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Phantom Prey | [John Sandford]

Phantom Prey

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 John Sandford; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Maura Smith-Mitsky 04-03-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Get off Richard Ferrone's back!"

    I thought that the spacy voice of the Fairy character was right on. I have heard women speak like that. Really. Whiny, self-indulgent types. Ones who would have to retreat somewhere "to heal," after stress. And I could easily tell which was Fairy and which were the other females. Also, I got a kick out of Weather bossing Lucas around, and him feeling like it was his duty to indulge her.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 08-28-11
    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 08-28-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Another great "Prey""

    I'm a big fan of the this series. I find time just flies when I"m listening to a good detective novel. I like Sandford's characters and Lucas seems like an old pal by now.
    I don't really get the negative comments about Ferrone's reading. I like his voice and his characterizations. Those saying that he can't do women's voices....seriously? The guy has a deep baritone so I don't know what you expect. His interpretation of the women in this book are spot on if you ask me, so I guess it's all a matter of opinion. If you like Sandford and the Prey serious, don't let negatives about Ferrone put you off. I think he is the perfect voice for the character.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-14-09
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-14-09 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Story was good and so was Ferrone"

    I'm amazed at the reviewers who had a problem with Ferrone's rendition of Fairy and other female characters. Fairy's voice was "over the top" because Fairy was "over the top." Her character was crystal clear because of the voice Ferrone used. The voices he used for other female characters were as good as they get for a gravelly voiced man doing female voices. You always new who was talking without attribution. That's the mark of a good narrator. This story was interesting, if not a little unbelievable. It had Hitchcockian elements that were revealed a little earlier than may have been the case with the director of Psycho fame. Bottom line: Fans of Sandford and Ferrone will like this listen. Keep the Prey series coming.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Laura NYC, NY, USA 02-09-09
    Laura NYC, NY, USA 02-09-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Good Story - scary voice over"

    So what really was a pretty quality story was nearly destroyed every single time the narrator spoke one of the woman's voices. I mean I really wanted to pull out my own fingernails with tweezers rather than listen to that voice any more!!!

    I really love John Sandford's work. His detectives are not 'super geniuses' so gives the work more believability than some authors and this story was very intricate, if not a bit 'over-the-top'. I have to say though, the never ending sing-song voice was really killing me. I almost had to stop 3 hours from the end.. and again, let me say, I liked the story, so it was honestly and truly the voice-over acting.

    Maybe the actor just doesn't feel comfortable doing multiple women's voices in the same work, so he went so over the edge with this one to make sure you knew it was different than the other one, that it was pure torture!

    I would have given a better score, but this is an "audio" book review, not a 'paper' book review - which undoubtedly would have gone over so much better. That voice over acting really killed it for me. The story became secondary as I was literally wincing every time that one female character's voice was spoken.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi richmond hill, GA, USA 01-29-09
    Kristi richmond hill, GA, USA 01-29-09 Member Since 2008
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    "THE MASTER"

    The Prey Series is what got me reading books to begin with. I am married to a police sergeant/internal affairs investigator. John Sandford is the only author that truly gets the dialogue accurate. It's amazing. I get so upset when I finish one of his books. I can't wait for the next one to begin. The entire prey series is amazing. Lucas Davenport is delicious. Keep them coming!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mazjanis Portland, ME, United States 01-24-09
    Mazjanis Portland, ME, United States 01-24-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Candy"

    I enjoy the Sanford Prey series and find Ferrone's narration perfect for Davinport. While not highbrow, Sanford's Prey series are completely entertaining - Candy.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Laura EVERETT, WA, United States 07-25-13
    Laura EVERETT, WA, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Annoying female voice"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really money well spent. The story is good, but the narrator reads the female villain in a horrible whiny nasal valley girl tone that was annoying at first but by the midway mark made me grit my teeth. I began to put on fast speed during her scenes. Totally ruined all suspense and interest in her as a character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Phantom Prey?

    The female villain and her revelation should have been (and was in the paperback) but moment/impact ruined by terrible narration of her voice.


    What didn’t you like about Richard Ferrone’s performance?

    The female villains voice!! All other woman and all other books by this narrator are fine, just seems to be this book and this character. Why why why he read her like he did is beyond me.


    Could you see Phantom Prey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think the whole Prey and Virgil Flowers series would make a good tv show.


    Any additional comments?

    All the Prey books are great and I live them all. The narrator does a really great job on all other books and all other characters. The reading of this book was just a little off for some reason.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AL NEWBURY PARK, CA, United States 01-12-12
    AL NEWBURY PARK, CA, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2007

    When I write a review, it's fun for me but they are not considered very helpful.

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    "FERRONE DOES IT ALL"

    I wish the mewling about Richard Ferrone's so-called "inability" to do female voices would cease. He can do women, children singing, and multiple male character voices. Get a life!
    You already have one of the top tier mystery/thriller writers working today.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    greg sarasota, FL, United States 01-05-12
    greg sarasota, FL, United States 01-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Sandford's best effort"

    As a Sandford and Ferrone fan I was disappointed in this novel. Way too much time spent in the madness of multiple personalities. Frankly it just got boring and I finally skipped ahead to what I knew was to be the predictable ending. Unfortunately I can't recommend this title.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Bowie, MD, USA 09-01-09
    Crystal Bowie, MD, USA 09-01-09 Member Since 2005
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    "The Least of John Sandford's Works"

    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
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