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Michael

Fond of Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi, Fiction, and Self Help, but open to much more. I often read or listen to relax or escape. I don't think I have ever read an abridged version of any book. I hope my reviews are helpfu.

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  • Alex Cross, Run

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (717)

    Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties", bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach....

    Cris says: "Ugh!"
    "If you like Cross this should be in your top 5"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Alex Cross, Run to be better than the print version?

    I always enjoy the audible version often after reading the print version. The inflections of the readers sometimes differ from my own on just the reading. Audio always helps with a deeper personality insight of the characters and often the pronunciations of names and places.


    What other book might you compare Alex Cross, Run to and why?

    Kathy Reichs Bones series. I'll say Devil Bones as an example. Great character insight and development. Rich descriptions and a story that easy to follow with out becoming too technical (for very long) and not making you feel like "I'm going to have wade through this to get to the good stuff". Mostly entertaining with some real world detail about times and places.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Boatman and Steven Boyer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have and this is once again a top notch performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book is action packed and full of more character insight that builds through the entire series. This one more than the last 3 or 4 books really push the one sitting button for me. Listening for me is often a guilty pleasure as I like to immerse myself in the story and not be multitasking as I listen. That said, most good books make me want to listen in one sitting, but as daily life is busy, I make myself find a good stopping point and listen over several sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    The Cross series not only delivers the mysteries and thrills this type of book is expected to have, but also pulls you into the lives of the supporting characters. Not only do you want to know how Alex Cross thinks and tracks the criminal, but Patterson truly makes you want to know more about the other characters. An example of this for me, is always wanting to know what is going on with the character Nana Mama and learn more about aspects of her life, sometimes separately from the main focus of the story. This book has a good deal of the to offer. If you start reading in the middle of the series, you will find yourself wanting to start at the beginning. It's not entirely necessary, but will add so much more to the story.

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