Frankly, I feel ripped off. I just agreed to subscribe and this was my first download. I've listened to all the previous Patrick O'Brien books via Recorded Books. Not a one was abridged. I had no idea Audible.com presented abridged books. There I am listening away and wondering where are the O'Brien details - the HEART of his writing. So, I check and sure enough - ABRIDGED! And, it's right there on the site for me to see, IF I'd had a clue to look. So what is it about abridged anyway? The reader likes the book but not enough to read the entire book? So. Be warned. It's ABRIDGED. Forgettaboutit.
I am reading the most recent Prey book (and have read all the Virgil Flowers books). John Sanford just writes books that captivate and entertain the reader. Spending time in Davenport's world (despite the sometimes, gruesome murders) is so addicting that I had to pace myself to extend the experience. Alas, with the purchase of the 23rd Prey book, I must now wait a year for Sandford/Ferrone to invite us back to Davenport's Minnesota.
Richard Ferrone is as great. He IS Lucas Davenport, while handling all the other character with aplomb. Despite this, he is not type cast as I have listened to him read books by other authors, and he enables the reader to settle into those worlds with ease.
By the way, the Virgil Flowers series, read by the estimable Eric Conger, is equally as good. Can't believe there are already seven books in that series.
The world was a juvenile effort. It needed to be more believably complex. The author spent much too much time describing the scenery. It read like a first time effort. Tim Reynolds did a good job (although I only made it half way through the first volume) with poor material.
Intriguing plot, interesting charactization, suspenseful. A lot of fun to "read". Reader is excellent as well.
I read a glowing review in a local newspaper and bought this book with high expectations. My only reservation was it was about a hunt for Dracula. Well, it's poorly written, poorly plotted and melodramatic in the worst sense of the word. Further, the reading was dramatized, i.e. different actors for each character plus lots of superfluous musical punctuation. (I simply do not like dramatization - these are books not plays.) I finished the book but wish I hadn't purchased it.
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