• The Turquoise Lament

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 15
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (323 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Now that Linda "Pidge" Lewellen is grown up, she tells Travis McGee, once her girlhood idol, that either she's going crazy or Howie, her affable ex-jock of a husband, is trying to kill her. McGee checks things out, and gives Pidge the all clear. But when Pidge and Howie sail away to kiss and make up, McGee has second thoughts. If only he can get to Pidge before he has time for any more thinking.

©1973 John D. MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Mediocre McGee

The early seventies were evidently tough on the author because this book as well as the two that preceded it were, in my opinion, the worst three books of the series. As usual McGee does a great deal about all that is wrong with the world and the individuals that inhabit it. That and an overly long and poorly written climax drop the storyline to four stars and the narration drops the book another notch in my rating. Meyer's time in the hospital and the investigation into the new husband's background are strong points in the book and as always MacDonald's writing is top notch. There isn't a Travis McGee novel that I wouldn't recommend.

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Another great McGee!

Great story, again. Kept me on edge the entire time. You have to ask is Travis missing a step or two as he get older? He still has the reader rooting the entire time. Fun stuff.

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Travis Goes to Pago Pago

At least he didn't get shot this time! This one was tough on our hero. Very personal involvments and a lot of back-story. As usual the characters are all fullly fleshed out and the overall story was great. But I never thought I'd hear Travis singing the praises of a Pulsar LED digital watche!!! Perhaps the next one will mention what a stupid idea they were.....

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Still very tough to put down

Returning to read this decades later it still satisfied and it held some observations about modern life that are trenchant today in 2021

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One of my favorites by JDM

I’ve read all of the Travis McGee series and listened to most of it. This is in the top three in my favorites list. Great story! Terrific action in the last several chapters. Even though this is book 15 in the series, this is a great place to start if you are new to JDM and Travis McGee. The narration by Robert Petkoff is fantastic and he carries the action along as I would think JDM intended. It’s a great ride from beginning to end.

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Another great book

Sometimes it gets a little too detailed in the inner sanctum of the author’s mind but none the less a very good book

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Brings back memories

Read it 1975 or so. Listened to it on a whim.
Surprised how much I remember certain details.
Still a good story if one can remember the basic technology of the time.

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Travis is getting older and mellower

Many of the plot elements Are standard: girl in danger, Travis investigating a bad guy, etc. enough uniqueness to keep the suspense mounted. Trav’s style of investigation continues to set him apart.

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The Worst One

I have been going through the great series but on this one MacDonald Laid A Big Yellow Egg. The story is implausible and at the end he just gave up and put in some words so Travis could get out of a commitment. Maybe Travis is now brain injured He is hit in the head most times to the point unconsciousness at least one time per book. as this is the fifteenth book he has past NFL type damage

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Classic MacDonald

What made the experience of listening to The Turquoise Lament the most enjoyable?

The narrator is spot on. Petkoff's ability to portray the characters in the stories makes the books even more enjoyable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Travis, because he is Travis.

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

Petkoff is now the voice in my head of McGee

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

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  • Mr. C. G. Moore
  • 02-28-20

A change of pace but builds with tension

So there's a Lolita element that feels unsavoury and Trav's morals and promiscuity seems uncharacteristically ignoble, which he admits.
This is perhaps a slow burner or slow starter if you were uncharitable. But the plot unfolds at a measured pace. Less action and more tension than usual.
Characters are very well observed and Trav's soliloquies are great as always.
I can see a couple of untasteful elements but it is a solid entry and actually a slight side step to a well worn formula. Not just for completists