There's only one thing Alex knows: the killer adores an audience. As victims are made into gruesome spectacles citywide, inducing a media hysteria, it becomes clear to Alex that the man he's after is a genius of terror - and he's after fame. The killer has the whole city by its strings. And he'll stop at nothing to become the most terrifying star that Washington, D.C., has ever seen.
Solve another case with Alex Cross.
©2007 James Patterson; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
I bought this book as an experiment - I wanted to see if I liked J. Patterson's writing. Turns out I'm not a huge fan, and the narration just spoiled whatever good stuff was left. Awful.. sorry... would NOT recommend. I suspect actually reading the book would be MUCH better.
Want a good narrator? try Dick Hill, or Steven Weber.
The story was slow and flat
I love Patterson.
This is the first time I couldn't finish a Patterson Book. Darnit!
Terrible narrator for Alex Cross. Absolutely ruined the book. I suffered through it only because it was such a short book. He sounded like he was reading a children's story. Even worse as the female character. The second narrator was very good. I was relieved when the killer was speaking so that I could get a break from the Cross narrator.
I enjoyed the story line. Unfortunately the more Cross books I read the less I like Alex Cross. I do however like the story lines as they pertain to the crimes and so I am in the process of listening to all of them.
Again, I really don't care for the character of Alex Cross. I love hearing about the villains and their perspectives. Alex Cross is a good crime fighter but not much more beyond that. I can't understand how he gets such great women like Bri Stone to care about him when he is so unappealing as a partner.
Both Mr. Fernandez and Mr. Stuhlbarg are excellent story tellers. I enjoy all the characters they give life to.
Despite finding Alex Cross annoying as a man, grandson and expecially a father I really enjoy the stories and "mysteries' and will continue to listen to the series.
I really enjoyed this Cross book. The storytellers were better and easier to distinguish between. I really enjoyd the plot and also meeting 'old friends' again. I thought the play between Alex and Brianna was really good and I enjoyed that she was portraied as a strong able woman. This plot was better than I had expected and I loved the twists and turns. It keeps you in suspence and makes you want to listen more. This book was a 'sit-down and listen' kind of book. You had to concentrate to get all the nuances, but at the same time I let it rest for about 2 weeks and then picked up right where I left off without hesitation. It was great.
The storytellers are really good. I especially enjoy the combination of Fernandez and Stuhlbard, better than Fernandez and Jay. I will be looking out for this combination of storytellers as they made the story come alive, one could feel that one was IN the story not just listening to it.
If you have not read any of the other Cross books then do NOT start with this one, it has references to earlier books which if you do not know these books then you will miss out on a lot of the story. For the rest of you highly recommended listening :-)
BEST : THE PRINCIPAL CHARACTER
WORST: SOME GORY DETAILS
MOST INTERESTING: ANALIZING DR. CROSS' PATIENTS
LEAST INTERESTING: DR. CROSS' FAMILY.
I CAN NOT REMEMBER THESE CHARACTERS.
THE STAR SHOULD BE SOMEBODY LIKE ALEX BALDWIN.
NOT AN UNFORGETABLE BOOK
This was not my favorite listen. First of all, the narration was difficult. Everyone talked like Captain Kirk. "Alex. What. do. you. MAKE. of THIS?"
Second, the story was like those mysteries we used to write in fourth grade. This happened, then that happened, then that happened again, the guy was really mean, she was really scared...and on and on without depth or intrigue. There was no masterful turn of events. I kept waiting for something that would get my imagination flowing, a twist or turn of a good story line that would make me wonder and think, provide a puzzle to figure out, or a character with whom to identify. The attempts were shallow and did not hold my interest. Just one sick murder after the other and a bunch of Captain Kirks trying to figure it out.
The ending just happened with nothing resolved and no feeling of accomplishment. I don't want to spoil it, so all I'll say is you'll have to wait for "Double Cross 2, The Sequel" to know what happens.
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