REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 2015 Narraror: Richard Masur
Simple, straightforward storyline. I'd like a little more complexity...a twist at the end, but stREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 2015 Narraror: Richard Masur
Simple, straightforward storyline. I'd like a little more complexity...a twist at the end, but still enjoyable enough. Masur's narrating contributed a lot to that. He lent the story, and Jesse Stone's character, a quiet strength. I liked Masur's voice very much and am looking forward to second book, Trouble in Paradise. which Masur also narrates.
My versions are the Audible ones and both Book 1 & 2 listed as Abridged but the length (5-6 hours) is similar to the unabridged ones (Book 3 - 12). Book 13, Blind Spot, is the only 8-hour long book, and written by Reed Farrel Coleman....more
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 23, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
A less complex installment than previous books and refreshing in that I didn't feel overwheREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 23, 2015 Narrator: Richard Ferrone
A less complex installment than previous books and refreshing in that I didn't feel overwhelmed by the heavy-duty procedural dump. In most of the books, I'm taken in so many directions with so many different characters doing seemingly unconnected things that I find it a chore to keep track.
With Phantom Prey, however, it was fairly easy to follow and it doesn't take long at all to figure out who Fairy and Loren are. I just surprised that Sandford would utilize such a hackneyed plot device, though to be fair, that isn't all there is to this whodunit.
I keep trying to listen to other crime-mystery books but have not been able to get into any. Everyone else, after Connelly and Sandford, don't feel "right" to me even though other readers love them. I'm getting desperate as I only have 7 more Davenport books left....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