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  • Death Note

  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

Women who gave a child up for adoption are being killed. A knock at their front door begins a nightmare from which they will never wake up. For Detective Ruby Preston and her team, it is a race against time to connect the dots before the killer can strike again. But when Ruby receives a sinister email, the case takes a terrifying personal twist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Suspense Thriller!

  • By Candice on 01-24-17

OK But Slow Start

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I bought this book because I love Truth and Lies by the same author but with a different narrator.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was really ridiculous but it's also very entertaining, sort of like a bad movie that you love to hate. Lame dialogue. Half romance novel/half police procedural. There were no clues about the killer, and then the author just conveniently came up with him/her at the end. Having said all that, I was entertained. Ms. Newman's performance probably made this better than it actually is. I'll probably not move on to book 2 in the series.

  • Mind Prey

  • A Lucas Davenport Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541

John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind. Now Lucas has met his match. His newest nemesis is more intelligent, more deadly, than any he has tracked before: a kidnapper, a violator, and a cruel, wanton killer who knows more about mind games than Lucas himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good the second time around

  • By Ed on 09-15-11

Love This Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-19

This book is brutal, but it is one of the very best in the Lucas Davenport series. Mind Prey is mind blowing. I have never pulled for characters to survive as much as I pulled for the mother and children who were kidnapped. Lucas is having a devil of a time trying to rescue them from the evil cruel kidnapper, and Mom is fighting with all she has to get free. She goes through hell from this cruel man and I hurt for her so much. Lucas and his team are frustrated and desperate to find and free her. It is just an amazing edge of the seat, nail biting experience and I was totally absorbed in the story. Sandford is a master story teller - and that is a rare talent. He is also great at creating characters and dialog.

As usual, Richard Ferrone gives an excellent narration. I don't think I could enjoy any other narrator at this point because Ferrone is the voice of the Lucas Davenport series and helps to bring the story and characters to life. This is one of the best series on Audible. Love it!!!

  • Silent Prey

  • A Lucas Davenport Mystery, Book 4
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

"You should have killed me," were Bekker’s parting words - perhaps he was right. All through the humiliations of the trial, the horrors of imprisonment, the daily agonies of not having the drugs that kept him humming, Bekker takes solace in the thought that one day he will make Lucas Davenport pay. Minutes before the jury’s verdict, Bekker slays his prison guard and escapes into New York City. Hiding himself in an elderly woman’s home, he continues to conduct his gruesome experiments, searching the eyes of his victims for the meaning of death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lucas Davenport keeps my interest

  • By Duncan on 02-20-13

Great Addition To The Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I was concerned about this book from the lukewarm reviews, but I liked it a lot. Yes, he recycled the villain from the last book, but the other underlying thread of police vigilantes made up for it. While the Becker thread was always in the fore & it was the weaker of the two. It was a bit predictable, especially at first, but a reveal in the middle picked it up. The politics & suspicions of the vigilante issue popped up just often enough to add an edge & then made for a great ending. Again, I didn't see one of the reveals coming at all. I really appreciated that.

Davenport continues to evolve as a person. His fear of & recovery from flying was a bit over the top, but that was OK. His lack of direction & the way he viewed NYC were great.

I love Richard Ferrone's delivery of the story.

  • The Fourth Monkey

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Brilliant. Complicated. Psychopath. That's the Four Monkey Killer, or 4MK. A murderer with a twisted vision and absolutely no mercy. Detective Sam Porter has hunted him for five long years, the recipient of box after box of grisly trinkets carved from the bodies of 4MK's victims. But now Porter has learnt the killer's twisted history and is racing to do the seemingly impossible - find 4MK's latest victim before it's too late....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The birth of a potentially great new villain

