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Gayle A. Orner

Corvallis, OR USA
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  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 873

It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Yawn!

  • By Gayle A. Orner on 11-24-12

Yawn!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-12

What did you like best about Merry Christmas, Alex Cross? What did you like least?

I am a fan of the Alex Cross series but this one was a disappointment. The book was much shorter than most of the Alex Cross books, and the lack of character development obvious. And rather than being left with a warm holiday feeling, my main emotion was annoyance at the annoying whining grandmother and wife who couldn't accept that a police officer might be subject to being called out on a Holiday. It was totally unbelievable that Bree would go to a hostage situation and ask that Alex go home.

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

Put some effort into it. A side story about the new foster child might have added to my interest.

Could you see Merry Christmas, Alex Cross being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

NEVER

Any additional comments?

Why was this 6 hour book broken into two parts? Come on Audible, we don't need to "make the download faster" with a story this short.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Cast of Shadows

  • By: Kevin Guilfoile
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

A bereaved doctor undertakes a diabolical experiment in a shattering philosophical thriller that anticipates the moral, social, and metaphysical dilemmas science is poised to confront. Davis Moore is a fertility doctor in Chicago specializing in reproductive cloning, a controversial and closely regulated new practice, when his 17-year-old daughter is brutally raped and murdered.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Still waiting for the unabridged version!

  • By Gayle A. Orner on 08-01-05

Still waiting for the unabridged version!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-05

I really want to listen to this one- but am waiting on the unabridged version (supposedly due out four months ago).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bury the Lead

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

Northern New Jersey has a new local hero on its cultural crime turf. He's Andy Carpenter, the Paterson defense attorney who can sling a quip as fast as he can outmaneuver a snarling prosecutor. Acclaimed author David Rosenfelt's first novel was nominated for an Edgar Award. Now, in this new novel, the intrepid lawyer is thrust into the spotlight where he risks becoming a media victim...of the most fatal kind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged version hurts story

  • By J. on 09-30-07

A light listen that kept me listening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-05

Although I normally prefer unabridged books, the abridging of this one was very well done. It's an excellent mystery and the charactors are memorable. I'd like to be able to listen to previous novels of the same series and I'm looking forward to Sudden Death. The only thing I could have done without was the music- more of a distraction than anything else.

  • Hard Truth

  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

New York Times best-selling author Nevada Barr continues her award-winning Anna Pigeon series with this riveting mystery that features the puzzling plot twists, deft characterizations, and sparkling dialogue that have become Barr's trademarks, and which her ever-growing fan base can't get enough of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No idea there was room for improvement

  • By Stacey A. on 10-26-05

Murder and mayhem in the parks

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-05

Enjoyed the story, but agree with a previous reviewer that this one is somewhat darker than the previous novels in the series. Narration was a bit distracting with frequent mouth noises. I'd like to see the handicapped climber and her dog in future books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Absolute Friends

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

By chance and not by choice, Ted Mundy, eternal striver, failed writer, and expatriate son of a British Army officer, used to be a spy. But that was in the good old Cold War days when a cinder-block wall divided Berlin and the enemy was easy to recognize.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Le Carre has a point of view

  • By Ann on 02-03-04

Dreadful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-04

I've downloaded many books from Audible, and this was the first that I didn't enjoy. Perhaps the author's style just doesn't work in the audible format.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful