This is the first book I've read of David Baldacci and it won't be the last. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's not bloody or gritty like Sandford but it has interesting characters and a good plot.
Scott Brick did a great job as usual.
I think this was a pretty good story and would likely have enjoyed it more in traditional book form. The narrator has a magnificient voice but I found it somewhat monotonous and he didn't seem to make character transitions as easily as others. I actually quit midway through due to the narrator but may well pick it up from the library.
No, but interesting
No. Characters are not well-rounded enough to really engage reader.
I liked ending even though it was a bit predictable.
Scott Brick brings more dimension to the characters than they may have on paper.
No. I think following "King and Maxwell" stories will be much the same: predictable until the plot gets so convoluted that it strains the imagination.
Not a waste of time. I chose it because I enjoy Scott Brick and I had never read Baldaccci. Lots of good action. Plot is fine for most of the book, but toward the end, I felt like Baldacci had painted himself into a corner and got stuck in a convoluted plot with too many asssumptions without basis. On the whole, enjoyable, but not great.
I enjoy listening to Action Adventure books during my daily, (45 + mins) commute to work.
Third from the top.
It laid the how they ( King n Maxwell) became partners.
At the end when they are trapped in the burning hotel.
I will listen to this whole series!
I'm a truck driver that loves Audible! It is a wonderful way to "read" all the books I want to, with out having to stop working!
The many different characters their personalities and how they interacted with each other. David Baldacci did a great job in creating each of the characters and keeping them in step with the twisting story line. The story line was something that was plausible and I could follow the different twists and turns. I especially liked it that the author would let you see some of aspects of the "bad guys" in the story, but not enough to give them away, I like that a lot in a mystery.
The story was a bit slow in the beginning, but the author kept teasing my interest with a little of the "facts" of the mystery just at the right time to make me want more of the story, to hurry up and get to "the who done it". The plot kept me very interested especially towards the end, when I just had to hear the last hour and a half just to find out all of the answers, and I didn't want any distractions so I could see the "big picture". So, I stopped my truck and listened intently to the last of the book so I wouldn't miss a thing.
Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators, and with that said, he made the story even better! I was looking at the later books in this series, and I noticed that Mr. Brick doesn't narrate the last 2 books, and that is very disappointing to me. I love his voice and how he tells a story.
When Sean King and Joan were out on the water in the sail boat. Don't want to give anymore away than that.
This was a great book that was narrated by Scott Brick, one of my favorite narrators. I really do love a good mystery, and I think I found another great mystery writer.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
* Scott Brick is outstanding as always. He is one of the most consistently excellent narrators on Audible.
* Baldacci is an extremely competent author. His books always have interesting plots featuring unexpected twists.
* Maxwell and King are very likable lead characters. Their interaction is engaging and seems quite real.
* Way too many characters to keep track of without listing them out -- which I actually did.
* Although I've lauded Baldacci's writing for being unpredictable -- this one was too much so. I lost track of the sub-plots and the driving motivations of many of the characters. Some of the plot twists seemed to double back on themselves making it very hard to put it all together.
* The ending sped up so much (and with a large volume of new information) that it became a little overwhelming to this listener. If asked to summarize this plot, I couldn't do it succinctly.
Bottomline for me: I'll try the next book in this series and then decide whether to give up on it or not.
In our quest for new authors, we gave David Baldacci a try. Good story, interesting, with several plot twists. Will definitely buy some more of the King and Maxwell books.
Scott Brick as usual was spot on. The problem was with the editing. At the end of each chapter (just guessing) there is enough "dead air" that I thought my player had stopped playing until it happened enough that I sort of got used to it. Very bothersome.
The story was good enough to try the next one in the series. I kind of enjoy the new King and Maxwell TV series so will peruse this a little further.
Needs to design a better difference when changing characters. I would find myself lost and wondering what character we were on.
YES! Want to read about the new "agency" and get the sexual tension out of the way. That or keep jumping into cold water..
Enjoyed the story line. Was not impressed with the villian motive. Suspense and drama was just enough.
This is the first book in the King and Maxwell series by David Baldacci. I haven't listened to any of the others yet but the story line in this one was great so I'm definitely giving the next one a try. My only complaint is with the recording. Scott Brick does an excellent job with the narration but there are five to 10 second gaps in the story. I'm guessing they represent the end of a chapter but its almost painful the way it pauses. The pause was long enough that I found myself checking to see if the audio book was still playing which was very annoying particularly during the more tense moments of the storyline. However, I would still recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.