Listening to this book is both good and bad. The story is good, if you can get past the narrator. The narrator has a harder time, the some others, with changing his voice for women and other characters. I love this series, but I do not love the narrator. I would suggest your listen to the sample recording in full before buying this download. I hope they redo this book with a new narrator, but it probably won't happen.
The ending is amazing. The beginning is perfect for delivering the pacing, tone, and overall story impression to the audience.
I would have to say he is one of the poorer narrators I have listened to on Audible. He struggles with female characters, and his voice does not change with each character.
Agree with Gail in Oct. 2011. Audible should pull this book and redo the edit. Tech that edited this cut every chapter short. All end abruptly, missing the last word or two. Really distracting and takes away from a good story. Becomes even more obvious as you get further into the story. Badly done!
The pace and the numerous twists and turns of the plot keep the interest up. There is the element of mystery with the unknown caller who keeps egging the crazy criminal on. I loved the partial happy ending for one of the victims.
The bad guy is very smart. He and Lucas are both gamers and keep trying to outdo one another.
He modulates his voice and creates a convincing array of characters.
The treatment of the kidnapped victims by the sociopathic bad guy is horrific.
Vintage Sandford. If you love the Lucas Davenport series, this is a must read.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
This was terrible. The main character is a poor imitation of James Bond but he is incompetent and I would never want him investigating any murder. All he did was sleep with different women who then were totally unrealistic in their dealings with him. The only reason I listened to the whole story was because the beginning was promising. Unfortunately things declined and by the end I really had nothing good to say about it.
Yes, enjoyed it...
The mystery, the unknown...
The folks have said it all before me, a good listen...
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
Yes, Davenport is a pig, but that was the male cop in the 80's. The story was good, a little dated if you compare it to today's standards. I can see why some female readers would be put off. However, it was enjoyable and I didn't feel as if I had to suspend all reality.
I am interested enough to want to see if Davenport grows as a character. Harry Bosch was a bit of a pig in the beginning and his character evolved in some ways and devolved in others. I am curious as to whether the same can be said about Davenport.
Sanford got some elements very right, like to this day people love rich people. Some elements were weak, the predictable scene following the diatribe on armed citizens.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and will try another Davenport novel.
For a first in a series this was a very good book. The narration is good and John Sanford keeps the story moving along. I have listened to later books in this series and they were even better. Classic cop/crime solver book.
Davenport is a different type of cop, plays by his own rules and I like the story.
The narrator was pretty good.
Davenport, he is cool, tough and sexy.
Rarely books are made into "good" movies, they are always changing characters, the story, etc.
Hope book two is as good as this one.
First book of John Sanford's that I've listened too and I was not disappointed in the least bit. Good story though at times it felt cliche. Would listen to it again.
This was not my first Lucas Davenport and it won't be the last. The Harry Bosch of the midwest is a character that really captures and entertains me. The narration is great and really keeps you in the story
Richard Ferrone's performance is really great and carries the narrative along well.
There were some problems with the production however. There is not even the slightest pause between Chapters. The last word of a chapter runs right into the first word of the next. It was annoying and I first I thought I had missed something, but I began to realize that the chapters were recorded separately and assembled with no pause. Never had this experience in any other audio book.