©1995 James Patterson, Abridgment Approved by the Author; ©1995 Time Warner AudioBooks, ©1995 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Only), A Joint Venture of The Atlantic Group and Time Warner Trade Publishing
Winner of AudioFile 1996 Earphones Award, Mystery/Suspense.
Although I did enjoy listening to this story, the fact that it's abridged does spoil it a bit. In several places there is a jump in the narrative where you realise that, in the full version of the text, a whole episode will have been fully fleshed out; you get a sense that you're missing out on something. This has the effect of the audiobook losing a sense of the developing tension and suspense, which is an essential element in enjoying thrillers. In the end I wished I'd read the book instead of listening to the shortened version.
This was the abridged version which was a shame as it left some storylines unanswered, narration different but enjoyable.
This book is a copy of the movie not the book. The actual book was a truly suspenceful book. This book even changes who the bad guy is like the movie did,
"Abridged Version is Terrible"
Yes,(surely, for the author, not sure for the narrators) but i hadn't noticed which type of version this was. Will only go with unabridged version next time.
Yes, but i hadn't noticed which type of version this was. Will only go with unabridged version next time.
Hard to judge. The edited version was done very poorly, which would impact the narrators' experience.
I think too many scenes were either omitted or cut short.
DON'T BUY ABRIDGED VERSION EVER…
"Horrible Horrible Reading Voice!!"
A better reading voice!!
The story is good but it was hard to pay attention with such an awful voice.
I wish I read the others! VERY poor abridgment! Skips WAY too much stuff. One second Alex is in a car talking to someone and in mid-sentence he is 5 miles away chasing someone - without a break. Very weird. The reading is pretty poor as well. I am extremely disappointed.
I love James Patterson but this book was a disappointment; almost as though he was rushed to finish it. Enjoyed the sound effects and the narration better than the story.
"Abridged stinks-musics detracts from story"
Not sure-abridged version does not go much into detail of character-real overview.
Dislike unabridge but all that is available on Audible.co
Loved the complexity of the story but prefer someone reading as opposeed to acting out.
Doesnt matter as long as not shrill voice
read another book
Really dislike music or noises and multiple voices acting out part. This is supposed to be Audible BOOK not PLAY ON TAPE.
"Disconnected sub-plots, less than believeable"
Not a good follow up to Along Came a Spider. They story ries to hard to be intriguing. It lacks creditability. Parts of the stroy don't make sence. Don't judge the series by this offering.
"Poor Abridgement & Reading"
I read this book for continuity in the Alex Cross series, but I was disappointed. Robert Guillame read with a quick staccato and with a "matter of fact" flatnes and timbre that was inappropriate for the character and plot. The book did not have the cadence and tension that other Patterson books have which might be related to the quality of the abridgement. Chris Noth's reading was superior to Guillame's, but the quality of the sections he read were undermined by the tacky sound effects. "Willful suspension of disbelief" was not possible with the audio treatment of this book.
The sound effects were annoying and distracting was more like a b move. The otherwise the performance was nicely done.
"My favorite of the series."
I love this book. It is my favorite of the series. The voice acting is riveting and it keeps you interested.
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