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Mistress | [James Patterson, David Ellis]

Mistress

James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie. Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia - and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.
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Publisher's Summary

James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie.

Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia - and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have.

When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

Ben soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life. And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana's illicit affairs.

In his most heart-pumping thriller yet, James Patterson plunges us into the depths of a mind tortured by paranoia and obsession, on an action-packed chase through a world of danger and deceit.

©2013 James Patterson (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    William Attleboro, MA, United States 08-30-13
    William Attleboro, MA, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Not good"

    I have been getting into Patterson's novels in recent weeks, and gave this one a try. A few chapters in, and I am not happy. The first person narrative by "Ben" is tedious and annoying. I keep hoping it will get better, or maybe move on to another character, but probably not. I am not an expert on psychology, but whatever Ben's psychoses might be, they do not make for a pleasant narrative. Manic depressive, bipolar, paranoid schizophrenic, OCD... He seems to have many psychological problems. And perhaps that is an interesting study. But it is very difficult to listen to the audio narrative while sitting in traffic.

    And then...he rides his motorcycle to Potomac Airfield, hops into HIS Cessna, taxis out while holding his internal mental debate, nearly hits another plane on the runway, before finally taking off and happily flying off to Wisconsin. I'm a pilot and have some expertise in this regard. There's at least one major problem here. Back to the psychoses, combined with whatever cocktail of medications he talks about needing to get through the day. No way on earth this guy would ever pass a medical and get his FAA ticket. I hate when novels present situations that are just plain wrong. From the way its written, the authors seem to understand aviation ("just fly the plane..."). I don't know why they would have the main character be a pilot when he clearly can't qualify. He could just as easily have hopped on a commercial flight, chartered a plane with some of his trust fund dollars, or just ridden his motorcycle worst case.

    Just can't recommend this one at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alison glen allen, VA, United States 08-29-13
    alison glen allen, VA, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not typical for James Patterson"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    better story, fewer twists and turns (too many coincidences makes it unbelievable).


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson and David Ellis ’s story?

    Was this really a Patterson story -- had to remind myself that this isn't Brad Metzler.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Collins handled the principle character (Ben Casper) very well. He does a good job with the Russian characters. Sometimes in conversations, it becomes difficult to follow who is saying what.


    Any additional comments?

    This character (Ben) could easily lead to a series -- stories need to be stronger, less convoluted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan United States 08-29-13
    Susan United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Mistress; too much going on!"

    I stayed with this book just to hear the ending. It was as bizarre as the rest of the book.
    Too many unbelievable plot twists to keep track of.

    Keep it simple takes on new meaning!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene Soddy Daisy, TN, United States 08-28-13
    Darlene Soddy Daisy, TN, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Hated it-could not finish it"

    I usually enjoy John Patterson novels. I can usually count on them being entertaining at least. I feel bad saying this but, this book was not only not entertaining it was just bad. The constant mentioning of movie scenes by the main character was distracting and while I guess it was supposed to show the character's OCD tendencies, it was dull and interrupted the story too much.

    To make matters worse, the narration was terrible. The voice did not match the character in any way. It was very distracting. Its hard for me to put it into words but when dialogue was read every sentence came out as if the character was unsure of what he was saying.

    I never got far enough to find out why the book is titled Mistress, I just know it is just not what I expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura United States 08-28-13
    Laura United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Patterson ought to be ashamed of himself!"

    This is the most God-awful book I have ever bought. I am actually requesting a refund. Do yourself a favor and pass this one by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AMYEKSTROM fullerton, CA, United States 08-27-13
    AMYEKSTROM fullerton, CA, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "a fresh story from Patterson"
    Would you listen to Mistress again? Why?

    Loved the reader. He was amazing.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other books performed by him, but i just purchased another book by an author i do not know to listen to him again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lynette williamswood, NS, Canada 08-25-13
    lynette williamswood, NS, Canada 08-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator annoying"
    What disappointed you about Mistress?

    I've read better Patterson and the story was kind of boring and predictable


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

    made a more suspenseful plot


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin T. Collins’s performances?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Herndon, VA, United States 08-22-13
    Martin Herndon, VA, United States 08-22-13
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    "Torture"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    In my opinion I could not recommend this book to anyone.


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson and David Ellis ’s story?

    The book is long and slow moving. Narration is whiny and annoying. Too many references to the Presidents (over and over), movie characters and other non relevant topics. Waterboarding at Gitmo would be less painful.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Awful narration. What’s with the sound effects, even if I could put up with the squeaking door but police sirens, car horns, and squealing brakes? I listen to audiobooks while driving. Is anyone thinking?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration and hope that it would end. If I had another book I would have never finished it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 10-01-13
    Sandra HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I actually enjoyed this book...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mistress to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version and listened to the audio version only. I thought that the performance was really good and kept my interest.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    I thought that Kevin T. Colllin's did an excellent job in performing the character's viewpoint. He was very funny and kept the book moving at a lively pace. He was able to pull off the rambling thought of the book's main character very well.


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

    I found myself laughing several times throughout the performance by the crazy, rambling thought's of the main character at the most inopportune moments.


    Any additional comments?

    The book will definitely not win any awards for writing but I enjoyed the fast paced style and story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christina GLENDALE, AZ, United States 10-08-13
    Christina GLENDALE, AZ, United States 10-08-13
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    "Good book"
    Would you listen to Mistress again? Why?

    No I would not only reason is because I already know what happens


    What other book might you compare Mistress to and why?

    None come to mind


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    I loved his voice and how he showed the characters true emotion through his voice


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

    I liked when we found out the true story


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't mind random facts being thrown in you will like the book. Starts slow but really picks up

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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