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Kiss the Girls | [James Patterson]

Kiss the Girls

In the most suspenseful thriller yet from the author of Along Came a Spide and Jack and Jill, Detective Alex Cross is on the trail of 2 murderers who may be working together. Casanova preys on talented college women from the Carolinas to Florida. The Gentleman Caller is terrorizing Los Angeles. The case takes Cross coast to coast and to the Deep South, where his niece, a law student, has been abducted. Will she be the next victim of one, or both, of the killers?
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Publisher's Summary

In the most suspenseful thriller yet from the author of Along Came a Spider and Jack and Jill, Detective Alex Cross is on the trail of 2 murderers who may be working together. Casanova preys on talented college women from the Carolinas to Florida. The Gentleman Caller is terrorizing Los Angeles. The case takes Cross coast to coast and to the Deep South, where his niece, a law student, has been abducted. Will she be the next victim of one, or both, of the killers?

©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

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of AudioFile 1996 Earphones Award, Mystery/Suspense.

What Members Say

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    Thomas Northville, MI, United States 02-13-07
    Thomas Northville, MI, United States 02-13-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointment"

    This book is a copy of the movie not the book. The actual book was a truly suspenceful book. This book even changes who the bad guy is like the movie did,

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara 03-31-13
    Tamara 03-31-13

    Book Addict. My preferred books are historical fictions, fantasy (supernatural) fictions, or just good fiction.

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    "Abridged Version is Terrible"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Robert Guillaume and Chris Noth ?

    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.


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

    Yes, but i hadn't noticed which type of version this was. Will only go with unabridged version next time.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Hard to judge. The edited version was done very poorly, which would impact the narrators' experience.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Kiss the Girls?

    I think too many scenes were either omitted or cut short.


    Any additional comments?

    DON'T BUY ABRIDGED VERSION EVER…

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John nAPERVILLE, IL, United States 03-01-11
    John nAPERVILLE, IL, United States 03-01-11

    Graham Crackers Comics

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    "ABRIDGED - skip it"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Tucson, AZ, United States 02-24-11
    Mark Tucson, AZ, United States 02-24-11 Member Since 2008
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    "AVOID!!!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Avon, CT, USA 03-10-04
    Susan Avon, CT, USA 03-10-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Poor Abridgement & Reading"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy M. Nordean APO, AA United States 08-16-14
    Wendy M. Nordean APO, AA United States 08-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Why only abridged???"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    I was very happy the book was over!!!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Guillaume and Chris Noth ?

    The guy who read along came a spider.


    Do you think Kiss the Girls needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It really kind of does already


    Any additional comments?

    Unabridged!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Merrianne 05-01-14
    Merrianne 05-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I can't believe I didn't notice this was ABRIDGED"
    What did you like best about Kiss the Girls? What did you like least?

    I liked the storyline but it felt rushed and now I know why - majorly abridged


    Did Robert Guillaume and Chris Noth do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    They did


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laraine Andover, NY, United States 04-18-13
    Laraine Andover, NY, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2013

    Love audiobooks. Mystery and suspense novels are the ones I enjoy the most.

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    "Great Story"

    Very good story line but wasn't that excited about the narrators. Would recommend to friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Jaros New York, New York USA 04-18-13
    Christine Jaros New York, New York USA 04-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Abridged stinks-musics detracts from story"
    What did you like best about Kiss the Girls? What did you like least?

    Not sure-abridged version does not go much into detail of character-real overview.
    Dislike unabridge but all that is available on Audible.co


    If you’ve listened to books by James Patterson before, how does this one compare?

    Loved the complexity of the story but prefer someone reading as opposeed to acting out.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Guillaume and Chris Noth ?

    Doesnt matter as long as not shrill voice


    Did Kiss the Girls inspire you to do anything?

    read another book


    Any additional comments?

    Really dislike music or noises and multiple voices acting out part. This is supposed to be Audible BOOK not PLAY ON TAPE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jmcfarla 01-01-13
    jmcfarla 01-01-13
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    "Great Read"

    very good book, I would recommend it to anyone that likes murder mysterys.
    give it a try!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Leo
    Middlesex, United Kingdom
    5/27/09
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    11/8/12
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    "Shame it was abridged"

    This was the abridged version which was a shame as it left some storylines unanswered, narration different but enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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