©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…
Graham Crackers Comics
Stupid me. I didn't notice that it was an abridged edition. Voice's are fine, background music was an interesting touch - but holy cow does the story jump around like crazy. Abridged=bad. Avoid it if you can, it's like reading part of a novel - you will not feel satisfied when you finish it since you can tell so much is left out.
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.
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.
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.
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
Can't trust anyone.
I liked that i couldn't predict the next move of the story. I really enjoy a bookthat keeps me guessing.
AMAZING, SEXY, DARK
They did make a film, it's not as good as this book...but it's worth seeing.
Avoid Cassanova's Kiss
This book made my husband and I decide that we would never read an abridged book again. The sound effects were so terribly annoying. The phrase "tick cock" has become a joke with us that signifies something ridiciously bad.
I was very happy the book was over!!!
The guy who read along came a spider.
It really kind of does already
I liked the storyline but it felt rushed and now I know why - majorly abridged
Love audiobooks. Mystery and suspense novels are the ones I enjoy the most.
Very good story line but wasn't that excited about the narrators. Would recommend to friends.
"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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