Ok. Let's get real.
Yes, the narration runs hot & cold, just like all the other prey books. However, in this book, he narrator has turned 'the fairy' character into Tangina in Poltergeist. I kept waiting for her (him) to say "go to the light".
The story is totally over cooked. There are far too many characters to even remotely follow. Less than halfway through, I gave up on trying to keep track of who was who. And since all the voices were basically the same, it's easy to not care.
I've listened to all the Prey books that audible offers in chronological order and this is the weakest, by far. Had I not already prepurchased more of the series, this would have been my last one.
The story-line would be ok possibly as a TV sit-com screenplay, but NOT as a reputable novel worth listening to, particularly with a grovelly narrator attempting female voices. Sandford may have other good books, but this experience being my first "listening" of his tales, will also be the LAST I listen to any of his books. Sorry...
I am a long time fan of Sandford's Prey series, having read all of the books and now working through the audio series. Mr. Ferrone has been perfect for this series...until now. The voice for the fairy is the one blotch on an otherwise beautiful body of work. The Fairy voice made me want to stab my ear drums out. OK, maybe I am exaggerating a bit... but, I did not care for that particular voice. :-) Luckily the Fairy didn't have a significant amount of lines until late in the book.
Moving past that pont, the rest is typical Davenport adventure. Good stuff!
This was very unlike John Stanford ; for the first time with one of his novels I found my attention wandering . Just when I thought I had a handle on the plot it became clear that I didn't, until I realized that I didn't care.
Oh well - everybody's allowed to mess up now and then
Sanford hits it out of the ballpark again! Nothing seems to quite fit -then snap- it's all more crazy than you expected! Characters appear you've barely noticed & the dominoes all fall into place. Good job witn the two completely separate stories working well together. Love R. Ferrone's story telling, his voice gives everyone their own personality. Being a Mpls native So HAPPY he got a MN coach just for the area names!
I've seen several reviews that mention poor narration, saying that Ferrone's female voices aren't good. I didn't find that to be the case. They were perfectly acceptable voices. I just found the speech patterns of the Fairy character to be irritating, and it threw me out of the story every time. I wish he'd chosen a different way to get her spacey weirdness across to the audience. This is the first time I've had any problems with his narration, and as it was character-specific, I'm sure I'll enjoy the rest of his work.
I always try to find a holiday-appropriate read, just for the heck of it, but have trouble with Halloween as the holiday annoys me. I mean, really, what nonsense. So I end up disappointed every year, since I just don't get off on ghosts. Face it, there are no evil spirits. But there are evil people, so these more realistic stories are much spookier to me. That said, I am annoyed with some of the reviewers who put me off this book, complaining about Ferrone's voice. Glad I had Halloween this year to give me an excuse to add this book to my Davenport collection. I think Ferrone did quite a creditable job at his valley girl accent, and have to wonder what those reviewers were expecting. Nobody likes valley girl speech, but please, that's hardly Ferrone's fault.