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Frannie O'Neill is a young and talented veterinarian living in Colorado. Plagued by the mysterious murder of her husband, David, a local doctor, Frannie throws herself into her work. It is not long before another bizarre murder occurs, and Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent, arrives on her doorstep.

Late one night, near the woods of her animal hospital, Frannie stumbles upon a strange, astonishing phenomenon that will change the course of her life forever....

Her name is Max.

With breathtaking energy, 11-year-old Max leads Frannie and Kit to uncover one of the most diabolical and inhuman plots of modern science. When the Wind Blows is as unique a story as has ever been told, filled with suspense and passion.

©2003 James Patterson (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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Don't waste your time or money on this one!

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

Have no idea who would enjoy this impossible story

What was most disappointing about James Patterson’s story?

Love James Patterson but this was totally unworthy of his excellent skills. No one seemed at all surprised to see flying children when, in reality, most people would have been horrified. Also suspect the government would have covered it all up not arranged a party at the end.

What didn’t you like about Kimberly Schraf’s performance?

The main character is supposedly 33 years old. Ms. Schraf sounds like she's late 50's or early 60's. Also, not good at all in changing voice for different characters. Had a hard time telling who was supposed to be talking when the scene involved more than one man.

What character would you cut from When the Wind Blows?

The two people - father and daughter - who were never seen or heard from again after the first couple of minutes.

Any additional comments?

This story was completely unbelievable from the first introduction of a girl who had wings to the end where all the children were happily reunited with their birth parents. Most parents would not be so joyful to find the child they thought had died was really half bird half human.

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  • Leanne
  • Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
  • 06-23-16

Not what I was expecting

Decent sci-fi, but far from Patterson's usual storytelling.

Worth a listen in the background while working on a project, but I think I might have put the book down and not picked it back up, for the effort to read it might not be worth it.

Just my opinion.

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Worst Patterson book ever

I kept reading this hoping that somehow it would just get better...but it didn't. It just dragged on and on and I found the story line utterly ridiculous.
Just not my cup of tea!

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This story has wings

The fantasy elements of this story were well thought out and executed. I especially liked the basic human nature of the characters and how they interacted. The children, as special as they were, acted like children. Who knows what kind if medical research is being conducted now? This story was plausible and scary because something like this could happen, if not now, then soon.

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Totally not what I expected and not in a good way.

I had to check if this is the same James Patterson who wrote the many books I do like. Yes it is. Glad Audible has a forgiving return policy.

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I really REALLY wanted to like this book

I love the setup and the first half of the book is enjoyable then it just takes a nosedive (flying joke). The plot loses all cohesiveness and the actions and dialogue of the characters rip through any suspension of disbelief the reader still has. In a sick attempt to give the book a serious tone, the author has the characters discover scenes of hideous cruelty climaxing in the discovery of mutilated infants left to die. These have no impact on the plot, as the characters pretty much ignore them and leave.

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love it, very good and long

good storyline was good. wish they had a little bit more detail on the end but all in all it wrapped up nicely

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Slow but methodical

It was a good story but the narrator spoke on the slower side. Not my favorite Patterson book.

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Unbelievable

The book held your attention but I am not a fan of science fiction. Although this maybe be able to be true someday it is a little far fetched for me.

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Wow!!!!! A 5 star listen indeed!!!!!

I enjoyed this story immensely. I wasn't sure I would like it but I immediately fell in like be with Max, Frankie, and Kit. This story is unlike anything I have ever read in the past. I was in awe and horrified at the same time. I hope and pray stuff like this isn't going on in the world but how can we be too sure? There were times in this book that I wished I could insert myself into the story in order to take out the bad guys. Especially Uncle Thomas he was the worst of the worst.
This is a great story. It's full of suspense. I enjoyed this story so much I bought the next book. This book is worth a credit in my opinion. James Patterson hooked me with the Women's Murder Club series and I have read several of his stand alone novels. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.