Listen free for 30 days

  • Rules of Prey

  • A Lucas Davenport Novel
  • Written by: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (811 ratings)

Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, and podcasts.
Premium Plus auto-renews for $14.95/mo + applicable taxes after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Rules of Prey cover art

Rules of Prey

Written by: John Sandford
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
Try for $0.00

$14.95 per month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy Now for $27.77

Buy Now for $27.77

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Tax where applicable.
activate_primeday_promo_in_buybox_DT

Publisher's Summary

The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.
©1989 John Sandford (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the critics say

"A police procedural as effective as it is brutal." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sleek and nasty...a big, scary suspenseful read." (Stephen King)

What listeners say about Rules of Prey

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    385
  • 4 Stars
    246
  • 3 Stars
    94
  • 2 Stars
    34
  • 1 Stars
    52
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    397
  • 4 Stars
    202
  • 3 Stars
    75
  • 2 Stars
    31
  • 1 Stars
    23
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    349
  • 4 Stars
    216
  • 3 Stars
    77
  • 2 Stars
    37
  • 1 Stars
    48

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Story of a man that has little value to other live

The story is OK rambles a bit but overall moves forward at a decent pace. I enjoyed the story the suspense in how he would get caught and the end was predictable and likely could have been done a little better from the suspense side but overall a good story.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

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

a good book

I enjoyed the prey series they're very good books to listen to would highly recommend them

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

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

excellent triller

bonne histoire
très bien lue
personnages attachants
vous garde en haleine jusqu'à la fin.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

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

greatly entertaining despite a rough start

narrator was great. i say rough start as it almost lost me going cold into mind of a serial killer rather than easing into it, and transition between two main leads was convoluted until the story picked up steam. great listen, understanding it's entertainment and less grounded in realism

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

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

Reader

Richard Ferrone’s voices haven’t much range, especially when reading the women’s parts. They all sound rather vapid and monotone not strong as some of the characters should be. The tone used for the men’s voices has little variance and it was difficult to know which male character was speaking.
The plot was very good though.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

9 people found this helpful

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

Fantastic writing, great entertainment

Fantastic action. Fantastic drama. Fantastic writing and narration. I enjoyed every part of this book! Whomever was offended because it was written from the killer’s perspective is being small-minded. It was ALSO written from the police officer’s perspective AND the victim’s perspective!!! It is enthralling and I have started listening to the entire series.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

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

Rules of Prey, my first foray into John Sandford.

Like listening to the old radio murder mysteries. Excellently read, great entertainment. Couldn't stop listening!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

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

Gripping

Enjoyed the narrative and the story let me wanting more. Dated with some references like using a landline.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

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

good performance and good story

overall the book is a good one, love the part of how Lucas and the team was after the mad Dog but missed him.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

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

Good, but horrible narrator

The story was decent. A few areas that I wish I hadn't heard. However, the narrator was horrible!! You could hear him breathing. It also had a horrible flow from one chapter to another. I was expecting to actually hear him clear his throat. The worst part was when he tried to do a female voice. Like nails on a chalkboard. Now that I know the narrator's name, I will never buy another book with him reading it!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!