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Private Berlin | [James Patterson, Mark Sullivan]

Private Berlin

Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private's most high-profile cases - and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin's most dangerous investigation yet. Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined - and she's also Chris's ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished....
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Publisher's Summary

Private Berlin has the extraordinary pace and international sophistication that has powered The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Patterson's number-one best seller The Postcard Killers.

In Europe's most dangerous city....

Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private's most high-profile cases - and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin's most dangerous investigation yet.

An investigator is searching....

Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined - and she's also Chris's ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished: a billionaire suspected of cheating on his wife, a soccer star accused of throwing games, and a nightclub owner with ties to the Russian mob. Any one of them would surely want Chris gone - and one of them is evil enough to want him dead.

And she's after more than the truth....

Mattie's chase takes her into Berlin's most guarded, hidden, and treacherous places, revealing secrets from Chris's past that she'd never dreamed of in the time they were lovers. On the brink of a terrifying discovery, Mattie holds on to her belief in Chris - in the face of a horror that could force all of Europe to the edge of destruction and chaos.

James Patterson has taken the European thriller to a masterful new level with Private Berlin, an adrenaline-charged, spectacularly violent and sexy novel with unforgettable characters of dark and complex depths. Private Berlin proves why Patterson is truly the world's number-one best-selling author.

©2013 James Patterson (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Lesli Kansas City, MO, United States 09-01-14
    Lesli Kansas City, MO, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't get why they wrote this..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Would not recommend.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Story line was good, but the tie in to Private was weak, could stand on its own.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It was fine, the suspect narration was creepy, but suppose that was the point.


    Did Private Berlin inspire you to do anything?

    Not going to order anymore Private out of the original series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward 06-27-14
    Edward 06-27-14
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    "Read this if you're into creating a drinking game"
    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan again?

    Patterson? Yes. Sullivan? No.


    Any additional comments?

    If you took a drink every time the term "High Commisar" or any location ending in "Strasser" was used, you'd be on the floor by the end of the third chapter. Pretty much the worst audio book ever, and it looks Like Patterson has so much money from the really good stuff he used to write, that now he just mails it in and it gets published. Since there are 2 authors listed, how much of this did Patterson actually write?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ndmistal Webster, NY, United States 05-23-13
    ndmistal Webster, NY, United States 05-23-13
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    "Liked the story, not crazy about the reader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Private Berlin to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened the audio book, not able to compare. Probably should read so as to make the comparison.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Private Berlin?

    Many memorable moments, Cris' death in the slaughter house, spooky. The car chase scene was easy to visualize brought about by the many twists and turns in the story line. The Private Berlin office was graced with only a few moments of Jack Morgan expertise.


    What does January LaVoy and Ari Fliakos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can't say I'm crazy about the readers when comparing to other audio book readers. Maybe better choices available. Ms. LaVoy was not believable in the characters changes. Mr. Fliakos character was annoying, However, overall, did enjoy the audio book,


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

    I would find any audio book difficult to listen to in one sitting, but did listen to often as I performed my exercise program.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Lowery Florida 04-04-13
    Dennis Lowery Florida 04-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Might be good book to read BUT poor performance"
    What would have made Private Berlin better?

    A better performance. The readers thought they should act things out instead of just reading the book and using a modicum of inflection and tonal change to bring the work to life. Instead, in my opinion, they went too far with accents and histrionics.

    This might be a good book to read but I could not listen to it as performed/read.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This might be a good book to read but I could not listen to it as performed/read.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Going too far with accents and histrionics.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-18-13
    Carlos Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the narrating and story was fun"
    Have you listened to any of January LaVoy and Ari Fliakos ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I never heard Lavoy or Fliakos before, but I really like the style they brought to this audio


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tea lover Hartford CT 03-18-13
    tea lover Hartford CT 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Good Tour of Berlin"
    If you could sum up Private Berlin in three words, what would they be?

    Twists and Turns


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None, all were good.


    What about January LaVoy and Ari Fliakos ’s performance did you like?

    Good accents


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

    The last scene in the orphanage was good drama and suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    Pleasant international (european) flavor for Patterson books. I also liked Private London for the same reason. Looking forward to more of the same

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kira United States 03-11-13
    kira United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "another great private story"

    Thought it was a little slow at the beginning put picked up. Some parts were a little cheesy. The voice for the bad guy was weird at first but I grew to love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gorman Frostburg, Moldova, Republic of 03-11-13
    Gorman Frostburg, Moldova, Republic of 03-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Dependable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Private Berlin to be better than the print version?

    As a fan of James Patterson and the ability to sit and read a book in one sitting, I have enjoyed the "Private" addition to his stable of story lines. True to form, the story matures quickly, maintains your level of interest and has just enough twists to keep you from guessing too much about the conclusion. All in all, a well received installment in the "Private" collection.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Petersburg, VA, United States 03-06-13
    Jeff Petersburg, VA, United States 03-06-13
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    "Just OK"

    I've come to the conclusion that James Patterson doesn't actually write anything anymore. All these books that he "co-authors" with all these other people don't seem to have his "voice" at all. That said this was an entertaining read, though it bears no resemblance to the Patterson of old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Georgie United States 02-28-13
    Georgie United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome read! Made me wish I were back in Germany"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. In fact did. Fast paced and action packed from start to finish.


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

    Extremely well written. The villain quite extraordinary. Was awesome to see what would happen next and to whom. I was held til the end. So glad the good guys won!


    Have you listened to any of January LaVoy and Ari Fliakos ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    No. Just really enjoyed the struggle between the good guys and the masked villian. Also enjoyed hearing about areas of Germany I had been before. I could visualize the locations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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