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Open Season

The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 1
Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
Series: The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont, police force has a serious problem: in a community where a decade could pass without a single murder, the body count is suddenly mounting. Innocent citizens are being killed - and others set up - seemingly orchestrated by a mysterious ski-masked man.

Signs suggest that a three-year-old murder trial might lie at the heart of things, but it's a case that many in the department would prefer remained closed. A man of quiet integrity, Lt. Gunther knows that he must pursue the case to its conclusion, wherever it leads.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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New author for me.

The narrator was definitely better in this than my previous experience of him. Apart from some references to wars, the book didn’t seem dated although I think it was written in the 80’s. The characters were well drawn and likeable in the main. Although, even with all the energy / action Joe puts in sometimes the description of him seemed as though it was referring to a doddering old man! Otherwise, nice to discover a “new” author and series.

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Belter of a book

Archer Mayor has introduced a great character in this complicated, very readable and convincing plot. Hope his next book is as good as this one

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Pedestrian

A rather old fashioned style of writing with a plodding and ultimately not very interesting plot line. The author does say in his introduction that his intention was not to write a dramatic thriller but something that showed how people get on with their lives. Regretfully he succeeds to well producing a dreary story with too much unnecessary back story and a plot that feels like he’s just made up as he goes along. I also got no sense of time and place, ok there’s a lot of snow in Vermont but that’s about it. What lifts this audiobook is the superlative narrator.

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  • Karenique
  • 13-04-20

An enjoyable new detective series!

This one starts with an introduction to Joe Gunther, a private detective on the trail of a serial killer. Perfectly narrated by a favored of mine, Tom Taylorson, I am happy I found this hidden gem. Archer Mayor adds perfect timing as he interweaves humor, suspense and mystery in this thrilling tale. I am looking forward to more in this series. Highly recommended. Worth a treasured credit! 👏✍🏻🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟✍🏻👏

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  • Drjeanie
  • 25-08-20

Good story

This reader is excellent. Sometimes I don’t listen to books by an author bc the reader/performer is poor. The story was adventuresome, the unfolding was curious and interesting. I will listen to more.

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  • Mrseche
  • 14-09-20

Good Detective Novel - Engaging Read

I stumbled upon this author via Audible recommendation. I was thrilled to be introduced to Joe! I've blown thru 4 books so far. I'm a huge Harry Bosch, Lucus Davenport, and Alex Cross fan. Now, I am also a huge Joe fan!

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  • Martin Roby
  • 26-04-20

mediocre

pretty mediocre at best. Would rather watch a columbo rerun long winded and slow and unbelievable

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  • RedEnvoy05
  • 05-10-19

Alot of twists and turns.

I live in NH so I enjoy picturing the places Joe Gunther visits in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. The story is fascinating with lots of story lines that eventually come together. The book held my interest through to the end. Great read!

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  • Frank Donnelly
  • 01-07-19

A Very Good Debut Novel - An Excellent Professional Narration

I completely enjoyed this story and the reading of it by the narrator. I read along using a Kindle. The narration was very faithful and included a professional performance theatrically speaking. I found the story to be a true page turner, although it seemed fairly unrealistic at times. Of course, it is fiction! In any vent I have already purchased the second novel in this series on both Kindle and audiobook. Thank You...

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  • JOEL
  • 27-04-19

good story

good story. The narrator lowers his voice and becomes inaudible at times. otherwise I enjoyed it

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-12-17

Awesome!

Action packed book with good characters and plot. I really liked the narrator. I would suggest this book if you like murder mysteries.

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  • Patricia Shotts
  • 22-03-18

Thought it would never end...

Would you try another book from Archer Mayor and/or Tom Taylorson?

Not at this point.

Has Open Season turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The infinite "F" word references never ended...I understand characters have facets but this was too much.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Open Season?

Tone down the "F" word comments! Who wants to hear that?

Any additional comments?

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  • Isanti S.
  • 26-09-20

Intriguing read.

Great story. narrator very good and kept my attention until the very end, will listen to again