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Silken Prey Audiobook
Silken Prey
Written by: 
John Sandford
Narrated by: 
Richard Ferrone
Silken Prey Audiobook

Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

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Publisher's Summary

Murder, scandal, political espionage, and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport’s going to be lucky to get out of this one alive....

Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows.

Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, and the money, ruthlessness, and sheer will to make it happen.

©2013 John Sandford (P)2013 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"If you haven’t read Sandford yet, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time." (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)

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    Elliott 08-03-13
    Elliott 08-03-13
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    "Classic Prey"
    Any additional comments?

    As other reviewers have noted - this is classic Prey: well told, well written, and well read. And the level of language is delightful; it might send some scurrying to their dictionaries. When did you last read of micturation instead of pissing? The banter, the humor, the humanity - all top drawer. Thank you John Sandford and Richard Ferrone.

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    SpeterS 07-28-13
    SpeterS 07-28-13
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    "Not up to usual Prey series standards"
    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

    Absolutely. I have read and/or listened to the entire Prey series and the Virgil Flowers series as well. John Sandford is an excellent writer and I've really enjoy all the locations as I've been to most of them having grown up there. This one, however, was out of place. Mostly political, little intrigue, little danger and the name doesn't fit. What's the silken prey?


    If you’ve listened to books by John Sandford before, how does this one compare?

    Richard Ferrone predictably does an outstanding job - except for his trouble with some pronunciations. Many Minnesota cities and counties have Native American names. The city of Shakopee is pronounced "shock-a-pea", not "shack-a-pea" and he really slaughtered Kandiyohi, (the gem, the 'Star of Kandiyohi') which is pronounced "candy-oh-high". If you're not from the area you wouldn't notice, but knowing the correct pronunciation and hearing it wrong is a big speed bump in the listening experience.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The banter between Lucas & Virgil. And, of course, this bit: "They were all now dear friends, Annie and Letty and Virgie." Virgie! Cracked me up.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not this one, no. Too political. Too tame. Boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Dump the politics and bring back more action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca 07-11-13
    rebecca 07-11-13
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    "I could listen to Ferrone read the phone book"

    I love Lucas, John Sandford and Richard Ferrone. Another great story. Loved it, well worth the listen.

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    D. A. Gordon 07-04-13

    Ann

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    "Wonderful!"

    If John Sandford could write a Lucas Davenport book every month, I'd buy it and devour it with glee. Sandford is always good. His previous book, Buried Prey, was awesome, and yet Silken Prey is just as exciting and satisfying. Richard Ferrone is THE voice of Lucas Davenport - couldn't imagine these books being read by anyone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Stetson 07-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Another grand slam for Sandford"

    John Sandford just keeps batting them out of the park with his character-driven detective stories. This one revolves around a particularly dirty political trick and the people who perpetrated it. The characters are utterly believable, the dialogue is crisp, the descriptions are priceless, and the narration, by Richard Ferrone, is as usual, impeccable. If you haven't listened to any of Sandford's "Prey" series, this is as good a place as any to start. If you have, you probably don't need my encouragement to buy it.

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    Fran Foster 07-01-13
    Fran Foster 07-01-13
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    "Boring ~~ instant cure for insomnia !!"
    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

    Yes.


    Has Silken Prey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes ~~ here, as always, he does a wonderful narration !!


    What character would you cut from Silken Prey?

    Too many to enumerate.


    Any additional comments?

    Have read all of the "Prey" books, listened to many others and thoroughly enjoyed each ~~ can not believe John Sandford wrote this one; even with Richard Ferrone's excellent attempts to add entertainment to the material, it sounds more like a computer skills-enhancement manual than a mystery novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Vincent Michigan 06-22-13
    C. Vincent Michigan 06-22-13 Member Since 2015

    Character-driven, and suspense novels are for me. Not above a good beach read, but keep cheesy romances or poorly written books away.

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    "Entertaining, typical Sandford"

    Great narrator, and if you've read any Sandford you pretty much know what to expect: good story that moves along quickly with decent character development. My 3 stars (for the story) aren't meant to be a reason for anyone not to listen to it. I'm usually quite generous with my stars, but this was just an enjoyable Sandford book that in a few years you will be able to listen to again. Lucas is Lucas. Lame review that I know won't urge anyone to buy or not buy, but I blew it and finished it a week ago, so am having difficulty making it very detailed. This is a fine commuter listen - not too much detail or confusion with keeping the characters straight and Lucas (as always) is an enjoyable main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas E. Ertz Bolingbrook, IL USA 06-20-13
    Nicholas E. Ertz Bolingbrook, IL USA 06-20-13 Member Since 2004
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    "A solid Prey episode"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    As the Prey books go, this was a middle effort. Entertaining like all of Sanford's works. Definitely worth the time "on the beach". There is a hint of politics in this (its about politicians) but nothing too overpowering. The book ends with a couple of teaser threads to pursue in future work. A good read.


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    Veronica PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 06-11-13
    Veronica PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't waste your money"
    What would have made Silken Prey better?

    The story was boring. It did not keep my attention. I found myself drifting off. I kept rewinding, finally I just gave up.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrtors voice was bland,


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 06-09-13
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 06-09-13
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    "Unengaging"

    As another reviewer stated, it sounded like he phoned it in. Their was no mystery to the story and the characters had no personality. I've read every other "Prey" book and loved them but this one just didn't hold my interest. The narrator was great, as usual.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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