Sandford has another marvelous book in a great character series. When Lucas Davenport eventually retires, I hope that Sandford keeps virgil around for equally as long a run, just a good old boy with a great outlook on life.
Conger is a great reader and he does a marvelous job of bringing Virgil to life portraying his emotions and insights.
Starts slow, but grabs you at the half-way point. Virgil Flowers is a great character. The reader is perfect, with his narration, the characters really come alive.
I was a little concerned about buying this audiobook when I read that some other Sandford fans didn't think it lived up to the other Virgil Flowers books. It isn't as intense and heavy a book as some of the others but Virgil is still Virgil. It's an entertaining story and it kept my interest all the way through. The narrator is very good and he does the funny bits very very well. The back-and-forth with the motel desk clerk named Thor is priceless. My only quibble is that I felt the storyline lost some of its believability toward the end and usually I find the Sandford plots and characters completely believable. Perhaps Sandford meant for Virgil to lose his edge a bit. If he did, then the next Flowers book will surely be a humdinger.
I really enjoyed this book, but it wasn't as gripping as some of the other Virgil Flower's novels. I teetered between 3 & 4 stars but decided on four because I always looked forward to picking up and listening again which isn't always the case with some books. I love the character, the story line was good and there was a twist at the end. Eric Conger did a great job with his narration.
I've been a Sanford fan for years and found this book to be, frankly, boring. Not much of a plot and by the time the killer is revealed, I really didn't care. I think Sanford fans will be disappointed and new readers will wonder why he's so popular.
The reader also seemed to be just going through the paces and used little voice inflection for different characters. Overall, a waste of money.
God, I just love John Sandford, and I must say that Eric Conger is giving Richard Ferrone a run for my money in the narration department. Okay, maybe this story line is a little thin, but the descriptions are priceless, the tangential characters are memorable and Virgil Flowers is such a great guy that it would be impossible to put this book down even if a crazed bomber wasn't out there playing with minds just a step or two ahead of the law. As for the writing,the exquisite vignette of Virgil and Johnson Johnson on their day off, watching Minnesota-style beach volleyball alone is worth the price of the audio book.
In short, if you love John Sandford, you'll find Shock Wave a blast. If you don't, well, I wouldn't know.
I'm sure it's a great Virgil Flowers book - what's not to like about Virgil: he's a writer, a "manly" man, and an intelligent "solver" of the puzzles of crime. I just can't get past the performance, though. I'm sorry to write this because I certainly couldn't do as good a job as Mr. Conger if I were reading the book aloud. Nevertheless, I found the narration too bland and was unable to finish listening to the book. I have purchased it in e-book format so that I can find out what happens next.
I like characters who go their own way and do their own thing, and Virgil is very much like that. Very determined to get the job done, but not so much that he doesn't sneak a little fishing in. I like the Virgil books better than the other John Sandford series as you get to see a little more of the state and the people who live in the smaller, more rural areas.