REVIEW OF DNF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 31, 2015. Narrator: Scott Brick
Pedestrian dialogue, scenes that didn't make sense, having to work too hard to piece eventREVIEW OF DNF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 31, 2015. Narrator: Scott Brick
Pedestrian dialogue, scenes that didn't make sense, having to work too hard to piece events together...
I gave up about a third of the way. A review I inadvertently read contributed to my disappointment - the review did not have a spoiler warning and revealed the identity of the presidential candidate's killer as well as what caused Sean to look away that split second, giving the gunman the chance to shoot.
The opening scenes were good and I thought I was in for a treat; excited, as I've never read Baldacci before. However, I was annoyed when Sean King dies in the prologue only to be alive several chapters later. Without the ebook to check, I had to go back in the audiobook to make sure I hadn't heard wrong. I didn't, so I thought maybe it was all some kind of undercover job or Witsec program and Sean would return as a different character. It wasn't. Sean King is still Sean King eight years later when the main story picks up from the prologue (and is all about Michelle Maxwell for several chapters). Sean didn't literally die. Hard to pick this up in an audiobook, especially in a story belonging to this genre. I tend to take such statements literally unless it's a common metaphor and such.
Even if I hadn't been spoilt by that review - revealing what made Sean King look away is a major spoiler - I doubt I would have enjoyed this installment as much as I expected. This book is more like a mainstream romantic suspense (sans the sex) between two ex-secret service agents. It would work as a tv movie but as a book, it didn't for me.
I doubt I will listen to the rest of the series....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 30, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
I've enjoyed the last few books more than the early ones and this is one of the good ones.REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 30, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
I've enjoyed the last few books more than the early ones and this is one of the good ones. I could have done without the meth couple and the horseshit as it only served to bring Virgil in as a ploy to market his series without actually showing his skills. All telling rather than showing. It also muddied the main story and throughout the book I was trying to figure out how the horseshit and meth couple tied in with the Mexicans, expecting some kind of twist or surprise connection. There isn't. It was all just for Virgil to make an appearance.
I did not mind Lucas' family being in danger again but only because Letty was great here. I will let her live...kill off Weather...she's a bore.
Ferrone was very good, as he has been throughout the series. I still prefer Len Cariou's voice, though, but performance-wise, the two narrators and Dick Hill are my power trio.
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 27, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
I had to abort but won't give the 1 star for books that I DNF as I hope to be able to returREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 27, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
I had to abort but won't give the 1 star for books that I DNF as I hope to be able to return to this one day. Probably the Kindle, not the audiobook, so that I can easily skip the parts I can't bear.
I'd say 3 stars for the 25% I listened to. I had to stop because it was just too gory. I knew the case Bowers was investigating was connected to the Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed and dismembered seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991, but I wasn't expecting to listen to a list of other serial killers through the years as well. By the time I got to the reading of a serial killer's letter (Albert Fish) describing the killing and eating of two boys, I gave up.
I enjoy police procedurals. The lurid descriptions of serial killings (or going into the killer's mind), not so much. If this is your cup of tea, this book should work.
It's written in 1st Person, but there were several instances I wasn't sure as many scenes were 3rd Person, then shifts to 2nd Person when someone is recounting a scene to another character. I did not buy the Kindle so could not check.
I have come to like Richard Ferrone from his narration of the Lucas Davenport series but his voice is too old for Patrick Bowers who is only 25 years old in this prequel. I intend to listen to next book, after Bowers joins the FBI, and Ferrone should fit better as an older Bowers....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 26 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
An okay listen and the resolution of the bad guys was similar to the previous. I would like to goREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 26 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
An okay listen and the resolution of the bad guys was similar to the previous. I would like to go back to when Davenport was given teeth, when he had a direct hand in bringing the criminals to justice. I just might be ready for Jack Reacher if this trend of toothless tiger Davenport continues....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, JULY 25, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
I was enjoying this a lot and it was a 5-star installment despite Letty turning out to be jREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, JULY 25, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
I was enjoying this a lot and it was a 5-star installment despite Letty turning out to be just a disrespectful, potty-mouthed teen. Yes, she's street-smart, considering her childhood, but I did expect her to be more care-ful of her soon-to-be-adoptive parents. Yet, it's not really her fault - Lucas is equally potty-mouthed with her and both parents allow her to roam all over the place, doing whatever she wants. She's only 14 but she behaves like she controls the Davenport household.
Yet, that's not what I was disappointed in - it was the Letty-Whitcomb arc that dropped this from 5 to 3 stars. There was such a buildup of suspense when Letty goes off on her own plan to help Briar, knowing Whitcomb, Briar's pimp, is planning to get hold of her (Letty) and extract his revenge on Lucas, whom Whitcomb blames for his being confined to a wheelchair. I couldn't wait to get to the part where Lucas finds out what Letty was involved in, but Lucas ended up looking really weak in that confrontation. Still, I gave him the benefit of the doubt because Letty would have been a difficult child to raise.
In the end, it was the unexpectedly weak resolution to the Letty-Whitcomb arc that spoiled this installment for me. I expected more. Yes, Whitcomb got his just desserts but Lucas wasn't even involved. He didn't have any scenes with Whitcomb until the very end and just a little one. This was more Letty's book and despite the four storylines going on and Lucas at the helm of the investigations, he was definitely not the star.
