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
Sad to say it was all about the delivery - the narration....
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.
It was quite difficult to understand who was which character and the American Jack definitely didn't sound American!
I was disappointed to be honest, first time with an Audio book
Story is good, it's just the guys reading it - I am sorry to say.
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
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.
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
Anger at such low quality due diligence and vetting process of the reading performance
More quality control when choosing your readers!
Didn't listen to very much as I couldn't listen to the way it was read
No, only this narrator
He didn't put any feeling into it, mispronounced things and was irritating
Am hoping to return this book
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.
I love Pattersons books but would not touch another until checking the narrator out. These two are terrible!
I love Jo Jo Moyes books....always good narrators!
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.
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.
Other titles in the Private series are amazing, give them a go!
The pace - very slow
More easily understandable and distinguishable characters?
Don't let this book in the series put you off from the others - and the recordings are good too.
How different it was from the other Private stories
How it evoked the taste of India
Enjoyed listening to both
The truth of the accident which killed Santosh's family
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
"worse private ever"
none have redeeming factors. get rid of them all
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.
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.
The accent was difficult to understand and too monotone.
"least liked of all the Patterson books I hav read."
nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing ...
probably cultural, but hard to follow.
"Can't Understand heavy accent"
A narrator with no accent
No. I will give it another try. I enjoyed the other Private books
YES. The accent was too strong
"Not his best"
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.
The story had too much back and forth got kinda confusing
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.
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!!!
From James Patterson, yes. I have read every Patterson book.
It was a very disjointed and confusing book. The narrator (who was authentic) added to the confusion.
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.
I don't know, I was confused through the entire book even when I continually played the book back.
I love the Private series, but this one was bad. Further, Jack Morgan does not speak with an accident which made the book unbelievable.
"Verty hard to follow couldn't tell who was who mos"
Not really the idea of the plot was good but it was very hard to tell who was who
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