Pretend your at a basketball game. Then somebody throws a million marbles on the floor and gifted athletes are twitching and lurching like idiots. This is vintage Baldacci. To add drama at key points he heightens tension by making his hero's into spastics - dropping weapons, bumping into things etc. etc. - very keystone cops-ish. Otherwise it's a good read.
I had decided to give this one a chance, even with the bad reviews about the narration, because David Baldacci's books have been so good. However, the narration was so distracting to the story I have had to give up on the audio book and purchased the book in paperback. I hate that the narration can make such a negative impact on a good author.
The story is OK, so I listened to the whole presentation, but I have been on the verge of buying the book so I could avoid listening to it. The narration is awful, awful, awful.
After I hear a female voice I don't need to be told, by a male voice: "she said" - which happens about a thousand times.
Hope the rest of the series is better. Won't buy it if there's more than 1 narrator.
I've enjoyed the Camel Club stories and I especially enjoyed this one. I've never written a review on any of the books I've listened to, but I loved the multiple narration. I like hearing a woman who actually sounded like a woman and not a man trying to sound like a woman. While these things may not happen in real life, it was entertaining. One just needs to remember that it is fiction.
This wooden Baldacci mystery is filled with cliches and hackneyed, dated stereotypes. The three-voiced dramatization is a big minus, unfortunately, especially as the sole female has to bring multiple characters to life, and she is simply not equal to the task. All of her voices sound like a 1970s throwback to a 1940s tough broad. The men fare a bit better, but have little to work with, as the dialogue is weak and the story is absurd. Not an agonizing time-waster, but a time-waster all the same.
I have enjoyed most of Baldacci's books,however the Camel Club series, while taking awhile to take to the theme, are my favorites.
I really enjoyed the Camel Club and have recommended it highly so I was excited for the return of the characters. However, this story gets annoying at times and doesn't seem to flow.