Country?

    Virgil Flower has a way with women. I loved the scene where he is starting to embed himself into the investigation by getting to know the locals. This time he gets it wrong and is trying to seduce a lesbian.


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    This is by far the best reading of ANY artist. Conger's reading of all the Virgil Flower's books is spot on.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to all the Flower's books and Eric Conger---What a treasue!

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    Gene 08-12-12
    Gene 08-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT READ"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely


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

    No but I certainly will listen to Eric again. Great narrator


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

    Yes it really draws you in


    Any additional comments?

    Great series, great author and narrator!

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