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...
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.
I truly have loved the Prey series until now. This one goes "a little out there", and I had a hard time believing it was necessary. Bringing in the sci-fy type charters just felt strange. Rather than reveal any more of the story, suffice it to say it is not a typical Prey story line.
This book was not my favorite of the Prey novels, but more because the story felt too outrageous, than for any other reason. I love Lucas... in fact, I think I have a crush on him and this book did not change that. Ferrone's performance is right on as always. I really hated hearing the one female character speak... it grated on me, but that was exactly what it was supposed to do. Even in the novel, her voice was described as "high and younger, like a valley girl" and that's exactly what Ferrone gave us. Admittedly, it made the story frustrating to listen to at times, but I think the listener is supposed to be annoyed with that character and it was not enough for me to give up on the novel.