It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything - and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days.
Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross will be a holiday classic for years to come.
©2012 James Patterson (P)2012 Hachette Audio
I love this so much that I bought the book for my son. I will let him tell me what he thinks. But I thought the audio production was great
Yes, was very easy to follow. I listen while driving and was able to stop and start and not loose interest in the book. I like the short chapters.
Loved the cute parts with Nanna Mamma. I was reading it at Christmas time. Liked the family parts
Alex and Nanna Mamma
The entire house hostage part. How anyone could turn on his entire family
Good listening. Enjoyed the ending.
Alex Cross is his usual intuitive detective, this time solving two crises when he'd rather be home for Christmas.
The snarky bad guy's voice from the first crisis is too close to the voice of another character in the second crisis
Yes..and additional sound effects were thrown in
There's always room for another fast-paced Alex Cross for an entertaining read. It's not a literary masterpiece, but it's entertaining
The multiple narrator voices were terrific. I found that I enjoyed this more than I expected to.
It is difficult to compare this to other books beyond the Alex Cross series, and this does not dissapoint. The story moves at what feels like light speed, with twists and turns that make it incedibly difficult to put down the iPod.
I really enjoyed the multiple voices.
I enjoyed and appreciated Tyler Perry as Alex Cross in the movie of the previous book. The performance was powerful enough that now Mr. Perry's face will forever be the face that I see when listening to or reading these stories. It was really enjoyable to have that image with me as I became emotionally invested in this story.
AKA The Geeky Blogger
Read from December 03 to 04, 2012
Listened for Fun! (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.75(Not Part of the Overall Rating)
Part of my 25 Books for the Holidays for 2012
How Merry Christmas, Alex Cross put me in the Holiday Spirit: I love the Alex Cross series because I can always count on him to get the bad guy! That being said, it was his family that really injected the Holiday spirit into this story. His Nana was just perfect!
What I thought of the Characters/Story: Merry Christmas, Alex Cross was almost like 2 novellas in one book. The characters that we have grown to know and love through out the series were all there for Christmas (except his 6 year old that gives him a call). The story(s) were pretty typical Alex Cross situations but they felt a little rushed. Even though, I bought the timeline the action seemed a little rushed. Both situations were still very interesting and action packed. This book should not be missed by Alex Cross fans.
What I thought of the Audio: Just going to say it: the audio rocked the casbah! This was a seriously well done audiobook with 3 narrators to tell the story. The pacing was excellent, the voices spot on, and the only drawback was the over abundance of musical moments. I am thinking this is a series that I am going to start listening to on audio.
Added more to the plot.
Story was too short and to predictable. Usually James Patterson's books have more plot twists and more to think about and interest you.
OK. Not Annoying.
A good short listen for Christmas time.
I felt the price should have reflected the length of the book.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
Now Alex is into terrorist threats. And he has his usual family/job conflicts, made worse by the season when this book takes place. I find the sound (gunshots, explosions) unnecessary.
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