OK. Better than recent Patterson offerings. Expect a little diversion and this delivers. But not really a book. Two, totally unconnected plot ideas brought together by the Cross character.
I have listened to other books in the "Private" series. They still seem in search of a core theme. The main character is mushy in terms of personality and motivation and that changes from book to book. The plot is mildly interesting. Honestly, I finished this book two days ago and--like cotton candy--it's gone. Seems like the Patterson "brand" has become publishing fast food.
Not sure if Patterson dislikes his readers or just thinks we are chumps. This book suggests chumps. If he didn't have time to finish this book he should have delayed its release. But there must of been pressure inside the Patterson writing factory to hit send to the publisher. Why go to the trouble of finishing it if people like me will buy it anyway.Fool me once... This is my last contribution to Patterson Inc for the once interesting Cross series. Hey, shouldn't truth in packaging require him to at least call this Cross My Heart - Part One? Waste of time. Move on. But thanks for the author's note at the end of a book. Was this an honest to goodness apology letter to keeping people to return their books to stores before he hit best seller status.
Slow to get started. Pace and promise of an important book as it progresses. Then the narrative and storyline blows apart as the author feels around in the dark for a conclusion. Harsh? Maybe, but I was left so disappointed that it failed to make something out of some great raw material. The eventual weaving of the three story lines into "the son" is a heavy handed morality lesson. Jarring and inauthentic based on the profiles of the personalities that proceed it. The best part of the book is the performance of the various narrators. All of whom exceed the material.
Kind of like taking History of Venice 301 from a egotist prof who thinks everything he has to say is interest and important. Fact is, a good bit is worthy of the time it takes to get though the heavy lifting of rest of the text.
Listened in advance of a trip to Venice. Gave me some new perspectives on a place that I love. But after the first few chapters I had to edit to keep myself interested.
The reader sounds like a professor speaking slowly so the class can keep up and take notes. Happily you can speed him up to keep things moving.
Bottom line. A special interest listen but worth the time if you want to find out the history behind the masks.
An autobiography that leaves you liking the guy less than when you started! An ego so outsized that it is laughable. Lets see--he invented the everything bagel and then every new format of Italian dining in NYC for the last 20 years. And, it appears he did it all himself. Sure there were others involved but gives them minor credit. Even his mother. She helped him most by "stepping back". The proof of this inflated ego trip is that he decided he was the best narrator for the material. Except, he can't read his own words. Halting and slow delivery--kind of like handing a book to a middle schooler and pressing record. And he likes to curse to make a point, any point.
The positives? Well, if you are planning on opening a restaurant in NYC there are prob a few useful tips.
If you think you might like him from Master Chef this book will prove you wrong.
Nice story. Plot moves quite slowly. Slightly above average detective story. What is all the fuss about? Great marketing gimmick to launch with pseudo-name. But taken on its own there is nothing really special here. A nice short story padded into a novel. At least it is well performed and carries you over the dull patches.
Nathan McBride is a good, solid character. Story holds close to Jack Reacher novel. A series also read by Dick Hill. Mr. Hill makes the material better. Like a great actor he can make a good story great. No wonder he has won so many audible awards. If there is a better reader--I have not heard them yet. Very entertaining and now I want to hear the other two books in this series.
A long time Patterson fan. Have been very disappointed in recent offerings. But Private Berlin is a decent read and feels like Patterson is putting some effort into characters and plot after a bunch of paint-by-the-numbers books. Performance of story is very strong and helps power you through the predictable parts. Hope this is beginning of renewed interest in writing by Mr. Patterson.
This is a modern classic. Reading Vonnegut again reminds me of his mastery of word choice and irony to make his point. A turning point in anti-war literature for my generation. Wonderful. But, this narration almost derails the book. Who told Ethan Hawke that it would be best to whisper the entire text? I have heard Vonnegut read portions of the book and he performed in a conversational voice. The narration detracted from the lyrical style of the author. A real shame for the next generation of Vonnegut readers.
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