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 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!
The story and plot were engrossing, but Scott Brick is one of Audible's most annoying readers. This is the second book read by Scott Brick that I've bought. In both books he reads every sentence as though it were dripping with sarcasm. He seems unable to deliver even a straight descriptive narrative as simply "straight descriptive narrative." It's always hammy and sarcastic. Very distracting from the plot.
The story line is very interesting and kept me on edge. I couldn?t imagine how the different pieces would come together. Well guess what they don?t! The ending is just awful.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
I enjoyed this book but felt like I was out of the loop because there was little chance to deduce whodunit when the author revealed things late that were germane to figuring things out. On the positive side, the character development was excellent and the author did a good job of giving the listener a sense of the scenes that took place. Scott Brick delivered on the narration as he normally does. This is my second Baldacci listen and I'll likely go for a third.
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
I started listening to this because I was fed up with another book and thought anything would be better than the other book. This was better for several hours, but then it just went downhill.
It's like the author was going well and then he handed it off to another writer who put in some concepts that just had me rolling my eyes and thinking the book was heading into the land of stupid. The women were okay but then later seemed hollower and, as a woman myself, I began not to like them.
I could be expecting too much for something that is mainly for people stuck on a plane.
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.
Just the opposite. There were no delineating chapter 'calls' on the book. Just 30 seconds of silence. Purely amateur.
King. His humor
Already made for TV. Loved the show. Too bad it was canceled.
For the producer and editor... Time to find a new job. Scott Brick... Good read as always. Too bad you were saddled with folks who were 'asleep at the control board.'
Slow story with way too much conversation attempting to decipher clues. Once again, starring a leading man with great looks and psychic skills in his ability to Leap from clue to the right answer. Once again, in touch with a gorgeous, athletic female (this one earned a medal in the Olympics) hopelessly drawn to him. New characters were constantly introduced as suspects leaving me asking "who is this one??". Many conversations are filled with "what if...." and "maybe he....." and "how about it....." and basically showing off amazing guessing skills. I enjoyed this Baldacci book the least of those I've read. I found Scott Brick's performance to be annoying. Remember Robert DeNiro's voice when asking "you talkin to me??". Scott Brick has this habit of ending each characters voice with this Brooklyn upswing. For a better Baldacci experience, try "First Family".
This was my second audio book by the author and will be my last. This story line is chopped up, hard to follow, the narrator is monotone and not someone who garners your attention. I found myself sitting in the car and wondering what part of the book I was listening to.
Sadly this was a waste of my money and for my preference so bad I can not finish it.