• Kiss the Girls

  • Alex Cross, Book 2
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Ako Mitchell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

The second novel in the best-selling Alex Cross series.

Detective Alex Cross is caught between two murderous masterminds, but he isn't the only one in danger this time....

When his niece goes missing, Alex Cross follows the trail and discovers links to a string of abductions, murders and a horrifying complication.

Two killers are competing to commit worse crimes than the other and their collaboration becomes a national threat.

With his family at risk, Alex knows that the investigation puts him directly in the firing line....

Adapted as a major Hollywood movie starring Morgan Freeman.

©1995 James Patterson (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent - which is what Jim has, in spades. The Alex Cross series proves it." (Lee Child, international best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series)

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Good book if a bit violent

The story could have used a little less description of the violence for my taste. At some point it stopped adding anything and was just difficult to listen to. It's still a good story.
The narrator does black men's accents a lot better than white females. Some narrators can switch accents more believably. Also change pitch to get a better pseudo feminine quality in their voice if they are male and visa versa. particularly when speaking for a white woman there are a lot of hesitations which were distracting in a minor way. All that having been said he still did a good 4 star job. Just giving a heads up in case you think that might be an issue.
4 stars all around. good book and recommended.

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Riveting!

Keeps one on the edge of their seat with nail-biting anticipation of what may come next!

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  • 05-20-21

Breathtakingly exciting

Just un-putdown-able! Shocking, thrilling, beautifully narrated. I finished this in record time and found it utterly compelling. Will need a break before the next one in the series to gather breath and get my blood pressure down again.

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  • Aaron Carney
  • 03-10-21

Great audio book

Great story and good voice actor. Story is maybe just a little bit to long. 👍

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  • Clint
  • 11-27-21

So disappointed

So I've watched the film and read the physical book (albeit around ten years ago) and I loved both but I really strongly disliked this audiobook and I can only assume it must be the narrator. To be fair to him though, I think it's also to do with the writing style, it felt so amateurish! "I said this, I thought that, I Did this" it was constant telling us and not showing anything. The narrator really didn't help though because he rarely showed any emotion even when he was saying he was angry. It was so mono. And don't get me started on the actual quality of the audiobook! It was truly awful. People have already said about how the volume goes up considerably when he says what chapter he's on and it does, but also randomly in the middle of talking a sentence or word comes along with a different pitch and volume. It's almost like there's been a mistake at that point and instead of reading the that bit again, they've just recorded that later and spliced it in. The whole thing was a hatchet job to be honest and I'm very disappointed.

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  • Billie
  • 03-14-21

Another great!

Having just started the Alex Cross series, I quickly bought this following the first story 'Along Came a Spider'. I wasn't disappointed. Very well written and very creepy.

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  • Coral
  • 01-08-21

brilliantly disturbing

4 stars for some misinformation but most likely the time it was written. I thought it was gripping and disturbing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-20

Wish the volume levels were higher.

Slowly getting through all of the James Patterson books. This is a long one and I felt got a little weaker towards the end. Overall a tense read with an unexpectedly weaker finale.

I listen to audible books when I go walking and despite having the volume up full, I often struggle to hear the narration, especially when he whispers for dramatic effect. My volume is up full and I have partially sound proof headphones, but I have to hear some outside sound to be aware of traffic. I miss a lot and often have to rewind which takes something away from the story. Why not increase volume levels and allow me to reduce them?

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  • Helen R. Porteous
  • 09-22-20

Top Story and great reader

Absolutely loved it. Another good story from James Patterson. I was gripped all the way through trying to guess the murder. Ako Mitchell has a great reading voice and I look forward to listening to him again.

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  • Shelleen
  • 09-01-20

Love Alex Cross

The narrator has brought the characters alive for me, I have the next book ready and waiting for my next good read or should I say listen to.

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  • AdamH
  • 08-09-20

disappointed

narration and fact same girl caught twice ridiculous. Author should retire
whilst he is ahead

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-25-20

Frustrating volume levels.

The story is excellent. Unfortunately the volume on the narration goes from extremely loud, especially when announcing a new chapter to barely audible at times which spoils the experience.

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  • Mich
  • 06-05-19

Fallen in Love with Alex Cross

I cannot believe it took me over a decade to start reading the Alex Cross series and it’s been a real journey. I have always enjoyed James Patterson’s writing and Kiss the Girls lives up to expectations. It makes you check and double-check your windows and doors at night. Ako Mitchell’s reading is flawless and helpful towards the storytelling.

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  • Loretta.
  • 04-10-22

Kiss The Girls by James Patterson

I do love these books James Patterson Thank you for writing them 💜 Thank you Ako Mitchell for reading to me 💜

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-22

Keeps you on the edge of your seat

Twists, turns, double bluffs. Captivating from start to finish.
Be warned, you'll find yourself finding an excuse to hear more and more.

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  • Melanie
  • 01-12-20

Classic James Patterson

I can’t fault classic James Patterson.

Brilliant story line. Excellent narration by Ako Mitchell. Made me jump a couple of times.

I know audiobooks are not the same as reading them but it makes housework enjoyable 😁

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-19-19

Narrative

I found that some of the characters voices get really quiet and I have to turn the volume up to hear them then the next voice is really loud. Very frustrating but I love the story lines. Thank you.