©1999 James Patterson; (P) and ©1999 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
"Patterson's well-oiled suspense machine grinds away with solid precision." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
Don't hire this actor to read any more of his books!
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.
Just start over with a different actor.
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.
I always enjoy Alex Cross.
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 I were the sound editor I would have not let this performance be uncoached or unediited.
I am going to ask for a refund on this one.
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
The suspect in this story was pure evil and believed he was smarter or above the law.
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
Andre Braugher or Daniel Whitner maybe even Tim Cain
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.
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
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.
Another fantastic story with Alex Cross - the hits just keep on rolling
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.
If you like the other Alex Cross books then you will like this book. Good book overall!
Really quite an horrendous horror story of gratuitous violence. Apallingly narrated with ludricous affectation by Michael Kramer.
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