Maybe I'm a bit spoiled, having listened to a lot of books narrated by the likes of Ray Porter, Roy Dotrice, and George Guidall, but I couldn't get past the deadpan performance of the Narrator.
If I couldn't understand English, and relied only upon the fluctuation of the narrator's voice to tell me this part was funny, or that part was exciting, then I would only be left with...blah.
The story? Ok, I suppose. It just doesn't stand out.
Baby Boomer in Raleigh NC. Faves include James Lee Burke, CJ Box, Baldacci, Flynn, Child, DeMille, Crais, Connolly, Thor, Coes, L'amour. Average two books/week.
This was my 3rd Virgil story after 10-12 of Lucas' "Preys". No offense to Lucas Davenport, but I'm enjoying "that f-in Flowers" even more than Lucas.
The whole Minnesota "thing" doesn't appeal to me but I do enjoy the characters and the stories.
I enjoy that Lucas is a secondary character in these but he leaves it up to Virgil to solve the cases.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I really loved the 2 Virgil Flowers books I've read, Sanford did a great job creating 2 completely different characters in the same line of work and the same state which I think is no small feat...
Davenport is a hard-boiled cop 5.0 with a Porsche and willingness to use an ends justify the means attitude, WHILE VIRGIL comes off as a great undercover/underestimated cop who comes off as a hippie and uses Sun Tzu like tactics to make enemies take him lightly all the way until he has a shotgun shoved in your mouth and asking you to 'freeze' lol....
I also love the fact that Flowers has a military history, its not that cops in cities can't compare to espionage/soldiers but the background adds an extra layer to the character like an onion... It also means as 'chill' as Flowers comes off he's got an arsenal hidden in various places and 1000 yard stare
Dark of moon has great content that sets up tangential characters that reappear in the series, contacts, friends, etc... The book also has an underlying development of a character who might.... only might fill the shoes or at least run along side of the Davenport series, I've only read 2 of the books but both were good, books you have to pay a little attention to, meaning, its not like Patterson where you don't have to think while you read but its not as heavy as a Ken Follet book...He runs the entire investigation completely different then Davenport would but its just as effective.... and I LOVE how he always calls Lucas when its too friggin early for him.... at 930am lol, the 'cameo's' in the book are enjoyable
Overall a great read and worth the credit and I believe I'll check out all the books with Flowers
Good Flowers Introduction.
As a Sandford fan and Lucas Davenport follower, it's nice to have an introduction to a character that can fill-in for the tired Davenport series.
Conger did a good job bringing Virgil to life.
It's not so compelling as to listen straight through, two or three hours at a time is good enough.
I'm going to move on through the Virgil Flowers series.
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Sandford nails Minnesota, again.
Virgil Flowers. An interesting character. A lot more depth that what appears on the surface.
None in particular.
No I don't think so
I have no idea
He was ok
The narrator wasn't half bad I just don't care for John sanders
I am a 57 year old book addict. I started out reading Daniel Steele and Sidney Shelton novels 30 years ago. Since then I have added literally hundreds of authors. I take the time to write reviews on books that sweep me away. So if I have really loved that particular book. There have been a couple over the years I reviewed because I truly hated them too.
Virgil was a funny, serious, caring, character. He was believable.
I hate paying so much for an audible book when I could just as easily read it. This was worth the price. The storyline was great and the narrator was great for this type story.
as i said, it killed time in traffic
a little less "good ole boys" club type attitude.
didn't really have one.
it wasn't a waste....
wouldn't really recommend as an interesting read. couldn't get into the virgil flowers character. will not continue with this series.
This book took me forever to listen to because I kept falling asleep. The narrator was as flat as the State of Kansas. The story was ok, but there was too much down time between action and contemplations. I did not enjoy it.
This is an excellent book. The story is good; the characters are well developed and the plot progresses at a good pace. What really makes this book "a must" is the narration. The narrator's voice is highly "listenable" and he does a superb job of adapting his tone and inflections to differentiate the various characters. Overall, the story keeps the listener engaged and eager for the next chapter.