Out of Range

By: C. J. Box
Narrated by: David Chandler
Series: Joe Pickett, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (2,172 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

C. J. Box's best-selling Joe Pickett novels have earned him a spot on every serious suspense fan's shortlist of favorites. The tightly constructed Out of Range brings game warden Joe to a new, remote beat in Wyoming's vast countryside to investigate the suspicious death of the previous warden.
©2005 C.J.Box (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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"... if anything, Box is getting better. Recommended for practically everybody." ( Booklist, starred review)

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Great Book!!

Being from Wyoming it is really neat to hear about the areas that I know and love. This however is not even close to the only reason I love this book. The Pickett series of books have a real feel to them with a real working mans hero type. Not one of these super human heros. C. J. Fox has a life long fan in me!

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One Good Man In A Three Horse Hole

Each Joe Picket installment is better than the last, and this one I couldn't turn off. Each book reveals more of what makes the characters so intriguing and empathetic, even characters I am inclined to hate.
I appreciate that Box touches on the action in past novels very briefly, so I don't feel my time is being wasted, hearing what I already know. For this very reason, though, I would encourage fans of Joe Picket to buy the print edition or the audio book, if you can find it, of "Winterkill." It is another terrific book, and fills in a lot of why and how Joe and Mary Beth and Nate come to be the people they are. The audio cassettes have a narrator other than David Chandler, and he does an excellent job.

But back to, "Out of Range," the story finds Joe in Jackson's Hole, without his wife and girls to buoy him up...and the crossed wires of that situation are bad enough to cause one and all to lose their firm hold on just who they are and where their loyalties lie. Add all the mysteries, conflicts and characters that the new digs throw at Joe, the threats from within and without back at home, and you have one Joe Picket installment that you won't want to end. Even when Joe and Mary Beth are heading towards doing things that I do not want them to do, I cannot blame them, one little bit...it is enough to make me squirm! I have already bought and downloaded In Plain Sight! How great is it that I still have so many of these mysteries to listen to, before I have caught up with where Joe and is family are today??!!

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Some credibility challenges but still good

Along about the time I finished this book, I decided to binge-read the entire Joe Pickett series this winter.

This book was thoroughly engaging, well-crafted, and not terribly credible. Joe Pickett has to go to Jackson Hole, where he seems unable to schedule phone calls home and nearly strays from his earnest marriage vows with relatively little temptation. Instead of just noting that his temptress is a hottie, he nearly tips over the edge of seduction with almost no provocation. Since this moral weakness is, in my opinion, out of character for Joe, I kept imagining the strains of Lynryd Skynrd's "Simple Man" swelling in the background. The problem is, Box has painted such a great portrait of Joe in previous books that we know he is NOT that simple - in tune with nature, self-aware, morally complex, and completely devoted to his wife and children.

The plot was fascinating - horrible rich developer combines forces with a sustainable meat rancher to the stars to thwart Wyoming Fish & Game. The developer is ruthless and corrupt; the good meat movement guy is inexplicable. Maybe based on the sustainable-but-selfish founder of Whole Foods? Joe faces mortal peril quite a lot, and in very different ways than he does in other novels.

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Box hits his stride

I am totally hooked on C.J. Box's wonderful stories about Joe Pickett. I have been listening to them from the beginning, starting with "Open Season" and have thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the plots, the suspense, Box's brilliant skill at bringing settings and situations to life and all of it has been enhanced immeasurably by David Chandler's excellent narration.

Having said that, I think Box has truly hit his stride with "Out of Range." The story starts fairly slowly but Box doesn't make us wait too long. He has a true gift in the way he builds tension for the reader. But he releases it "just in time" and often in the most unexpected ways.

I felt slightly uneasy with the plot devise surrounding Joe's and MaryBeth's communication difficulties, but even these were plot strings Box pulled juuuuuuust tight enough.

I can't say much more without spoilers, but I congratulate Box and Chandler. This was a really good book and an excellent "listen" and now I'm on to "In Plain Sight." Fortunately, I don't have to go to work tomorrow and have stuff to do in the house and garden so I can just listen pretty much all day!

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Joe Vs Joe

I love this one! Joe Pickett always seems a little unreal because he is so good and kind and perfect but in this one he is human. The different characters in this one are unlikable all of them for the most part but I still liked it a lot. I love it when a bad guy finally gets their due like that sheriff what's his name. You just can't beat Nate for friend and I really like Sheridan she is mature beyond her years. Again, David Chandler was most excellent as narrator.

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A Great series

A friend told me about this series and audible has the latest in the series wish you had all the books... the early Pickett's..........great characters and story lines both in the joe Pickette series and the one offs CJ Bos writes will always get his book as soon as they are released to audible

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Joe gets tempted and solves a murder.

This is a terrific book, possibly the best in the series, which is saying something, as I have come to really enjoy these books. The fact that I am coming to the end of the series is sad, indeed. Although there is a certain amount of sameness to each of the adventures, Mr. Box is an excellent writer. As with Craig Johnson in the Walt Longmire series, Mr. Box is a wonderful descriptor of Wyoming and its natural treasures, as well as the not-so-treasured human inhabitants of the state. Lesser authors are sometimes caged in by a successful series. Both of these men, along with the amazing Stuart Kaminsky, can keep the books fresh by introducing new settings, new people and new plots. This book finds Joe in Jackson, once called Jackson Hole. The game warden there, whom Joe knew fairly well, has committed suicide, and Joe has been sent to both cover the territory, which is as big as his own, and also to poke around about the death of Will Jensen. Joe quickly comes to feel that the death was not a suicide. Powerful forces exert strong, corrupt influences on the environment in Jackson. Joe meets a woman named Stella Ennis, who attracts him in an almost overwhelming way. He is only in Jackson briefly, which is clearly by design, as one gets the feeling that a couple of weeks longer would have threatened the bonds of Joe's marriage to Marybeth. Also, Stella disappears, which is no accident, so to speak. As Joe investigates Will's death, he meets Don Ennis, Stella's husband, who is the developer of a humongous project in the hills above Jackson. It becomes clear to Joe that the project was going to be held up by the objections of Will Jensen, who had strong concerns about disruptions of wildlife migration patterns, and other concerns as well. The heat gets turned up very high as Joe finds himself in grave danger of being trapped in the same web that destroyed Will. I won't spoil the ending for you, but it is excellent. An author once said that it is extremely difficult to write a great ending for a great book. Mr. Box accomplishes that feat here. David Chandler does his usual fine job. I have no complaints about him, except to say that he is no George Guidall.

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Another average story

I would love for this series to get better! More outdoors stuff for one thing! And it also needs deeper and more suspenseful storyline! His books seem more like cozy mysteries than anything else with not much substance to them. This one in particular was entirely about his possible failing relationship with his wife and an attraction he felt for another woman with a tiny bit of a mystery thrown in... Honesty it was a very forgettable book... like the few before it to be honest! Not sure why I continue!

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Enjoyed it

C. J. Box writes stories that are easy to get involved in and hard to stop listening to. I enjoyed this story very much.

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Too Short

I absolutely Loved this book!! Joe Picket is awesome! he made me laugh a few times. I really like the way Joe and Nate interact and the fact that Joe is such a good man!! I'm going to go broke listening to this series of books.

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