  • By Vinodhan on 06-10-18

Great Thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-19

The book is a thrilling and gripping listen that will keep you on edge until the very end. The author using an unusual style writes about a serial killer who kidnaps a 15-year-old girl and keeps her hostage in a total abyss. The captor is known to the police as the “4MK” killer because his technique subscribes to the pictorial maxim exhibited by the “Three Wise Monkeys,” plus one. The writing is unusual because the author dedicates the chapters to the police hunt followed by a chapter consisting of the killer's diary throughout the book with few exceptions. The diary is designed by the killer to offer clues to the police. In essence, the “4MK” killer is out to punish certain people he believes committed egregious crimes. His method of operation is to kidnap someone close to the perpetrator and then sends body parts to that person in the form of tongues, eyeballs, and ears. In the past, he then kills the victim. The book presents the classic rush to save the victim before she is killed or injured (too much). The author weaves in familiar Chicago landscapes and buildings throughout—at times, this novel reads like true crime. The twists and turns will keep you listening fast. I highly recommend this book.

Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton were great with the delivery of the story

  • Esther Perel's Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,319

For her latest Audible Original, Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love, Esther Perel invites you to listen to private and intimate conversations exploring the evolution of relationships. Hear six sets of people at different points in their quests for romantic and familial love, including a young couple whose immigration status has forced them to consider marriage, a stepmother trying to put the pieces back together for four children whose mother died by suicide, a nonbinary child desperate to connect with their single mother, and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Isle of the counselor

  • By Anne on 10-26-18

Honest, Emotional and Raw

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-19

Esther Perel skilfully instigates moments that change her client’s paradigm. She does it methodically and with artistic skill. Seeming to immerse herself completely in each individual’s experience to gather a deep understanding of their needs. The podcast is beautifully done and we can all only wish to find a therapist with a mind as progressive and holistic as hers!

  • The Last Flight

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory P. Liefer
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

The Last Flight is the heroic story of Gil Connor, an Army helicopter pilot as he struggles with the finality of a terminal illness. Haunted by the horrors of war and a turbulent past, Connor is torn between ending his embattled life and saving the survivors of a remote Alaska plane crash. Amid the turmoil of an approaching storm and almost certain failure, his underlying intentions are unknown, even to himself, until the very end.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bought because of RC Bray

  • By Tm on 11-30-17

Aviation Details Over The Top

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-19

I appreciate the author's military service and vast experience; however, I found it hard to stay interested in the story line because the narrative was so bogged down with hyper-detailed descriptions. I had to force myself to keep listening through long, boring passages that described--in excruciating detail--everything from the interior of the aircraft to the layout of the hangar. The author clearly has great knowledge of military aviation, but I got the idea that he wanted to impress the reader with his knowledge. There was a plot, and it kept me going, but I felt it would have been better suited to a short story or novella. Aviation enthusiasts might appreciate the author's commitment to minutia, but I did not.

R. C. Bray is the only reason I finished the book he was as always outstanding with the delivery of the story

  • Winter Prey

  • A Lucas Davenport Mystery, Book 5
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The Iceman crept into the house on the edge of the lake. He killed the father first. Then the mother and child. And when his work was done, he set the house on fire…. Lucas Davenport has tracked killers in cities across America. But the woods of rural Wisconsin are as dark and primal as evil itself. The winters are harsher and colder. And in the heart of every mother and father, there is fear... Because tonight, the Iceman cometh.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Book In The Series

  • By Lia on 02-24-19

Another Good Book In The Series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-19

Lucas Davenport starts off as a bit of a James Bond type. From the first book: "He was slender and dark-complexioned, with straight black hair going gray at the temples and a long nose over a crooked smile. One of his central upper incisors had been chipped and he never had it capped. He might have been an Indian except for his blue eyes. His eyes were warm and forgiving. Though his eyes were warm, his smile betrayed him.
If the chill of his smile sometimes overwhelmed the warmth of his eyes, it didn't happen so frequently as to become a social handicap."

Rules of Prey is fast paced, dark novel pitting an unconventional policeman (Lucas Davenport) and an organized serial killer - who is quite smart. They called him "the maddog". From the novel: "The maddog was intelligent. He was a member of the bar. He derived rules. Never kill anyone you know. Never have a motive. Never follow a discernible pattern. Never carry a weapon after it has been used. Isolate yourself from random discovery.
Beware of leaving physical evidence."

