I'm on my 315th audiobook since 2007. I only discovered Audible in 2010 and I find it's a great way to manage my audiobook budget.
I started reading the Prey Novels when I was in 7th grade. I picked up Eyes of Prey from my Dad's bedside table and I was hooked. I have the entire series in paperback. When I found this book on Audible I was not too enthusiastic. I had a picture of Lucas in my head and my own idea about how he would sound. However, the narrator, Richard Farrone, did a really good job and you get a good idea of what a tough character Davenport truly is. I hope this series continues in this vein.
I wanted to like this book much more than I did. Living in the Twin Cities it's fun to hear places referenced that you know. The killer is an interesting one, but this early Lucas is an underdeveloped caricature, and at least in the 1st half the cops proceed on the bizarre assumption that a serial killer who rapes and kills women would be gay. Yes the book was written in the late 80's, but even for then it's strange. Narration was O.K.
The first book in the Lucas Davenport series!
John Sandford makes it all work from this book on. He builds his stories with detail, comedy and of course murder. While Richard Ferrone's performance in bringing his characters to life is amazing! He does this through out all of the 20 novels in front of you. Richard Ferrone is Lucas Davenport! If you haven't read or listened to any of the Prey series yet, start here and get hooked!
I had high hopes for this book after reading the description but didn't enjoy it at all. Even more disappointing was I had hoped to find a new series that I enjoy but that was not to be. The narration was average, the plot was below average and the "hero" didn't grab my interest at all. He wasn't really a "tough guy cop" so he was supposed to be clever and insightful but never displayed any evidence of that talent either. There were no twists and turns or surprises; the only anticipation this book provided me was the anticipation of when it was going to be over.
I recommend listening to Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Vince Flynn, or Harlen Coben over this author if you like this genre.
Yes the premiss makes this book appear worth a look but do not be fooled! Intelligent nemesis and talented investigator - the author claims this many times throughout the book but there is not evidence of intelligence in the story or indeed in the author.
It was 2hrs before this talented investigator actually started investigating instead we are treated to the minutiae of inspector Davenport's life. Going to the races and sleeping around does not an interesting character make.
Half of the rest of the story is devoted to the serial killers life and killings leaving no mystery whatsoever. Note to author: taking pains to avoid leaving physical evidence does not make the killer overflowing with intelligence just smarter than the average drug addict thief, nothing more!
This is a truly awful piece of rot.
I liked the story but this narrator sounds like a drag qu**n when he does female characters. Phantom Prey was really Hard to listen to because of this I didn't even finish the book. I liked Rules of Prey story so I got through it. This is the WORST narrator I have listened to, and I have been a member for approximately 7 years! Maybe the character name Fairy didn't help.... ugh!