The story was interesting. The narrator not as annoying as usual (droning and depressing) but still there was not difference between characters - especially women. It amazes me how he gets such great reviews but women narrators are crucified if their male characters aren't perfect.
Anyway, the story was good - a little far-fetched in the belief department (how many stupid mistakes can trained professionals make?)
I really enjoyed the first 80% of the book. I found the characters smart and interesting and the mystery very compelling. I eagerly looked forward to the next time I could listen to the story to find out what happened next. The last 20% was a bit of a letdown. It was like Baldacci had written such a complex scenario that it required, um, "creative" storytelling to make it all come together in the end. Overall I would recommend the book - it is well worth the credit and your time. Just don't over-think the ending and it will all be worth it!
This was my first exposure to David Baldacci. A friend of mine reads everything of his and thought I might like him. So when this book went on sale for under $5, I took advantage of the great offer and scooped it up. I enjoyed the story line, the characters of Maxwell and King were most likable and the reader did a good job. If you are looking for some lighter reading in the mystery/ thriller genre this is a good pick to introduce you to this author. I will try a few more Baldacci's in the future especially with the Maxwell & King combo.
I have to preface this review by saying that I often get distracted by Scott Brick's narrations.He can really drive me crazy-- especially in some of the older books. I was however primed to really enjoy this story based upon the good reviews and my enjoyment of The Camel Club. This book started out with an interesting story and turned into the most far fetched ridiculous plot that I could hardly bear to finish it. Sure, the who done it part was hard to figure out because it was so implausible! Don't waste your time.
I downloaded this book as part of a first in a series promotion. It was good enough that I will be interested in listening to more, but not good enough that I stopped the world to download every one I could. I have yet to get the next one, but I will. It was a good, well-written story. A little too much of the perfect bodies doing heroic things routine. The flaws were in moods more than character, and that doesn't come across as real to me. I didn't ever stop caring about what happened next --- would describe the overall book as "worthwhile."
I loved listening to this book. Scott Brick always does a wonderful job and makes every book his own. My only complaint about this book is that, as the plot twisted, it seemed to get more and more unbelieveable. A little too far-fetched but all-in-all a good listen.
There were two very distracting elements to the audio version. One is the narrator's unskillful way of using a quirky vocal habit when reading almost every question used in dialogue. It might have been good if this stylistic trick were restricted to just one character, but when the identical intonation is used for every voice in the story it became more than annoying. I found myself bracing for every spoken question and even then it made me flinch. The second was probably the fault of the editing. In transitions of time/place/character, where in a written text the reader is cued by a break of several lines or some other visual indicator, the recorded version has no such clue. One finds oneself, startled and confused by the sudden appearance of a character who is miles away, only to realize that the scene has changed with nothing to indicate it. Then the reader has to make a mental shift and play catch-up to rejoin the story. This happens over and over and over.
Combine this with a ludicrous comic-book ending and, well, there are better ways to spend one's time and money.