The Thomas Berryman Number Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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About the Author
James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
With a steel guitar twanging blues in the background, Will Patton performs this reissue of Patterson's 1976 debut novel, which won an Edgar Award for best first mystery. The complex plot intertwines a reporter's relentless pursuit of the killer of Nashville's first black mayor and the path of the assassin himself as he prepares for the biggest murder since Martin Luther King, Jr. Will Patton uses a bluegrass drawl and the soft sound of a New York drug-world hustler, helping the listener understand the complexity of the characters. Patterson's observations are masterfully transformed into critical insights with Patton's skillful pacing. K.A.T. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Top Customer Reviews
I thought this book was a little better than three stars but still not worthy of the fourth. If I had read and reviewed this back in the 70's, I would have said all the things I said about the actual story itself. But, I would've added that I bet this guy'll be one of the best story tellers in the next fifteen years. Now, obviously, I'm not going to say that because I believe he's all ready established that position in my mind. And certainly in the minds of thousands of others.
If you like James Patterson I'd recommend reading this just for the history of the writer and to see how he has developed over the years. Just don't go into this book expecting his best story. If you do that, you should come out satisfied that you did take the time to read it.
Like everything I have read from Mr. Patterson, this one read extremely fast. It took me a little while to put faces on the main characters, and I am not certain that I was 100% successful in that task. I got to know them pretty well, and found the plot set up most engaging...it kept me on my toes.
Somehow "The Thomas Berryman Number" had a feel somewhat like "The Anderson Tapes"---at least to me. It certainly had me turning pages.
I have to recommend reading this one if you are a James Patterson fan. It takes little time due to his flowing writing style, and give you a sense of where he started. Surely I plan to get a hold of more of his earlier works. Mr. Patterson gets your attention and moves the story at a good pace.
Most recent customer reviews
I agree with "don't bother." I've read many of the Alex Cross novels and enjoy the page turning pace of these novels. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2001
I thought this was a good book, but not at all what I was expecting. The characters were developed very well, but everything I read said that it was very suspenseful, but I did... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2001
In today's world our time is very precious and valuable. Do not waste your time or your money for that matter on this book. Forgive Patterson for this one. Read morePublished on June 20 1999
I was looking forward to reading this after having enjoyed "Jack and Jill". I was, however, very disappointed. This book was hard to read and difficult to follow. Read morePublished on April 27 1999
this book was in one word "BORING". It just never got going. I think Thomas Patterson's other stuff is exciting and fast paced, this is the total antithesesis. Horrible! Read morePublished on Nov. 8 1998
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