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  • Cinnamon Skin

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 20
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
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Cinnamon Skin

By: John D. MacDonald
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
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Summary

When Travis McGee's friend Meyer lent his boat to his niece Norma and her new husband Evan, the boat exploded out in the waters of the Florida Keys. Travis McGee thinks it's no accident, and clues lead him to ponder possibilities of drugs and also to wonder where Evan was when his wife was killed.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 24-07-15

This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang...

I think this is my sixth MacDonald (and fifth Travis McGee) novel. There is something trashy but smooth about all of MacDonald's work. They are probably mid-tier pulp from a plot sandpoint, but woven through out each is a bunch of philosophy and poltiics that braids the novels with a form of libertarian conservatism that is kinda attractive. This isn't Ayn Rand trash. This is John D. MacDonald. So the politics/economics/philosophy is soft, the writing is good, and the covers are all soft-core.

The math with John D., however, is interesting. His plots can vascillate (meh to great), his political philosophy can also move and vary (meh to great), as does his writing about women and sex (ugh to blah). Generally, I prefer his books when the politics is dialed up, the sex is dialed down, and the plot is hard and fast. Cinnamon Skin came through. It wasn't brilliant, but it made my flight from Phoenix to Dallas easy.

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  • Lifeisshort
  • 01-12-12

The best of McGee

This is; in my opinion; the best of the McGee series. The relationship between Travis and Anne is well crafted. The recovery of Meyer from the events from "Free Fall in Crimson is both plaintive and redemptive." The road trip that McGee and Meyer take to Texas is especially well done. The ultimate climatic scene is more understated than the usual McGee finale. A great read all the way through.

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  • Jim
  • 16-04-15

Petkoff is Brilliant

If you could sum up Cinnamon Skin in three words, what would they be?

Complex but always fascinating story.

What did you like best about this story?

I'm a MacDonald/McGee fan.

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

I used to think Darren McGavin ( a fine actor) was unbeatable as McGee in those abridged versions, but Bob Petkoff IS Travis McGee. He has wonderful distinct voices for all the characters. He's a major talent and in three decades of audio books I've never heard a better reader.

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

All good

Any additional comments?

I just hope they don't replace Petkoff they way they screwed up the Spenser novels by using alternate talent to Joe Mantenga like Michael Pritchard. Just doesn't work. What are they thinking?

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  • Maxwell
  • 03-06-13

This was the place MacDonald should have stopped

Would you consider the audio edition of Cinnamon Skin to be better than the print version?

Having read this book when it came out--and audiobooks were in their primitive infancy (remember all those cassettes in large boxes that came through the mail?), it really is difficult to compare the printed and audio versions of this series. I actually can remember when the earliest Travis McGee titles were paperback originals back in the late 1960s.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is a book where Meyer has a star turn, but the first victim (in the story line) and the villain are three-dimensional, well realized characters.

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

He has been remarkable consistent throughout this entire series--it must be approaching 175 hours of reading. It always is difficult taking on a well-known character, but for the most part his "voices" have been well thought out and logical. I would be happy to listen to him again.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was pleased that this series recovered nicely after it flagged a bit as the number of titles approached twenty.

Any additional comments?

In the future (now) sociologists and environmental historians will have a field day reading through these volumes for the commentary on the decay of the American dream--and the destruction of Florida through over development--from the 1960s through the 1980s. These must be some of the earliest soundings of environmental alarms to appear in mainstream literature.Listen to these now.

Rumor has it that one of them will become a major motion picture soon and I would be surprised if they can do it without "damaging" the original material. Just compare MacDonald's "The Executioners" with either of the movie versions of it (both titled, "Cape Fear").

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  • Robert L. Sims
  • 17-07-22

The Best of Travis Magee

The best villain. Chilling. McDonald's descriptions of Texas, its climate, geography and its denizens were spot on. The Mayan Riviera has turned out to be everything that McDonald predicted and more. Narration very well done. The beautiful Mayan princess reminded me of the most beautiful woman I ever laid eyes on. Exotic and accomplished. Overall, an excellent presentation!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-21

Best Yet

Travis and Meyer have a great adventure tracking down a serial killer. The pair work well together and I was pleased to see their interaction along with another beautiful woman. A great book, to be read or listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-21

John d

This series shows the complexity and timeless writing of one of the greatest authors of our time... ive read(heard) these stories time after time and they never grow old ... im only sad john d didnt write more of them! Listening to robert petkoff after hearing the ones by darren mcgavin i wasnt sure at first but grew to hear him as the new voice for TM..... ~ Malcolm

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  • eclectic reader
  • 21-03-20

More sadness and reflection

Perhaps MacDonalds Own aging is reflecting in Travis’s increasing reflection and uncertainty. The end of Myers boat the Keynes is an unexpected beginning. The puzzle and it’s working out are enjoyable. I’m sure I must have read it before. Probably I read it shortly after it came out but the details of the story didn’t seem familiar. Fans should enjoy it but recognize the evolving of McGhee

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  • K.D.
  • 09-04-19

too boring to finish

lots of unnecessary segues, some odd dialogue, wasn't worth finishing. I didn't get more than a couple of hours into this book.

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  • ShowerHead
  • 12-03-19

MacDonald is A Florida Treasure

The passage describing the bad of Florida and the enchantment of Florida on its own make this McGee installment a Masterpiece!