Violets are Blue (Alex Cross)

by James Patterson | Audiobooks |
ISBN: 1586211951 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingKateKintailwing of Burke, Virginia USA on 9/14/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Sunday, September 14, 2008
Got this at a library used book sale. Turns out I already bought a copy of this same book on audio! I'm listening to it right now on audio in the car.

4 cassettes/6 hours
Abridged
Read by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Michael C. Hall

Oh holy cow! Michael C. Hall is the other reader? No wonder I've been so creeped out- I'm in the middle of watching Dexter at the same time! What a funny coincidence!

So far, this is an interesting book. I've never read an Alex Cross book before, so I wasn't so sure what to expect. I've listened to two other Patterson novels, though. I'm not really thrilled with Alex in this book. He seems like such a goody-goody hero. And the reader reads him so softly and happily that it's a little offputting. Also, he seems to think the obvious to us in exposition, which is needless and a bit annoying.

But apart from Alex, I'm really enjoying this story! There are currently several different villains- a mastermind who is stalking Alex and people who consider themselves to be vampires-- and they're not just roleplaying, they're killing and feeding on people!

I like the way we get the vampires' perspectives and get into their minds. It's strange and disturbing and quite interesting! I know I'm going to enjoy watching Cross take them down, but I'm only on tape 2 of 4 so I guess we'll see where it goes from here!

Journal Entry 2 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Sunday, September 14, 2008
I finished this book today. My favorite part is still the introduction by the author, I think. My second favorite part was getting to know the minds of the vampire baddies. I enjoyed two other James Patterson books I read (this was my third). So I thought I'd enjoy this one, too.

Alex Cross just wasn't my favorite character. He was far too perfect and good for my liking and I wasn't thrilled with the reader who kept making many of the more serious lines sound either positive or like questions. I didn't really like the writing at all. It was too simple, not complex enough. And Cross kept repeating the very same thoughts/narrations over and over again which I didn't need- I got it the first time! Even the second time. But the third or fourth? Got a little annoying. If I heard him explain who Casanova was one more time, I was going to drive my car into a tree. I can't imagine how annoying that would be if I were a fan of the book and had already read the book(s) featuring that killer.

I really enjoyed the bad guys, though (and I loved Michael Hall as a reader). They were terrifying and screwed up but really interesting to watch work. I like psychologically strange and original characters. And I like vampires, so it was neat to see them in this context. Their culture was interesting and I liked the tiger aspect. But I was sad when that part of the case was solved and over.

This turned out to be a crucial part of the Cross series. We find out who the Mastermind is and Cross confronts him. Apparently, the mastermind has been following Cross around for many books and here... the truth is revealed. I wasn't very impressed with the confrontation, battle, and resolution. But I wasn't impressed with the rest of the book, either. I had it figured out halfway through and then I thought up some even more impressive twists in plot that the author didn't take. So it was disappointing to me.

Simple, read strange, and interesting, but it definitely makes me want to avoid all Alex Cross novels in the future.

Journal Entry 3 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Friday, January 23, 2009
Adding this to my bookbox ray: Earreading Audiobooks on Cassette Bookbox #1

I hope whoever finds it, enjoys it!

Journal Entry 4 by batty14 from Schuylerville, New York USA on Saturday, May 16, 2009
Grabbed from box! Thanks!

Journal Entry 5 by batty14 at Book Box, Book Box -- Controlled Releases on Monday, August 03, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (8/5/2009 UTC) at Book Box, Book Box -- Controlled Releases

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Sending off as a RABCK.

Journal Entry 6 by easterngirl71 from Alton, Illinois USA on Saturday, August 08, 2009
As I said I love James Patterson, so excellent choise of a RABCK book for me! Thanks so much for sharing it with me:) Will be a bit before I can read or listen to it as I have ring/ray books to clear out!

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