Richard Ferrone's voice is an excellent match for this mystery. The grittiness and deep tones of his voice says "get ready, a mystery" is being told here." I enjoyed the novel. My first read of John Sanford and the Prey series. There were a couple of points where I thought the author went off in a weird way, ie, getting his daughter too involved, etc. But overall, the book held my attention until the very end even though we knew who the killer was about mid-way or so into the story. I am not sure if I'll read another of the Prey series (kinda long) but since I tend to like novels in a series, I may read another one because you can get to know the repeat characters better, I just might try one more to see if it is a go with John Sandford's Prey series, especially since Richard Ferrone will be narrating!
This murder mystery moves at a good clip, bouncing from one point of view to another: from the messenger on his bike trying to escape from the man who is trying to run him down in a car to the policeman, to the dispatcher, etc., etc. For me, the little boy, Tyler, is the surprise character with a very high IQ. As one reviewer said, the story is "a few miles from being exceptional" but it is a good entertaining suspense with excellent character development .... characters that you can care about and root for or to dislike. An intriguing plot with a good twist at the end. Well performed by Scott Brick.
This remarkable coming of age story is told by 13 year-old Frank Drum. The story moves at a steady and consistent pace. It held my attention until the very end. The story reminded me of "To Kill A Mockingbird" in many ways as it deals with life issues which are impacted by issues of morality or immorality. Frank's father is the town's Preacher so the story has teaching moments throughout. The overall story has a bit of racism, some mental health issues, and religious activities. My favorite scenes were where Frank would hang around corners eavesdropping on adult conversations. The story is well written and well narrated. I recommend.
This is second book that I've listened to in the Prey series. Field of Prey was good. I decided to read more of the Prey series because a good friend recommended them, but I wish that I had not chosen this one... the plot dragged with too many "close calls or near misses" as one reviewer noted. How many times should the writer allow the villain or the good guy to go to a door or to a house to kill someone but only to find that they just missed them. This story had the good and bad guys chasing each other back and forth but to just miss them by some fluke or other. This story bored me and only because I love listening to narrator Ferrone and because I wanted the story to turn around and wow me that I finished reading it. I was not wowed... the story just kept going in circles until Davenport figured out who the "double agent" was working against the police.
Dick Francis' novels generally follow a set formula of a well developed main character who may or may not be a horse racing/steeplechasing jockey and some sort of mysterious and dangerous situation. Francis has an ingenious way of weaving bits and pieces of seemingly random events and subplots into one brilliant, fascinating and entertaining story. I think this might be my favorite one so far.
This novel is about an aging-out jockey, Phillip Nore, who is contemplating what he will do after retirement in a couple of years. He had a checkered childhood of growing up in various households of his mother's friends where she leaves him for a "few days" promising to return - the days turns into weeks, months, and years. One of his "foster parents" had given him a camera which became a part of his everyday life and his saving grace throughout this story. Phillip is thinking about retiring and wondering about his future when his amateur photographer status becomes the focus of this story after a disliked but well-known professional racing photographer is killed in a car crash. Nore accidentally comes into possession of the dead man's records, photos and negatives upon which he uses sophisticated photography techniques to uncover the schemes behind blackmail, murder and mayhem.
Simon Prebble is the best!
The novel's description by Audible is good. This novel begs the question: Who is trustworthy in the world of big business horse racing, steeple chasing and mouth-dropping stud fees? This story is more about the lengths of deception and even murder that some will go to in order to maintain their status and lifestyles in the world of horse racing. They commit murder, mayhem, trickery, and skullduggery in unthinkable ways. The story held my interest throughout and even though I started to see some of what was coming, I couldn't have predicted what Dick Francis had in mind! A good listen... Recommend highly.
Simon Prebble is an excellent narrator. I haven't heard any of the others that narrate Dick Francis' novels, but I would hope that they are just as good because I intend to listen to all Dick Francis has to offer.
I enjoy Dick Francis' novels and Simon Prebble's narrations. They are easy listening. The Audible description of this story is good. It has mystery, suspense and a little bit of action. Nearly 18 years old, Ben has his heart set on becoming a steeplechase jockey but his father manipulated Ben into joining his parliament campaign as his driver. Ben soon had to become his father's body guard when mysteries, murderous things starts to happen which are aimed at getting the father to quit the race for parliament. Ben's instincts about the protection of his father leads to finding out that his father's car had been tampered with. The plot within the story is believable. Simon Prebble is an excellent narrator.
I really enjoyed this legal thriller/drama... You start getting the meat and potatoes of the story from the first chapter. It is not stuffed with a lot of fluff or filler.
However, I had to suspend my disbelief a good deal, but I didn't mind because the story was very interesting and I wanted to know what happened next. I recognized that some of the court room antics would not be permitted in the real world, but like in most real court rooms there are "back room dealings." The story was very well told in such a way that it kept my interest and I cared about the outcome of the trial and the conclusion of the story.
This story is about how much a mother loved her child who was assaulted and murdered. I think the tactics defense attorney used in his closing argument sealed the deal.
I've heard the narrator before and I think that his performance was okay. I was really into the story but noticed from time to time that he could have used a little more drama or excitement in his voice.
Greg Iles' writing reminds me of Grisham in that the plot has many strings tugging the main character in different directions while moving forward. This story has racial issues, political intrigue and a few murders.
Like most long and drawn out novels, there is some fluff that could have been cut out. The story is slow getting started as the characters are introduced and the background on an 30 year-old unsolved murder is introduced. As the story unfolds you don't know who to trust as the good guys or who the bad guys truly are which leaves predicting the ending up in the air. As described by Frank of Pittsburg PA, this story is "like three roller coaster rides - back to back to back -" with twists and turns that keeps snapping your head around.
For me, I don't like stories this long (20 hours) because I eventually lose interest and don't care what the ending will be. But this story kept me hooked wanting to know how Greg Iles will tie the political, racial and murders together and what the outcome of the storylines will be. The court room drama was very good, mostly occurring during the last 5 or 6 hours of the story.
This is my first listen to the narrator. He's not the best but I have no complaints.
This is a good tale of suspense highlighting how an under-handed scheme can backfire. The Audible description of this story is good. The real thick of this story revolves around the question: At what lengths will a person go to in order to get what they want? Be careful of the scheme you concoct for it can become your worst nightmare! This is an enjoyable story. I found no fault with the narrator.
The Audible description of this novel is good. I thought the story had good suspense. Overall, I think the storyline will certainly appeal to some and but to not others. Primarily because I think the focus and suspenseful parts of the story are cloaked in cultural practices and therefore more readily understood by some and not by others. It took me a minute to "get over it" and just suspend disbelief. While I had to suspend my disbelief way beyond the "outer limits" and into "twilight zone" somewhere, the story was entertaining albeit sometimes slow, churning and monotonous.
Scott Brick performs this novel at his usual best.
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