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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Private by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro... An Audiobook Review & Giveaway!

The world's most powerful investigation firm,
takes on three twisted,
almost unsolvable crimes...

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CONGRATS TO...Kathy, Jessica & Allison! They each won a copy of James Patterson's Audiobook Privat! Thanks to EVERYone who joined in on the fun by entering, blogging and tweeting about the giveaway!

Like your mysteries & suspense with a PI hunting down the bad guy?! How about a story packed with not one but three crimes?! Then Private by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro is for you! Great characters whose lives are so cleverly entwined, and 3 great cases that Jack Morgan and his investigation company, Private, is working on that will have you on the edge of your seats.

Jack Morgan runs Private, a large private investigation firm, where the rich and famous go, but also anyone who wants discretion... Jack and his investigators have a world wide network of technically savvy resources to help them solve even the most difficult crimes... and they're going to need it. First Jack begins investigating a high stakes NFL gambling scandal. Looks like the games are rigged somehow, and with lots of money on the line, Jack's firm is hired to investigate if it's even possible, let alone happening. At the same time, Private is asked to be part of the police investigation of the unsolved murders of thirteen young girls. The crimes seem related, but at the same time they look to have been committed by different people, but how? and why? Finally Jack gets a call from his best friend; it seems his best friends wife ( and Jack's former lover) has been murdered. The husband looks guilty, but Jack knows his friend would never do it, and as Jack investigates who else may have a motive, secrets start coming out of the closet that turn his perceptions of who his best friend really is and who his ex-lover really was upside down. The story starts out slowly, laying down all the players, their relationships and the scenes, but quickly moves to a faster pace, with twists and turns that make you want to keep turning the pages, or in my case, because I listened to the audiobook, keep listening by driving around the block a few more times! Having 3 crimes being investigated at the same time really holds your attention. The characters are well developed with intertwined histories that are interesting and create a whole other set of possibilities in the story as people are motivated because of their past with each other. And Jack sure has a "past" with quite a few of the ladies in the story, but I guess that's common among PI's, right?!

But my review is really for the audiobook version of Private. And as much I can tell you I really liked the story, (And I really did!) the narrator really has a big part in how well you enjoy an audiobook. Peter Hermann is the narrator and does an excellent job of holding your attention with his wonderful buttery voice. Hermann's credits are in film, television and Broadway productions. He has full command of his characters (and there are quite a few) and does a great job of separating them through subtle nuances with his voice. Good timing, an interesting voice, the talent of Peter Hermann and a great story to back it all up make Private a great audiobook! Fans of James Patterson will enjoy this, but also fans of Maxine Paetro who is gaining a following in her own right.

Want to listen to a great audiobook?! Private by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is unabridged, on 6 CD's and is approximately 7 hours. AND Courtesy of Anna of Hachette Book Group, I have 3 copies of the audiobook Private to GIVE AWAY! Learn more about James Patterson! Then Listen to an excerpt of Private! And finally enter to win a copy of the unabridged audiobook of Private! Here's how to Enter...

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To Enter this Giveaway...

*For one entry leave me a comment with your email address!

*Get an extra entry for following my blog! Just leave a comment letting me know you're a follower! ( Not a follower yet? No problem, sign up by clicking on the 'followers" button on the sidebar to the left! Just let me know you became a new follower!)

*Blog or tweet about this giveaway and leave me the link.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (No PO boxes). The books will be shipped to the winners directly from the publisher. Contest ends 11:59pm EST on August 14th. I will randomly pick the winners the next day and email them! (please check your email.. winner must reply to me within 3 days! Thanks!) Good Luck!

46 comments:

stpand said...

Please enter me.

I am a follower of your blog.

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Linda said...

Sounds like a great story, and I appreciate the fact that you also provided positive comments on the narrator. Thanks for the giveaway.

extra entry - I follow through Google Reader.

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Vidisha said...

Great Book and giveaway
I am a follower
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Bethie said...

Please count me in. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower.

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throuthehaze said...

Count me in please.

I am a follower

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Kirsten G said...

I just came across your review and blog and wondered if you've checked out http://audiobookcommunity.com yet - lots of book bloggers, but also industry professionals, TONS of narrators, and lots of avid listeners. We'd love to have you :) Good luck to everyone with the giveaway!

chey said...

This book sounds intriguing! I'd love to listen to it!

I follow by gfc

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janetfaye said...

I would love to enter.

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janetfaye said...

I follow your blog.

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Steve Capell said...

I have read other books by this author and I have enjoyed them. Thanks for the hosting this contest. I would love to give a listen to this one.

steven(dot)capell(at)gmail(dot)com

Denny, Alaska said...

This sounds like a good "listen!" Thanks for entering my name in your giveaway.

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Denny, Alaska said...

I follow via GFC; thanks!

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allisonsbj3 said...

I love Patterson! Thanks for this giveaway!

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allisonsbj3 said...

I'm a new follower!

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LAMusing said...

I love audiobooks - please enter me :)

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LAMusing said...

I follow on GFC

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Kathy (mommysreading) said...

I love audio books. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

1 extra entry - I follow through Google Reader.

Kathy (mommysreading) said...

oops, forgot my email.

kathy at dassaro dot net
Sorry

Michele said...

Please enter me.
Thanks,
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Michele said...

I follow your blog.

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Misusedinnocence said...

I would love to be entered for this.

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Misusedinnocence said...

I follow via gfc.

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Sky Princess said...

Please enter me for this giveaway.

Sky Princess said...

I follow your blog!

Jessica Capelle said...

Would love to enter the giveaway!

I'm a blog follower and I tweeted about the contest at http://twitter.com/JessicaCapelle/status/19883765498

email is jessicacapelle at gmail dot com

Thanks!

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Pam in Texas said...

Awesome giveaway! I love James Patterson - both his adult books and his young adult series.

Pam in Texas said...

I am a follower of your blog!

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Laurie said...

Hi again! Please enter me in the Patterson giveaway. Thanks. 006andaHalf

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Meredith said...

Please enter me! I'd like to listen to this!

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Meredith said...

I am a follower.

Chanelle said...

I tweeted about this awesome giveaway!
cparkins14 AT teancum.net

degood said...

I love James Patterson and this would be great to listen to on my commute.

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degood said...

I follow your blog as degood with google friend connect.

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Liz said...

I REALLY want this book!!
I'm a new follwer :P

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Anonymous said...

I do love James Patterson's work and as it happens, so does my father
~Elizabeth

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Anonymous said...

Ooh!! Awesome Giveaway :P
-Sara

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Dana said...

I am a follower on twitter and the blog.

Would love to win this audio!

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Carole Spring said...

James Patterson is one of my favorite authors. I would love to listen to the audiobook of Private. Thank you for the chance!

PowerSweepstaking said...

for the wife a patterson fan!

PowerSweepstaking said...

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THRIFTY CANUCKS said...

My favourite author. would love this one.
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THRIFTY CANUCKS said...

I follow you as Thrifty Canucks
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