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/
I cannot get enough of this detective team. Baldacci weaves a fast-paced mystery into a budding buddy team with unpredictable and satisfying results. I eagerly awaiting the fourth installment in the Sean King/Michelle Maxwell series.
I've read Split Second earlier and found that the SECOND time was just as good.
The book starts off in a two pronged narrative and does good to keep the characters complete.
Its goo to see the characters progress, but you realized that something is lying under the surface.
Split Second is a must read if you like detective suspense stories. Didn't know who the bad guys really were until the end. Honestly, hated putting it down; morning coffee, exercising, driving. Had to keep listening until the very end, then wished there was more.