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Private Games | [James Patterson, Mark Sullivan]

Private Games

Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect more than 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries. The opening ceremony is hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Peter Knight, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder: a high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee has been killed.
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Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect more than 10,000 competitors, who represent more than 200 countries.

Get set...

The opening ceremony is hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Peter Knight, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder: a high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee has been killed. It's clear to Peter that this wasn't a crime of passion, but one of precise calculation and execution.

Die!

Newspaper reporter Karen Pope receives a letter from a person who calls himself Cronus, claiming responsibility. He promises to restore the Olympics to their ancient glory and to destroy all those who have corrupted the games with lies, corruption, and greed. Immediately, Karen hires Private to examine the letter, and she and Peter uncover a criminal genius who won't stop until he's completely destroyed the modern games.

"America's #1 storyteller" (Forbes) delivers an exhilarating, action-packed thriller that brings the splendor and emotion of the Olympics to a wildly powerful climax.

©2012 James Patterson (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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    Scarlett 09-04-13
    Scarlett 09-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Better than #1 Private"

    The story was deeper and more interesting, and a reader may draw on his/her cultural knowledge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. K. Matlins Morristown, NJ USA 08-28-13
    A. K. Matlins Morristown, NJ USA 08-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fast paced story"
    What did you love best about Private Games?

    I really liked the story. It was very engaging.


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

    Yes. I actually had to keep driving past my destination at times so I could continue to listen.


    What about Paul Panting’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job with the main characters. Luckily Jack Morgan didn't speak too often as Paul Panting's American accent wasn't very good, but overall, nicely done.


    Any additional comments?

    While some of the story was predictible, enough of it kept me guessing to be really entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    06-01-13
    06-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Strong accent by narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator


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

    Was not expecting the British accent and it was difficult to understand


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Panting’s performances?

    Probably not


    What character would you cut from Private Games?

    Didn't listen long enough to find out


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Wheaton, IL, United States 04-18-13
    Joanne Wheaton, IL, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A little disappointing"
    What would have made Private Games better?

    I'm a fan of most of James Patterson and who ever he has teamed up with at the moment, but I found this one lacking. I'm done with the Private series.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan again?

    I don't think so.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Deering Las Vegas, NV United States 04-01-13
    Virginia Deering Las Vegas, NV United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Not really the same series"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be great for someone who has never heard or read the first two Private Series, and is from the UK or Australia. The narrator fails to approximate an American accent, and one cannot recognize Jack Morgan, the primary character in the series. The "first person" narrative of the killer is very dark.


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

    Firstly, the narrator was just too far "off" from previous performances. Secondly, the plot is a huge departure from Jack Morton's world. It doesn't seem to belong in the series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator had no skill at American accents.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story took some very interesting turns.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 03-26-13
    James columbus, OH, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2006

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "Narrator so bad I could not complete"

    I had to stop listening to the book, because the narrator was so hard to understand. Not that its a British voice but, its hard to understand when the story changes scenes. It is very confusing to listen to. I do not recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Anacortes, WA, United States 03-12-13
    Catherine Anacortes, WA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Worst American accent, EVER."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoyed the book, and I plan to continue the series.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Panting?

    Absolutely anyone else, thank you.


    Was Private Games worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Oh, my. Anytime any character was read with an American accent, they sounded instead as if they had a mental disability, their words were spoken with such flat tone and slowed speech. I believe the man put marbles in his mouth in order to attempt the accent. I may try to get a job as a book reader myself if they are handing them out so readily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Spring, TX, United States 01-20-13
    Linda Spring, TX, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Barely so-so"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Book was a formulaic - predictible. Over use of "guess one", "guess two", TA-DA got it in three.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator quite possibly performed the worst "accents" on record in a book about international Olympics. His American accent was particularly dreadful - to the point of distraction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 01-15-13
    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2001

    katsuey

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    "Olympic Back Drop for Terrorism"

    I'm surprised at the poor reviews for this book as I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some complain about Paul Panting's British accent - - - hello, what did you expect? The setting for Private Games is the London Summer Olympics! I enjoyed and expected the accent.

    Without rehashing too much of the plot, the story is set at the London Summer Olympic games, centering on the security detail and a nefarious threat to end the games. Many of the surrounding events actually took place and while fictional, the main plot is something that we expect could happen in today's world. Patterson does a great job of introducing the protagonists and the motivation for their actions. However, watch out for the surprise on the REAL reasons for one character's actions.

    Many of the minor characters are not fully developed and while that would add to the enjoyable read, it does not harm the story other than the gratuitous lesbian affair. This small part of the story seems to have absolutely no place or need in the story other than if one just has to have a gay character to be politically PC. The children are especially endearing and give some depth to main character Peter Knight. However, I think Knight's character could have been better fleshed out.

    One part of the ending, having nothing to do with the main story, is just fast and quick with little purpose other than feeling the Patterson realized he missed romance as an underlining theme and simply needed to add a possible love interest at the end of a thriller.

    Through many parts of the book I was engaged enough that I didn't want to stop listening and so either did another mile on my walk or another couple of miles on the bike. So if nothing else, I got great exercise while listening to a very good tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Colleyville, TX, United States 11-04-12
    Tony Colleyville, TX, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Waste of Money - Not close to previous Privates!"

    So obviously not the same author as the first two books. Weak, unbelievable plot (arch villan who thinks he is one of the "gods"), poorly developed characters, and way too much extraneous detail.

    The narration was also one of the worst I've ever had in an audio book. The narrator couldn't do an American accent at all, so Jack was completely stilted and unbelievable. Most of his british characters ended up sounding like soccer fans, and not the educated characters they were supposed to be. He was awful - shouldn't be employed again!!

    James should definitely not partner with Mark Sullivan again...this book was not in the same league as every other one I've read. Don't waste your money!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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