• by John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by Richard Ferrone
  • 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A classic novel by John D. MacDonald with an exclusive introduction written and read by Dean Koontz.
Welcome to Golden Sands, the dream condominium built on a weak foundation and a thousand dirty secrets. Here is a panoramic look at the shocking facts of life in a Sun Belt community - the real estate swindles and political payoffs, the maintenance charges that run up and the health benefits that run out... the crackups and marital breakdowns... the disaster that awaits those who play in the path of the hurricane...


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Same Old Song and Dance

The corporate culture combines with consumerism and ignorance to create a disaster. No this isn't about the sub prime mortgage crisis; it's about a coastal economy that depends on people buying land and building structures where they have no business building anything. No it's not about New Orleans and a hurricane called Katrina; it's Florida and a fictional hurricane named Ella. It's about the combination of a natural and a man made disaster and the unwillingness of people to see what's not in their best interest to see. Human nature changes slowly if at all and the manner in which people deal with issues such as self interest versus community interest; government vs. private business can be placed at the center of many types of stories. With a couple of exceptions it's a story that you can transpose easily to today. The exceptions are that weather prognostications are much more exact now and there are a lot of sources for weather now; there would be far fewer false alarms today than in 1973. The other difference that with new laws the builders would have already written new laws and regulations to exempt themselves from legal action and it wouldn't have taken illegal bribery today. Not when legal bribery is so much easier and safer to conduct. This is not the best of the non McGee books by the author but informative, instructive, entertaining and still a good listen more than forty years after it was written. Like most things written by John D I recommend this one.
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- Me & My Girls "Thanks and respect to the women that served and paid a high price. You are still gorgeous Shi; your scars make you even more beautiful."

Spectator Sport

I probably should not have bought this. John wrote a short story called SPECTATOR SPORT, that I liked a lot. It was featured in The OMINBUS OF SCIENCE FICTION, written way back in the 50's. This went on sale, so I gave it a shot. His writing is skillful, but the subject matter just did not intrigue me, especially for the length of time I would have had to invest. The book is about, what goes on behind building and maintaining a Condominium. the corporation is the bad guy, who does not care about the people living in their building, many on a fixed income. We also follow the renters who have signed long term contracts. It goes into great detail and the whole book has a sixties feel to it. The guy in the introduction, admits it is not one of John's best writings, which seemed like a strange intro, to me.

Ferrone is great like usual.
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- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios