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The Thomas Berryman Number [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

James Patterson , Will Patton
1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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May 1 2006
Three terrifying murders in the South culminate in a relentless manhunt in the North that centers on a ruthless assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is hired to kill with extreme prejudice.

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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 240 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. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual James Patterson but okay. Sept. 4 2001
By Ryan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was James Patterson's first novel. It also won the Edgar Allen Poe award in 1976 I believe. It had a pretty good plot although I thought it was very predictable. Maybe that's the way it was meant to be? I have no clue. But I do know that now JP's books are usually entirely unpredictable. But this is excellent for a first book. Hell, most authors sound like they're in second grade when they wrote their first novels. This actually got a little confusing at times. Maybe that's also a trait of new authors. Again, I'm not positive. What I did like about this book a lot was the fact how fast it read. It's under 300 pages and the chapters are extremely short.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fast read. Aug. 26 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was drawn to this one because it won an Edgar for Best First Novel. As a James Patterson fan I went in ready to be bowled over. While not my favorite from Mr. Patterson, this is a satisfying read. Certainly worthwhile just to get the history of his writings.
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 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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different side of Patterson revealed in Berryman... April 10 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are looking for the same type of writing and the same intensity as Patterson's more recent books, you will not find it here. Though many may find this novel dissapointing, I can not imagine that this is the worst book that any one of you has ever read- unless your reading list is quite miniscule. I can think of many books that are worse than this one. My advice to other readers is to read this book just to read THIS particular book. If you dive into it with any preconceived notions and are looking for another Kiss the Girls, then you will most definately be dissapointed. This book is another side to Patterson. It is a completely different style of writing than his recent novels- but is still unique and worth reading. And keep in mind that someone must have enjoyed it- it won a major literary award. If you want Alex Cross, you won't find him here, but you will find a novel that is still worth exploring. Remember to keep an open mind and you may just find that this novel is worth more than mere kindling for your fire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is Patterson's first and best book. Sept. 8 1999
By A Customer
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I found reading the other readers' reviews (almost universally bad) of The Thomas Berryman Number a real education. It might interest you all to know that when this, Patterson's first novel, came out in 1977 it won the Edgar for the best first crime novel of that year. Yes, this book is very different from his Alex Cross series: The plot is subtle and provocative, the characters are complex and compelling, and Patterson's writing here makes it a pleasure to deal with every page. The Cross books, on the other hand, feature a one-dimensional cardboard hero, comic-book villains, and simplistic writing in very short chapters. No, Patterson's writing has not improved with the years. He's just lowered his standards and is aiming at a larger, dimmer audience.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't even think about it. May 10 2000
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The reason I got this book was because I heard that it won the Edgar that year. It must have been an awful year, because this is one strenuously lackluster novel. It's story is not compelling, the characters aren't interesting, the narrative style doesn't work and the resolution does almost nothing to answer the questions raised by the plot. This doesn't reflect on Patterson's talents as an author, after all, this was his first novel. That being the case, it still should be regarded as craft honing piece and not something you should spend your money on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wake up some of you "reviewers" Jan. 25 2000
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In reading some of the other reviews on this book I was amazed at what some people say. No this is not his best work, but it is definitely not a 1 star book either. To give this a one and say that it confused you and then give it a one sort of says to me that you probably missed something. For those of you who have read some of his other stuff, this isn't bad, but it is not what you may expect from an Edgar Award winner
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum
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 more
Published on Aug. 7 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars A So-So Read
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 more
Published on Feb. 28 2001 by "cutie_45"
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and effort.
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 more
Published on June 20 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
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 more
Published on April 27 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars save your money & time
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 more
Published on Nov. 8 1998
1.0 out of 5 stars Thank God James Patterson's writing abilities have improved.
I rate this a 2. I have read almost all of his other books, all rate 6 to 10(Kiss the Girls). This book really was horrible, I forced myself to read it to the end, hoping for a... Read more
Published on April 8 1998
1.0 out of 5 stars I want my money back!
Since the worst rating possible is a 1, I suppose I can't give it what I think is more accurate, about a -10. THE MOST HORRIBLE BOOK I HAVE EVER READ (my mother agrees!). Read more
Published on March 9 1998
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