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The Devil's Punchbowl Audiobook

The Devil's Punchbowl

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Publisher's Summary

As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.

But one boat isn't like the others.

Rumor has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas to its Mississippi backwater. And with them - on sleek private jets that slip in and out of town like whispers in the night - come pro football players, rap stars, and international gamblers, all sharing an unquenchable taste for one thing: blood sport - and the dark vices that go with it. When a childhood friend of Penn's who brings him evidence of these crimes is brutally murdered, he begins a quest to find the men responsible. But the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy and, with his family's lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies are those bound to him by blood or honor.

Together they must defeat a killer who has an almost preternatural ability to anticipate - and counter - their every move. Ultimately, victory will depend on a bold stroke that will leave one of Penn's allies dead - and Natchez changed forever.

©2009 Greg Iles; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Zandra P. Horkan USA 10-30-16
    Zandra P. Horkan USA 10-30-16

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    "Long and boring"

    Book is way to long for the story.
    It really gets boring.
    The reader is hard to understand at times

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    Lynn Rodgers 10-20-16
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    "Narration is boring; book is greaat"
    Would you try another book from Greg Iles and/or Dick Hill?

    I love Greg Isles. I wonder if Dick Hill has read any of Greg's books before he narrated this? Penn Cage is southern, but he is young at heart, driven, and sexy. Listening to this, Penn sounds like his dad should sound. He sounds so old that could not possiblY climb the steep side of the bluff! Really! If I hadn't read other books on my own, his relationship with Caitlin would be unfathomable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    NO.................................................


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    eightozs 09-08-16
    eightozs 09-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "pros and cons"

    struggled with what felt like excessively long narration and the speaker's voice, good story thou

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    Maggie McGee 08-31-16
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    "This is the best yet in the series."
    Would you listen to The Devil's Punchbowl again? Why?

    Yes....there was so much going on that I'd love to listen again just to appreciate it when I'm not holding my breath and waiting for the resolution.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Compelling plot, characters you can love and characters you can HATE, but they all ring true and believable.


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

    I've listened to many, and this is one of his most brilliant. He simply IS Penn Cage, just as he IS Jack Reacher--sorry, Tom Cruise, you just don't do it for me.


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

    Without being a "spoiler", the scenes involving dog fighting hit me HARD--If I weren't so completely in love with this series and this narrator and this author, I probably would have stopped listening and returned the book. But all the rest of it was just so darn wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite book in the series so far. But I already feel terribly disappointed because I know Dick Hill does not narrate the rest of the series.

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    Jeff Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-11-16
    Jeff Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-11-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story but painful performance"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I've listed to the last three books by Greg Iles and the stories have all be top notch but the narration has gone down hill after the first book. Dick Hill's performance in the second book was better than this book. His accent is so much more pronounced and at times difficult to understand. It would be nice if they would bring back Tom Stechschulte as the reader. if you have a hard time with thick accents you'll have a hard time with this book.


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    Darcia 06-26-16
    Darcia 06-26-16 Member Since 2002
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    "Storey suffers because of performance"

    The reader needs to enunciate and speak up. His mumbling and low auditory levels for certain situations made it difficult to follow Storey.

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    William 06-21-16
    William 06-21-16 Member Since 2003

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    "Reviews about bad narration-production 100% right"

    This is one of the worst narrations and productions, if not the worst, that I have ever had on an Audible book (and I've listened to over 300 of them). The producers and the author should be ashamed of themselves. The narrator sounds like a rank amateur, though in other narrations he's done a good job. His southern accent is abominable, his voices are worse. The sound fades in and out.
    Just awful - I had to give the story a single star but I couldn't even get into the book to know about it.
    Am returning it.

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    Amazon Customer 06-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "another great one"

    author and narrator were fabulous as usual
    great mix of suspense, action, history and the south. loved loved loved it.

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    Nancy Luey New Zealand 06-13-16
    Nancy Luey New Zealand 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What's happened to Dick Hill?"

    I've listened to a few of Greg Isles books now and loved them to date but Dick Hill has really gone down Hill. The way he narrates in this book sounds like he's just had his 90th birthday. Up until now I had visions of Pen Cage as being around 40 smart and lively but Dick Hill has made him sound like he's half dead. The volume is terrible he's all over the place. I've only just started this book and am ready to throw it in if the narration doesn't improve. Very disappointing! have only rated overall and story a 1 star as that is required to submit a rating.

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    E. Wyonzek 05-25-16
    E. Wyonzek 05-25-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator hard to hear at times"

    I loved the story- another great Penn Cage saga, but I had a hard time with this narrator. I kept having to fiddle with the volume b/c he was hard to hear sometimes.

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