The character development is extremely well done. The story is told in third person, enabling one to get into the minds of both cop and killer. This is unusual - we generally get just one or the other. It gets off the a fast start, and shows why Sandford was able to leverage this into a major series with a huge following. It probably took more time to write than later books, and was well thought out.

There is a lot to like about Davenport. Davenport is a pretty believable cop. He doesn't always solve the case. He is dependent on the back-up of his fellow boys (and girls) in blue. He's also multi-dimensional. He spends much of his off-time playing role-playing games, including a Civil War game that he helped create.

As with all the Lucas Davenport books Richard Ferrone was outstanding with the delivery of the story

  • Sudden Prey

  • A Lucas Davenport Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250

John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind.... When Lucas and his team gun down two bank robbers in the middle of a heist, Davenport falls prey to the purest and simplest criminal motivation: revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too many close calls

  • By Fitz on 09-26-14

Love the Series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-19

If you like Sanford's Prey series, you will like this one. These books are well written with great characters and plot. They are tightly written and pretty much to a formula. They remind me of the old radio mysteries. You knew from the first minute what was the big outcome and spent the rest of the time savoring the details. The characters you love from the previous (and subsequent) Prey series are here doing what they do. This is a thoroughly entertaining listen. If you are expecting literature, look to Faulkner, but if you want to be entertained while at the beach or over a rainy weekend -- this is your cup of tea. This is the ultimate in cheap entertainment. On a cost per hour basis, this is a real bargain. You won't be disappointed if you keep your expectations in check. If you expect the ride you get from the other Sanford books, you will find it here. If you are looking for profound enlightenment -- look elsewhere.

Richard Ferrone was outstanding with the delivery of the story

  • The Promise

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,020

Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice - these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed. When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case - until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Promise

  • By Diana Hart 33 on 11-12-15

Really Good Book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-19

First, the plot has more twists and curves than Shirley Temple's ringlets. Second, these are characters whom the author has developed over several books, so it's heavy on action rather than exegesis. (Be prepared, however, for a remarkable response by one character.) Third, like the best crime/mystery/detective writers, among whose ranks he stands so high, Crais conveys a profound sensitivity to the frailty of human nature and the often tragic nuances of human behavior. probably more in this book than in some of his previous. Fourth, in this book at least Crais manages to escape the tendency of many noir writers to end on a bleak note. I was smiling when this one ended.Finally, I loved reading more about Scott James and Maggie. Their connection, several millennia of mutual need and mutual trust, is way more interesting than reading about the pampered breed du jour with which many crime writers accessorize their characters.

Luke Daniels and MacLeod Andrews were great the the delivery of the story

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Fatal Invasion

  • The Fatal Series, Book 13
  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 186

A brutal home invasion. Two small, traumatized survivors who may have witnessed the horror. Lieutenant Sam Holland has never worked a case quite like this one, in which her eyewitnesses are five-year-old twins. But when Sam steps up in a big way for them, she risks her heart as much as her career. While Sam and her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano, go to battle in more ways than one for her tiny witnesses, her colleague Sergeant Tommy “Gonzo” Gonzales battles his own demons. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love This Series

  • By Lia on 02-14-19

Love This Series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-19

I really enjoyed Fatal Invasion. Sam and Nick are one of my all time favorite couples, and I love seeing what adventures they have next. This book's main crime is a fire in a very rich neighborhood, with two missing children. Sam and Nick are busy personally, getting Nick ready to go on a 3 week European tour and Sam prepping for Freddie's wedding, when this case falls into Sam's lap. There is lots of continuing drama with Gonzo still trying to deal with the fallout from the events in Fatal Frenzy and Christina trying to cope with Gonzo. Then Sam decides to add more challenges into their lives, which always makes these books better.

Eva Kaminsky was outstanding with the delivery of the story

4 of 4 people found this review helpful