Mushy dialog and sterotypical characters, combined with jerky plot, makes this a trudge through sludge. I want my money back.
To each his own I suppose. This was my first Alex Cross book. If this is bad (as others indicate) I can't wait to listen to others. I found the book to be well written and the story line as believable as most other crime novels. The ending could have a bit more suspense, but I liked it the same. Narration was one of the best I have heard so far. This best seller is worth the investment and time. Cheers!
I enjoyed this book the story line was excellent and it bought some of the other novels together. I like that in all novels the importance of family is always part of the storyline.
Take the time to read or listen to this one.
I have revisited all of the Alex Cross books I have. Great stories and I tend to miss the characters if I haven't visited in a while.
I really love the flashbacks to his life with Maria. Their life together has only been talked about briefly in all the books but this takes it a bit further by delving into Alex's feelings and emotions and how they relate to the current situation.
I think with all the details and the mounting multitude of plots both past and present, it would be hard to miss the build up. The tension as it gets closer to the edge. You can really feel it in the characters voices mood. The build is good, but the finale is amazing.
There is a feeling of relief as some of his family issues get solved. You feel good for Alex as his life now has a few less tangles.
Reading these books in order, this one breathes new life into the series and revives some of the danger and suspense. Better than the last two in the series put together.
I would most definitely listen to "Cross" again, as a matter of fact, I almost did.
I would say this is a close comparison to the "The Weasel"
I believe I have heard these two readers together, and I enjoyed the movement of the story, the grab the listener an make them hold on type readers.
Never in one sitting if I can help it. I would take an hour or so break process the information and began again. Too intense, to much information for one sitting.
I was really getting caught up in this "Butcher" character, then I realized James Patterson build him up to much to be real.
In a real college town, the buddy system would have came into play, no one would have been allowed to walk alone. Those that were alone, would have carried some sort of protection, pepper spray, pocket knife, concealed weapon, etc. and knew how to use them.
I don't believe in a hitman, who can't hit the side of a barn and I believe every mean hearted person that read this story laughed to read people thought they were so incompetent.
But for entertainment, I thought it was awesome. It kept me wanting more; not knowing how Mr. Patterson was going to wrap this one up but he did and the Alex Cross saga continues.
I've never read the print, but love the audio.
Lots of great scenes, including the creepy step by step of the killer stalking victims, scene outside Blues Alley in Georgetown, and the final scene at the awards ceremony.
yes, i couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen.
I have now listened to three Alex Cross stories and love them all.
The storytellers were pretty good, but as a new audiobook person, it took a while to get into the story by listning, not by reading. I had problems differentiating between the storytellers and would have enjoyed a bigger difference between them. The best thing about the Cross books is that you can establish a connection with the personas in the story. One can relate to them and smile or get sad on their behalf, here the storyteller has done a good job. Also being able to enjoy a good book while doing other things like run, bike, housework or drive was great I really enjoyed that. The story was good, and it linked back to the death of Cross' wife which gave it a bit of a twist though the Cross books always do.
I guess so....
No exteme reactions to this book, it did not surprise, it gave me what I wanted as the Cross books always do. Kind of 'no-thinking' entertainment - not to say that the book was bad - but it did not surprise either. It lived up to the expectations :-)
the mystery of it and going back in his past
yes, couldn't stop listening to it.
Yes don't want to stop!
Can't wait for the movie with Tyler Perry