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.
Yes. I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book. While I thought I had the ending all figured out in the early parts, I was later dissuaded by artful storytelling. When I got to the end and was right all along, I was still quite satisfied.
Once they started to go after Lucas that had me listening closely - he has a propensity for getting hurt. You'd think he'd be a bit more careful by now.
All of the prior books in the series. I started with Field of Prey because it happened to be advertised and I loved it so much, I've started at the beginning of the series and this is as far as I've gotten. I love the storytelling. The cop work isn't quite in line with my experience, but this description of it makes for better storytelling. Three hours of report writing to every one hour of serious police work (like on at a crime scene or with interviews) would be very boring.
They're too long to listen to in one sitting. Plus, I like to let the details resonate. I usually start a book while driving to the parent's house, 4.5 hours. Then I listen for an hour or so each night as I'm relaxing in bed and I finish it off on the drive home. His books are timed quite nicely for this practice. My recent roadtrip to Seattle (7 hours away) and all the intermediary driving jaunts allowed me to listen to 2 books! Yeah me.
Too much has been said and resaid in the reviews about the cloying nature of voice used to depict one character which is shortsighted and unfair. Sorry, but here's a tiny bit of a spoiler alert. Using a cloying sounding voice to depict a person who is suffering a psychotic break and is an altered personality for the time being is a useful and reasonable tool in audio book production. I thought it was done with good finesse even if the voice was slightly annoying - the murdering psychopath was slightly annoying too.
Loved every minute.
Can't imagine reading one of these when it's much better to listen to Richard Ferrone!