I would have loved this, I guess, if I had not found Letty so unlikeable and Davenport such a pathetic pussy-whipped male....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 22, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
Less convoluted than some of the previous books but still overly drawn-out, as if SandfordREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 22, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
Less convoluted than some of the previous books but still overly drawn-out, as if Sandford feels obligated to befuddle me with detail just for the heck of it. This one lacked the thrill and suspense of his serial killer books and I'd like to see Davenport with a bit more bite to him....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 17, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
Enjoyed this except that I'd prefer Joe Kelly's whereabouts to be found. If he's dead, as tREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 17, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
Enjoyed this except that I'd prefer Joe Kelly's whereabouts to be found. If he's dead, as the cops suspect, then I'd like that confirmed. All we know is that Joe Kelly was likely the one who spilled the beans to Sorrell, leading Sorrell to kill Deon and Warr. We have to assume that since it's not confirmed either.
I prefer not to be left with these type of questions as they make me work too hard to tie up loose ends. I expect the author to do that for me. If Sandford had done that, this would have been a 5-star book.
Coming from a country where it is illegal to possess firearms, I was taken aback when Lucas bought the 12 year old Letty a Remington rifle (she had asked for a semi-auto). I had to stop and check Minnesota gun laws and it states it is illegal for anyone under 18 to possess a gun. Why would Davenport, a cop, treat it as if it weren't illegal? I have to assume that it's commonplace for children to own guns in places like Minnesota.
Ferrone is a very capable narrator but I don't like his voice, in general. I find him too nasally at times. I wish someone like Len Cariou or Alan Sklar had narrated this series. I keep wanting to take a break from Davenport and even load up a book but find myself going to Lucas' next book, time and again. I'm going to have severe withdrawal symptoms when I run out of LD books!...more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 15, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
3.5 stars. I expected more from this. Unlike the other books, there was no murder to solve.REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 15, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
3.5 stars. I expected more from this. Unlike the other books, there was no murder to solve. It was all about chasing down Clara Rinker and while I liked her character, nasty as it was, I found the chase rather tedious. Still, I would not have wanted to miss this installment because I knew, from Certain Prey (Book 10), that Davenport has an emotional connection with Rinker. I believe, in his heart, Davenport always thinks "there, but for the grace of God..." and I am of the same mind. Davenport would have made as cold-blooded an assassin as Rinker if not for their vastly-different backgrounds.
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 13, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
This was a mess and not even an exciting mess. It felt as if Sandford threw in a bunch of wREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 13, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
This was a mess and not even an exciting mess. It felt as if Sandford threw in a bunch of weirdos with Old Testament names, added lots of red herrings, his now-annoying love life, his entire police department and regurgitated the lot.
I couldn't follow it even though it's just a simple whodunit. Listening to this was like trying to see where the buckshot went - EVERYWHERE! And the choice of killer was so lame as to be laughable. C'mon, after 12 and a half hours and that's who the villain is? Jeez.
And Davenport needs to grow up where his love life is concerned. I like him as a carefree bachelor but once he falls in love and is planning a wedding (even if that got derailed), I do NOT expect him to be still panting over other women or jiggling his testicles over who he should fuck tonight. I mean, Weather-the-only-woman-he's-ever-loved is back in his life nbut Davenport is still sleeping with Jael! And Sandford ends the book with Davenport answering the phone and we aren't told which of the three women Davenport is currently seeing, is the one calling. Oh, he says he's not sleeping with Catrin, but it's Davenport! Give him a few pages and he'll be in her pants.
I hope the rest of the series will have less focus on Davenport's love life, or rather, his internal hand-wringing over which woman to have for that night. I'd rather Sandford let him have ALL the women but focus on the case, please....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 8, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
This was a pleasant change from the previous books in that I'm not taken into the same old,REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 8, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
This was a pleasant change from the previous books in that I'm not taken into the same old, same old, of the serial killer's head. This is more an "old-time" whodunit, and despite the usual plodding police procedural at the start, I enjoyed this installment.
The case revolves around the murder of a bank CEO, and you would need some knowledge of how large companies work and have some idea of mergers and acquisitions, stock options, etc, to get the most out of this book. But if you don't, it's fine. Davenport, having taken his game software company public (and making himself even richer), has some understanding of what's at stake if the bank merger doesn't go through but the rest of the team at the Minneapolis PD do not yet they're still having fun chasing down the perp's ID. And, IMO, Sherrill has the most fun. wink-wink:p
I don't know how long Davenport and Sherrill will be sleeping with each other but it's just sex for both of them so maybe Weather might come back. I haven't peeked in the later books but I just might after this. It seemed pretty final here that Davenport and Weather are finished. He still loves her but she can't get over the events in the previous book, Sudden Prey and is still undergoing therapy.
I had planned to take a break from Davenport but I caved in the end and found myself starting on yet another installment. I'm not even going to bother thinking of any other author for now. It's on to Book 10! - oh wait, I already watched the movie. I'll move on to Book 11, then - Easy Prey:)...more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 6, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
As usual, it was a slow, plodding listen but the last 25% made it all worth it. Well, almostREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 6, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
As usual, it was a slow, plodding listen but the last 25% made it all worth it. Well, almost. Sandford could speed things up (IMO) a bit in the first half of his books since I seem to have the same complaint each time.
Loved what the mother and daughter did to their captor! This installation was a refreshing change from those the usual battling-crooked-cops-and-bureaucracy storylines:)...more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 6, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
Just plain awful. I didn't mind the badly-written sex scenes because men rarely do them wellREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 6, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
Just plain awful. I didn't mind the badly-written sex scenes because men rarely do them well. The writing, I mean. I tend to ignore the sex scenes in these non-romance crime-thrillers, anyway, but the rest of the writing was poor, too. I recall reading this book in the early 2000s and thinking it was a very lightweight cop procedural. I couldn't take it seriously - the MC or the story - and dismissed the series.
I don't know if the author improves in his later books but there are over 30 books and I'll check the reviews of a more recent one before deciding if I'll give this author another try....more