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Worst Case | [James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge]

Worst Case

One by one, children of New York's wealthiest are taken hostage. But the criminal doesn't crave money or power--he only wants to ask the elite if they know the price others pay for their luxurious lifestyles. And, if they don't, he corrects their ignorance - by killing them.
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Publisher's Summary

One by one, children of New York's wealthiest are taken hostage. But the criminal doesn't crave money or power - he only wants to ask the elite if they know the price others pay for their luxurious lifestyles. And, if they don't, he corrects their ignorance - by killing them.

To Detective Michael Bennett, it becomes clear that these murders are linked and must be part of a greater, more public demonstration. With the city thrown into chaos, he is forced to team up with FBI agent Emily Parker, and the two set out to capture the killer before he begins his most public lesson yet - a deadly message for the entire city to witness.

From the best-selling author who brought you the Alex Cross novels comes James Patterson's most action-packed series yet. With the heart-pounding suspense that only Patterson delivers, Worst Case will leave you gasping for breath until the very end.

©2010 James Patterson; (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    EGrace Edina, MN, United States 02-09-10
    EGrace Edina, MN, United States 02-09-10
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    "Worth it, great production, insight into terror"

    visits the dark side of our countries downfall of the elite entitled class in how they are unaware of their own shadow and how obsession is "conjured" up in what seems to be in "intelligent" people... surely intelligent and whole are different things. In the end I saw into how "psyche" and "soul" are simply never violent and yield to violence... yet terror and terrorism comes from "intelligence" believing it's own sound lies to tragic ends. Fantastic work by author and readers. Thank you! The protagonists are realistic. The antagonist captures the "why" we are seeing terror these days. Maybe the insight will enlighten many and further enlighten me in my next re-listening.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Austin, TX, USA 02-15-10
    Sue Austin, TX, USA 02-15-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Don't Bother!"

    Michael Bennet and his FBI partner in this case spend most of their time racing through the streets of New York City. There is no compelling listen here -- don't bother.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl gordonsville, VA, USA 07-24-10
    Cheryl gordonsville, VA, USA 07-24-10
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    "background sound effects distracting"

    The book was good. The readers good. But what is with the music in the background and the sound effects. It is distracting and interferes with my concentration on the story. It is not necessary. If the reader is strong the extra 'junk' is just noise. I did not enjoy the experience. I have listened to many books, this one fell short.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Frank Sterling, VA USA 07-26-14
    Lori Frank Sterling, VA USA 07-26-14
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    "So-so"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was okay. Listened on a long road trip. Fell asleep during part of the book. It wasn't exciting enough to keep my attention.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    No, not really a fan


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Kennesaw, GA, United States 12-21-13
    Cheryl Kennesaw, GA, United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Enough with the sound effects already!"

    story was great (as always), but I HATED THE SOUND EFFECTS - the spookymusic(?) in the background - and especially the various characters sobbing and crying! I would much prefer just a simple narration - it doesn't need to sound like a radio melodrama!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy hilton, New York, United States 08-05-13
    Amy hilton, New York, United States 08-05-13

    I love books and life.

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    "Not impressed."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wouldn't recommended this book. The other books in series are good, however this one fell short.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Worst Case?

    Most memorable was when the Bennett family had agent Parker over for dinner. Let the craziness begin!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I would pick the original narrators from book 1.


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

    The only part that made me laugh was the dinner with Agent Parker.


    Any additional comments?

    Sad that this book was NOT as well written as the others. My hope is that the rest of series is written better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 01-07-13
    Patricia 01-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Amazon Queen

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    "love it... good interesting read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Worst Case to be better than the print version?

    love the readers in this so it made the storyline even better and interesting. especially love the person readin for Mike Bennett!


    What other book might you compare Worst Case to and why?

    the series is great


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’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?

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    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie 09-24-12
    Leslie 09-24-12

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    "As Always"

    James Patterson engages the reader from the beginning. Fast paced, never a dull chapter. Good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cavacini 09-20-12
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    "Lackluster Thriller"

    James Patterson is always good for a quick, captivating read, and I've enjoyed the Michael Bennett series thus far. However, Worst Case was very weak.

    There were virtually no twists, and those that did occur were lame. The most significant "surprise" was the killer's motivation, and that was the biggest disappointment of all. The moment it was revealed, I felt as if I'd wasted my time up until that point.

    On the positive side, John Glover does a fantastic job narrating the villain. And the chemistry between the main characters is believable. It's just a shame that it was wasted on such a uninspired story.

    If you plan on reading this series, I recommend that you borrow this book from a friend or the library. It's not worth your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Traci Huntersville, NC, United States 09-05-12
    Traci Huntersville, NC, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not bad"

    I like the Michael Bennett series and enjoyed this listen as well. The story line was okay, but I really appreciated having multiple narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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