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The Blight Way Audiobook

The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

Bo Tully is the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, where law enforcement is usually pretty mundane: tracking down truants running away from school, picking up country boys who've had a few too many beers. But Tully gets a little more than the country norm when an ex-con calls with the startling news that there's a corpse draped across one of his fences. Tully needed a birthday present for his Pap (the retired sheriff) anyway, so the two of them head out to investigate the murder. In a tone that's one minute wise-cracking and the next...well, still wise-cracking...Tully and Pap use their wiles to figure out what's happening in this little and not-so-dull town.

©2006 Patrick F. McManus; (P)2006 The Audio Partners

What the Critics Say

"A brisk, hilarious smalltown cop mystery." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Richard S. Swol Lindstrom, MN USA 03-03-17
    Richard S. Swol Lindstrom, MN USA 03-03-17 Member Since 2015

    Rich Swol

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    "Patrick McManus does a mystery novel"
    If you could sum up The Blight Way in three words, what would they be?

    Funny. Charming. Clever.


    What other book might you compare The Blight Way to and why?

    Not really sure. This is a cozy style mystery crossed with McManus' own slightly off center sense of humor. I don't read enough mysteries to compare it to any.


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

    The narrator adds a specific dead-pan cadence to the each of the various characters. This adds to the experience.


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

    I did laugh in a several spots. It was an entertaining listen.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like McManus' short humor articles - and if you are not, you are missing a LOT of fun - this makes for an interesting expansion to his writing world. I am looking forward to the follow up books in the series.

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    Diana 03-03-17
    Diana 03-03-17 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Easy listen, but prefer the short story books"

    This was an enjoyable listen, but the series on Audible, at this time, is not complete. Only some of the books were narrated. I really enjoy Patrick McManus's short story collection books narrated by Norman Dietz. They are worthy of listening to again and again since I like stories that make me laugh out loud.

    This story had some recognizable elements from the short stories, but was definitely different and had a different tone. Not so much laugh-out-loud or thoughtful examinations of the foibles of humanity. Plus, there was more of an "R" rated way of thinking that caught me by surprise . . . or maybe "GP"

    I wrote to Audible and requested they do some more of the Patrick McManus short story collection books, there are at least three of them, that have not yet been narrated by Norman Dietz. Norman Dietz did a masterful job of voices - Rancid Crabtree, Eddie Muldoon, Retch Sweeny, etc etc. and really knows how to deliver lines to get a good laugh.

    I'm not sure that I'll get another Bo Tully audio book. It was good, but without the entire series narrated, what's the point?

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    S. Furniss 03-02-17
    S. Furniss 03-02-17 Member Since 2016

    Colonel Shaggy

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    "A fun little mystery but the audio mix is bad"

    Patrick F. McManus has long been known his short stories and, if you've read them, you will notice a lot of things from those stories popping up here. Things like the Scragg family, characterized a little differently, and how Bo Tully's first gift to a girlfriend was a bar of Life Boy soap, much like Pat's short related.
    The narrator does a fine job of giving the various characters distinct, and sufficiently rustic, voices but the audio mix on this book has a tendency to play out narration very soft and then blare out dialog at almost ear splitting levels.

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    Emily 06-10-15
    Emily 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't do it!"
    What disappointed you about The Blight Way?

    The narrator drove me crazy. I'm from Idaho and people don't speak like that! I wish he would have just read the story and quit trying to make up voices for the people because he isn't good at that. I stopped listening.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick F. McManus again?

    My parents read McManus stories to us when we were young. I love his short stories and we own every book, some are even signed. Maybe I will try reading his book myself to see if that helps but I don't think I will listen to anymore of this series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Blight Way?

    I didn't/couldn't finish the book. I was too annoyed to continue listening.


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    Teo British Columbia 08-08-14
    Teo British Columbia 08-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Predictable storyline, yet easy listen."
    Would you try another book from Patrick F. McManus and/or Charles Leggett?

    McManus is a great author and I will probably get more Bo Tully titles.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Somewhat predictable.


    What three words best describe Charles Leggett’s voice?

    Voice suits the character.


    Do you think The Blight Way needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely, a lot of character development accomplished already.


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    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 02-11-13
    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011

    I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!

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    "Are you ready?"

    Sheriff Bo Tully gets a call from one of his citizens who he jailed and later did the same to his sons. He wants the sheriff to come out about a dead body draped over one of his fences. Having viewed the corpse through binoculars, he gives a description of said corpse; white, pinstriped suit, one shoe on, one off but covered with a black sock...not the style of the average citizens.

    Thus the story begins. It's a ton of fun with some really good lines added to a good mystery.

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    Daryl Houston, TX United States 05-08-12
    Daryl Houston, TX United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2008

    Avid listener/reader.

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    "No Literary Masterpiece - But A Lot of Fun!"

    This audible book was a great light read that had me laughing out loud quite a few times. The story itself is a murder mystery, but with subtle humor added. The narrator's performance was superb as his "voices" for the different characters brought the book to life. The characters weren't a complicated lot, but they had their own personalities that the narrator captured perfectly. A lot of the humor was in understatement and the narrator was in synch with it all the way. If you're looking for some good, clean, escapism - this is a fantastic listen.

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    lisa 02-12-12
    lisa 02-12-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun listen"

    Myabe because I'm from the rural West, but this was like eavesdropping on friends. The characters are real and the story was solid without being over-done. Was sad when it ended.

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    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 01-06-12
    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story"

    Good 'ol boy story based in Idaho. Good basic story, though a little heavy on assuming all women are falling in love with Bo Tully.

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    Terri 11-29-11
    Terri 11-29-11
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    "Enjoyable, light listening experience"
    Would you listen to The Blight Way again? Why?

    It was an entertaining listen. I've always enjoyed Pat McManus' sense of humor. There are several laugh out loud moments in the book.


    What other book might you compare The Blight Way to and why?

    If you like the Agatha Raisin stories by M. C. Beaton you might like this book. Both are nice little mysteries with fun characters.


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

    The narrator did a good job. I'd be happy to listen to more books he narrates.


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

    It took me a couple of days to find time to listen to the whole book, but I was still thinking about some of the characters several days later.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for an entertaining few hours of listening, you might enjoy this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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