I can enjoy a wild story, but this one was so far out that it was annoying. First, a lot of time is spent with Michelle's break with reality and exploring why she is suffering from depression and has a suicide wish. This has nothing to do with the main story except to bring in a psychologist who plays another role. Second, Sean and Michelle are supposed to be experienced investigators, but are so stupid and gullible. And then there is the ending. I won't give it away, but it is completely implausible. The description of the plot of the book makes it sound much more interesting and intriguing than it really is. I did listen to the entire book, but it certainly won't be one that I listen to again.
Of all the Baldacci's books(which I used to enjoy a lot) this one has been the worst: full of cliches, gratuitus violence, unnecessary entanglement,not believable at all and not clear, etc. In a summary: did not like it!
Bought this book on the author's name and other book by Baldacci - but this plot is totally unbelievable and makes no sense. Drawn out too long. Michelle is supposed have had this long standing mental problem that somehow escaped the battery of psychological tests given to a secret service agent that guarded the president.
I absolutely hated this book! I love Balducci, but he ruined these characters for me! They were pathetic and whiny compared to the previous books. I will read him again, but not these characters.
Sorry but this Baldacci wasn't worth the time. I got through the third disc and had to quit. The reading was mediocre, the plot and characters seemed contrived and uninteresting. I haven't quit a book in the middle in years and I listen an hour+ every day while driving. I actually began to fall asleep. I hope he improves, I've enjoyed others from Baldacci thay's why I purchased this one.
Plot is weak and unnecessarily convoluted. The reader is overdramatic during the entire book.
Baldacci has a knack for both character development and story telling. His reprise of Sean and Michelle are also most welcome. Add to the mix an excellent job by the reader and you have an audio book well worth your time and money.
Hopelessly addicted to Audio Books! I started listening as a distraction to the aggravation of driving, now I listen all the time :)
I am amazed at the number of good reviews on this audiobook.
First, the reader, Scott Brick, does a terrible job here. He reads the book with a campy, snide tone and over exagerates and overacts throughout. I have liked him in other books he has read, so I was surprised he was so bad in this one.
Second, the story is put together pretty well; however, it just didn't unfold in a brilliant conclusion as expected.
The premise of the story is interesting, and I did want to finish it, which is the only reason I gave it a three star rating. Otherwise I would probably only given it a 1 or 2 star rating.
Opinions about this book are all over the board, everything from ‘stellar’ to ‘awful’. I’m in the middle. There is a great deal of time spent on the psyche of Michelle Maxwell, who in previous Sean-Michelle mysteries as been considerably more stable. Stable as a rock. In Simple Genius, Michelle is a self destructive liability, vulnerable to the extreme, suicidal and basically her character behavior requires a stretch of the imagination. Credibility is lost. There is no way Sean would allow someone in this fragile state to be a trusted sidekick.
Desperate for any work, Sean takes on a job to investigate a murder, leaving Michelle in the hands of a trusted analyst who, with her acquiescence, checks her into a rehab clinic. While Sean is embroiled in the murder mystery, Michelle bags the bad guys in a drug bust at the clinic and then joins him. Slipping in and out of suicidal behavior, Michelle watches Sean’s back. Credibility? Not so much. Eventually, the two solve the issue, a satisfying conclusion. As far as narration, Scott Brick is the best. A good narrator can make a mediocre book better, which is the case, in my opinion, with Simple Genius.
Good book but not great
Fight scenes on the river
Good book. Unfortunately King & Maxwell don't carry that Jack Reacher or John Corey uniqueness that makes their series so magnetic. They're smart... but mostly lucky which means hey could be just about anybody. Wish they were "more".