As usual, the author does a excellent job but the narrator ruins the story by his inability to distinguish between the characters through his voice. You have to guess who is saying what because all the characters sound the same--even when it's a women. You will enjoy the book more by getting the abridged version and having it read by a far more capable narrator.
Baldacci must have had a publisher's deadline for this one. The plot is disjointed, unrewarding, and basically not believeable. Any effort toward a "plot-twist" ends up seeming like a conjured fabrication to try to glue the fragmented story together. The narration is slow and not enjoyable.
Baldacci should be ashamed of himself!! This book is so contrived and poorly written that not even Scott Brick can save it. The story line is very weak and unbelievable. Worst book I have downloaded in over two years.
Even though this one is a sequel to another book that I did not know, it itself is fascinating. The Simple Genius combines the thriller with several levels of conflicts and some interesting introductions to various cyphering themes. Once you strat, it is hard to stop, and the main ending is also very good. The last few chapters became a bit weak, but it does not affect the total satisfaction of the book.
I have read almost every Baldacci novel. I have been impressed to the very end with all except one. The one that had nothing to do with the FBI, CIA, or Secret Service.
Simple Genius was not as unpredictable and slightly less spell bounding. I did enjoy the novel though. It had a nice plotline with a good twist. The characters were well written and believable. The book as a whole was good, but when I read Baldacci I am looking for GREAT.
There were no puzzle peices to put together in this one. Things just happened to Sean and Michelle and they reacted. Never learned who shot at Sean in the beginning or why. One 'bad guy' was trusted until that person tried to kill Sean and Sean never suspected anything. They never solved anything or even came up with any theories, just found things or things were explained to them.
The story starts out a little slow but develops it's characters. As time goes by, it really picks up. The research that the author did was impressive.
I would highly recommend this book.
This book seems disjointed at first, but stick it out, it has all of the parts of a classic who-done-it.
Michelle slips into and out of suicidal depression rather magically, which is my only problem with the characterization. Otherwise, it's a great listen.
I have to classify Simple Genius as another BBB--Boring Baldacci Book. This book was a disappointment to me and I found myself fast forwarding to the end. His Oliver Stone books are better.