I always relisten to Sandford's Virgil Flowers novels. I want to visit these communities again through Flowers' generous observations of people and landscapes.
I never know where Sandford is going and I always enjoy the ride.
I loved when Sandford described the pleasure of driving at night. He then links it to the pleasure of being a child driven through the night by parents melodically talking in the front seat.
Please, John Sandford, please write faster.
P.S. Was the "Randy White" character a nod to novelist Randy Wayne White?
John Sandford's "Prey" series audiobooks are my favorites. I own them all and have heard each one several times. Yet, I haven't been much of a Virgil Flowers fan. I've listened to the other books about Virgil, but didn't like them as much as the "Prey" books. However, "Mad River" is different - this book is great!
"Mad River" is intriguing, entertaining and satisfying. The characters are believable and the book is so well written that the reader feels the maddening frustration of the law enforcement officers involved. Eric Conger does a wonderful job, as always. In this book he does an especially good job of distinguishing the different personalities of Lucas Davenport and Virgil. I have already recommended this book to others; now I look forward to the next Virgil Flowers adventure.
If I were introducing someone to Sandford, I would pick another.
I liked the small town theme. Ending was week.
by far Virgil.
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Sanford is one of the few American mystery writers who can actually write. Crais, Lehane, a few others maybe, but too many seem to be putting their names on stuff written by aspiring English majors who went to too many writing workshops. Rant off, sorry.
But Virgil is always fun, ever ready with a felicitous turn of phrase, like "she had a fondness for little white truck driver pills she bought from little white truck drivers." And later, over a cheeseburger and fries after being on the receiving end of a major asskicking, he feels guilty: "When you get released from a hospital, shouldn't you eat something healthy? Lettuce or something?" ROFL
Eric Conger's narration is pitch perfect -- one of those magic books (in this case, a whole series) where the audio version is way better than reading it yourself.
Say something about yourself!
Not sure why people thought JS was asleep at the wheel, I've listened to all in the series now but because of the negative reviews (shouldn't have listened to them) skipped this one until now. I thought this book delved a bit deeper into the criminal mind, their actions and thoughts. Was not just Virgil and friends. Im not a reviewer normally but I buy and listen to at least 10 books a month and truly thought this was a great addition to the Virgil Flowers series.
Can't tell you it skipped too bad.
My problem is not with Eric Conger, it's with Audible!
I'd fire whom ever is in charge of Audible!
The audible skips! I've called before about other books skipping and you were no help.
I would and have told people not to use or download audible books.
Proud Canadian. Lakeside views. LOVE audio. Living with MS. Prefer male authors. J.K. fooled me aka Silkworm. Action, adventure, suspense!!
This was not written in the same "Virgil" genre that I am used to. I found this book to be somewhat darker than John Sandford usually paints the Virgil Flowers character. As usual Eric Conger did a great job narrating the story! Hopefully the next in the series will give me a few more chuckles along the way which I have grown quite used to!
I like this character and always enjoys Sandford's writing. It's nothing phenomenal but never lets me down either. Recommended.
Sorry, Virgil Flowers just doesn't do it. Stories seemed focus on showing the oddities of people.