The Gentlemen's Hour

A Novel
Narrated by: Holter Graham
Series: Boone Daniels, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,021 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Laid back, ultra–California cool, the former cop turned PI begins each day with the Dawn Patrol, a close-knit group of surfers, best friends who not only ride waves together but have one another's backs out of the water. It's the life Boone loves, all he wants. To him, "There's no such thing as a bad day at the beach." So when one of their own is murdered - especially an icon like Kelly Kuhio, a local hero - and another surfer, a young punk from the Rockpile Crew, stands accused, the small world of Pacific Beach is rocked to its core.

Boone knows he can no longer ignore the painful truth that violence is seeping into the surfing community. But when he agrees to help the defense, the outrage he courts from the community, and the Dawn Patrol, is more than he ever anticipated. He's risking losing the relationships that define his life - just when he needs them most.

As Boone digs deeper into San Diego's murkier side, delving into places the city's reputation-conscious establishment would rather he left alone, it becomes clear that more than a murder case is at stake. He soon finds himself out there alone, struggling to stay afloat as the waves get rougher and rougher... and more deadly. It's The Gentlemen's Hour - and it could be Boone's last.

©2011 Don Winslow (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Where is Ray Porter When You Need Him?

After listening to The Dawn Patrol narrated by Ray Porter (THE GREATEST NARRATOR EVER) what a let-down to have this flat narration for The Gentlemen's Hour. Please Oh Please Mr. Winslow, only let Ray do justice to your great writing!

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Good Story, luke warm narration

Would you listen to The Gentlemen's Hour again? Why?

Good character development, great story.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending. I hope Winslow will continue this series.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

This was a serious error. Don't fix what ain't broke. Ray Parker is a master vocalist. I can't say the same thing for this Narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Hang Twelve to the MAX.

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Zen on the waves

This book is one of the best Don Winslow has ever done. Boon and the Dawn Patrol are at odds in this work and it was slightly depressing. However, the vast majority of this book is both relaxing and entertaining. The world Don paints is Point Break meets Noir and it's pulled off flawlessly. The characters are all original and well thought out. Throughout this novel I found myself longing for the beach and a care free life of surfing.

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Each Winslow listen is better than the last

Though Holter Graham isn't the Winslow narrator I'm accustomed t hearing narrate Winslows excellent novels, he did a very good job with Gentlemens Hour.

I think it was helpful that I'd listened to several other Winslow surfing novels and had become familiar with the cast of characters, though this isn't part of the series, it does connect tangentially with them and gives a bit of conclusion to the series that isn't introduced directly in that group of novels.

Recommended for west coasters, those who are surfing wanna-bees or actual former surfers like myself though it's been 40years since I've been on a board...not much surfing off the Oregon part of the Pacific Ocean, those interested in the history of the lifestyle or just good mysteries/romances with excellent writing.

Highly recommended.

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How Many Don Winslows are There?

This 'surfer as Renaissance Man' is charming and well constructed and more than a tad goofy, but a fun read. Can this be the same author that penned Isle of Joy?? Isle is linked to the non-fictive world of the Kennedy's and the politics and intrigues of the time. A novel that inspires thought and more than a hint of recognition. G's Hour, on the other hand, is a playful romp laced with inane surfer linguistics that had me chuckling throughout. Both these books are prime starting points for a compelling series. Winslow's writing skills continue to improve exponentially and I guess there's more $ in surfer quest than historical sleuthing. In either event, the writing skill is present in abundance. More, Mr Winslow (sic), MORE!

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not quite as good as Dawn Patrol

but still pretty good. funny and good story with good characters and a laid back SoCal attitude. hope the author continues the series

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Nice Surfer Detective Story

Liked the story but not as much as the first with this character in "The Dawn Patrol". Nice reading.

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I missed Ray Porter

Ray Porter’s characterizations were fabulous and part of why o wanted to read book 2. Was disappointed with the lack of characterization in book two. Sometimes it was just too whining. Wouldn’t stop me from listening because I like the characters but having just finished book 1, I immediately downloaded book 2 and was shocked by a different voice.

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Like the ocean, this is full of hidden currents

First off, if Ray Porter hadn't read the first book, everyone would think Graham did a swell job. He had different voices for the characters, and his reading is good. His pronunciations of the surfer slang sounded smooth and authentic. But nobody can take over from Porter. We saw just how good he is in the first book The Dawn Patrol, successfully moving from Samoan heavy to grumpy old white man, to Rasti kid, and more. But Graham did a good job.

Boone is hired to find info to clear a punk accused of killing a surfing legend. Boone doesn't like the job. And his Dawn Patrol buddies like it even less, so there's tension and even a falling out there. Then Boone is hired for a marital job, which he also hates. And then the plot gets thicker and more convoluted, until finally, everybody, but everybody, is involved. The wrap-up may be a little fuzzy, but it's not as bad as Boone going out to settle a score all by himself.

One of the most delightful aspects of Winslow's writing in this book is his manipulation of words, his molding of sentences, and how he works his digressions into the soulful conclusion. He weaves in lectures on surfing, the ocean, culture, history, economics, tectonics, and biographies without being boring, and then uses a Zen-like introspection to create a universe. All of these topics then feature in the solution of the mystery, and the bonds of society. Even the title changes its meaning throughout the story, until it develops a multi-faceted, many-hued persona. And the high action does not keep the story from lulling you like the rhythmic movement of the ocean swells.

This was just slightly off of 5 stars due to the questionable wrap-up, but still a fantastic listen.

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  • RJ
  • 05-18-16

Great story great characters, adult writing.

Great story with well defined, interesting characters. Winslow writes an adult yarn with no chintzy ra-ra crap.

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