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Invisible | [James Patterson, David Ellis]

Invisible

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, June 2014 - In typical James Patterson fashion, Invisible was suspenseful, fast-paced, and filled with twists and turns. The story follows Emmy Dockery, a brash and outspoken FBI analyst who is convinced that a string of supposedly accidental deaths is actually the work of one unknown serial killer. Dismissed by both her family and the Bureau, Emmy must find the link between these closed cases before more lives are claimed. Patterson and Ellis did a spectacular job with both character development and plotline. There was never a dull moment as the story built up to its twisted and surprising climax. I couldn’t put this book down – and with January LaVoy as the female narrator, I can’t wait to revisit this story in audio. –Laura, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire.

Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can't afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day - and they're all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?

Invisible is James Patterson's scariest, most chilling stand-alone thriller yet.

©2014 James Patterson and David Ellis (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Wendelin 07-29-14
    Wendelin 07-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "sensational book from the beginning to the end."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Invisible to be better than the print version?

    I believe book would be great in print and auduio. By it being in audio you can truly visualize a movie unfolding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The surprise ending.


    What does January LaVoy and Kevin Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The mere description of the killers personality.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me want to listen all the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Read or listen for self you like detective stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward 07-06-14
    Edward 07-06-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Disappointing story and cheesy reading"
    What disappointed you about Invisible?

    There is an over reliance on internal thought processes of the main character, which become very annoying over time given the way they are read by the actor. James Patterson's books have never been known to be intellectual in nature, but this one takes the cake for oversimplification. Sure, there are some twists and turns at the end of the book, but the buildup to it isn't worth the wait. The way the villain is read also gets pretty annoying, and the attempt to make her menacing falls way short.


    What could James Patterson and David Ellis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less unimportant internal dialogue of main character; Attempting to create a side "love story" that tries too hard to make listeners actually care about the main characters; Weak monologues by villain there were intended to give off a creepy personae; Waiting until the last minute to reveal the "plot twist," which just didn't work in a story this superficial.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of January LaVoy and Kevin Collins ?

    January LaVoy attempted to bring life to the main character, but she quickly became annoying due to her interpretation of the emotional monologues and dialogues. The "desperation" came across as whiney. Also, too much reliance on an almost slapstick approach to Patterson's attempts to be witty, which was also annoying after the 100th time.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Invisible?

    The extended internal dialogue of the main character - not necessary in a story this superficial. The focus should be on catching this villain, not all the side stories.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Perry albany, OR, United States 09-28-14
    Perry albany, OR, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2010

    Perry Martin is an American Audio Book Reviewer. I listen to 3-4 books a week as a long haul truck driver. I review so you don't have to.

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    "Does a serial killer exist if no one knows?"

    This audiobook is Narated by January LaVoy and Kevin Collins. This book is a true suspense thriller. The narrative  between the serial killer and the FBI tells parallel stories that keep you on the edge of your listening seat. LaVoy and Collins crest unique voices for each character and you can feel the tension as they present the written word.

    As much as I like James Patterson's series I like his stand alone books as well as any other thrillers. As a former Research Analyst (RA) I love the inclusion of the data collection and evaluation of clues by the RA's. Sorting through the haystack to find the needle takes a special skill and patience.

    This is a story about a killer who doesn't exist, crimes that don't link, victims with no connection, in essence it is about the invisible. One victims sister is an RA for the FBI. As a twin she knows her sister was murdered. There seems to be no evidence so the hunt begins with a single RA looking for clues.

    The twists and turns throughout this book keep the listener guessing until the final chapter. This is a quick listen worth every second. 

    I purchased this book for my own pleasure and for review. It was a great choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 09-13-14
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 09-13-14
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    "Ugh."

    It's been a while since I bailed on a book in the first hour, but I couldn't get past the readers and the hokey background music.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Scottsdale, AZ, United States 08-12-14
    Jean Scottsdale, AZ, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself! I practice criminal law, a member of the Arizona State Bar, love to read like everyone who loves this site.

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    "RIVETING"

    This is crime/thriller writing at its best. Won't repeat what others have said better. I've found Patterson disappointing last few years. NOT THIS TIME. The Master is back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Little L.I. NY 08-04-14
    Linda Little L.I. NY 08-04-14 Member Since 2013

    Linnie

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    "Excellent as always"

    One of his best. The narration and performance was excellent and had a hard time taking off my headset. The ending superb. Can't wait for his next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 07-18-14
    David 07-18-14
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    "I enjoyed this book."
    Where does Invisible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    up at the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    It got me questioning what I was hearing. Why the bad guy was doing this or that. Is what the FBI knows right or planted to make them think it is.


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy and Kevin Collins – was your favorite?

    I almost didn't notice that there was a second person .... That's how much I got into the story. It did help having two different people reading it. I can't say more ....


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Just what the title is.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I figured it out who the killer was before the story told me I still liked the story. I don't normally like books that I can figure out before the end but not this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jasmine 06-27-14
    Jasmine 06-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Invisible was Visibly Unbelievable"
    What would have made Invisible better?

    If the protagonist had been more likeable!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was too sappy & unbelievable.


    Did January LaVoy and Kevin Collins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Invisible?

    The scene where rude, know-it-all Emme stormed the house although Books, her superior and the most experienced agent, ordered her not too.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good story, gone bad. I like strong women characters, but this person was too much! She was so annoying, I found it was painful to keep listening to her heroics. I expected her to put on a cape and fly, and I had no sympathy for the main character. I found her so annoying, I hoped she died at the end!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl L McCrary 11-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A remarkable work that was completely unexpected"
    If you could sum up Invisible in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected, Gripping, Surprising


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was unexpected. From the format, to the structure, to the ending I never knew what was going to happen next despite being certain that I knew who did it.


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

    I finished it in one day.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't stop because you believe you know who did it. You will be wrong!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Corbett 11-06-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Awesome and surprising ending!"
    Where does Invisible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Invisible ranks near the top. It's hard to assign a rank per se since I am a diehard James Patterson fan and nearly everything he writes or co-writes is top notch in my book (pardon the pun)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that these were new and unfamiliar characters in this book and I enjoyed getting to know them. Now I want more!


    What about January LaVoy and Kevin Collins ’s performance did you like?

    Very convincing portrayal of the characters. I usually always read a sample of the hard copy book first before purchasing the Audiobook. I then try to determine if the performers meet my expectation of how I envision the characters to be. They knocked it out of the park!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. Emmy lashed out at Books that he couldn't get over the fact that she wouldn't marr him. How could she be so cruel? I felt his pain and for a time, didn't want him to let her in his heart again. In the end, I forgave her 😄


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see a new book about Emmy and Books! I'm already addicted to the Women's Muder Club, Alex Cross and Michael Bennett (I've read or listened to every book in these series.). I wouldn't mind adding Emmy and Books to my list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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