I, Alex Cross by James Patterson (audio)


You can’t run.

Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that a beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Alex vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington’s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer’s only victim.

You can’t hide.

The hunt for her murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. Alex and Bree are soon facing down some very important, very protected, very dangerous people in levels of society where only one thing is certain–they will do anything to keep their secrets safe.

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I have over the past 6 months become a real fan of James Pattersons’s work.  Mainly through the audio books I have received for review from Hachette Audio Group.  I have found his stories to be brilliantly expressed and have flown through his reads anticipating what is next.

The only experience I have had with James Patterson’s Alex Cross series was the movie Kiss The Girls which I had seen a long time ago and really enjoyed this spine tingling thriller.  I jump ahead now many years to the recent audio I listened to where I once again came in contact with the great Alex Cross.

Let me say – I love Alex Cross.  I love the way this character handles himself and love his deep passion for family.  That said, the audio was a bit extreme for my taste.  The chapters that featured the killer were gruesome and foul.  The sexual content of this audio was for lack of a better word – vivid.

So why continue listening?  Alex Cross.  Alex’s role in this audio was fantastic as I can only be lead to believe he is in all the books that feature him and that is what makes him such a wonderful character that keep people coming back for more.  If I had read the book I could have skimmed over the harsh parts but in an audio that is hard to do.

I am not sure if all the Alex Cross books are at this degree of content as I had stated above, I have not read them all.  I would not judge all the Alex Cross books by this one experience and I am willing to give him a second try again – because I like Alex.

How do I rate this?  It wasn’t a fit for my personal taste but it was well done.  I hope that makes sense.  It is hard for me to put down a book/audio that wasn’t an exact hit for the genre I enjoy, so I wont.

Have you read or listened to any of the Alex Cross books?  I would love to hear some other opinions.

My Amazon Review

I received my review copy from Hachette Audio

26 thoughts on “I, Alex Cross by James Patterson (audio)

  1. I have read several Alex Cross books and enjoy the movies as well.

    I haven’t experienced any audio books, though, nor have I read an Alex Cross book recently.

    Patterson’s style of writing is not my favorite, even though the books are filled with action and suspense—and I like the character Alex Cross.

    I like a writing style that flows, with vivid descriptions and intriguing dialogue.

  2. I’ve never read any of James Patterson’s books (or listened to them, either, for that matter), although I have one on my TBR shelf at the moment. My only exposure to Patterson’s work was the Women’s Murder Club mini-series on TV a year or so ago. I definitely enjoyed it, and Alex Cross is one of Patterson’s protagonists I’ve been most interested in.

    1. Two words wordlily: wood chipper

      GAH! My imagination is that way too and there were parts of this book that were way too much. WAY too much.

      Pattersons other books I have not found to be as harsh and in some cased, like Suzannes Diary for Nicholas, they can be down right sweet.

  3. I’ve only read Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas, which was very different from the Kiss the Girls (I only watched the movie, too) and the thriller/mystery genre. I recently downloaded a sample of his Witch & Wizard, my first ever attempt at an audio book (& as I feared, I’ve fallen asleep every time I listen :-p)

    I think with Patterson, he’s everywhere and for some reason that has put me off, though I’ve seen good reviews. I want to try the Alex Cross series but haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe soon…

    Thanks for the review.

    1. Jackie I really likes Suzannes Diary for Nicholas. It is true that Patterson writes many different styles and I kind of like that. I have Witch and Wizard at home but have not read it yet.

      I hope you will be able to get through the audio 🙂 Listen to it while driving – and then you shouldnt fall asleep! 🙂

  4. I used to be a big James Patterson fan but now I think he’s more focused on quantity rather than quality. He’s become really sensational in his writing, and I don’t like that much. =(

  5. Linda Henderson

    I’ve never read any of his books. I have friends that have though and they really enjoy his books.

  6. I have heard great things on books by Patterson as well. I have not picked them up as they don’t seem like my genre, but I have been tempted to just try one to see what everyone loves. But, unfortunately (and fortunately) I have loads of books here to read and an increasingly long list to get through as well.

    Thanks for the review!

  7. librarypat

    I listen to audio books all the time. Some of the readers are excellent. I’ve listened to several of the Alex Cross books and they have been good.

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  9. MarthaE

    Interesting comments! I had listened to a number of Alex Cross stories and had most of the early books ready to read. Good detective twists and I agree that I like Alex as a character. I think too that the books have became a bit too graphic or sensationalized. I just haven’t been inclined to get back into this series.

    I do want to read the latest in The Women’s Murder Club series but I only rated the last one as a 4 and it barely made that. Perhaps he is churning too much in quantity and losing the quality as one other comment said.

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