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  • Neon Prey

  • A Prey Novel, Book 29
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228

Clayton Deese looks like a small-time criminal, muscle for hire when his loan-shark boss needs to teach someone a lesson. Now, seven months after a job that went south and landed him in jail, Deese has skipped out on bail, and the US Marshals come looking for him. They don't much care about a low-level guy - it's his boss they want - but Deese might be their best chance to bring down the whole operation. Then, they step onto a dirt trail behind Deese's rural Louisiana cabin and find a jungle full of graves. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of moving parts! Outstanding!!

  • By shelley on 04-24-19

Writing by numbers - a great disappointment - no story at all

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-19

I am religiously listening to all John Sandford books. In anticipation of this new book I first listened to the whole back catalogue Of the Prey books. When I finally got to the new book I had to remind myself that this one was supposed to be new. It really wasn’t and simply had just violence and villains but no engaging story underpinning the narrative that would make it interesting. It seemed to be the patched together from themes (the violent parts) of previous book minus a story. Hugely disappointing! Will return. Try harder next time John Sandford!

  • Storm Front

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 7
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115

In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Flowers for Sanford

  • By FRITZ STOOP on 12-08-13

What happed here - can’t believe this was written by JS!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

This feels like writing by numbers. I didn’t like it the first time around - and after years I have it another try as I am listen to all Virgil flowers books in order. This one is unengaging. Missing the small town and country charm. Could have happily missed this one.

  • The Torment of Others

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

A dead girl lies on a blood-soaked mattress, her limbs spread in a parody of ecstasy. The scene matches a series of murders which ended with the conviction of Derek Tyler. But Tyler's been locked up in a mental institution for two years, barely speaking a word. Criminal psychologist Dr Tony Hill thinks this is not a copycat murder but something much stranger. Hill heads towards a terrifying face-off with one of the most perverse killers he has ever encountered….

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why such brutal and devious attacks on women?

  • By Alex on 09-03-18

Why such brutal and devious attacks on women?

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I am getting annoyed that there seems to be a race between crime fiction writers on who can come up with the most devious and revolting human behaviour. Generally, the violence is focused on women or children. Why? For me the engagement with a story comes from an interesting story line not through the most heinous crimes. Here we combine both prostitutes are killed in an upsetting way and we also hear about awful crimes against children. I nearly stopped right at the beginning - but kept listening reluctantly more because of inertia than any great hope that the story would develop into something worth listening. Disappointed with Val McDermid and last book by her I’ll listen to.

  • Last Breath

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 4
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511

He's your perfect date. You're his next victim. When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time it's not her case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Erika Foster series is a must for procedural fans

  • By Chip Atkinson on 05-18-17

Awful narrator ruins the book for me

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

The narrator is terrible - her intonation is totally out of synch with the text. She sounds like she reads a cook book or a ladies magazine when describing a murder victim.

It’s a rookie performance. Why are they using her again? Please get another narrator. This one is do annoying that she ruined the book for me.

  • Naked in Death

  • In Death, Book 1
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,313

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Bag of Chips" series

  • By Wendy on 11-26-13

Laughable storyline- writing by numbers save your credit

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

This is a terrible story - crime novel set in the nearish future (ca2050) for absolutely no apparent reason. The story and characters are a total cliche and the future seems to be imagined by a child. Using discs for storing data, finger print recognition etc. I feel that it was a waste of time listening hoping it would become more interesting. I will return the book. Only the second book I ever felt compelled to do so.

  • Daybreak

  • By: Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson
  • Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Several goose hunters are found shot dead in rural Iceland, and detectives Gunnar Maríuson and Birkir Hinriksson are assigned to the case. Lead after lead goes cold before a mysterious letter arrives at the Reykjavik police department that reads, “My nature is to kill. I hunt men and never let go.” Gunnar and Birkir set a trap for the one they call “the Gander.” But the killer sends them on a deadly wild-goose chase, as lives hang in the balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murdered goose hunters? Really??

  • By Alcairha on 08-19-13

Good read!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Although the culprit’s identity wasn’t that hard to guess - the story kept my attention thought.

  • Last Known Victim

  • By: Erica Spindler
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

Amid death and destruction, hurricane-savaged New Orleans has a new dark force to fear. As the rescue efforts unfold, a grisly discovery is made at one of the massive refrigerator "graveyards". One of these metal hulks contains six human hands - all female, all right hands. The press has dubbed the unknown perpetrator "The Handyman". Captain Patti O'Shay is the straight-arrow, by-the-book cop assigned to the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By April on 03-17-09

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

After listening to a few too many quite boring books this was a relief! For once a gripping story.
Highly recommend.

  • Reasonable Fear

  • Joe Dillard, Book 4
  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845

Dillard has become the district attorney in Northeast Tennessee. He becomes heavily involved in the investigation with Sheriff Leon Bates and soon realizes that he is up against an enemy that he has never before encountered - someone so rich and so powerful that the course of justice could be altered by money and political influence. But when bodies start showing up in his driveway and his family is threatened with termination, Dillard must ask himself a previously unthinkable question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story.... An Entertaining Legal Thriller

  • By R. Pontiflet on 04-24-17

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I ‘read’ all previous books and thought I’d found a new favourite author. But this book feels like a ‘writing-by-numbers’ exercise. Blunt. No detailed character development. Simply boring despite some blood and gore. Not sure if I’d try another book by this author.

  • Shadow over the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 2
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856

Detective Nikki Galena's friend and neighbor meets a tragic end, but there's more to his death than meets the eye. And someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter's past is back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoy this series.

  • By Charlotte Araki on 05-27-17

Couldn’t stop listening

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

This is my second book in this series - I practically inhaled both - particularly liked this one. Working became impossible because I kept taking breaks for various reasons just to listen a bit more. Glad I stumbled on this series in a recent sale.

  • Mermaids Singing

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Up until now, the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one’s different - this one’s on the loose. Four men have been found mutilated and tortured. As fear grips the city, the police turn to clinical psychologist Tony Hill for a profile of the killer. But soon Tony becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills, where he has to use every ounce of his professional nerve to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Great Series

  • By Lia on 02-14-19

Unnecessarily graphic, poor narration, not a fave

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

it was ok - i got engrossed although I took a few breaks listening. I was quite annoyed with the unnecessary graphic description of sexual and physical torture. I am not squeamish but I found it did not add to the storyline at all. In fact, come to think of it, except for the graphic descriptions there wasn't much of a storyline to hold the interest.I much prefer other Val McDermid books I listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mermaids Singing?

can't say

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Saul Reichlin?

I like male narrators, but in this case I much prefer Cathleen McCarron. At the start I wasn't sure if I could stand the narrator but got somewhat used to him. He reads as if he is wading through syrup - so slow and so boring and sounding so old.

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

I certainly wouldn't want to watch it!

Any additional comments?

Not a great start to the series - too graphic, too sexually explicit, boring narrator

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