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.
John Sandford just keeps batting them out of the park with his character-driven detective stories. This one revolves around a particularly dirty political trick and the people who perpetrated it. The characters are utterly believable, the dialogue is crisp, the descriptions are priceless, and the narration, by Richard Ferrone, is as usual, impeccable. If you haven't listened to any of Sandford's "Prey" series, this is as good a place as any to start. If you have, you probably don't need my encouragement to buy it.
Yes ~~ here, as always, he does a wonderful narration !!
Too many to enumerate.
Have read all of the "Prey" books, listened to many others and thoroughly enjoyed each ~~ can not believe John Sandford wrote this one; even with Richard Ferrone's excellent attempts to add entertainment to the material, it sounds more like a computer skills-enhancement manual than a mystery novel.
Not a commuter so listen to audible books when I'm in the car driving on a long trip or at home housecleaning (not as often as I should). Love reading a good book and love the riveting suspense of listening to a good mystery, but hate not being able to race to the end like I do when I read - but it does make a good book last longer.
Great narrator, and if you've read any Sandford you pretty much know what to expect: good story that moves along quickly with decent character development. My 3 stars (for the story) aren't meant to be a reason for anyone not to listen to it. I'm usually quite generous with my stars, but this was just an enjoyable Sandford book that in a few years you will be able to listen to again. Lucas is Lucas. Lame review that I know won't urge anyone to buy or not buy, but I blew it and finished it a week ago, so am having difficulty making it very detailed. This is a fine commuter listen - not too much detail or confusion with keeping the characters straight and Lucas (as always) is an enjoyable main character.
As the Prey books go, this was a middle effort. Entertaining like all of Sanford's works. Definitely worth the time "on the beach". There is a hint of politics in this (its about politicians) but nothing too overpowering. The book ends with a couple of teaser threads to pursue in future work. A good read.
The story was boring. It did not keep my attention. I found myself drifting off. I kept rewinding, finally I just gave up.
The narrtors voice was bland,
I could not stop listening to this book. I have read or listened to all of the Prey series, and it's amazing that Lucas remains a fascinating character. My only criticism is that Sandford introduces a ridiculous sub-plot that is a mere distraction until it intersects with the main plot and leads directly to the denouement. The book is still a terrific listen, but the plot really jumps the shark, and it's too bad. I guess he couldn't think of another way for Lucas to crack the case. He should have thought a little longer. But no one writes better dialogue than Sandford, and I have grown to love comfortable, longtime characters like Del and the two thuggish detectives they call out for the rough stuff, Shrake and what's-his-name. Even Virgil Flowers makes an amusing cameo. So don't let my plot criticism put you off — this is one of those books you hate to turn off when you pull into the garage.
Narration is superb.
Davenport is not only my favorite character, he is my hero. Well, that's hyperbole, but Lucas is unromanticized as a cop and a human being. He has some rough edges, but they don't dominate his character, rather they round out his character.
This is a book that is hard to put down.
This series, and the burgeoning one with that f***king Flowers, is my favorite. I've been trying to analyze how Sandford does it, and I keep coming back to character. Even the minor characters are well developed, believable, and instrumental to understanding the chief character, Davenport. It is more than a collection of well-wrought scenes; it is a compelling story.
I'm also a huge fan of the combination of John Sandford and Richard Ferrone. Silken Prey is a tightly wound spine-tingler, and is both author and narrator at their best. While there are certain things about the political system the reader has to take on faith, the internal logic of the story is flawless.
I am a John Sandford fan. I quit reading for a while when I felt the Prey series was going downhill. After he began writing the Virgil Flowers novels, he seemed to get out of a rut and the subsequent Prey novels were once again quite good. I appreciate what he was trying to do with this one, but it was not successful.
I don't understand the loyalty and complacency when a good author puts out bad work. After yawning through 4 hours I called it quits. I was surprised by the high rating but upon reading through some reviews I saw numerous reviews by fans who gave it 4 stars while calling it "boring" and "not the usual Davenport". If you think the book is uninteresting and not well written but don't want to say that about a favorite author, no rating at all would be much better than a favorable one.
Richard Ferrone, as usual, was excellent.
Skip this book. Mr. Sanford must have been running up against a deadline because Holy Cow I could not wait until this book finished. It was corny, stupid, inconceivable and not worth my time.
The narrator was the only good thing about this book.
I would not have released the book. No editing could have helped.
I am so disappointed I can't waste any more time writing about. I need to move on!