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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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YOU USE YOUR FACE, TO MAKE FACES WITH
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.
OUR DESIRE TO ACCEPT THAT KIND OF DOMINATION (50 shades of Gray)
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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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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Easily the best book I've read this year. The ending is simply the best ever.