©1986, 1994, 2000 by James Patterson, All Rights Reserved; © and (P)2000 Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
"Patterson, among the best novelists of crime stories ever, has reached his pinnacle." (USA Today)
I rated this book at only two stars based on the other books I've read by James Patterson. I am a big fan of his work, but this one seemed to fall short. The progression of the story was slow and tedious at times, and I found myself checking my listening device to see how much time was left. It was a process of personal endurance for me to finish this book. This is the only Patterson book to which I've had such a reaction. I'd recommend any of his other works as excellent suspense stories and would suggest checking those out and skip this one.
I love James Patterson but did not like this book at all. I found it to be somewhat boring, probably due to my lack of knowledge about the stock market. Like the other reviewer, I found myself wishing that the book would end. But I listened to the whole thing anyway since I paid for it.
I love James Patterson's writing, especially the Alex Cross novels, however this book couldn't hold my interest at all. Like one reviewer said I kept waiting for it to be over but I listened to it because I paid for it. I hoped it would get better but it never did. I suppose if I had any interest at all in the stock market world I may have enjoyed it more. It was however, read beautifully so if you are a stock market enthusiast then try it out!
"I am that person that reads along with the audio. My list of books to read is every James Patterson book I can get my hands on, hopefully in order because I hate missing any part no matter what it is."
"Black Friday" I loved it. I hate how James Patterson rewrites his books because Black Friday is a rewrite of Black Market and I have the book Black Market but the audio to Black Friday. Even with the differences it was still a good read. And I can mark two books off my very long list. I found myself holding my breath hoping that what I knew was gonna happen didn't. I love reading these books. I do not believe I have listened to any of Peter Fernandez's other performances before, but I believe that he was perfect for this, because his voice and persona matched the story perfectly. Arch Carroll is definitely my favorite character in this book.
I was very disappointed in Black Friday. As other reviewers have stated, the pace was slow and the end/solution not at all satisfying. I was also hit by too many technical mistakes (as a retired officer) when Patterson was talking about the military (for example, when he said a Special Forces Colonel in full dress uniform was wearing a red beret - they don't call them the Green Berets for nothing). I can only hazard a guess how many he made with regards to the stock market or finance. The slow pace and technical errors made a very long listen for this book.
Well developed characters and plot with enough twists and turns to keep the reader anxious. Enough truth to be believable and somewhat frightening.
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