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Kiss the Girls

Series: Alex Cross, Book 2
Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
4 out of 5 stars (643 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the most suspenseful thriller yet from the author of Along Came a Spider and Jack and Jill, Detective Alex Cross is on the trail of 2 murderers who may be working together. Casanova preys on talented college women from the Carolinas to Florida. The Gentleman Caller is terrorizing Los Angeles. The case takes Cross coast to coast and to the Deep South, where his niece, a law student, has been abducted. Will she be the next victim of one, or both, of the killers?
©1995 James Patterson, Abridgment Approved by the Author; ©1995 Time Warner AudioBooks, ©1995 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Only), A Joint Venture of The Atlantic Group and Time Warner Trade Publishing

Critic Reviews

Winner of AudioFile 1996 Earphones Award, Mystery/Suspense

"This three-hour abridgment is riveting. Macabre sound effects, careful editing and chilling performances by Guillaume and Noth produce a viseral reaction in the listener. Though complicated and fast-paced, the story is easy to follow and hard to forget." (AudioFile)  

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Abridged Version is Terrible

Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Robert Guillaume and Chris Noth ?

Yes,(surely, for the author, not sure for the narrators) but i hadn't noticed which type of version this was. Will only go with unabridged version next time.

Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson? Why or why not?

Yes, but i hadn't noticed which type of version this was. Will only go with unabridged version next time.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Hard to judge. The edited version was done very poorly, which would impact the narrators' experience.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Kiss the Girls?

I think too many scenes were either omitted or cut short.

Any additional comments?

DON'T BUY ABRIDGED VERSION EVER…

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Disappointment

This book is a copy of the movie not the book. The actual book was a truly suspenceful book. This book even changes who the bad guy is like the movie did,

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Tucson, AZ, United States
  • 02-24-11

AVOID!!!

I wish I read the others! VERY poor abridgment! Skips WAY too much stuff. One second Alex is in a car talking to someone and in mid-sentence he is 5 miles away chasing someone - without a break. Very weird. The reading is pretty poor as well. I am extremely disappointed.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Horrible Reading Voice!!

What would have made Kiss the Girls better?

A better reading voice!!

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

The story is good but it was hard to pay attention with such an awful voice.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Abridged stinks-musics detracts from story

What did you like best about Kiss the Girls? What did you like least?

Not sure-abridged version does not go much into detail of character-real overview.
Dislike unabridge but all that is available on Audible.co

If you’ve listened to books by James Patterson before, how does this one compare?

Loved the complexity of the story but prefer someone reading as opposeed to acting out.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Guillaume and Chris Noth ?

Doesnt matter as long as not shrill voice

Did Kiss the Girls inspire you to do anything?

read another book

Any additional comments?

Really dislike music or noises and multiple voices acting out part. This is supposed to be Audible BOOK not PLAY ON TAPE.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States
  • 09-14-09

Disconnected sub-plots, less than believeable

Not a good follow up to Along Came a Spider. They story ries to hard to be intriguing. It lacks creditability. Parts of the stroy don't make sence. Don't judge the series by this offering.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Avon, CT, USA
  • 03-10-04

Poor Abridgement & Reading

I read this book for continuity in the Alex Cross series, but I was disappointed. Robert Guillame read with a quick staccato and with a "matter of fact" flatnes and timbre that was inappropriate for the character and plot. The book did not have the cadence and tension that other Patterson books have which might be related to the quality of the abridgement. Chris Noth's reading was superior to Guillame's, but the quality of the sections he read were undermined by the tacky sound effects. "Willful suspension of disbelief" was not possible with the audio treatment of this book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

I love James Patterson but this book was a disappointment; almost as though he was rushed to finish it. Enjoyed the sound effects and the narration better than the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Po
  • 05-06-19

Abridged; Distracting Music; Story Fine

I hated the theatrics of the music in the background. I did not like the reading technique of the principle reader. He read in phrases and accelerated at the end of sentences. His voice was too old for the character. I did like the second voice to portray the ‘bad guy.’ Both voices were recorded too softly and the pauses in new sections were not apparent.
Good Alex Cross story. However I would never have purchased an abridged version of anything. I won’t make that mistake again.

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Great

I enjoyed this book kept you on your toes can’t wait to get the next one

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  • Leo
  • 05-27-09

Great, suspenseful stroy - pity it's abridged!

Although I did enjoy listening to this story, the fact that it's abridged does spoil it a bit. In several places there is a jump in the narrative where you realise that, in the full version of the text, a whole episode will have been fully fleshed out; you get a sense that you're missing out on something. This has the effect of the audiobook losing a sense of the developing tension and suspense, which is an essential element in enjoying thrillers. In the end I wished I'd read the book instead of listening to the shortened version.

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  • Prof
  • 08-03-19

sick

I don't like the style or the focus on how a psychopath might think I prefer a clever lot and smart detection

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  • Rita
  • 01-15-18

Amazing<br />

I loved it wished it had more to this book but on the whole I enjoyed it

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  • Katie G
  • 05-23-17

Awesome book, also good film!

Kept hearing morgan freemon as Cross as I'd watched the film before lol Great narration though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-17

awesome

liked it .. it was as if watching a movie , I was right with Alex Cross solving the mystery of Casanova and the missing girls.. awesome. my first but and I'll be listening more ...

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  • Zoska
  • 12-19-16

Unnecessarily abridged

One of the best books by Patterson has been unnecessarily ubridged and had too much music added.
The story is excellent, the reading is excellent, could be a 5 stars, but you had to "make it better".

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  • Ruth
  • 11-08-12

Shame it was abridged

This was the abridged version which was a shame as it left some storylines unanswered, narration different but enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-17

Great Story but bits missing from audio book

The book was awsome but there was bit missing from the audio book. I have the hard copy and entire paragraphs were left out along with a couple of sentences here and there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kezia
  • 10-08-19

good story, questionable narrator

I loved it but it seems like it was over very quickly and not in the same way some of Patterson's other books have hooked me, the narrator is different to one of the other books I've listened to I found this one a bit more monotone but overall its good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-19

Abridged version not full story

Not happy the book was not marked as an abridged version of the full story. Wasted $