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Pop Goes the Weasel

Written by: James Patterson
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Detective Alex Cross is back, and he's in love. Unfortunately, a series of chilling murders in Washington intervenes, with a plot twist you will never forget. Cross' ingenious pursuit of the quirky killer produces a suspect - a British diplomat named Geoffrey Shafer. But proving that Shafer is the murderer becomes a difficult and deadly task. As the diplomat engages in a brilliant series of surprising countermoves, both in and out of the courtroom, Cross and his fiancei become hopelessly involved with the most memorable villain Cross has ever faced.
©1999 James Patterson (P)16 9; 1999 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the critics say

"Patterson's well-oiled suspense machine grinds away with solid precision." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Blake
  • 2004-08-04

Agree-aaahhh

True James Patterson style. However, it is a better read than a listen. I agree with the other reviewer, the aahh's are annoying and take away from the plot and characters greatly. Other narrators for his books are light years better.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Mario
  • 2003-12-05

So So Book-ahhhhhh

I thought the plot was good and characters were interesting. I didn't think this is one of his best. My main complaint was the narrator. I had a hard time listening because he finished his sentences was a annoying ahhhhhhh. Good book-ahhhhhhh. Bad narrator-ahhhhhh. I recommend it if you can put up with the ahhhhhs.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • Herb
  • 2007-12-22

not the best

I enjoy most of Patterson's works...if it was't for the narrator who I agree with the other reviewers was not very good, it was a good story...

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Library Volunteer
  • 2012-11-23

Alex Cross is losing me

First, Michael Kramer's narration was exceedingly offputting, breathless(literally). I've never in all my Audible experience heard such pronounced breathing sounds, which for some reason the sound editors decided was appropriate. The first paragraph almost caused me to quit this one.

Nevertheless, I stuck it out. Alex Cross seemed impotent in this installment of the series. Can't solve the crimes. Can't stay focused on his personal loss. Can't keep himself from muttering under his breath in an effort to build suspense. It just didn't work very well, James Patterson.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Claire
  • 2013-07-07

What a shame about the narration!

This is one of Patterson's best books in the Alex Cross series. The story is gripping, the plot develops logically, yet with unexpected twists that keep it exciting. Characters are well developed. Just an excellent Patterson.

But the narration! Michael Kramer's narration is both breathless and breath-y. Almost every sentence ends with an audible puff of air that became extremely annoying within the first five minutes. In this book with a number of international characters, it was a shame to have a narrator who was unsuccessful at differentiating accents. In fact, it was very difficult to tell the characters apart. There seemed to be one voice for the American males and one for the UK males. The English accent was supercilious and unlike any real English accent I have ever heard.

The narration is why I gave this great vintage Patterson only two stars. It was a deep disappointment.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2012-02-10

Narrator is HORRIBLE!

What disappointed you about Pop Goes the Weasel?

Narrator

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

don't know, the narrator is too distracting to concentrate on the story

How did the narrator detract from the book?

his

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

i'm not even half way...I guess story line is the redeeming quality

Any additional comments?

If I can swap out this book for the abridge version at not cost, it would help. I did learn a lesson...read reviewes and listen to a sample...I'll be doing this from now on.

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  • Michelle
  • 2011-02-06

A clear need for a "Do Over".

This listen was extremely disappointing! I couldn’t wait for it to painfully grind to a final finish and had to stop listening about half way through.
The narrator was not an ideal choice in this instance. The nerve rash that I felt consumed any pleasure I may have gotten from a good story written by a brilliant writer.
Perhaps if a more talented or experienced narrator were contracted this could become a rescue and salvage success.

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  • Patty Norris
  • 2018-07-28

Another great book from James Patterson,

great book of course James Patterson is a wonderful author. I read his books as much as possible

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  • Ryan Lawrence Jones
  • 2019-08-29

Fantastic

Michael Kramer is the best!! Such a shame he didn’t narrate more of this great series

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  • Cari Sue Hurst
  • 2019-05-09

love the book...not the voice

I love the Alex Cross series. I am going through them all. The narrator of the first book was great, sounded the part of Alex Cross and every narrator since has not. My issues have been the readers sounding like old white guys instead of a sexy black detective as well as from book to book names being pronounced different. the story is great but need continuity between narrators.