I like Maxwell and King a lot. But I really enjoyed Scott Brick's reading of these stories. Ron McLarty is talented, but he's too old to play Sean King and he doesn't change up his voices very well. The story was a little contrived, but I enjoyed it for the most part.
The characters and action was first rate.
The dirty details of politics.
All so good, cant pick just one.
It wowed me. I have listened to it several times.
Each time I hear it, a new aspect comes to my attention.
David Baldacci is one of my favorite authors. He always spins a good yarn and this one didn't disappoint.
Maybe "Absolute Power". Because it was also about the first family but a very different story.
Yes! It's easy to determine who the characters are, it's a thriller as in you want to know what is going to happen next, and the writing, readers and characters made this one of my favorites.
He was spot on - very good.
I would recommend this one, highly.
Baldacci is a pro who knows how to cook up an intricate plot and keep the narrative ticking away like a bomb. BUT this book reads like a first draft, complete with cliches and grammatical errors, poor character development and stilted dialogue. I can't help but think that if he had taken another six months to work over the plot and character elements and goose his writing style, this could have been a stunning thriller.
The performance is another issue. McLarty's voice has range, but his delivery can be oddly stiff. He is not the problem, however. The faux suspenseful background music was horrible and intrusive. Even worse were the appalling sound effects--like the machine gun spatter--that accompanied the most dramatic scenes. Not just unnecessary but ridiculous, bordering on grotesque. I've never encountered this before in an audiobook and I pray I never do again!
I am a huge Baldacci fan and a fan of Michelle and Shawn (Sean, Shaun, whichever). I love Ron McLarty's narration. Not a fan of the story. The premise of the story was interesting, I just don't think it was written in the best way possible. Not his best work, but a great addition to the Michelle and Shawn story.
I love a mystery. . .but in this story, it's mystery after mystery after mystery. Characters are continually being shocked by something the reader isn't told of. By the time you're halfway through the book, you really have NO idea what's going on and are starting not to care. Normally I listen as often as I can, finishing a 12 hour book in about week. This one? Not so much.
By the time the mystery is revealed, you've forgotten what was relevant and what wasn't.
I read a lot plus I listen to one to two books a month and I think this is the best book I have listened to. I have read all the books in this series and enjoed them all. The funny thing is I happen to pick the first one in this series because audible had first listens on sale. Im so glad I did. My advice is listen to them in order or you spoil it.
When reading a series, the authors should not be allowed to change narrators. In the case of this book in particular Michelle goes from being a strong individual with issues to a weak one. The overall tone of the narrator more than the words changes the character, and not in a good way. Next book in the series better be narrated by Scott Brick or I'll be passing.
Fascinating- couldn't figure out Sam's motivation until the very end. Listened 12 min. twice a day for a month and a half back and forth to work and had no trouble remembering what had happened or transpired. In the spellbinding parts, (and there were many) I was annoyed that I had to work inbetween the story bits. Well written and very enjoyable.