Classic Lucas Davenport.
Silken Prey harks back to the early books in the Prey series when Davenport was beginning to emerge as a master blender of political 'management' and police procedure. This particular book actually calls to mind the recent Netflix TV series "House of Cards." In a world where unscrupulous-ness is a high art, Lucas seems rather angelic. :-)
He IS Lucas Davenport for me. In fact (maybe I shouldn't say this) I try to avoid other books read by Ferrone so I can preserve this illusion.
Lucas Davenport Is Not Mark Harmon!
Thanks to John (Camp) Sandford for continuing to write this series, in tandem with Virgil Flowers in the fall. I hope you never get bored. And outlive me.
This series has been read by a half dozen performers (or more) over the last 20 years. I've heard them all, I think. I must say that the late Patrick Tull was my least favorite - a bit too much of the leprechaun in Stephen's voice and generally too melodramatic and breathy for what is really literary fiction (with plenty of action, of course).
Simon Vance is a favorite reader of mine and I found his rendition of Master and Commander excellent, notwithstanding my sense of what the characters "should" sound like (I own the entire collection on audiotape - mostly read by Richard Brown, some by John Lee). I'm looking forward to Vance's performance of Post Captain.
Smashing good - a smart, sassy heroine with some British reserve; a pod and a pot of tea. I'm signing up for more St. Mary's.
I agree with the reviewer who thought the character development was a little light, esp. for Investigator Mattsson. I did enjoy Letty going on the road with Lucas (maybe that 50 Shades of Grey spoof on 4/1/13 wasn't so spoofy after all). Plenty of the patented Sandford tricks and twists. Maybe there are just too many characters to visit in a single book anymore.
John (Camp) Sandford is about 70 now - I'm not too far behind. So I especially appreciated the old folks with the RV overflowing with full-auto.
As is the case each May, when the new one reaches The End, I listen to 4-5 oldies, luxuriate in Richard Ferrone's awesome performances, and wait impatiently for October and Virgil coming down my driveway with the boat trailer hitched to the back of the truck.
(PS: Thanks for not killing off you-know-who.)
It's something of a mystery why this Grail Quest series consists of three abridged books, when so much of Bernard Cornwell is available in full audito editions. It's a shame, because these are engrossing reads. So be warned that you're getting 6 hours for your credit, not the usual 19-12 hrs. But hey, you're getting Cornwell. Or chunks of Cornwell, at least. Excellent performance.
This is one of my 2-3 most favorite novels, period. I was excited to find it on Audible and bought it before I realized it is an old ABRIDGED version read by Richard Thomas. OK with Thomas, not with abridgement. McCammon is one of our great prose stylists - it's a crime to chop it up. I'm sure Audible will get the message and produce a full length reading, after the great response to the new rendition of McCammon's Swan Song.
I stopped listening to this one after 20 minutes. I'll wait for the real thing.
Great character, good story, excellent reader. John Sandford is a master - you know that because he makes superb storytelling look/sound so easy.
Wil Wheaton does a wonderful job reading The Android's Dream - a dark, cynical, absolutely hilarious novel of interstellar politics and AI love on the servers over at the Church of the Evolved Lamb. More like this, please.
At this point, 6-7,000 pages into the epic series, Diana can take me wherever she wants to go. What's so great about this audio version of Book 7 is that it continues to feature voice actor Davina Porter, who must have performed nearly 300 hours in the Outlander series by now. Porter is magnificent, in part because she's able to create a variety of convincing male (as well as female) voices. This is a rare gift among audio artists. May she and DG live long and continue this partnership.
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