Not really money well spent. The story is good, but the narrator reads the female villain in a horrible whiny nasal valley girl tone that was annoying at first but by the midway mark made me grit my teeth. I began to put on fast speed during her scenes. Totally ruined all suspense and interest in her as a character.
The female villain and her revelation should have been (and was in the paperback) but moment/impact ruined by terrible narration of her voice.
The female villains voice!! All other woman and all other books by this narrator are fine, just seems to be this book and this character. Why why why he read her like he did is beyond me.
I think the whole Prey and Virgil Flowers series would make a good tv show.
All the Prey books are great and I live them all. The narrator does a really great job on all other books and all other characters. The reading of this book was just a little off for some reason.
When I write a review, it's fun for me but they are not considered very helpful.
I wish the mewling about Richard Ferrone's so-called "inability" to do female voices would cease. He can do women, children singing, and multiple male character voices. Get a life!
You already have one of the top tier mystery/thriller writers working today.
As a Sandford and Ferrone fan I was disappointed in this novel. Way too much time spent in the madness of multiple personalities. Frankly it just got boring and I finally skipped ahead to what I knew was to be the predictable ending. Unfortunately I can't recommend this title.
Richard Ferrone ruins this fun book with creepy, nasal, singsong female voices. Nobody, but nobody sounds like his version. I gave up.
Eric Conger is great doing Virgil. Ferrone is on my blacklist, titled "Never more!"
Good story, but not great. Contrived.
Female voices are really awful in the performance. Wow annoying and totally unbelievable. It was a distraction. I will just chalk it up since Ferrone's performances are usually very good.
I'd stop him from making that terrible Farrie voice. About 1/3 of the way through I just wanted to smash things.
I'm a big Richard Ferrone fan, I've enjoyed all of the other books that he's read, but the voice of Fairie is just awful. too awful for words.
Best:...dialogue and narrator. Least:two plots that run parallel (not unusual for Sanford)..but the overriding plot was too wierd. Took a while for me to dicipher....I should have taken better note of the Title PHANTOM Prey.
He brings it to life.....his intonations are great.....and of course Sanford's dialogue is unmatched.
NO....the principle character is dead (thankfully)...she was no Clara Rinker!
This is my least favorite of the Lucas Davenport mysteries and I've listened to every single one of them (and all the Virgil Flowers books) 2 or 3 times. It's not because of the story which is good. It's certainly up to John Sandford's usual quality writing, but rather it's because -- as much as I love Richard Ferrone in all the other Prey books, the voice he uses for the "Fairy" in this book is like nails on a chalkboard. It's sooooooooooooooooooo bad and it's all through the hours and hours of the book. If you have a choice, READ this one. Don't listen to it. Love you Richard Ferrone -- but not in this book!
This mystery seemed simple-minded to me. The clues could have been gathered and the case solved in 40 pages. The worst Sandford homicide mystery I've read!