I liked some of the Baldacci's books, but this one didn't ring a bell. Too many twists, fights between agencies, 2 presidents, looks like someone cooked from too many cookbooks.
I found this a hard listen.Cassidy's character would say something like" I am coming with you" but McLarty will always finish up the sentence with "She said ". I found this very distracting. I thought Cassidy did a better job with the voices, whereas, with McLarty I couldnt always tell the difference and that made it really hard to follow the conversation at times. Now, to the plot. At times it took off,taking me wih it and then all of a sudden I was bogged down in a mess of verbage and didnt have a clue where all this talk, talk , talk was going. The Stone character seems to hate and blame himself for everything he can think of in his whole life.
So, if you dont have anything else to listen to or do... and a credit you want to blow... OK ...Otherwise, Wait for something better. That's just my opinion, but hey, what the heck do I know.
Ms Cassidy,please,please please never read the part of a British agent again,I love my audio books and have been a long time fan of David Baldacci,sadly this audio is so bad I could not even finish the first part,waste of a good credit.
We were not happy with this book. The female narrator was very annoying and we felt she distracted from the story. The gunfire and sound effects are unnecessary and should be left out. And geez, Murder Mountain again?!! C'mon! That is so played!
Publishers need to not try to turn books into a hacked together version of an old radio drama. Unlike the high quality you get with a big-budget animated film where they can have actors read their lines separately, doing it on a shoestring by just splicing two voices together doesn't cut it. The recording levels here don't match, the ambiance doesn't match, so your brain tells you the two characters aren't having a dialog but reading two scripts in two different places. .
I'm just finishing the first half, it's so painful to listen to that after an hour at a stretch I get annoyed and take a break.
I'll read the reviews next time and if this is what happens with future Baldacci books I'll move on and listen to something else. And now adding to my frustration I can't edit this to be anything other than one run-on paragraph.
I just didn't enjoy this booik as much as I have loved the
Camel Club series. Can't just say why unless it was the British dame.
Have enjoyed the Camel Club series so much, but this latest installment has been difficult to embrace. Too disjointed somehow, endless plot possibilities spinning, and not enough good character development. I found myself wishing for the end just to be finished.
If you have read the previous Camel Club - Oliver Stone novels by Baldacci this one is a real disappointment. There is no Camel Club to speak of. Annabelle has been reduced to a whiner. Oliver is now on a first name basis with the President. Now the most unbelievable curveball, Oliver is now a Federal Agent. He acts just like the Feds he hated in the previous Camel Club novels. This book is B O R I N G ! ! The ending is OK but it's a long boring ride to the finish.
Why did they use different actors to read the various parts, thereby constantly breaking the flow? Why use sound effects? Is phoney gunfire really necessary? Is this an audio book or a radio play? These are all questions that must have occurred to the producers. If all the audio books I bought were this poor, Audible dot com would sell me no more of these "productions" to me.