32 yr old professional who reads and listens to books any chance she gets!!
I had been recommended the Prey series and finally found the time to take a listen and decided to start at the beginning. I found it interesting. The author goes between the hero and killer's vantage point. I felt that made it interesting and moved the book along.
I also felt that the performance of the narrator was much better than that of the last two books that I read. I do agree that his female voice wasn't quite fem, but I could say the same about a lot of female narrators. There is profanity, so if it spoken out loud is bothersome to you, I would recommend you reading the book instead of listening.
I felt the beginning was a bit slow but go moving and I was able to finish the book within two work days. I think it is a great start to what I understand to be a very good series. Somethings I found predictable and other things surprised me. I did have to remind myself on a couple of occasions that this book was written in the late 80's and the some of the references I wasn't familiar with being I was child then.
Overall I was quite pleased with the book and look forward to listening/reading the next one.
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.
Say something about yourself!
I enjoyed the story. The only thing I did not care for were the accents of the characters. The book takes place in Minneapolis/St. Paul area, but all the characters sounded like they were from New York. I think they could have picked up some character speech patterns from the movie Fargo. Otherwise, I really liked the book and looked forward to hearing it over a two day period.
My parents wanted me to start the Prey books so I started at the beginning. It's very well written. The narrator is awesome. However, the story is violent and weird at times so be prepared for that. Lucas Davenport is a neat character - worth listening to just to meet him. It's good.
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.