It's my third listening that has prompted me to write this review.
The plot, yes, but also Sandford's taut writing style and the interplay of the characters. Few of Sandford's Prey series novels are relentlessly grim, but Stolen Prey has a lot of the little things--the jokes, the good-natured ribbing between characters--that enliven the story. Sandford seems to be in a really good mood.
In the earlier audiobooks, Richard Ferrone took a little getting used to. He's not one of those narrators who really "inhabit" different characters. But his pacing, his ability to produce the narrative drive that characterizes Sandford's work, really move the novel forward.
When will Audible make all of the Prey series available unabridged?
While the story line is fairly good, it seemed to go on and on...and on some more. I usually love Sanford's books but this one wasn't really up to his usual "hold your interest" level.
The story seemed to ramble well into the first segment. Things picked up in the second part and it really finished strong. Ferrone did his usual great job. I have listened to a large number of the Davenport Prey Series and none of the books comes close to the first one - rules of prey. This one is worth the credit, but it is not a classic.
A Book Addict who found she could clean house and get her book fix with audio books.
I have read this series since Lucas was a tough cop with more brutality than sense. I have loved to see his character mature. The stories keep getting better and better. This one was great and I love the voice of Davenport in this book!
Well paced story with very good dialogue, Davenport still hard-nosed without trying to be too macho. Graphic murder scenes are top notch
Yes. The killers may be uneducated, but they're not stupid. Thieves fall victim to their own smarts.
No. Where the heck are the Minnesota accents? Ferrone's attempts at ANY accent results in utter failure. He loses his "person" many times throughout the reading. Attempting to speak with a Mexican accent is not accomplished simply by speaking s-l-o-w-l-y. The Russian guy sounded more Mexican than the natives.
Please - good police procedural start to finish.
Another Sandford guaranteed not to disappoint. Wasn't blown away, and the story didn't say with me longer after finishing it but it was enjoyable while listening to it.
Some of the best audio books I've listened to are from John Sandford. If he keeps writing about Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers I'll be a pretty happy guy. The books are just plain great. And Ferrone is Davenport and Flowers - wouldn't be the same without him.
As usual I always think I can figure out how the story will unfold. I never do and and am always fascinated at how Mr. Sandford builds more twists into the books than Chubby Checkers.
Leddie (sp) taking care of business at the end.
Prey for me
My sincerest compliments to Mr. Sanford. I believe I have either read or listened to every Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers book he has written. Looking forward to your new Flowers story in the fall. Marc Hamilton, St. Louis MO
I have read almost all of John Sanford's books and can say I'm truly disappointed in this particular book. Yes, it was a Lucas Davenport read, which are normally great. But this book was predictable and more gruesome than usual. I hope that Sanford returns to his previous way of writing, which was way above this particular book. Mr. Sanford, please take your time with the next one and think about those of us who have always loved your books!
I think I've listened to all of Sandford, and he's my favorite author, and this is a great story.
Great plot, great mix of recurring characters, well read. I tend to like the Virgil Flowers stories better than the Davenport ones, and this was a Davenport story, but I kept backing up to listen again. I didn't want the story to end.