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The Deep Blue Good-By Audiobook

The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

Nothing that John D. MacDonald wrote is better loved and more enduring than the 21 books in his series about Travis McGee, the Florida-based “salvage consultant” who recovers property for a fee so he can take his retirement “a piece at a time”. Narrator Robert Petkoff, hand-chosen to narrate with the approval of MacDonald’s estate, brings McGee’s world of the Busted Flush (his houseboat, which he won in a poker game) and “Miss Agnes” (his custom Rolls-Royce pickup truck) to vivid life.

©1964 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. Renewal © 1992 Maynard MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 05-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Another in a long line of Travis Mcgee greats!"

    I enjoyed Travis once again! John McDonald again spins a web of adventure and intrigue as he demonstrates again that he is America's greatest storyteller.

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    Craig 04-27-16
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    "Amazing Reading Performance"

    I enjoyed the story, especially the description of the kids who just don't know how to work. I thought that was the problem of Gen-Xers,, no the kids of the mid '60s.

    But even better than that was the reading performance. Too often, male readers fail to give a true voice to female characters, but not in this case. The first time I heard Robert Petkoff read a female part I had to stop and double check to confirm there weren't two narrators. An easy listen made so much better be a great performance.

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    Amazon Customer tn 04-22-16
    Amazon Customer tn 04-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "never ending ."

    Overall boring and the book goes on and on about nothing. glad to be finished!

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    S. Craig Yamasaki 02-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredible Story- Superlative Series!!!()|"

    Travis McGhee is THE standard by which all gumshoe stories aspire to achieve.
    Simply Brilliant!!! Highly recommended.

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    Warren WESTMONT, IL, United States 12-30-15
    Warren WESTMONT, IL, United States 12-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Jack Reacher type from the 1960's thru 1980's"

    I have been a Travis McGee fan since I was introduced to him when this book was first published in 1964. I've probably read the entire series five times. When I listened to this book, when the reader is getting his intro to McGee, I realize like Lee Child's character Travis has his own moral sense and plays by his own rules. MacDonald philosophizes more than I remember and the Reacher type persona hasn't been fully developed, but as I remember the character develops as the series advances. I'm in my 70's so I remember the time period in which the book is set. This may create a difficulty for readers younger than 40 years of age, but with patience they may enjoy this series as I enjoy Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and Nero Wolfe, all set in a time-frame with which I don't easily connect.

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    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 12-22-15
    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 12-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "That was SO GOOD! Bodes well for the rest of the series..."

    One of the cool things about these wonderful old novels is imagining them in the era in which they were written and published.
    I guess you'd call them mysteries...Travis McGee is not a cop, not a detective, he's not hunting serial killers, there are no forensics.
    This a boat guy, a drinker, a smart, or maybe wise...certainly wise-assed, tough, sexy guy who helps people who've lost something with no chance of getting it back, then he gets it back and splits it with them.
    You wouldn't think a guy could make a living at that, but it's 1960 and things were different. And the ways he manages to do it make for some very entertaining books.

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    Michael Greenstein Dobbs Ferry, NY 12-18-15
    Michael Greenstein Dobbs Ferry, NY 12-18-15 Member Since 2008
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    "A disappointing sadistic story..."

    ...with little redeeming value. OK, so I did stick around to see how our hero pulls it off. But it wasn't worth it. The writing is bright in spots, but the author trades in most cliches for good narrarative. Skip it.

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    Ruth Bain 04-30-15
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    "The first Travis McGee"

    A good start to a long-running series. I thought the narrator was excellent, giving the story added interest. This isn't a plot driven story by current standards, but the characters are well defined, if a little dated.

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    Ginni Murphy Eagle River, AK, US 02-20-15
    Ginni Murphy Eagle River, AK, US 02-20-15 Listener Since 2003
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    "Love John D McDonald"

    I read these books years ago and I loved listening to the Deep Blue Good-By. I love the fact that the story was not as graphic as so many of today's stories.

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    Mike Reiter 01-31-15
    Mike Reiter 01-31-15
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    "poor dialogue, weak plot, flat characters"

    The plot never seems to go any sort of direction. Everything kind of happens by accident. I can't tell if it was the narration or the way the dialogue was written but the characters go from talking normally to all of a sudden being in fits. At first I didn't like the narrator's voice but it grew on me after a while.

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