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Crystal

Bowie, MD, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (864)

    Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

    Crystal says: "Great winding road of a story"
    "Great winding road of a story"
    Overall

    A real treat, this newest of John Sandford, and I've listened to them all. Full of twists and surprises. I finished and immediately replayed it, to listen for clues and connections I missed the first time around (many!). The narrator doesn't have Richard Ferrone's gravelly voice, but has an effective tone and pace of his own that I got used to within a few minutes. Appropriately, he sounds just like midwesterners I've known, so his characters are convincing and the narration is enjoyable. Yup, a real treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (324)

    Lucas Davenport has had disturbing cases before - but never one quite like this, in the shocking new Prey work from the #1 New York Times best-selling author.

    Maura Smith-Mitsky says: "Get off Richard Ferrone's back!"
    "The Least of John Sandford's Works"
    Overall

    I thought folks in earlier reviews may have been overly-sensitive to Ferrone's female voices. I've listened to entire series of work read by Ferrone and never heard a glimmer of what they complained about.

    Now that I've dragged myself through this painfully awkward story, I agree entirely with their opinions. Fairey's character was like Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars I--an annoying character that dragged a 3-star story down to 1-star.

    Note that I LOVE Sandford's stories. I've read or listened to everything he's written. Some, like Rules of Prey, more than 6 or 7 times...some, like Heat Lightning and Broken Prey, I replayed as soon as I'd finished to see if they were as good as I thought---and they were.

    So if you want to try Sandford for the first time, skip this one. It doesn't do justice to Sandford or Ferrone. If you've enjoyed other audible's by the duo, re-listen to something you already have or find something else by them. Pretend that this one never happened.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Bookwoman's Last Fling: A Cliff Janeway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Dunning
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Tempted out of his bookstore into the world of horseracing, Janeway accepts an invitation from wealthy horse trainer H.R. Geiger to travel to Idaho and look at some rare first-edition books. The books are stunning, flawless children's classics that render the usually eloquent Janeway speechless.

    karen says: "Wish I could enter "unrated""
    "Not sure what others are so cranky about"
    Overall

    Yup, this was a very descriptive book, with lots of detail about the world of 'racetracking', and if you're a Dick Francis fan it's interesting to hear about horse racing from an American groom's perspective instead of the British jockey's. The story had some surprising twists, and the slower paced story suits the nature of the protagonist for the duration. While not as 'book-y' as the others, it was enjoyable, though I enjoyed the others more. This one gets 4 stars because I gave his other books 5 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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