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Cradle and All | [James Patterson]

Cradle and All

In the latest from best selling author James Patterson, all signs are pointing toward something awful. Worldwide epidemics, droughts, famines, floods, and stranger still, two immaculate conceptions, have the world wondering, are these random acts of nature, or is this prophecy? Can't get enough of James Patterson's distinctive thrillers? Browse more Patterson titles.
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Publisher's Summary

In Boston, a young woman finds herself pregnant - even though she is still a virgin. In Ireland, another young woman discovers she is in the same impossible condition. And in cities all around the world, civic authorities are overwhelmed by epidemics, droughts, famines, floods, and worse. It feels like a sign that something awful is coming.

Anne Fitzgerald, a former nun turned private investigator, is hired by the Archdiocese of Boston to investigate the immaculate conceptions. Even as she comes to care and trust the young women, she realizes that both are in great danger. Terrifying forces of good and evil are gathering. Stepping into uncharted territory where the unknown is just the beginning, Anne must discover the truth - to save the young women, to save herself, and to protect the future of all mankind.

©2000 by James Patterson; (P) and ©2000 by Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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    Gayle Portland, OR, USA 09-08-03
    Gayle Portland, OR, USA 09-08-03
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    "what a bizarre story"

    I didn't read the book description before I listened to this one. I just went on the "I like James Patterson's books.". This one was bizarre from the get-go and just got stranger as things went along. There were bits in the story where you got pulled in, but the story was just too farfetched and I kept thinking this is utter nonsense. and in the end, it just got worse. I hate to not finish a book, but I wish I had stopped long before the end of this one.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Jayne Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 06-01-04
    Jayne Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 06-01-04 Member Since 2004
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    "suspense and new look at virgin births"

    great book - totally absorbed all the way through - you have to like the topic but if you do it delivers

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    lori 08-07-14
    lori 08-07-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "Good"
    What did you like best about Cradle and All? What did you like least?

    It was interesting


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson? Why or why not?

    I love James Patterson. that is why I chose this book


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    narrator was fine


    Any additional comments?

    please write the sequel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Who cares where I live? 11-12-13
    Michael Who cares where I live? 11-12-13 Member Since 2002

    No comment.

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    "Not my kind of content."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well-spent, no. But given that I listen to audio books while doing household labor, I don’t feel it is an entire waste of time.


    Would you recommend Cradle and All to your friends? Why or why not?

    Can’t give a yes or no answer to this one. But no if they were like me. The why would be that there are books much more to my liking. Don’t care for religious focused storylines in general.


    Do you think Cradle and All needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I recommend against. But I can’t say why without supplying a spoiler. So few books need a sequel that I hope this one doesn’t get one.


    Any additional comments?

    TECHNICAL: Recording and production were invisible which they should be.

    PERFORMANCE: Nice voice, generally a solid performance, but some of the emotive scenes were over played, or annoyingly played without it being a supportive element for the story.

    STORY: Not really a fan of the mystery-spiritual-horror novel. That said, the authorcraft was adequate; interesting plot twists, but not too many. Rich, but not overly verbose descriptions of characters, situations, and setting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Spring Church, PA, United States 12-25-10
    Terri Spring Church, PA, United States 12-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Cradle Rockin'"

    James Patterson is a masterful story teller and this book was no exception. He weaves the story so well with unexpected twists and turns that holds ones attention. The person who read the book, did so with such technique and flourish that there was never any doubt which character was telling the story or who was speaking each time. What a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Maryville, MO, USA 01-14-09
    Marilyn Maryville, MO, USA 01-14-09
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    "narrator drove me crazy"

    The story was pretty bad and the narration made it worse, I think this would have been a better read then listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Adler New York, NY 07-22-05
    Charles Adler New York, NY 07-22-05 Member Since 2002

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    "Just Like A Virgin"

    This book was predictable and telegraphed from page one. The minor twist at the end is a cheap shot at the sequel that should have been part of this lame story. Also the music was QUITE annoying. Even if you love Patterson like I do - stay away from this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Reunion, CO, USA 02-14-05
    Justin Reunion, CO, USA 02-14-05
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    "Boring"

    Board to death! Do not get this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Sutton, MA, USA 01-24-05
    Cynthia Sutton, MA, USA 01-24-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Not your typical Patterson"

    I loved this work, like others, I went with the "oooh Patterson", love his stuff, and didn't read the book description. Not as bizarre as the Lake House but definately different. I stayed up way to late and in my car far too long with this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Constance Houston, TX, USA 01-06-05
    Constance Houston, TX, USA 01-06-05
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    "Disappointed"

    I listened to this story just before Christmas, so it was actually timely. However, I was not impressed with the story line. It was a gross departure from James Patterson's other work. Totally implausible and I finished it only out of curiosity...it did not get better, just worse. I hope that I do not waste my time on anything else so strange and farfetched.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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