Private Down Under

Narrated by: Tim Wright
Series: Private (Patterson), Book 6
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
4 out of 5 stars (764 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The world's most exclusive detective agency opens a new office - in Australia!

With the best detectives in the business, cutting-edge technology, and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party overlooking the iconic Opera House, Private Sydney throws open its doors.

Craig Gisto and his newly formed team have barely raised their glasses, however, when a young Asian man, blood-soaked and bullet-ridden, staggers into the party, and what looks like a botched kidnapping turns out to be a whole lot more.

Within days the agency's caseload is full. But it is a horrific murder in the wealthy Eastern Suburbs and the desperate search for a motive that stretches the team to the limit. Stacy Friel, friend of the Deputy Commissioner of NSW Police, isn't the killer's first victim - and as the bodies mount up she's clearly not the last.

©2014 James Patterson (P)2014 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

Praise for the Private series!"Jack Morgan is a great protagonist...Bring on even more Private." - TheMysteryReader.com on Private"A thrill-a-minute, plot-driven story full of twists and turns...an addictive read from first page to last." - BookReporter.com on Private Games"[A] classy thriller...clips along with twists and turns that come at you from all angles...The talented writing team has scorched the road of suspense and set it on fire." - NightsandWeekends.com on Private: #1 Suspect

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Disappointed in Down Under

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I have read Private London and Berlin before this. Down Under was more of the same except I found the plot too predictable. The level of violence is unnecessary gore.
I did enjoy the narrator and the Australian accent gave the story authenticity IMO.

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was it really written by J. Patterson?

Weak characters. Story consists of 3 plots that are not linked together. I wish the serial killer line has been more developed. The kidnapping angle was pathetic. Strong accent of narrator disturbed me a lot, but at least I improved my English listening skills..

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Bad, lame at best, terrible is best discretion

Weak story line, seems the writer lost his integrity. No mystery no thrills and insults the reader with a weak ending.james was good many moons ago but sold out at that time too

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disappointing.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

not as good as the others in the series.

Would you recommend Private Down Under to your friends? Why or why not?

no. would recommend the other books in the series.

What aspect of Tim Wright’s performance would you have changed?

all of it

Did Private Down Under inspire you to do anything?

get out another book and put this one away

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Worst ever

Total waste of a credit. I want my money back please. Hard to believe this was part of the series.

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Not Bad At All

Patterson book have been a guilty pleasure for a while for me, and I really like the "Private" series. This one measures up really well with the rest of the books. Good story, likeable characters. I enjoyed this book.

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A challenging listen

I have enjoyed the entire Private series, however I have come to realize trying to listen to this book is very challanging. The Ausie Tongue sounds so sexy at first - but for me trying to listen to this book is very hard. This is the first book I would recommend that someone not listen to - because of the thick Ausie accent and I think you may want to read the book instead.

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Private Sydney to the rescue

This book I really enjoyed for some strange reason, but it was interesting. I think because I was not expecting the killer to be who it was. I like these series, because so far in each book, part of the story is being told by the killer, which is a very different view point from most of the mystery novels I have read. So far these books jump from the main character’s view point to the killer’s view point, and they let the killer tell their story so you know the history of them and how they became the way they are in the present time and committing the crimes that they are committing. That makes these books more interesting. Not only did this book have murders and suspense, but it also had family issues. In this story both the bad and the good guy had a history which affected who they are in the present.

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Basic story.

Basic story, repetitive story. filled the day but nothing special. sorry. wish it was better.

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A disappointment

We've listened to many other James Patterson novels and this one it the weakest, most overly dramatic, cliche filled book that we've listened to. The opening is an overly long, brutal description that does next to nothing to advance the storyline. The start to the story could easily have been more interesting with a simple description of a man stumbling down an alley and into a doorway.
There are far to many cheesy references to how beautiful a woman is or the clothing that she is wearing, etc, etc. during the first half of the story. Eventually the story starts to move along and become moderately interesting.
I do not recommend this book to anyone who normally likes James Patterson's work. If you've never listened to anything by him, find a better book first!