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Private

By: James Patterson
Narrated by: Peter Hermann
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Jack Morgan is a war hero. Returning home from Afghanistan after being wounded, Jack is called into California State Prison to visit his father, Tom, who is serving a life sentence for extortion and murder. Before being incarcerated, Tom ran a private investigation firm called ‘Private’. Tom wants Jack to re-start the company, to make it great again, and gives him access to a $15 million dollar account in the Cayman Islands to do it with.

Five years later and Jack has set up offices spanning the globe. Private’s services are much sort after and Jack has clients ranging from movie stars to politicians. Jack is keen to keep the business legal and not fall into the same traps as his father. But when the mob come calling, they are not easy to refuse.

On a rare night off accompanying a client to the Golden Globe awards, Jack receives a phone call from school friend Abbie Cushman. Abbie's wife has been murdered and he desperately needs Jack’s help. The murder is brutal and with no apparent motive; fingers begin pointing towards Abbie. Jack is certain that Abbie didn’t kill his wife, but he will have to work night and day to prove it.

Meanwhile, Jack’s second-in-command at Private, Justine Smith, is helping the L.A.P.D. in a serial killer investigation. Over the past two years, twelve school girls from the same area in L.A. have been murdered. The killings are highly professional and so far the Police have no leads whatsoever. Justine has been called in to make use of her experience and Private’s resources. A breakthrough is desperately needed, because these killings show no signs of stopping.

©2010 James Patterson (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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Excellent - couldn't stop listening


This is a great listen which went all too fast for me. The story is fast paced, interesting and believable. The characters are well developed and complex, particularly the hero. I can imagine Patterson using this as a base to launch a new series and I for one will be waiting eagerly for the next offering.

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Cliche City

So many cliches, so much clumsy emotional angst.
Save yourself a few bucks and buy something else.

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Not what I expected

Surely this was not a book by THE James Patterson. This is the crappiest book I’ve ever listened to. Don’t waste you time or money.

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Gripping from start to finish.

Can't wait to listen to the next one! story was enthralling, performance was excellent and just leaves you wanting more.

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Great Entertainment

Would you consider the audio edition of Private to be better than the print version?

Having not read the print version, it is not possible to say. However, since I really enjoy audiobooks. I really enjoyed this one.

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

The multiple story lines.

What about Peter Hermann’s performance did you like?

His voice impersonations

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If you need help. Call Private!

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Not up to James Patterson's usual standard

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It was as if they ran out of time or inspiration toward the end of the book. There wasn't the usual Patterson magic. It felt rushed and predictable. I remember thinking, "Really, is that it??"

Any additional comments?

It was an enjoyable story, but not one I would bother listening to again.

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great book

one of the best book I have had the pleasure listing to. Great write and narrated well.

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Excellent - couldn't put it down

This is a great listen which went all too fast for me. The story is fast paced, interesting and believable. The characters are well developed and complex, particularly the hero. I can imagine Patterson using this as a base to launch a new series and I for one will be waiting eagerly for the next offering.

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  • Howard
  • 02-14-11

Griping and fast paced epic from a master

This is a James Patterson must have! From the start you are left in no doubt you need to listen to everything, miss something and you will wonder what you missed, and you can be sure it will be important later on.

Private captures what patterson is good at having several plot lines running simeoultaneously and blending them seamlessly into a fantastic novel. each sub plot here is a gripping yarn in its own right. The main story is actually really about the characters them selves but it is so cleverly weaved in the tales that you almost don't realise you are being lead through them. This is clever writing and enthralling story telling.

I am not sure there is a better way to spend thirteen hours of your listening time.

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  • Samuel Roberts
  • 10-10-22

Awesome

Awesome, story and narrated very well and so were characters, great first book in so many more books

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  • Donna Short
  • 05-16-22

Great Read/listen

I love the Private series of books. Well performed and gripping stories. Really enjoyable. More to read in the series now

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  • Prof
  • 08-04-19

don't like it at all

very much on the same stampt as the others of hius I have started. no need to try any more

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  • ANN WATSON
  • 04-02-19

Private books

Seconding the private set i have read very g
ood Look forward to have more


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  • Claire Rowland
  • 11-21-18

Twists and turns

Loved it, even if the narrator did have a dodgy Irish accent. Plenty to keep you guessing. Another great book from James Patterson

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-26-18

Awefully disappointing

I love Patterson but the performance is terrible and story slow . Want to return but can’t seem to make that happen .

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  • SAM J
  • 11-20-17

ok but predictable

It's ok but not up to the usual James Patterson standards, in my opinion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-17-17

Brilliant

It takes you on a journey and on every corner there is something else that makes you continue on to listen. The story is a master piece.

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  • Jordan's
  • 09-16-17

Thoroughly enjoyable, easy reading and listening.

Brilliant easy reading and entertaining. Easy to pick and put down without missing a beat.

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  • Moira
  • 05-17-15

Interesting Twists and Turns

This book started me listening to James Patterson Private. It is the start of a continuing saga with many twists and turns that keeps you listening right to the end. The reader tells a great story and kept me interested to its finish. There are lots interesting people but not too many so that you get totally lost on who is who and who did what. I certainly will be following on with the next Private issue and can certainly recommend this read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-21

Stop with the dramatic musical interludes!

The story like all james Patterson was great but the production with continued interludes of dramatic music was neither needed or wanted!

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  • Vicki hobbs
  • 11-24-21

excellent

great book couldn't put it down. great story line ...worth the read. great narrative..great

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  • Jill Murray
  • 11-24-21

Great read

I was captivated from the beginning end. wonderful performance. I recommend this book as a quality audiobook

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  • Blossominoz
  • 06-28-21

Interesting story typical James Patterson

Typical Patterson. Fast paced and action packed. Three cases to solve. Love interests. If you like Patterson you'll enjoy this book. Narrator was easy to listen to.

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  • michael
  • 06-10-21

Got to the end but felt like very slow progress

Felt like there was a lot of padding in the story, the narration also slow. There seemed to be an attempt to make it appear more than it was. I have no desire to listen to any more in the series.

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  • Tezza
  • 06-08-21

Not my cup of tea

I tried the book while it was the daily deal but found the 'hard boiled detective' story not to my taste so I won't be reading any others in the series.
I am fairly certain that fans of this genre will enjoy it.