I usually love Baldacci's books, but this one was tedious and overly long without much being said. I've been listening to this series, but after this last book am wondering if I'm wasting my time. Don't bother with this one; even the wonderful narrator couldn't save it.
I will probably listen to this 2 more times by years end
The plot was a steady builder
Baldacci writes great series books just like Ludlem, Grisham, Follett and others
Scott Brick's reading was subpar. It felt as if he wasn't really well engaged, and there wasn't much complexity to his characters' emotions. I felt the story stalled at various points, and more than a little, it seemed like Mr. Baldacci was just filling pages needlessly. This is from a reader who doesn't mind slow-moving plots at all. King and Mitchell seemed too dense and unaware a few too many times during the story, and Mitchell's knee jerk anger was frustrating at times.
Holds your interest and keeps you on the edge. Not overly obvious in the with the end holds you right on the edge of your seat. Makes you wish the story could continue.
Someone who could bear listening to Scott Brick's annoying, patronizing style of reading. That person was NOT me.
It was very convoluted. I could never be sure that any of the many directions the story took would have any true importance. Some did; some...not so much. It wasn't just the story, however. The narration flat irritated me.
His manner of pausing in mid-sentence to put emphasis on one word in such a way as to attempt to make the character's voice more intense was extremely annoying. It fell completely flat and after six hours of it, I was ready to quit listening. It seemed that all the male voices spoke in this distinctive (and annoying) way, making it hard to follow who was speaking. If this style of speech was common, it might have been less irritating, but I've never heard ANYONE speak in this way. In Mr. Brick's world, nearly everyone does this.
As for his interpretation of the female voice... I hate to break it to the man, but all women are not soft-voiced, simpering idiots. A straight read, without inflection, would have sufficed-- without the silly theatrics.
Annoyance, mostly. The story had great potential but the person reading the book killed it. Because of my irritation with the silly theatrics of the reader, I had a harder time even following the story line.
I won't be listening to any more audio books read by Scott Brick--unless he can figure out how to do a more straight read without the silly theatrics and patronizing female voice. He has exceptionally clear elocution, which is great. His method of interpreting the character's voices and personalities, however... Yikes.
The interweaving of two drama's keeps you on pins and needles throughout the book. These two (King and Maxwell) make a delightful pair. Keep these stories coming with this narrator!
The story's good, suitably intertwined plot stories, but the narrator, Scott Brick, made staying with the story stressful He tells the whole story, speaking for men, women, a child, and his voice was always the same. Once in awhile he tried to sound like a woman, but he lost it in the middle of the sentence. Plus it is tiring so many nasty people speaking at the same tone of anger... Scott Brick's tone? And the friendly discussions, same tone of discussing. Tiring, and seriously interrupting the feeling of being in the book.