This is my first and last purchase of an Audible Alex Cross novel by James Patterson. There are two different narrators here and it is like night and day. The reader of Alex Cross' voice is genuinely terrible! He is mono-toned, has no inflection, no acting ability, and hurries through the reading like he is just trying to get it done, rather than interest the listener. Who thought this reader would be a good choice? Incredibly bad decision.
The other reader was pretty decent but does not make up for the Alex Cross voice. The reader of an Audible book has a responsibility to entertain the listener, but the opposite has happened here.
I may have given this book more stars if the reader had done a good job, but because he ruined the listening experience, the book gets one star.
--I absolutely love james patterson's books--he is one of my favorite authors--would recommend his books to anyone and have recommended it many times--keep em coming
I agree with Sam (below). Andre Braughter is no Peter Fernandez (aka Alex Cross). I enjoyed the flow of the Cross Fire, especially learning what Kyle Craig has up his sleeve, hovwever the ending was a bit anti-clamatic for me; just my humble opinion.
The story is a bit dry. Not the level of suspense we've had with Cross novels of the past. We've also had enough Kyle Craig. Hopefully this is his true demise. Too much Alex and Bree action. This is a suspense novel, not soft porn. The narrator doesn't compare to Cross narrator's of the past.
This is, I believe, the 17th in the Detective Alex Cross series. After all, if you have a winning formula why change it?
No twists, turns or surprises here. It's your basic Alex Cross: handsome black man living with his three children from two women and his own 90-something grandmother, an intelligent matriarch who takes care of them all. There is a surprise appearance by an emotionally disturbed old girlfriend but that was a story element that got dropped. Hard to see why Patterson brought her in like that at all. There's his lifelong best friend, a master criminal, a slightly strange criminalist in the lab, and so on.
I've read this book before. Why did I pick it up again? Because it's an easy, entertaining read and I needed a change from some heavier stuff I'm reading.
Do I recommend this book? Sure if you like a low key detective story with a variety of characters and not much violence. Some people might call it a police procedural, but it is one only in the loosest sense, in my opinion.
A pleasant, easy read.
I've visualized Braugher as Cross for this entire series, and finally he's here as the narrator! Excellent.