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.
I'm a cheese maker who spends a good part of the day doing repetitive chores that can be made downright enjoyable by a good audio book.
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.
Having read all of Mr. Sandford's books this is to my mind the best of the Flowers books. I smiled, I laughed and, even shed a tear for his boat. Well written and well read.
This is standard Sandford.- I love that the narrator kept switching back and forth between saying "pie-mart"? and "Wal-mart"-
I actually found the unabridged version really annoying, "virgil said, blah", "Oquist said blah", "blah, said Virgil" CONSTANTLY - annoying. Other than that, the story was pretty good, but not the best i've heard.