I have enjoyed every Baldacci novel I have read (all of them) until this one. It seems he either rushed this one or has just exhausted his creativity (which I doubt). It would have been a good story if it had just been better written. It held my interest but was very unbelievable, especially the ending. I couldn't help but exclaim throughout the book, "Oh jeeze, give me a break". If you want to read Baldacci, don't pick this one.
No matter where you go, there you are.
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'm a Baldacci fan, but this story had too many holes in it. I began to wish it would end and put me out of my misery.
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.
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.
This book reminds me of the old "Batman" TV series of the 60s where the heroes were forever trying to come up with scenarios based on the tiniest details that eventually lead them to the villain. And when they met up with the villain, the heroes were captured and forced to endure a slow death by some silly contraption. That's what happened here. And let's not forget the force of nature that compelled the villain to divulge why he did it all and show off his cleverness.
I'm really tired of stories where characters betray their friends and colleagues. You know the routine: something turned them to the dark side years ago, but they manage to mingle effortlessly with everyone until, suddenly, you turn around and find that you're staring down the barrel of their gun. Whatever happened to just plain old good vs. evil, where you knew who the bad guys and good guys were, they would fight and the good guys would win? Is that really too old fashioned?
The villain was lame. He spent so many years plotting the "perfect" crime and going to all the trouble of recreating a past event that, when implemented, would be short-lived. I mean, the lengths this guy would go to to have all his puzzle pieces line up in just the right order was mind-boggling, and for me, made it unrealistic. There's just too many factors he had to create and/or depend on to make it all work. Not even an evil genius could come up with the stuff this guy did.
Pass this one by.
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.
I am a voice over artist with work in tv, film, radio and commercials all over the world.
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.