Cross Fire

Series: Alex Cross, Book 17
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,451 ratings)

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Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and a scheming lobbyist. Next, the elusive marksman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories - is the marksman a hero or a vigilante?

The case explodes and FBI agent Max Siegel battles Alex for jurisdiction. As Alex struggles with the sniper, Siegel, and the wedding, he receives a call from his deadliest adversary, Kyle Craig. The Mastermind is in D.C. and will not relent until he has eliminated Cross--and his family - for good. With a supercharged blend of suspense, action, and deception, Cross Fire is James Patterson's most exciting Alex Cross novel ever.

Solve another case with Alex Cross.
©2010 James Patterson (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    4 out of 5 stars

Loved It!

Always enjoy James Patterson's Alex Cross books. Enjoyed hearing the voice of Andre Braugher as Alex. Can't wait for the next book!!

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Don't Listen to Buyer Beware

I'm not sure what the problem was with the reviewer that said Buyer Beware. I listened to this book and loved the narrations. I've listened (verses read) the whole Alex Cross series and although the narrator changed, I thought the team was good and had a nice flow. Yes it was someone new to the part, but it didn't take long for the new voice to blend with the part of Alex. This was a really good book and brought some of the characters from previous books back to keep the reader actively involved in the story. I'm sure if you are a fan of the Alex Cross series you will be pleasantly entertained by this book regardless of the change in narration.

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Don't Listen to Buyer Beware

I'm not sure what the problem was with the reviewer that said Buyer Beware. I listened to this book and loved the narrations. I've listened (verses read) the whole Alex Cross series and although the narrator changed, I thought the team was good and had a nice flow. Yes it was someone new to the part, but it didn't take long for the new voice to blend with the part of Alex. This was a really good book and brought some of the characters from previous books back to keep the reader actively involved in the story. I'm sure if you are a fan of the Alex Cross series you will be pleasantly entertained by this book regardless of the change in narration.

9 people found this helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Lacking substance

I have no complaints about narrator Andre Braugher. There have been various narrators for the Alex Cross. This story lacked substance and character development. There was no reason to why Christine showed up. Where did she disappear to after the ice cream? Favorites such as the Cross children Janine and Damon had little roles; Alex's best friendSampson made a brief appearance. No reason for the Mice and Men characters. Their storyline lacked purpose and was boring. It added nothing to the main storyline. OK book , but seemed like a formula written book.

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Buyer Beware!!!

I'm a huge fan of Patterson and Alex Cross. Sadly, the voice of Alex Cross has changed and not for the better. It's horribly distracting. I made the mistake of pushing this one through my cart as soon as it was available so I didn't even realize the narrator changed. Don't get me wrong, I think Andre Braugher is a fabulous actor but i'm not buying his Cross. It's the audiobook equivalent of Morgan Freeman playing Cross on the big screen.


My poor review has more to do with the listenabilty of the book and not the actual story. Sadly, the bad narration may prevent me from listening to the full book. I'm hoping I can return it because I'd rather listen to my mechanical Kindle voice read it than listen to this butchered book.

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Bad choice for narrator

I like Andre Braugher but NOT in this venue. He reads too fast and it distracts from the content. I am not sure I will make it through the entire book and that is sad. I love the Alex Cross series but feel I wasted a credit on this book. Changing the reader so drastically is disconcerting at best. Sorry Mr. Braugher, keep doing what you are great at - acting and leave the narration to those who do a much better job.

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I can't get past the bad reading.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I just stopped listening to this one - it is the worst reading job I have ever heard. Not sure which narrator it is that is bad, Andre or Jay, but whoever is doing Alex is TERRIBLE. This is so monotone, emotionless, and even poor reading! Pauses at the wrong time, pauses when there shouldn't be any. This is terrible terrible work for a patterson book. AVOID this - seriously - avoid.

I wish I could get a refund as I had to stop this audio. I wish I could rate 0 stars for performance which is too bad because the other narrator is okay --- just can't get past who is doing Alex. Seriously folks? How many millions are you making on the audio alone? Don't you listen to this?!?!?!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Couldn't get to the ending! Too poor of reading

Would you be willing to try another one of Andre Braugher and Jay O. Sanders ’s performances?

NO NO NO NO NO

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

Not if the narrator was in it!

Any additional comments?

AVOID at all costs!

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Cross.....

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would. Only for those who would enjoy follow the James Patterson series. If you are into crime, mystery, and suspense you will like the book.

Which character – as performed by Andre Braugher and Jay O. Sanders – was your favorite?

The Butcher, was not a favorite but complex.

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

Alex continues to take way too many chances, but I enjoy the entertainment that the book offers.

1 person found this helpful

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Bad Narrator equals Bad Book

This is my first and last purchase of an Audible Alex Cross novel by James Patterson. There are two different narrators here and it is like night and day. The reader of Alex Cross' voice is genuinely terrible! He is mono-toned, has no inflection, no acting ability, and hurries through the reading like he is just trying to get it done, rather than interest the listener. Who thought this reader would be a good choice? Incredibly bad decision.

The other reader was pretty decent but does not make up for the Alex Cross voice. The reader of an Audible book has a responsibility to entertain the listener, but the opposite has happened here.
I may have given this book more stars if the reader had done a good job, but because he ruined the listening experience, the book gets one star.

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love, love, love

--I absolutely love james patterson's books--he is one of my favorite authors--would recommend his books to anyone and have recommended it many times--keep em coming

1 person found this helpful