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Vicious Circle Audiobook

Vicious Circle

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The plane circled in the dark. Joe Pickett could just make out down below a figure in the snow and timber, and then three other figures closing in. There was nothing he could do about it. And Joe knew that he might be their next target.

The Cates family had always been a bad lot. Game warden Joe Pickett had been able to strike a fierce blow against them when the life of his daughter April had been endangered, but he'd always wondered if there'd be a day of reckoning. He's not wondering any longer. Joe knows they're coming after him and his family now. He has his friend Nate by his side, but will that be enough this time? All he can do is prepare...and wait for them to make the first move.

©2017 C. J. Box (P)2017 Recorded Books

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    Bonnie Bee Norfolk, VA 03-21-17
    Bonnie Bee Norfolk, VA 03-21-17 Member Since 2008
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    "great series"

    I have enjoyed every book in this series you will too. Give them a try you won't want to stop listening till you've finished.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    TamGar 03-24-17
    TamGar 03-24-17

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    "Thank you C.J. Box, AWESOME JP book!"
    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed the entire Joe Pickett series, each book is captivating, intriguing and this one doesn't disappoint. Good suspense in this book, narrator does a splendid job with all the characters. You don't need to start at the first of the series to enjoy these books, but it helps. You will get drawn into the splendid characters of each book in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MidwestGeek 04-03-17
    MidwestGeek 04-03-17

    Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.

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    "Joe Pickett returns! Terrific mystery!"

    If you're new to the Joe Pickett series, you're in for a treat, but don't start here. The 17 books (plus a novella and short story) are best read in order since the characters age and evolve. Not that it is necessary to read every one; nevertheless, all but a few are 4- or 5-stars. Even though it seems clear from the outset who the villain is, Joe follows his instincts in search of motive and opportunity. As usual, he is assisted by his stalwart wife Marybeth, an attorney and librarian, as well as by his strange friend Nate Romanowski toward the end. (Calling Joe "Dudley Do-right", Nate has his own moral code and serves as a counterpoint to Joe.) If you don't like police procedurals, you may find this story a bit slow and disappointing, but there is more to a mystery than whodunit. Following "Off the Grid," which, unlike most fans, I found to be a huge misstep for Box (and can be skipped,) I was pleased to see him return to form. There are some minor technical errors concerning the functioning of an iPhone, but, unless you are an engineer, you probably won't even notice. Anyway, this is fiction after all.
    As always, David Chandler is a superb reader.
    I look forward to the next in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Kirby 03-24-17
    David Kirby 03-24-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Not one of Box's better books"

    This was essentially a follow on story from an earlier novel. As such, it didn't really offer much of interest and was not very engaging. To compound matters, the narrator was awful. He reads like someone not proficient with reading. By that, I mean he pronounces every syllable distinctly rather than allowing the words to flow as they would in normal conversation. This makes for an uncomfortable listen. Had this been some other writer, I probably would have quit without finishing.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    WENDY 04-04-17
    WENDY 04-04-17 Member Since 2009
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    "What's missing?"

    I started Joe Pickett when Audible had a sale, I was hooked. For me the details of the places was wonderful. I was in Wyoming only once for a very short time and loved these stories. But this one is to short and not enough detail........

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doc Holliday 03-31-17

    Retired, living in Montana, enjoying the good life. Favorites: CJ Box; Carl Hiassen and historical non-fiction—Modern European History

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    "Interesting, but..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There was no "mystery," there was no 'whodunnit,' a crime was committed and they immediately decided it was the antagonist. Then spent the rest of the book "proving it." With no mystery it was, essentially, a TV police procedural with crooked cops and barely motivated 'bad guys.' It was an interesting procedural-although Box does not write regular cop very well-with some twists with a lot of fantastic events and out of character behavior from long established characters. (Nate goes from being a mountain man to harried businessman? Prison staff misses an iPhone for 2 years?) Many of the supporting characters were completely vacuous, without any visible motive for their actions, some were completely unnecessary. Long unnecessary descriptions were given for unrelated things, seemingly just to take up space. New characters acted completely contrary to their descriptions. It was like Box rounded up all his recurring supporting cast and gave them a part. It was almost as if the story was made up as it went along. Very disappointing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from C. J. Box? Why or why not?

    I've read all of the Joe Pickett books and I'll probably read the next one–if there is a next one. This book and "Off the Grid" show clearly that Box either has run out of original ideas, or isn't interested in writing about them, for the series. It was like he put this book out only because he needed to get another book out.


    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    Chandler's performance was great as usual. Voice characterizations were great.


    Was Vicious Circle worth the listening time?

    Yes, but just barely.


    Any additional comments?

    I had hoped that, as he aged his characters, Box would bring Sheridan into the story. Maybe she would become a warden? Sheridan would make a good replacement. Box made a mistake in aging his characters the way he did. He wrote himself out of a series. Pickett won't be a viable character for very long because of age. Nate Romanowski is already showing signs of aging; the character must be in, or near, at his 60's. In a lot of ways, this book sort of seemed to be bringing these characters to an end.SPOILER:In this book, Box depicted Joe and Dulce knowingly driving drunk and justified it. This was completely out of character for both of them and very disturbing. There is no justification for driving drunk.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke 03-23-17
    Brooke 03-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This book might dominate your life for a day or 2"

    Loved this book! Wish it went on longer! David Chandler is incredible as a narrator very down to earth sounding which makes the characters come to life. Just another great CJ Box book you won't be able to put down. I have a hard time doing anything else when reading these. I'd rate this at five stars but can't figure it out on my phone. The only criticism I have is that a few wrong names were there and a few details from past novels got a bit misconstrued which for any writer is a bit sloppy, but forgivable in the case of these wonderful books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 03-22-17
    Richard 03-22-17
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    "Great story well told"

    Great narration by David Chandler kept me engrossed in the continuing saga of Joe Pickett. Chuck Box never disappoints.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Moffat 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Just okay"

    I've enjoyed all of the Joe Pickett stories but this one felt strained. The story was more contrived and the details not fully flushed out. Box is usually a master of detail and explaining the painfully slow mental process of piecing together seemingly unrelated information to solve crime. Fortunately all of my favorite characters made an appearance, unfortunately few of them were well used in this story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John 06-19-17
    John 06-19-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Joe Pickett is my hero"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Vicious Circle to be better than the print version?

    Both have advantages, and both are worth buying (I did), but I do prefer the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Joe Pickett being Joe Pickett - straightforward, honest, getting the job done fairly. Always worth a listen AND a read.


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

    Chandler does a great job of capturing the action and the mood of the story. He is good with different characters.


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

    Yes, and really had to force myself to take breaks (like getting to work after listening on the commute in to the office!).


    Any additional comments?

    C.J Box, keep Joe Pickett books coming ... and keep them real!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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