As a firm Sandford fan, this was not his best book, and I would have prefered to have had Eric Conger as reader. Richard Ferrone did not do a good job distinguishing characters and sometimes I was not sure which character was speaking.
I am not a big fan of books that make heroes out of criminals. I think this books did that to some degree, even if they were heroes to the "bad guy" in this case.
I do like the mystery aspect of this book, but I think there was more emphasis on the sexual side of some of the characters, some of whom were really small sidelines to the plot.
I'd pick quite a few other books before this one.
I have been reading Sandford's "Prey" series for years, but I believe this is the first to which I've listened. I enjoyed the story, as always, and found it very suspenseful. However, the narration was very distracting. Sometimes, I don't immediately like a narrator, but can almost always get past it once I am immersed in the story. This time though, I found the narrator's voice to be grating throughout. His gritty, rasping voice just seemed very out-of-character with the urbane Lucas Davenport. I just couldn't get past it....
I've never read/heard a Sandford book until this one. And that was enough for me. To hear the authors description of gore or disturbing imagry is on par with something a suicidal middle schooler would think of. The plot twists were abundant to the point of absurdity and the clues/leads were unbelievable. There are so many false leads and deadends that there is no chance you'll have a clue who dunnit. What disturbs me more than thinking about the authors own mental state is that people actually like this book. The only reason I gave it a chance is because it was so highly rated. Yikes... You people scare me. Maybe everyone liked it because the authors feels it necessary to include Davenports Top 100 Rock Songs of All time as a underlying premise in the story. Not only is it a horrible playlist (crash test dummies in the top 100?), it is totally uneccessary and is a poor excuse of character development. Please do not waste your time with this garbage like I did.
After stumbling at bit on the previous two titles, Sanford is back on track with this one. Thank goodness, as I was getting concerned that the best in the business was losing his perfect touch.
It's been taking me too long to finish listening to Broken Prey because of the narrator's voice. His voice is so garrulous it is so painful to listen to him. Otherwise, I know that this book is excellent as I have read all past "Prey" books by John Sandford
How a narrator handles the character of Lucas Davenport can make or break an audio presentation of a John Sandford book. Earlier narrators -- Stephen Lang and Eric Conger come to mind -- nailed it. Richard Ferrone doesn't, and Sandford's excellent story suffers for it. Lucas, the sensitive tough guy, or the tough sensitive guy, or whatever he is, just sounds whiny in this rendition. Ferrone's work isn't all bad, not by any stretch, but his Lucas misses the mark.
I purchased this book after reading many great reviews. I honestly don't know what book other people were reading because this one is aweful. The book is very poor and I seriously question the author's ability to write; however, this is the only book of his I have listened to and probably the last.
Over 50% is nothing but foul language and most of that is the "F___" word. The plot is weak and repeating, characters are barely 2 dimensional, everything in the book is very predictable, and its out right boaring. I ended up fast forwarding through much of the book just to try and get through it and I found that I never missed anything. This is without question the worst book I have ever read/listened to. Don't waste your time or money.
This was nowhere as exciting to me as the earlier books. The reviews when spot on with the narrator It was so slow I had no idea what was going on. I don't care for the person reading at all. Maybe other books but not this. All the characters sounded the same. Mostly the story was disgusting I doubt I get any more Davenport with this narrator
Story is very strong, this book in the series is extra dark, raw, even a bit morbid. Loved it.
Normally, I REALLY like Ferrone's use of silence and pauses between sequences and even within suspenseful sequences in the Davenport series. But I think the audio editing in this one is a bit off. I think it's an audible problem, not Ferrone or Sanford. There is no or little pause between chapters and Ferrone seems to be speaking at a faster rate. I didn't like it. Hopefully it's an editing problem that can be fixed.