Badlands : Cassie Dewell

  • by C. J. Box
  • Narrated by January LaVoy
  • Series: Cassie Dewell
  • 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Edgar Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box is back with a masterpiece of suspense set in a time and place that listeners won't soon forget.
Twenty miles across the North Dakota border, where the scenery goes from rolling grass prairie to pipeline fields, detective Cassie Dewell has been assigned as the new deputy sheriff of Grimstad - a place people used to be from but were never headed to. Grimstad is now the oil capital of North Dakota. With oil comes money, with money comes drugs, and with drugs come the dirtiest criminals hustling to corner the market.
In the small town resides 12-year-old Kyle Westergaard. Even though Kyle has been written off as the "slow" kid, he has dreams deeper than anyone can imagine. He wants to get out of town, take care of his mother, and give them a better life. While delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident and takes a mysterious bundle from the scene. Now in possession of a lot of money and packets of white powder, Kyle wonders if his luck has changed.
When the temperature drops to 30 below and a gang war heats up, Cassie realizes that she may be in over her head. As she is propelled on a collision course with a murderous enemy, she finds that the key to it all might come in the most unlikely form: an undersized boy on a bike who keeps showing up where he doesn't belong. Because a boy like Kyle is invisible. But he sees everything.

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Customer Reviews

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Huge C.J. Box fan; this book, however, not so much

Would you listen to Badlands again? Why?

No, once was enough. Just didn't hit the normal C.J.Box mark all of his other novels have.


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

Have listened to all of his books so far, and certainly willing to listen to the next. I do prefer the Joe Pickett series, but even the other mystery/thriller, The Highway was a better listen.


Which scene was your favorite?

No particular scene stands out.


Any additional comments?

I've typed, erased, and re-typed my comments, not really being able to put in words why this book fell short for me. I think the marriage of characters brought forward from the Highway to the story of a small town gone boom-town just didn't work. Perhaps not enough development of the good guys, only the bad. There wasn't anything truly unique about the story, but at the same time C.J.B. did still write a good book. Just not a great one. I think I finished it more out of loyalty rather than thorough enjoyment.

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- Kate

Pleasant and Entertaining

Where does Badlands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 40 but I have downloaded probably over 600 books so top forty is a good position for me.


What did you like best about this story?

I live in the South and years ago I spent a day driving through the badlands and very much enjoyed the experience. The book's title is what drove me toward clicking the pre-release button and I was rewarded by the book.


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

She has a style in this story that makes the author's work just stand out.


Any additional comments?

I could visually see a picture of the events taking place as I listened. The young boy Kyle's voice was well presented with his speaking disability and because of his being a pre-teen my instinct was to picture and feel his situation. I liked the book.

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- Harry Boyle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-28-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio