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Publisher's Summary

Alex Cross is back - and so is a raging and suicidal Gary Soneji. Out of prison and dying from the AIDS virus he contracted there, he will get revenge on Cross before he dies. In addition, we are introduced to a new pair of rivals whose paths cross that of Alex and Soneji. Thomas Augustine Pierce has been chasing his demon, Mr. Smith, since the savage murder of his fiancée. Mr. Smith is a unique monster, with actions toward his victims so insane - so unimaginable - that he is thought of as "not of the Earth". Pierce, known in the business as St. Augustine because of his track record for catching killers and his invaluable status to the FBI and Interpol, may even be better than Cross. When things heat up and Alex is in a near-death coma following an attack in his own home, Pierce goes to Washington to help with the investigation. But just as he begins to piece together the mystery of how Gary Soneji could have mortally wounded Cross after he was believed to be dead, he is summoned to Paris, with a postcard from Mr. Smith inviting him to a very special killing. The body count is high, the tension the highest, and the two killers on the loose are watching every move their pursuers make. Who is the cat, and who is the mouse? What and where is the final trap? And who survives?

©2003 James Patterson (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Review… ok story, poor performance

Narration is horrible
Story is ok but drags due to performance
Too bad this book is required for series to make sense

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Good Story, Terrible narrator

Without question the worst Narrator I have ever heard. It was a struggle for me to get thru the book. I enjoy James Patterson books and the series, but was confused when the narrator even pronounced the bad guys name wrong. Would not recommend using this narrator again. Good Story, if you can make it past the narration

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Storyline Great - Narration Awful!

This is the third book in the series. After listening to the first two, you get a sense of the characters and associate a particular voice with each one. This narration was disturbing - I almost stopped listening. Alex Cross sounded like an uneducated hick from the Deep South - John Samson even worse! I hope the next in series is better than this one!

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Good story - obvious but great twists and cliffhanger

The two narrators was distracting. Otherwise enjoyable. Nice easy listen, perfect for multitasking in the kitchen or otherwise.

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Always a good pick

Alex cross books never fail to keep the reader engaged. I have several Alex Cross mysteries and have enjoyed them all

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Made my ears bleed

This was not the best of the Alex Cross novels so far but I can't help but wonder if my opinion was tainted by Jeff Harding's narration. Mr. Harding was horrible. First, just because they are black does not mean they all have southern accents. Second, his portrayal of the female characters was weak and pathetic. Third, if you are going to read make sure you know how to pronounce the words. Mr. Ghatak on the other hand was quite good. His Pierce was fantastic and analytical.

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  • Jen Nguy
  • 2016-04-05

Terrible voice

Oh My Goodness . I love this series, so I decided to listen to the books in order.
I'm sure there was a better voice choice available, so why use this awful nauseating voice? Alex Cross should NEVER be portrayed with a wannabe cowboy/ street slimeball pawn broker voice. Don't get me started on the "female
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  • Pat
  • 2019-03-13

Son Eee Jee? Really?

Got 5 minutes in before I realized I wasted my money. Keep forgetting to read the reviews before I click to purchase.

Does the fact that the Villain’s name is being horribly mispronounced not get caught somewhere in the production process?

Please try to return to the narrators that did Jack & Jill.

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  • Agnes V. Pilgrim
  • 2016-06-30

Where is Alex Cross

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

Select few. Those unfamiliar with previous narrator.

Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson? Why or why not?

Yes

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

No. The lack of expression of a strong but compassionate character. For the character of Alex Cross the intonation is way off. Bring back Michael Boatman.

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  • Greg
  • 2016-04-05

awful narration

The narrators of this production were terrible. Their pronunciation of certain words were as if english was not their first language.

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  • cdickinson
  • 2019-07-08

good book

love the book hated the narrator. this is the worst narrator I have heard for the Alex cross series. he pronounced names wrong and had horrible voices for the female characters.

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  • Amy Hanapi
  • 2019-05-12

My least favorite Patterson book

This is, by far, my least favorite Patterson book. First, I figured out the end & the twist immediately, but I forced myself to keep listening, hoping there'd be something additional to make it more exciting... there wasn't. Second, I could not stand any/either narrator. The different voices sounded forced and the tones and weird inflections in the primary narrator's performance was annoying. I'm sorry to say it, I love James Patterson and I love his Alex Cross character, but hated this book.

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  • cristina pinilla
  • 2021-06-11

Great book, terrible voice choice

I don’t know why Alex Cross’ voice is so TERRIBLE. I bought the book to just stop listening to this.

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  • Scott Chism
  • 2020-12-09

Pronunciation

I am glad that I don’t have to hear Gary Soneji’s name pronounced anymore. I get that it was pronounced differently in every book so far, but this one was the worst. Gave me a head ache.

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  • Jami
  • 2019-08-13

Terrible Narration

I had the hardest time listening to this because the narrator's voice, accent, tone, and character depictions were terrible. The poor narration takes away from being able to concentrate on the story. And the mispronunciation of the names is really annoying. Why did this person even get approved to narrate this story or any for that matter!! Amazon or publisher please redo this story with the original narrator or similar. The other reviews are true. You have to try so hard to get past the narrator to hear the story and move on in the series. I'm sure the story is better if I would have just read it. Very disappointed in this recording.

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  • Markia R Armstrong
  • 2019-06-27

Great story, horrible narration

I love the story line of this book, but I was annoyed with the way the narrator spoke for Alex and Samson. I felt he was trying to portray an African American's way of speaking but instead made them sound like complete southern idiots. If the storyline wasn't so interesting, I would've asked for a refund and chise another book with a different narrator.

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