If you enjoy totally unbelievable plots and unrealistic over-the top murder and mayhem, then this book is for you. Very disappointed.
Whoever casted this narrator for the part of Michelle Maxwell should be out of a job. The narration has made it unlistenable.
I preface this review with the statement that I am a Baldacci fan, and that I will purchase and read the book since it is an interesting concept,
What is the matter with the editorial staff at Audible? You have ruined another Baldacci book with third rate dramatization. Ron McLarty does his usual fine narration and then you add Orlagh Cassidy who is, I mean no offense to her personally, ill equipped for this production or any narrating position. A high school drama student would have done a more professional reading.
All said I will never purchase another Audible book that is ???dramatized??? and not simply read as in the past. There is an old adage ???if it ain't broke don???t fix it???. Why have you departed from your normal format?
Unfortunately I purchased The Collectors and The Sixth Man in the same time frame and did not realize that this was another "pseudo drama" and not a straight narration. You do McLarty a great disservice. I have 162 novels in my Library, more than a casual listener, but I will never purchase another if I see that it is not straight narration and I certainly will pay attention to the perceptive and excellent reviews. They are really on the money.
I'm a high school drama teacher and my sophomores could do a better job than these two "actors." Generally, I can overcome an annoying narration once I am immersed in a novel, but this was an exception. Mr. Baldacci, please abandoned this style for future books. You are not well served by these narrators.
I like this series from Baldacci, however this story became ridiculous with the top female government official...especially when she attemtped to seduce her subordiate. The murders were senseless (the first ones never clearly explained); the female narration did not fit the previous characterization of Michelle as tough. three stars because I can't give 2 1/2.
I do not listen to books with an ear of a critic I am looking to be entertained... The story was interesting and the suspense was Baldacci. I did find the ending a bit abrupt but all the loose ends were wrapped up. I will say that the female voice did not fit with my vision of how Michelle Maxwell would sound but I was more focused on content than presentation.
Convoluted storyline and really poor narration. Ron McLarty's voice sounded too old for the parts he was playing and Orlagh Cassidy's voices sounded like a cross between "Peggy Hill" from "King of the Hill" TV show and "Clarice" from "Silence of the Lamb" movie. Storyline was way over the top and disjointed. Random action and no depth. Superficial is the best way to describe this book. I'm seeing a trend with the more well known Mystery and Thriller writers...Patterson, Koontz, Clancy... Slap together an outline of a story, get it out quickly, and ask big dollars for it. And then they wonder why some try and download for free with file sharing programs! I, for one, am getting a bit worn paying top dollar for such poor product...
Whatever Baldacci had in the way of good storytelling he has lost. This is just awful, he describes his characters as incredibly smart and able, and then demonstrates real stupidity. His EX Secret Service people are supposed to be protectors and continuously fail to protect. I guess tthat is why they are EX. Then sound effects are inserted, for some unknpwn reason, example "Michelle screamed" and the sound of a woman screaming is injected. Whoever came up with the idea to add sound effects to audiobooks is a dummy. Of course all of the above is my opinion, but these characters make Carr's homeless squad look brilliant. All of them need to hit the road with Reacher to learn how to handle the bad guys.
I agree with the others. The dual narration in this book is jarring and always forced. Good, not great, story hamstrung by the "actors" and the whacked out sound effects. If only for the bad recording, please do yourself a favor and skip this one. Personally, next time I see a dual narration such as this, I will pass.