©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)
I thought the plot was good and characters were interesting. I didn't think this is one of his best. My main complaint was the narrator. I had a hard time listening because he finished his sentences was a annoying ahhhhhhh. Good book-ahhhhhhh. Bad narrator-ahhhhhh. I recommend it if you can put up with the ahhhhhs.
True James Patterson style. However, it is a better read than a listen. I agree with the other reviewer, the aahh's are annoying and take away from the plot and characters greatly. Other narrators for his books are light years better.
A Book and a Cat: Nothing more
First, Michael Kramer's narration was exceedingly offputting, breathless(literally). I've never in all my Audible experience heard such pronounced breathing sounds, which for some reason the sound editors decided was appropriate. The first paragraph almost caused me to quit this one.
Nevertheless, I stuck it out. Alex Cross seemed impotent in this installment of the series. Can't solve the crimes. Can't stay focused on his personal loss. Can't keep himself from muttering under his breath in an effort to build suspense. It just didn't work very well, James Patterson.
This is one of Patterson's best books in the Alex Cross series. The story is gripping, the plot develops logically, yet with unexpected twists that keep it exciting. Characters are well developed. Just an excellent Patterson.
But the narration! Michael Kramer's narration is both breathless and breath-y. Almost every sentence ends with an audible puff of air that became extremely annoying within the first five minutes. In this book with a number of international characters, it was a shame to have a narrator who was unsuccessful at differentiating accents. In fact, it was very difficult to tell the characters apart. There seemed to be one voice for the American males and one for the UK males. The English accent was supercilious and unlike any real English accent I have ever heard.
The narration is why I gave this great vintage Patterson only two stars. It was a deep disappointment.
This listen was extremely disappointing! I couldn’t wait for it to painfully grind to a final finish and had to stop listening about half way through.
The narrator was not an ideal choice in this instance. The nerve rash that I felt consumed any pleasure I may have gotten from a good story written by a brilliant writer.
Perhaps if a more talented or experienced narrator were contracted this could become a rescue and salvage success.
don't know, the narrator is too distracting to concentrate on the story
i'm not even half way...I guess story line is the redeeming quality
If I can swap out this book for the abridge version at not cost, it would help. I did learn a lesson...read reviewes and listen to a sample...I'll be doing this from now on.
I really loved the story of the four horsemen, but the trial seemed to drag on a little bit. All in all it was a decent book that left an opening for the next novel, but i really feel this one probably could have been left of out the overall story of Alex Cross.
audio quality not great, but generally entertaining. Im assuming this is due to thr age of the recording.
"Don't understand poor reviews on here?"
This book is fab! Do read the other Alex Cross books first, as that way you'll get more out of the story. Superb
Love Alex's relationship with his kids, Nanna and Sampson- such a mistake for the film of "Along comes a spider" to miss this out! Some laugh out loud parts when these interact
Michael Kramer is slated in other reviews-really cannot understand why? No probs at all for me.
Rather than make me laugh or cry, it simply results in sleep deprevation as I cannot turn it off!
Love all the Alex Cross books- this was great. 10 hours long so a real bargain-good value for money. Didn't know what a Jane Doe meant though! Worked it out.....at one point Alex describes something inconsequential as 'the best moment of his life'......what about the birth of his kids?!
"Terrible, lacks complexity and boring"
Anyone who is used to Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, Jo Nesbo, Lee Child et al will not like this. Thin plot which you expect will get clever any moment but it doesn't. I listened because there seem to be Alex Cross fans out there but I'm not sure why. His character is possibly the most boring detective I have ever read or listened to.Give me Harry Bosch any time.
"Lots of action but very implausible."
as my title suggests, the plot is strained to say the least, but there is a lot going on throughout the book. Putting aside my disbelief I quite enjoyed this Alex Cross novel.
The reader of this book sounds like he is making a dirty phone call! Is probably a cracking story but this guy is driving me to distraction.
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