Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Mom to his 10-year-old daughter.
With the possible exception of the protagonist, Jack Graham, the characters in this book were a little too over the edge to believe. Still this was a story that kept you listening and presented some interesting ethical questions. Even beyond the question of ethics were a number of damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situations. The book was chock full of bad guys and you would be hard pressed to decide who was the worst. I'll listen to more of Baldacci.
I had read this book before and loved it. The book itself is great, but the reader's delivery is SO sanctimonious that it is sickening. He reads like the book is a romance novel instead of a fast paced intrigue novel. No ability to build excitement. This book is no bodice ripper, but that is how it is read. Yuk! I am sticking with it because I know (from visually reading it before) how good the writing is. Shame on you David- did you pick a friend to read this?
I was asking my friend on what I should read next because I tend to stick with the same genre over and over. My friend suggested that I should pick up Absolute Power by David Baldacci. My friend mentioned that she read this book over nine years ago and it's a bit amazing on how a good book holds its value overtime and the story is still relevant.
I need to thank my friend for her suggestion because I could not stop reading about the thriller in the White House. It had a great set of characters to attract the reader and a good plot to keep you going. This was a much needed change of pace from what I'm used to at reading.
Thanks friend for the suggestion.
J. A. V.
Corruption knows no bounds. This is the main theme of this excellent and captivating novel by David Baldacci. Surprisingly, the President of the United States indulges in sexual adventures with his security entourage present on those occasions.
On one of those sensual outings, circumstances end unpleasantly for the coveted woman. The security guards and chief of staff try to clean up the mess. But, unknown to them, a witness has seen everything. The search for this witness and the efforts deployed to recuperate evidence condemning the President, fill up most of the novel.
However, Baldacci maintains interest and suspense throughout the story with his mastery of words and realism of intrigue.
A crafty policeman, in charge of the case, patiently sorts out the puzzle of this crapulous murder. Other incidents contribute to his unravelling of this mysterious happening. Multi-level human implications also contribute realism and psychology to the novel.
In the end, Justice is served. All in all, very interesting and captivating listening! Now, I want to see the movie... Will it be as captivating as the novel?
Baldacci's writing style is excellent, but in his beginning works the language is definitely adult rated with frequent taking of the Lord's name in vain. His later works (Sean & Maxwell series) show that he toned it down a great deal since he learned children were reading his books. Glad he made the change as his later works are a delight to read/listen to.
I really could not get into this story. Scott Brick is definitely one of my favorite narrators, but his narration of this one was over the top. The narration ruined a potentially good story for me. I lost my place and interest in the story and had to re-wind offen. The change in character voices and perhaps the names, character descriptions were difficult to follow. The pauses, emphasis placed on some of the passages was too much. Sometimes he sounded whiny or whimpering. The candance was unnecessarily up and down, up and down....really a disappointment for a talented writer and narrator. Sanctimonious...perhaps so.
The narrator has turned what I'm sure is a fine book into an extremely dull experience. His delivery is an 'out-of-breath' monotone that has me waiting for the end only so I can say I finished it. At this point I hardly remember who the characters are, but worse, I don't really care anymore.
I would recommend NOT listening to this while driving.
Sorry I wasted one of my credits on this. I know I won't be getting any more books narrated by Mr. Brick.