• The Praying Mantis Bride

  • Nameless: Season One, Book 3
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (3,399 ratings)

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The Praying Mantis Bride

By: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
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Publisher's Summary

A deadly black widow has eliminated three husbands and counting. But Nameless knows her one weakness. To bring truth and its consequences to her crimes, the vigilante must spin a web of his own in part three of the Nameless series.

Lucia - current last name, Rickenbah - has made a fortune by marrying rich men who tend to drop dead. But the superstitious blonde believes in more than money and murder. Nameless’s job is to scare a confession out of Lucia, and as the psychological warfare escalates, even he may be in for a shock.

From number one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz comes The Praying Mantis Bride, part three of Nameless, a riveting collection of short stories about a vigilante nomad, stripped of his memories and commissioned to kill. Follow him in each story, which can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2019 The Koontz Living Trust (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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WOW.

Wow, what a story. Nameless is my new favorite hero. Love Dean Koontz writing. Best Author

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Good story and narration!

This was another good story of the Nameless man. I really am enjoying these short stories. They are good and things happen quickly.

This one was about a superstitious psycho woman. I won't go any further than that since it was a short story and I don't want to give anything away.

As for the narration, Edwardo Ballerini does a great job on all the voices including the female voices. He has a very nice reading voice too.

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Great short story

The Praying Mantis Bride by Dean Koontz and narrated by Edoardo Ballerini is a terrific short story about a gal that kills husbands for their money and how she is caught. Great story and narration!

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Praying mantis Bride

This is an excellent series. First time I tried audible books. Koontz is able to still able to give enough detail of characters and surroundings that draws the reader's imagination in. Great plot.. each one is surprisingly different. I applaud him on his ability to fit all this in a short story..I don't know why I should be surprised, he is my favorite author. I can always count on enjoying his books. Now I'm enjoying his short stories.


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Great series

good story line, characters and narriation. grabs and keeps ur attention. nice twist to getting rid of the "bad guys & girls" in the world.

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Another good one!

I think the first two were better criminals nameless was taking care of but still entertaining!

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Disappointing series

I wanted to like Dean Koontz, as the world's best-selling Catholic writer. The premise for the series is promising, kind of like the movie Seven, but with a righteous syndicate dealing the fitting punishment for each villain, on the contrapassio model of Dante's Inferno. The pleasure of these moral tales must derive in large part from watching the suffering of the damned--one of the speculative joys of heaven, according to many Christian theologians. The narrator insists that Nameless and the syndicate who directs him are not interested in justice, only truth. But the principle of punishment inflicted goes beyond any natural consequences of the truth coming to light. It is in fact all about justice. I get the sense that the ideal audience for these books are people whose main engagement with the larger world is through cable news, true crime TV shows, and USA Today--all very 1980s. The modern world is a scary place. Most people are basically good, but purely evil people who act out their evil are shockingly prevalent. You would be foolish not to own and carry a gun and have a home security system. To be on the side of the avenging angels, as the reader is allowed to be, establishes you as a saint of heaven.
In my effort to appreciate Koontz, besides listening to four of this series, I listened to about 1/3 of Searchers, considered by some his best novel. The same moral universe as the Nameless series, but with more sentimentality. If to be sentimental is to love something more than God loves it, the trouble with Koontz is that his characters are not real enough to merit the love God lavishes on real humans. I returned Searchers without finishing it.

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Entertaining

Not a believer in superstitions, so this story was more fun entertainment. Good plot.

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Twisted Revenge Story

First of all, I very much enjoy the narrator. He makes the story come alive by setting an ominous tone. The main antagonist was hard for me to accept, perhaps because I have a hard time believing people like that exist. The fault, therefore, may lie more with my own suspension of belief rather than any actual story telling. In regards to the main series plot, while we are teased with a glimpse, we are still no closer in determining Nameless' actual origin. Nonetheless, in the end, I enjoyed the audible tale/read. How can one not be satisfied when bad people get their just desserts? I recommend, especially if you're A fan of the supernatural.

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Great

I greatly enjoyed the story. I’m going to listen to all of Koontz books. Yea

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  • 07-23-20

Another satisfying tale

Again, well read, story grabs your attention and keeps it to the end. Will look for more.

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  • Loretta.
  • 05-25-21

The Praying Mantis Bride Dean Koontz

I'm loving this series. thank you Dean thank you Edoardo.much appreciated ..grate books.now I'm on to the next