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3.00105374077977 out of 53.00105374077977 out of 53.00105374077977 out of 53.00105374077977 out of 53.00105374077977 out of 5 3.00 (2,847 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. J. Box Narrator: Henry Leyva, John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781427202697
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A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother are on the run in the Idaho woods, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—four men who know exactly who William and Annie are. And where their mother lives.

Retired policemen from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the local sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. Now there's nowhere left for William and Annie to hide…and no one they can trust. Until they meet Jess Rawlins.

Rawlins, an old-school rancher, knows trouble when he sees it. He is only one against four men who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses. But in this thrilling mystery novel from C.J. Box, these ex-cops don't know just how far Rawlins will go to protect William and Annie…and see that justice is done.

Blue Heaven is the winner of the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “John Bedford Lloyd's rich, distinctive voice brings a strong sense of power to his reading of Box's first stand-alone thriller…Lloyd's crisp, laconic delivery easily handles a multitude of characters, accents and shifting points of view, creating just the right tone for the material and drawing the listener deep into the action of the story. He portrays his villains (a band of dirty ex-cops) with just the right amount of ruthless menace without going overboard, and he perfectly captures the essence of the aging rancher, imbuing him with the quiet strength and dignity of an iconic western hero. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

  • Blue Heaven is a non-stop thrill ride--a provocative suspense novel that has you rooting for the characters every step of the way. Harlan Coben, author of The Woods
  • Blue Heaven is a relentless thriller. C.J. Box sucked me in with good cops, bad cops, and missing money, then blind-sided me with unexpected twists and surprises in this novel of clashing cultures and dark secrets. Box delivers the goods! Robert Crais, author of The Watchman: A Joe Pike Novel
  • Blue Heaven is one of the best thrillers of the year, and it kept me up most of the night, the way few books have ever done. C.J. Box owes me a night's sleep! Tess Gerritsen, author of The Mephisto Club

  • Among longlisted titles for Booklist Editors' Choice, 2008
  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best in Category, 2008
  • Winner of Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner, 2009
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2009

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 2/18/2014

    " another Wray Wreader..... stopped reading about page 20.. too much profanity. Disappointing because the story was great so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/8/2014

    " Four-and-a-half stars. Excellent, excellent book. Great, easy flowing story, identifiable characters, compelling ending. Possibly my favorite read of the year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clay Heaton | 2/8/2014

    " Predictable and anticlimactic. The ending is unnecessarily ambiguous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelli | 2/7/2014

    " This book came to me through a mail book club of friends etc. So far, I'm not too crazy about the author's writing style, yet am unable to stop reading since I want to find out how it ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike R | 2/6/2014

    " Read this book. Check out the other CJ Box novels. Great suspense Crime story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron Vanover | 2/3/2014

    " Very easy reading because it kept you wondering the entire book. This is the first C. J. Box book I've read, and I will be reading more. I like his style; mystery, intrigue, some humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 2/2/2014

    " C.J. Box is a master writer and I liked this much better than the Joe Pickett novels - and I like the Joe P. novels very much. ** I come from a Western state with many of the same attitudes. (Those receiving federal aid & benefits hate government the most.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doneen | 1/28/2014

    " Local author who wrote an interesting mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/13/2014

    " Just your typical cop book...but enjoyable to listen to for the car ride. It had an excellent ending though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 9/16/2013

    " Audio Book. The hero is an old man, and he dies in the end. Usually that would mean I wouldn't like it but, it was a pretty good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 8/25/2013

    " A linear mystery of bad cops in Northern Idaho. A fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley Grant | 7/8/2013

    " A friend recommended this, as it was the first time that I had read this author I wasn't sure what to expect. Really enjoyed it, a real thriller which kept me reading even though I had lots that I should be doing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Lampe | 6/4/2013

    " First book by this author. A mystery about retired L.A. cops retiring in northern Idaho. Enjoyable and a nice change from sad book I had read previously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Nelson | 5/29/2013

    " Interesting, fast-paced story. Loved the North Idaho location. Would have been a 4 or 5 but for the over-the-top violence. Rated R for violence. Cannot really recommend because of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 5/5/2013

    " Very good. Quite the page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 11/19/2012

    " Two children witness a murder in Idaho and disappear. A retired California police officer investigate an old race track robbery. Several retired LA cops are up to no good and the local banker has a guilty conscience. All are tied together. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iain Gray | 10/19/2012

    " I really enjoyed this, wonderful build up to an excellent crescendo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 10/12/2012

    " Two parallel investigations collide in Spokane, Idaho. A place retired cops call Blue Heaven. About the first third of the book was slow. Once you learn all the characters and the action begins, it picks up. I will not give away anything but I did not like the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 10/9/2012

    " First Box - good -although i am not a fan of good cop gone bad theme. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 9/21/2012

    " Nice departure from his series. But what made it great was imagining Robert Redford as the main character. It just seemed to be written for him! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 9/15/2012

    " Mildly interesting, but in the end, I was just reading to finish the book. I wish I had that Saturday afternoon back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 4/16/2012

    " Relly liked this author. It is a page turner read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 3/25/2012

    " Great book, grabs you from the start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 2/26/2012

    " A very special book - it has made me cry both times I have read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 10/1/2011

    " Well written right up to the end, where it falls apart. Your editor was supposed to tell you not to run off the rails at the end of the story. And a few too many telegraphed punches along the way. One more pass would've done it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lou | 6/11/2011

    " This one is in the category of, couldn't put it down . . . a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janne | 6/8/2011

    " Good book. Not part of the Joe Pickett series, but just as good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita Kay | 5/9/2011

    " I believe I like C.J. Box's non-Joe Pickett books better than the ones for which he is so famous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. The hero is an old man, and he dies in the end. Usually that would mean I wouldn't like it but, it was a pretty good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 4/28/2011

    " Great book! Suspenseful and quick moving. No down time in this one! Read it in two days! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 4/18/2011

    " Excellent story. A little slow at the start and it was kind of hard keeping the people straight. However, really fast moving with lots of suspense. I did hate / love the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 4/4/2011

    " This was the first CJ Box novel I read, but it won't be the last. Box is now on my "must read" list. The characters he created made me cheer for the heroes and hiss at the villains. I found myself so emotionally involved in all that was happening to the great detriment of my housework! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 4/1/2011

    " Good "airport" mystery. Those are books I buy in airports. Guilty reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/14/2011

    " Interesting, fast-paced story. Loved the North Idaho location. Would have been a 4 or 5 but for the over-the-top violence. Rated R for violence. Cannot really recommend because of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 3/13/2011

    " It read like a TV movie with Tom Selleck as the tough rancher. Not as developed as I'd hoped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hawley | 3/12/2011

    " Outstanding book by a great author--a real page turner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 3/5/2011

    " Great book, grabs you from the start. "

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About the Author

C. J. Box is the author of the award-winning Joe Pickett series, including Open Season, Savage Run, Winterkill, Trophy Hunt, Out of Range, and In Plain Sight. He has also written numerous other stand alone novels, short stories, and essays. He is the winner of an Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, the Barry Award, and an Edgar Award for Best Novel. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the mountains of the West. He lives outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming and serves on the board of directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

About the Narrators

Henry Leyva is a classically trained actor with extensive work in theater, television, film, and radio. He has appeared off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country in many plays, including Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and Street Car Named Desire. He has also performed in audio dramas for the Syfy Channel and National Public Radio. His audiobook narration has won him three AudioFile Earphones Awards.

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others. He is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards.