Private

Narrated by: Peter Hermann
Series: Private (Patterson), Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
4 out of 5 stars (26,130 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The police can't help you....

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

The press will destroy you....

Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer.

Only one place to turn: Private....

But Jack doesn't have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, Morgan has to navigate a workplace love affair that threatens to blow the roof off his plans. With a plot that moves at death-defying speeds, Private is James Patterson's sleekest, most exciting thriller ever.

©2010 James Patterson (P)2010 Hachette

Critic Reviews

"James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose." ( People)
"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Tedious

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I've listened to 10-12 audio books now, and this was the most difficult to get through without giving up on it. Very standard story, cliched throughout, full of eye-rolling machismo. Not very suspenseful. Narrator did a decent job except for the leprechaun voice (which was intended to be an Irish female love interest). Some books really do a good job of drawing you in. This one failed miserably at that.

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Not really for me

Not really for me. I like the Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch series a lot better.I might give James Patterson another try on a different series.

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The music was distracting and annoying.

The music was distracting and annoying. There was no reason to have it there and it took away from the story.

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private

I'm a big James Patterson fan so of course I buy almost every book he has put out. What I like about his books is they're fast-paced and they keep my attention. This book, Private, is no exception.
I do recognize that some may not like this book. I call James Patterson's books, especially these, the womens murder club, the Binnett series, etc. "Pop Cop" books. If you are looking for a book that has lots of mystery and you really have to think hard to figure out who killed who, this may not be the book for you. However, if you are like me and enjoy a fast-paced and very suspenseful read, I think you will like this book.
I want to make one final comment about the narator. He was good. I felt that he did the voices very well.
In short, I liked this book, but I do recognize that some will not. I think it's worth the five stars and the one credit.

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Lazy.

After setting up 3 intertwining plots - which could have made a fun & interesting thriller- the authors chose to jump right to the end and wrap up each one immediately. I guess with a name like James Patterson, there's no need to bother with the middle of the story - where the plot and characters are developed, where mystery and suspense can be artfully built on a good setup. Not here. The conclusion is arrived at quickly, followed by an epilogue that is - I assume - meant to pull readers into the series of hastily written underdeveloped novellas that follow this one.

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Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for...

...making this audio book available at no cost to Audible members.

My near heroic efforts to complete Private were successful. Narration is stellar, but the novel is pathetically bad. The subplots get in the way of the main story which is not very good itself. There are 10 James Patterson novels/novellas in my Audible library only three of which do not have a coauthor. I have read several other of his Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club paperbacks which Patterson wrote without a coauthor. While none earned 5 stars they did earn 4. Every novel I have read with Patterson listed as co-author has earned no better than 3 stars.

I congratulate Mr. Patterson on building his brand into hundreds of novels and novellas most of which were written by others. His success is made even more impressive by the fact that most of those books are second rate.

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terrible

I can never get this time back. The story was so shallow and seemed like a child had written it.

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weak

the book is poorly written, very predictable, with shallow characters. definitely not worthy of Patterson's name.

it is a quick listen that won't require your full attention at any point.

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Total Garbage

This is the biggest bunch of dick-wagging, cliche-ridden crap I have ever struggled through. Such garbage.

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Fun mystery

This novel consists of three separate cases taken on by a high end private investigator (Jack) and his firm (Private). One is a serial murderer case where the police need help. One is the murder of the wife of Jack's best friend. One is a football point fixing scheme. In addition, Jack relives memories from the Afghanistan war, and he deals with guilt from the death of fellow soldiers. Because of the disjointed nature of each of these plot pieces, it took me a while to get into this story. By the end, though, I was thoroughly enjoying this book. This has the feel of a standard mystery-thriller. If you like that genre, I expect that you will enjoy this book. The characters were pretty standard, but the plots all moved fairly quickly, making this a fun read.

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