I'm no kid, but I do live next to a cranberry bog.
I have enjoyed David Baldacci's books in the past, even though he had several times used our family name in a villainous way (I found that amusing, actually). I am very glad that he left us out of "Split Second".
Not a bad start to the book. Even the middle was moving along nicely until one seemingly unnecessary scene screamed at me, "I just told you who the bad guy is!" But I remained ready to accept that as a nice little misdirection -- it wasn't.
But as the story drew to a close and the explanation of all of the murders and various evil happenings was revealed, I couldn't help but shout at my dashboard, "Oh, David, what a contrivance! How ludicrously involved! How ridiculous!" I figured pretty soon the villain was going to tell us how he had cleverly manipulated Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, but that somehow escaped inclusion in this book.
Buck up, Mr. Baldacci. There will surely be life after "Split Second"!
I tried Baldacci a few years ago, a book so unmemorable that I cannot remember its title. I thought I might give him another shot, based on his continued popularity.
Lesson: Do not rely on the general public's ability to elevate anything but common denominators in any realm they invade.
Sure, this is fiction, but Baldacci relentlessly challenges our ability to swallow endless improbable situations and remedies. While one's imagination struggles to paint his plot elements with even vague connectivity to credible reality, he solves problems by a string of intuitive leaps or epiphanies that are not necessarily composed of information that has gone before in the story line.
Combine this with super-human characters aplenty and you find yourself wondering why you continue to read (listen) this stuff. Baldacci is resting on his laurels, the existence of which evades me.
I stopped listening at 1h 50m when Joan stripped down to her panties at breakfast, threw all the plates to the floor, jumped on the table, lay on her back and spread her legs. Shawn just turned and walked away telling her, “I’d appreciate it if you would clean up this mess.” A gentleman wouldn’t disappoint a lady like that and the reader was already disappointed by that time.
Very nicely written with surprizing plot twists and revelations throughout. I found the narration distracting at first, because the narrator has a strange inflection when reading questions. It was odd to hear each character use the same quaint inflection. As the story became more involved, however, it was less bothersome. More diffentiation in the characters speaking would have made the story less confusing.
I always enjoy the stories, characters and momentum David Baldacci creates and narrator Scott Brick is as wonderful as ever. I loved every bit of Split Second until I came to the very dissappointing ending. I'll admit it was a surprise ending but that is because it was so implausible - even ridiculous.
This is a entertaining "listen", fast paced and the plot held my attention. Not being a writer, author or critic I can just say what I think. Buy it!
Persnickety, curmudgeonly, locked into a long daily commute which is mitigated somewhat by listening to great books.
Pretty good jealousy and competitive thing going on between the women characters.
Required too much dialogue to make it work.
Not enough difference in voice between characters. Brick has a few verbal "ticks" that irritate me too. The rise at the end of a sentence that sounds wise-guy-ish and doesn't fit certain characters.
All crime novels, especially those with complex plots have to rely on lengthy explanations of the backstory, but this one was unbelievably long. From the point at which the main characters start to realize what is really happening until the end there must be 3 or 4 very long explanatory dialogues.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Meh? Or maybe just a hair above that. . . because this book does have a somewhat intriguing plot. But the narration (with apologies to all Scott Brick devotees) was so dramatic/theatric that it was just over the top. Good solid plot. . .compelling ending, but still, just an average read in my opinion.
This was my first David Baldacci book, and will likely be my last! I didn't like the tone of the book or any of the characters.
I would have liked the book better had it had some likable characters. The hateful & sarcastic attitude of all the characters permeated the book. It was ridiculous, almost to the point of being comical!
I will try to avoid books read by Mr Brick. I think his sarcastic tone in almost every sentence made a bad book even worse.
Listening to this book put me in a bad mood due to the bad attitudes throughout it; and made me angry and sad that I had wasted my time and money on it.
This was my first Baldacci, so maybe all of his novels have endings that just are hard to imagine, and I have a good imagination. The characters were interesting, the narrator was good (Scott Brick does most of the Nelson DeMille novels, so I have learned to like his style). The author did a poor job of tying up the story and the characters, and the ending was just not plausible. Maybe he had a deadline to meet?? . A Buick Impala?? The editor and author missed that the old Impala driven by the villain was a Chevy not a Buick