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The Hanged Man's Song

By: John Sandford
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
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Publisher's Summary

Prey fans everywhere have embraced the return of Sandford's other charismatic hero, Kidd, artist, computer whiz, and professional criminal, and his sometime partner, sometime lover, LuEllen.

In The Hanged Man's Song, a superhacker friend of Kidd's named Bobby suddenly disappears from cyberspace, and Kidd knows that isn't a good sign. Then, when he goes to Bobby's house, Kidd finds him dead on the floor, his head bashed in and his laptop missing, and Kidd knows that really isn't a good sign. The secrets on that laptop are potent enough to hang Kidd and everybody else in Bobby's circle, just to start with, so there's no question that Kidd and LuEllen have to try to track it down, not to mention that Kidd would dearly love to get his hands on the man who killed Bobby. But before Kidd can get very far, the secrets start coming out anyway...and they're more staggering than even he had imagined. Because it's not just about the lives of a circle of friends and colleagues now, oh no, it's about something much, much bigger. And much, much scarier.

Filled with the atmosphere, characters, and exceptional drama that have made John Sandford one of America's best-loved thriller writers, The Hanged Man's Song is a masterpiece of suspense.

©2003 John Sandford (P)2003 Putnam Berkley Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"This latest intelligent and exciting thriller proves a worthy addition to Sandford's overall body of work." (Publishers Weekly)
"Richard Ferrone's gruff voice fits the novel's tone. His intense style keeps the story moving and gives the characters vitality." (AudioFile)
"Ultimately, thrillers are defined by the scariness of the villains, and the bad guys Kidd contends with are a special breed indeed, capable of rendering lives meaningless by the thousands with a few key strokes. Clear a spot on the best-seller lists for this timely and entertaining thriller." (Booklist)

What listeners say about The Hanged Man's Song

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totally disagree with the above review

I have read many, many mystery/suspense novels and find that John Sandford describes scenes in two very straight forward and descriptive sentences whereas other writers take two paragraphs to a page. There is very little superfluous writing in his books. He doesn't go on and on with descriptions of characters, but weaves the essence of them throughout the story. I have not read this book, so I can not vouch for it; however, I have read most of his other books (most of the Prey series and the first in the Kidd series). You can see how his writing tightens as he writes more. Most of the critic reviews describe his writing as "taut" or "fast" or "races" or "terrific pacing", so I am obviously not alone in my opinion. I think John Sandford is well worth reading. That is why his books sell so well. Cya! (p.s. I couldn't post this review without putting a rating on this book. My rating is for his work overall :)

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Great Kidd Novel

Another of Sandford's Kidd novels, this one takes us around the country documenting gambling rip offs and computerized shenanigans. It was an enjoyable book to listen to, and the narrator was my favorite. He undrestood Sandford, and understood the context well enough to translate it with a bit of a vocal edge.

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great tech thriller

I really enjoyed this book - another great set of characters and plot line by Sandford. Murderous hacker geek, dirty politicians, big brother government spooks and some great good guy crooks keeping the world safe for democracy. well worth the listen!

7 people found this helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Fun Techno-thriller

This books shows the power of the narrator in selling Audible books. It has been some time since I stumbled across a reading by Ferone and that alone was almost enough to get me to buy this one - that an the 48 hour special. I was not disappointed by either the writing or the reading. If you want a good little piece of escapist literature, go for it. I frankly cannot understand the first reviewers objection to John Sanford's writing, but then again I was only looking for a good listen over the holidays, and that is what I got.

6 people found this helpful

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Last (not first) Time

I didn't like the first Sandford book I read (one of the something prey series). I tried again based on reader reviews. Don't make the same mistake. If you have ever read Sandford before, and didn't like it, you won't like this one either. He writes too much about inconsequential issues and too little goes into the plot.

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The Hanged Man's Song

I did not like this book. First of all, it starts right out with the murder. It's not so much a whodunit, as a "why does it matter?" And that is very difficult for me to figure out, since the author will not let me delve into each character. With other authors, I have felt completely comfortable with the amount of character development in the story. The plot is also somewhat lacking. So much so that I cannot even figure out that the good guys are carrying the story until halfway through the book. In the final analysis, this book cannot qualify as either a plot-driven novel or a character-driven novel. There doesn't seem to be anything driving this novel...yet. Maybe by the time I finish it, I will figure out what it was all about. But I did not enjoy the first three quarters of the book.

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Ritual retreat

Do you member pre-Wi-Fi internet connection? I enjoyed the story because it has conspiracy, cleverness,social manipulation and developed characters. The characters are familiar and not predictable.

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Story is not reader friendly.

Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

Love both John Sandford and Richard Ferrone. But the Kidd story is of no interest to me. I kept hearing myself say, "Who cares?" It seemed to rattle on with not build up of suspense.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am going to start the Virgil Flowers series.

What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

Ferrone IS the voice of Lucas Davenport. Excellent!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Definitely disappointing. I don't know if I will read another in this series.

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Hackerman to the rescue!

Very well written, just as good as his Lucas Davenport novels. A fast paced thrill ride, keeps you thinking all the way through. Great ending. Listen & Enjoy!

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Entertaining...but at times slow...

Overall I enjoyed this book, but at times it did get a little slow. As someone who works in the software field, there were a number of annoying technical problems with the plot, but I was able to put them aside. I always buy the un-abridged versions of books, but in this case, it might be better abridged.

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