©1995 James Patterson, Abridgment Approved by the Author; ©1995 Time Warner AudioBooks, ©1995 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Only), A Joint Venture of The Atlantic Group and Time Warner Trade Publishing
Book Addict.My preferred books are historical fictions, fantasy (supernatural) fictions, or just good fiction.
Yes,(surely, for the author, not sure for the narrators) but i hadn't noticed which type of version this was. Will only go with unabridged version next time.
Yes, but i hadn't noticed which type of version this was. Will only go with unabridged version next time.
Hard to judge. The edited version was done very poorly, which would impact the narrators' experience.
I think too many scenes were either omitted or cut short.
DON'T BUY ABRIDGED VERSION EVER…
I wish I read the others! VERY poor abridgment! Skips WAY too much stuff. One second Alex is in a car talking to someone and in mid-sentence he is 5 miles away chasing someone - without a break. Very weird. The reading is pretty poor as well. I am extremely disappointed.
A better reading voice!!
The story is good but it was hard to pay attention with such an awful voice.
I love James Patterson but this book was a disappointment; almost as though he was rushed to finish it. Enjoyed the sound effects and the narration better than the story.
Not sure-abridged version does not go much into detail of character-real overview.
Dislike unabridge but all that is available on Audible.co
Loved the complexity of the story but prefer someone reading as opposeed to acting out.
Doesnt matter as long as not shrill voice
read another book
Really dislike music or noises and multiple voices acting out part. This is supposed to be Audible BOOK not PLAY ON TAPE.
Not a good follow up to Along Came a Spider. They story ries to hard to be intriguing. It lacks creditability. Parts of the stroy don't make sence. Don't judge the series by this offering.
I read this book for continuity in the Alex Cross series, but I was disappointed. Robert Guillame read with a quick staccato and with a "matter of fact" flatnes and timbre that was inappropriate for the character and plot. The book did not have the cadence and tension that other Patterson books have which might be related to the quality of the abridgement. Chris Noth's reading was superior to Guillame's, but the quality of the sections he read were undermined by the tacky sound effects. "Willful suspension of disbelief" was not possible with the audio treatment of this book.
This was a great book and this is my third or fourth time reading and listening to it. The movie was better than Along Came The Spider, so that is saying something.
I feel like the movie really skipped over a lot of the detail about Casanovas collection of women and what it was like down there. I don't want to give anything so I will leave it at that.
Anything in the Cross series to me is worth the read, this one was especially good.
"Great, suspenseful stroy - pity it's abridged!"
Although I did enjoy listening to this story, the fact that it's abridged does spoil it a bit. In several places there is a jump in the narrative where you realise that, in the full version of the text, a whole episode will have been fully fleshed out; you get a sense that you're missing out on something. This has the effect of the audiobook losing a sense of the developing tension and suspense, which is an essential element in enjoying thrillers. In the end I wished I'd read the book instead of listening to the shortened version.
"Shame it was abridged"
This was the abridged version which was a shame as it left some storylines unanswered, narration different but enjoyable.
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