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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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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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    Michael Cavacini 06-15-12
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    "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"

    I went into this book as a fan of Lee Child and Stephen King, two authors that were influenced by John D. MacDonald. After reading the first book in the Travis McGee series, I can understand what attracted these two modern-day masters of mystery to MacDonald in the first place.

    This book is filled with memorable characters, engaging dialogue and captivating action. It also has a good deal of vulgar language, which I'm perfectly fine with; it just surprised me considering when this book was originally published.

    Like many great authors, MacDonald takes this story to another level by weaving in thought-provoking analysis and commentary. This introspective awareness helps flesh out who the main characters are, where they've been and where they're going, both in the book and beyond the pages.

    Entering this book without any preconceptions, I feel the narrator did a fine job with all of the characters' voices.

    I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the books in this series, and I recommend you give "The Deep Blue Good-By" a shot; it's enjoyable from start to finish.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 05-15-15
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 05-15-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Pulp Fiction"

    I picked this title up on the recommendation of one of the reviewers that I follow (Darwin8u). I was looking for a new series (having now substantially read/listened to the Harry Hole books), so I wasn't turned off by the suggestion that this was not just a beach-side read. As is usual with this particular reviewer, the observations were spot on, albeit that they were of two other MacDonald titles and I had to interpolate a bit, but I wanted to start at the beginning. That's the OCD in me.
    MacDonald is a strange dude. He appears to be cast somewhere between Raymond Chandler and Hemingway (bizarre as that sounds); a fatalistic observer of life. Sometimes he goes close to almost profound observations, but at other times he seems happy to dispense the heavy hand of his lore.
    Overall, I think I like the style, even if I am not yet a fan of McGee, the protagonist. I think he's one of those you need to grow into, a bit like Harry.
    I thought Petkoff's narration was fine. I'm not sure why it has attracted such criticism in some reviews. I didn't find it monotone. Perhaps that was an observation made of McGee's fatalism.
    This is not an easy read but, in it's own way, it is not a hard one. Given a bit of time to recover from McGee's opening gambit, I suspect I will go back for another round.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 06-20-13
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Strong start to series"
    Any additional comments?

    First book in the long-running Travis McGee series. In this one, a woman’s dead father had hidden something valuable on their property and she was swindled out of it by his old Army buddy, an abusive rapist. Well-written and fun. You can see the influence on Michael Connelly, Stephen King (style not substance) and others.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-20-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Classics for a reason"

    Travis Magee is a rough, retired, military man with a big heart who lives on "The Busted Flush", a houseboat he aquired in a poker game. When he runs short on funds he takes on the occational investigative, recovery job for the fee of half of whatever he recovers. In this first addition Travis try's to help a young girl find her sadistic ex-boyfriend who stole a fortune that had been buried on the families property for years.

    I enjoy this series because it returns us to the simpler days before the complications of modern technology. A fast action mystery series with grit, well developed characters and captivating stories. John MacDonald's writing has been touted and emulated by some of the best writers of our day and when coupled with Robert Petkoff's articulate narration produces an impressive combination.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    User 08-12-15
    User 08-12-15
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    "Good story, about an "R" for content"

    A good engaging mystery. Not ideal for listening with teens in the car- there are rape scenes and several graphic sex scenes.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 11-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Before the A-Team, there was Travis McGee"

    YOU USE YOUR FACE, TO MAKE FACES WITH
    McGee only works when he has to. Just like the A-Team, people find him. He gets them things they lost when they have given up on the law or can't ask the law for help. His fee is 50% of what he takes in. The customer gets 50%, but that is better than nothing. His bachelor pad is a boat. When he wants sex, he goes to a party, picks up a girl, takes her to his pad, beds her and than goes back to the party.

    OUR DESIRE TO ACCEPT THAT KIND OF DOMINATION (50 shades of Gray)
    I had trouble with two things. First were the women in this book. They are all very, very weak. I guess there were no strong women in 1964? One woman talks about her former boyfriend who raped her on a daily basis. She hated it at first, but grew to like it. He steals money from her and than does the same thing to another woman, who hated it at first but grew to look forward to it. I don't like the message this sends to young men. Reading this you would think that if you raped a woman often enough, she would grow to love it. The main character does not do this, he is more of a mother to them. He takes care of them and does not want sex from them. He will pick up a one night stand for that. He has to take care of them, cause they are weak and he is strong. I know guys who like weak women, because it makes them feel smarter and stronger. I also did not care for the preaching. He is always telling us how great he is and how we should be just like him. The book reads like a soap opera and very little action happens.

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie 07-31-12
    Leslie 07-31-12
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    "Finally"
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    So glad the Travis McGee series is finally on Audible! Just wish you could get Sam Elliott to narrate!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 10-21-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 10-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Light, fun, and shallow modern detective novel"

    I enjoyed this 2004 novel, the first in the Travis McGee series. Later books in this 21 novel series get much better. Books 6 - 21 are consistently great. I suggest Books 1 through 5 should be skipped to get to the really good stuff.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 09-04-17
    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 09-04-17 Member Since 2011
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    "I wanted to like this book but just could not"

    I had high hopes for this series, but I just could not ever develop much of a liking for Travis. Very clean as far as profanity, and the subject of sex was handled quite gently every time it was written about. My main objection was that sex seemed to be the main interest of the book. That and the victimization of women sapped all the enjoyment I could have found in the book. .The action scenes were good, but just not much of that. I guess when this book came out it was daring and racy, but it just made me sigh. I did finish it, but decided I didn't like Travis enough to see what adventures he got into in the coming books.

    The narration was fine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Chicago 07-04-17
    Judy Chicago 07-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "John D. MacDonald is the master of pulp fiction"
    Would you listen to The Deep Blue Good-By again? Why?

    The Deep Blue Good-By is the first book in the 21-book Travis McGee series and probably the best. A Deadly Shade of Gold ranks right behind. The Lonely Silver Rain (the last book of the series) takes 3rd Place. Robert Petkoff is a masterful narrator. His female voices are just as good as his male voices.


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    "pulp at its very best"

    Easily the best book I've read this year. The ending is simply the best ever.

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  • lucy costelloe
    6/4/16
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    "Thought provoking"

    The insight and clarity of a woman. Just read it and explore a new dimension of understanding human nature. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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