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Pop Goes the Weasel | [James Patterson]

Pop Goes the Weasel

The latest from the author of When the Wind Blows and Kiss the Girls reveals Patterson at the peak of his power and is easily his most dynamic and compelling psychological thriller to date. Here is a chilling villain, a love story of great tenderness, and a plot of relentless suspense and heart-pounding pace.
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Alex Cross is back, and he's in love. Unfortunately, a series of chilling murders in Washington intervenes, with a plot twist you will never forget. Cross' ingenious pursuit of the quirky killer produces a suspect - a British diplomat named Geoffrey Shafer. But proving that Shafer is the murderer becomes a difficult and deadly task. As the diplomat engages in a brilliant series of surprising countermoves, both in and out of the courtroom, Cross and his fiancei become hopelessly involved with the most memorable villain Cross has ever faced.

©1999 James Patterson; (P) and ©1999 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the Critics Say

"Patterson's well-oiled suspense machine grinds away with solid precision." (Publishers Weekly)

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    annewbe 05-14-13
    annewbe 05-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I love this series!!!!"

    Wow! What a GREAT series!!! Alex Cross proves once again what a bad mother he is!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Navarre, FL, United States 04-09-13
    Denise Navarre, FL, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrarator was boring!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    While I'm sure the story is as fantastic as the rest of James Patterson's novels are, I couldn't get past the first chapter! The narrator was boring, pretentious and read extremely slow! If I could get my money back for the book I would. Read this one the old fashioned way and download the next book in the series.


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

    Don't hire this actor to read any more of his books!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The actor read too slowly, pausing deliberately after each sentence. It made him sound boring and pretentious. I made it through the 1st chapter and gave up.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pop Goes the Weasel?

    Just start over with a different actor.


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    lesa831 01-30-13
    lesa831 01-30-13

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    "Worst reader I have came across."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I liked the story and the author is one of my favorites, but the reader sighed after every sentence it was very distracting it was very hard to finish.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I always enjoy Alex Cross.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kramer?

    I Have listened to several Alex Cross books and all of the other readers have been excellent. I am not an audio file and not super fussy but this performance was just terrible.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pop Goes the Weasel?

    If I were the sound editor I would have not let this performance be uncoached or unediited.


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to ask for a refund on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Howard Oregon 09-22-12
    Kelly Howard Oregon 09-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "meh. fairly amateurish"

    It's been many, many years since I read a Patterson novel; I thought I remembered them as being pretty good. Apparently I've been confusing them with the movie "Kiss the Girls," which was maybe also mediocre but I like Morgan Freeman & Ashley Judd so much (especially together) that it seemed better than it was.

    So, after a long hiatus, my reaction to his 1st book is, I'm really glad I didn't get the 2nd one, too. The writing was amateurish, the characters walking cliches who came out with excruciatingly trite/sappy/totally unreal, and utterly idiotic lines throughout. Nobody in history has ever talked the way the people in this book talk. The plot was so memorable that I had to go read the synopsis because I couldn't remember it (I finished the book last night). The whole thing suffers badly from what Roger Ebert calls The Idiot Plot, defined as "Any plot containing problems which would be solved instantly if all of the characters were not idiots.*"

    Then there's the scene where Alex's theory that there's a serial killer is finally confirmed (everybody else was in denial). So he's believed at last and has backing and a task force and....he goes on vacation for a week. Say what?! That's not really an idiot element...I don't know what the heck to call it, except maybe "time for Alex to get a new job."

    Much as I hate to say it, MIchael Kramer didn't add to the experience. He has a pleasant voice and minimalist, nearly deadpan delivery which works very well with Donald E Westlake's Dortmunder books (which are the only other things I've heard him read, & which I really enjoyed --book & reader). Unfortunately it doesn't work too well with this. Also, there was a character or two in Bermuda, and his attempt at a Bermooth accent was painful. I wouldn't expect much of anybody to know what a Bermudian accent sounded like if I didn't have some friends from there & had visited, but even a decent English-type accent would've been fine. Perhaps it was supposed to be English....? I dunno, but it was bad.

    Two thumbs down.

    *from "Ebert's Little Movie Glossary," 1994, p 52

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 08-23-12
    Amazon Customer United States 08-23-12
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    "Interesting Story Line"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The suspect in this story was pure evil and believed he was smarter or above the law.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I am pulled in by the various ways Alex Cross is pushed to the edge, yet he holds it together enough to do the right thing to catch the criminals


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kramer?

    Andre Braugher or Daniel Whitner maybe even Tim Cain


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

    This book provoked anger in me because Shaffer was such a smart mouth; I don't believe I would have had the patience of Alex Cross.


    Any additional comments?

    My biggest complaint was Michael Kramer reading as an asthmatic was the thing I had to force myself to get pass. Mr. Kramer does not read all his narratives in this labored manner. I just didn't understand

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Dover, PA, USA 06-27-12
    Mark Dover, PA, USA 06-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Could not get past the reader...."
    Any additional comments?

    Started listening to this book today and got about an hour into it before I had to shut it off. The reader is horrible, in my opinion...This is the second James Patterson book I bought with the same reader based on a suggestion by my wife. The first book was tough, because of the reader. I will not get another...guess I'll have to do the paperback thing to get Alex Cross.

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    Melissa 03-22-12
    Melissa 03-22-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Aweso"
    What did you love best about Pop Goes the Weasel?

    Another fantastic story with Alex Cross - the hits just keep on rolling


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had that kind of time you bet! I have woken up at all hours of the night and started the book back up cause I couldnt wait to hear more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    08-09-10
    08-09-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Book"

    If you like the other Alex Cross books then you will like this book. Good book overall!

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    02-27-10
    02-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A nasty piece of work"

    Really quite an horrendous horror story of gratuitous violence. Apallingly narrated with ludricous affectation by Michael Kramer.

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    Ronald W. Crabtree 08-02-03
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    "Ho Hum"

    Serial killer kidnaps squeeze. Chief of Police after cross's hide. Mammy has smart mouth going. Kids are cute. BORING!

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
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