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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (847 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randy Wayne White Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Doc Ford Series Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400186709
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When solitary marine biologist Doc Ford focused his telescope on the woman in the white boat, he didn't know his life was about to be capsized: that his conniving uncle Tucker Gatrell would discover the Fountain of Youth, that the National Enquirer would write about it, and that the law would beat down his door in search of three missing men. But Doc Ford is about to find these things out-the hard way. Because in the shadowy world of Southwest Florida, where gators yawn, cattle craze, and Indian bones are buried, mysteries great and small have found the man to solve them. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Dick Hill has the perfect droll tone for this comic mystery. AudioFile
  • “High-spirited adventure…Loopy and lovable characters.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “White offers an eclectic vision of Florida with his laid-back prose but pays close attention to various ‘characters,’ especially Marion’s braggart uncle. Upbeat, literate, fascinating, and clever: manna for deeper readers.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 2/19/2014

    " I really liked the characters in this book. They were a hilarious group. I also liked the science aspect of the book. An interesting read to say the least. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruce | 2/18/2014

    " Very slow read. Not as interesting to me as the other books in the series. Not enough Doc Ford in the storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/9/2014

    " Nancy 4 stars; Ron 3 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Smith | 2/8/2014

    " i really enjoyed this book in the doc ford series. you meet doc's uncle tucker gatrell. he is an old florida cracker and has a lot of interesting stories. when 3 men go missing in the canals tucker is a suspect and he needs doc fords help to clear his name and help with one of his many schemes. the love interest in this book is sandy caramel. she doesnt really have much to do with the story but is a neighbor of tucker and grew up along side doc ford. we meet tomlinsons daughter in this story. her name is nichola and she lives with her mom, harry, in boston. tomlinson and harry are at a rough patch but he loves his daughter and goes to see her every chance he gets. i just ordered books 4,5 and 6 so i hope to get them in in a few days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim George | 2/4/2014

    " Good old Doc Ford, his hippy - pot smoking buddy, and his cantankerous uncle. Plus women, boats, dock parties, sunshine, and blue water. Where is that fountain?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Van Tuyl | 2/1/2014

    " Not exactly a mystery, not exactly a social commentary, but watch out it turns and turns. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/29/2014

    " I really enjoyed this one and found myself smiling at the antics of Tuck. I've been around folks just like him and as long as I take them with a grain of salt I always enjoy them. Tuck would keep a saint on his toes;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Finzleft Garner | 1/19/2014

    " One of the best in a great series. In this book we are introduced to Doc's uncle, Tucker Gatrell, one of Florida's pioneers, and an absolute treasure. Tuck is an enduring character who really spices up the Doc Ford series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Lulis | 1/19/2014

    " My favorite Doc Ford novel so far. The dialogue of the characters brings them to life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hawley | 1/6/2014

    " I was sorely disappointed in this book--way too much science and a very slow read with annoying characters. I couldn't wait to finish it. I hope his next books are better reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gordon England | 1/2/2014

    " Once again Randy Wayne White puts you into the heart of Florida with vivid descriptions of swamps and rednecks. Doc Ford is my favorite character of all books. A great story of how developers have ruined so much of Florida. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 12/15/2013

    " I've read many of the "Doc Ford" novels. This one is very early in the series. I enjoyed getting to know more of the history of some of the characters and Doc Ford's environs. Great feeling for the old Everglades and life in SW Florida. A good twist and turn story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/28/2013

    " Fun, still a good beach read, but a little out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 11/17/2013

    " This is my first book by White, and what impressed me most about it was the way that he write his characters. Looking for ward to trying another one out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BJ | 11/1/2013

    " Not much of a mystery, but funny enough to make up for it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mel | 10/27/2013

    " This book was okay. Doc Ford was a background character, which was kind of different from the other books. It took me FOREVER to finish this book, I usually read books in 2 or 3 days-this one took me almost a month. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Max Wilson | 8/26/2013

    " Part of the increasingly standard fare in Florida fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Anderson | 8/11/2013

    " Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford novels are usually stylish, like "Miami Vice." This one is more like "Hee Haw." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 1/18/2013

    " ok book. worth a read but not one of those you just cant put down..:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 12/21/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. I am reading his books in sequence. His laid back adventure style is easy and enjoyable, with just a touch of romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 9/19/2012

    " Makes you wish you lived back in Old Florida. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kylie Hood | 8/30/2012

    " Good but the ending was a little confusing. Maybe because i picked up and put it down a few times. I didn't get the reason for kidnapping the guys, the lady with seahorse and the connection to the indian guy? Very confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 3/16/2012

    " Nancy 4 stars; Ron 3 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 12/26/2011

    " Doc Ford's uncle finds "fountain of youth" in SW Florida. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette Barfield | 12/25/2011

    " I have read almost all of Randy Wayne White's books. This was one of his first and a bit different from later offerings. As he continues to write, his characters develop with his experiences. He is one of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Dvorske | 7/15/2011

    " The one about Tucker Gatrell. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hawley | 5/21/2011

    " I was sorely disappointed in this book--way too much science and a very slow read with annoying characters. I couldn't wait to finish it. I hope his next books are better reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 5/12/2011

    " I have read almost all of Randy Wayne White's books. This was one of his first and a bit different from later offerings. As he continues to write, his characters develop with his experiences. He is one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 11/12/2010

    " Good old Doc Ford, his hippy - pot smoking buddy, and his cantankerous uncle. Plus women, boats, dock parties, sunshine, and blue water. Where is that fountain?! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magda | 10/12/2010

    " This was pretty generic. The violence and the verbal blahs were surmountable, but the lack of editing was atrocious. I don't want to be overly harsh, but I am debating re-rating it as a one-star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 2/28/2010

    " I've read many of the "Doc Ford" novels. This one is very early in the series. I enjoyed getting to know more of the history of some of the characters and Doc Ford's environs. Great feeling for the old Everglades and life in SW Florida. A good twist and turn story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/22/2010

    " Doc Ford's uncle finds "fountain of youth" in SW Florida. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 1/17/2010

    " This is my first book by White, and what impressed me most about it was the way that he write his characters. Looking for ward to trying another one out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 7/29/2009

    " Fun, still a good beach read, but a little out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 4/15/2009

    " Not exactly a mystery, not exactly a social commentary, but watch out it turns and turns. I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 11/4/2008

    " Makes you wish you lived back in Old Florida. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 9/3/2008

    " My favorite in the series, so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hank | 8/1/2008

    " A good beach read - nothing profound or tragic or depressing. Sun, action, adventure.

    I tried to read other books from this author and was disappointed, but this I enjoyed. "

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About the Author
Author Randy Wayne White

Randy Wayne White is an author and columnist best known for his Doc Ford series of crime novels. He was a fishing guide on Sanibel Island, Florida, for thirteen years and was also a monthly columnist for Outside Magazine. White is the author of over twenty books, including Gone, Sanibel Flats, and four collections of nonfiction.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.