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Publisher's Summary

He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.
Nothing that John D. MacDonald wrote is better loved and more enduring than the 21 books in his series about Travis McGee, the Florida-based “salvage consultant” who recovers property for a fee so he can take his retirement “a piece at a time”. Narrator Robert Petkoff, hand-chosen to narrate with the approval of MacDonald’s estate, brings McGee’s world of the Busted Flush (his houseboat, which he won in a poker game) and “Miss Agnes” (his custom Rolls-Royce pickup truck) to vivid life.
©1964 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. Renewal © 1992 Maynard MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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"[T]he great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller." (Stephen King)
"[M]y favorite novelist of all time." (Dean Koontz)
"[W]hat a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again." (Ed McBain)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael Cavacini on 06-15-12

An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series

I went into this book as a fan of Lee Child and Stephen King, two authors that were influenced by John D. MacDonald. After reading the first book in the Travis McGee series, I can understand what attracted these two modern-day masters of mystery to MacDonald in the first place.

This book is filled with memorable characters, engaging dialogue and captivating action. It also has a good deal of vulgar language, which I'm perfectly fine with; it just surprised me considering when this book was originally published.

Like many great authors, MacDonald takes this story to another level by weaving in thought-provoking analysis and commentary. This introspective awareness helps flesh out who the main characters are, where they've been and where they're going, both in the book and beyond the pages.

Entering this book without any preconceptions, I feel the narrator did a fine job with all of the characters' voices.

I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the books in this series, and I recommend you give "The Deep Blue Good-By" a shot; it's enjoyable from start to finish.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-12-16

Before the A-Team, there was Travis McGee

McGee only works when he has to. Just like the A-Team, people find him. He gets them things they lost when they have given up on the law or can't ask the law for help. His fee is 50% of what he takes in. The customer gets 50%, but that is better than nothing. His bachelor pad is a boat. When he wants sex, he goes to a party, picks up a girl, takes her to his pad, beds her and than goes back to the party.

I had trouble with two things. First were the women in this book. They are all very, very weak. I guess there were no strong women in 1964? One woman talks about her former boyfriend who raped her on a daily basis. She hated it at first, but grew to like it. He steals money from her and than does the same thing to another woman, who hated it at first but grew to look forward to it. I don't like the message this sends to young men. Reading this you would think that if you raped a woman often enough, she would grow to love it. The main character does not do this, he is more of a mother to them. He takes care of them and does not want sex from them. He will pick up a one night stand for that. He has to take care of them, cause they are weak and he is strong. I know guys who like weak women, because it makes them feel smarter and stronger. I also did not care for the preaching. He is always telling us how great he is and how we should be just like him. The book reads like a soap opera and very little action happens.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adam J Wright on 03-11-14

Brilliant Start to a Great Series!

Where does The Deep Blue Good-By rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. Travis McGee is great.

What other book might you compare The Deep Blue Good-By to, and why?

The other Travis McGee books in the series. They all have the same main character.

Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not heard Robert Petkoff before. He handled this story fantastically

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it was great but listening in pieces of stolen time was perfect for this book. Between times I was wondering what would happen.

Any additional comments?

Superb start to a wonderful series of books.

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4 out of 5 stars
By WarwickStudent on 07-10-18

Good but dated in places

This starts out quite slowly but is a decent punchy little thriller. Overall it was pretty decent but I think I'll try a lot of other authors before coming back to this one for the reasons below:

Lists. Endless lists. It become quite common for Travis McGee to suddenly list things he doesn't like (credit cards, ID documents, savings accounts) or things in his boat or whatever. These lists add absolutely nothing to the story and just feel like the author ranting.

Travis becomes the authors mouthpiece far, far too often. Streams of internal dialogue about how the world's going to pot, how women aren't what they used to be, how the government is too big, how the labour market is too saturated. I ended up just tuning out the main character which isn't a good sign.

Travis is a very inconsistent character, ready to murder the bad guy if necessary but not able to steal gems for him later? Not easy to empathise with in general.

The women are also portrayed very oddly, falling into hysteria and bouts of submissiveness. Compared to Paul Temple (which was set in a similar era in the UK) the woman are almost unrecognisable.

And Travis's career is fairly stupid. The author's trying to find a modern day Robin Hood role but I can only imagine that will stretch further and further as the series goes on, unless the bad guys keep their money in a pot under the bed then there's little for old Trav to grab.

It was, however, a thrilling read once it got going. Good yarn but you'll find better without looking too hard.

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