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Publisher's Summary

When Santosh Wagh isn’t struggling out of a bottle of whisky he’s head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest PI agency. In a city of over 13 million he has his work cut out at the best of times. But now someone is killing women - seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes.

As Santosh and his team race to find the killer, an even greater danger faces Private India - a danger that could threaten the lives of thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.…

©2014 James Patterson (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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I couldn't take it any more! 😖😱

The narrator's cadence and accent is just too irritating, I couldn't even finish the book. Because of that I also didn't rate the story highly. To me the narration is a part of the whole, especially on this platform. My advice is that you take a listen to the sample before you buy and decide for yourself.

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worse private ever

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

no one

Has Private India turned you off from other books in this genre?

yes

Would you be willing to try another one of Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ’s performances?

no

What character would you cut from Private India?

none have redeeming factors. get rid of them all

Any additional comments?

the series started declining following the private book set in Australia. So inaccurate, could not imagine the city let alone the characters... Don't insult your fans any further. Knock the series on the head and cut your losses.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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Dreadful Narration

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I am not sure who would love this as the narration is so bad. I have enjoyed all of the Private series and I can appreciate that they have tried to localize them through narration but the quality just wasn't there for this one. I didn't make it to the end.

What didn’t you like about Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ’s performance?

The accent was difficult to understand and too monotone.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

least liked of all the Patterson books I hav read.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing ...

Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson again?

yes

What didn’t you like about Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ’s performance?

probably cultural, but hard to follow.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

no

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  • Linda
  • Johnstown, CO, United States
  • 10-12-14

Can't Understand heavy accent

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A narrator with no accent

Has Private India turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I will give it another try. I enjoyed the other Private books

How could the performance have been better?

YES. The accent was too strong

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

annoyance

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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Not his best

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No and yes, if my friend is a James Patterson fan like myself then yes I would but if he or she hasn't read a book by him before then no. Do not buy. Not his best.

What was most disappointing about James Patterson’s story?

The story had too much back and forth got kinda confusing

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ?

Not sure

Could you see Private India being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

NOOOOOO

Any additional comments?

The plot was not bad but the back and forth is confusing. The narrator wasn't good at all. If there is another one I hope he uses another narrator and co author.

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Boring

I was expecting a story like the other Private series. The narrator was hard to follow and found it quite difficult to get into, finally gave up. Very disappointed!!!

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  • Donna
  • Redondo Beach, CA, United States
  • 09-28-14

A stinker

Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ?

From James Patterson, yes. I have read every Patterson book.

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

It was a very disjointed and confusing book. The narrator (who was authentic) added to the confusion.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ?

Not sure. They were authentic, however, it is the common stressor that one has when they call customer service in India and cannot understand the person.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Private India?

I don't know, I was confused through the entire book even when I continually played the book back.

Any additional comments?

I love the Private series, but this one was bad. Further, Jack Morgan does not speak with an accident which made the book unbelievable.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Verty hard to follow couldn't tell who was who mos

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

no

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

no

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really the idea of the plot was good but it was very hard to tell who was who

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  • Miss C A Williams
  • 09-27-14

Private India

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Sad to say it was all about the delivery - the narration....

What other book might you compare Private India to, and why?

It's a typical James Patterson book - and I love JP's books, pretty much all of the Adult ones. Only read/listened to the Confession series of YA.

What didn’t you like about Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ’s performance?

It was quite difficult to understand who was which character and the American Jack definitely didn't sound American!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed to be honest, first time with an Audio book

Any additional comments?

Story is good, it's just the guys reading it - I am sorry to say.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Francesca
  • 01-02-15

Terrible reading

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I like the story and I like the author but the acting / reading was absolutely appalling. an 8 year old child reading out loud for the first time would have done a better job

What was most disappointing about James Patterson’s story?

Could not get into the story as the reading made it too difficult to get into it. Shocking performance. I had to stop after an hour and put the book donw - shame as I have read all the other Private series.

How could the performance have been better?

get another reader, anyone really - I get a lot of audio books and have not realised up until now how important the quality of the reader is to the story

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger at such low quality due diligence and vetting process of the reading performance

Any additional comments?

More quality control when choosing your readers!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms. Sally A. Herbert
  • 04-28-15

DREADFUL NARRATION - SHAME ON YOU JAMES PATTERSON!

Would you try another book written by James Patterson or narrated by Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ?

I love Pattersons books but would not touch another until checking the narrator out. These two are terrible!

What will your next listen be?

I love Jo Jo Moyes books....always good narrators!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ?

ANYONE!!

Any additional comments?

Generally James Pattersons books are excellent, this one has been totally ruined but the narration and I had to give up after trying to persevere for an hour.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Carôle
  • 02-09-15

Brilliant, Complicated Story. Poor Narration

This is a complicated, intricate, and diverse story. Well written as usual. With a couple of totally unseen plot twists at the end. No, make that at least 3 plot twists.!

However, what loses it points here is the narrator. Nothing wrong with his voice or characterisations, it just that at some points he reads as if the novel is written without punctuation! Some sentences are strung together as if there's no full stop (period) , separating them. Also, there is no real pause between scenes!!!

It may not all be the fault of the narrative, the editing may also be wanting, but whatever it is, it lets down a really good Patterson novel.

Still worth listening to because the story is great and you just won't believe the endings! But it feels as if it was not properly produced.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruth
  • 01-12-15

Disappointing

Would you try another book written by James Patterson or narrated by Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ?

Other titles in the Private series are amazing, give them a go!

What was most disappointing about James Patterson’s story?

The pace - very slow

How could the performance have been better?

More easily understandable and distinguishable characters?

Any additional comments?

Don't let this book in the series put you off from the others - and the recordings are good too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Roberta
  • 12-09-14

Cant listen to it as i hate the reader,

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

Didn't listen to very much as I couldn't listen to the way it was read

Has Private India put you off other books in this genre?

No, only this narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He didn't put any feeling into it, mispronounced things and was irritating

Did Private India inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

Am hoping to return this book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • carole
  • 03-20-18

not up to the usual high standard

good story it kept me guessing, but, the Indian accent was difficult to understand sometimes

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  • Redgrave
  • 08-21-16

Annoying narration

Story OK and dialogue narrated well. Other narration poor, phrasing and punctuation incorrect and irritating. Inflection lack detracted from the experience. Not a book I would listen to again.

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  • Lolita
  • 05-24-15

not enjoyable

i did not enjoy this book, which is unheard of for a James Patterson book. please return it.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Eileen Montador
  • 12-29-14

Interesting - very interesting

What did you like most about Private India?

How different it was from the other Private stories

What did you like best about this story?

How it evoked the taste of India

Which character – as performed by Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak – was your favourite?

Enjoyed listening to both

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The truth of the accident which killed Santosh's family

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed listening to this when I got into the story. Not the easiest of the Private series, but that is no bad thing