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.
I have never read Baldacci, but listening to his audiobook was somewhat underwhelming and frustrating. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this book. If you like the genre, it's worth a credit. There are many books I would listen to over this, in hindsight, but I did enjoy the experience.
That said, let me point out some faults from my own opinion:
1) The Narration didn't seem to always match what the character should be feeling. Brick's tonalities were downright annoying, and I didn't really get the accents. He didn't help this book along by any means. I've heard good things about his narration but was not impressed.
2) The actual writing in the book is only okay. Baldacci has creativity and imagination, but his delivery wasn't anything that blew me away.
3) The plot itself was intriguing, the world and character grew larger and really captivated you. But towards the end of the book that sphere shrank and you were left with a convoluted "let's tie every character together" series of twists. I also guessed the main villian behind the events about halfway through the book, which is always annoying to me. Baldacci didn't give you enough to go on to be able to put even 1/4 of the intricately linked storyline together, but the main guy was easy to spot for me.
I have yet to be disappointed with a book from David Baldacci. This one is no exception. Can't wait for the next.
I enjoyed it, I had to go back and listen to this book, but I've only found one book so far that I haven't loved from Baldacci. This is a good one, worth the credit/