While the concepts and ideas are interesting, the dialogue and impossible scenarios make it tough to stay engrossed in many of Baldacci's books... this one included. If you like thrillers with military/political intrigue, you also may like 'Dead Watch' by Sanford, "Zero Option" and "Firefly" by Deutermann, "Executive Privilege" by Margolin, and "The Enemy" by Child.
My headline sums up my feelings. Ron Mclarty and Orlagh Cassidy are a superb team for narration and made this book especially enjoyable for me. The story is great too, but frankly, you expect that from an author of this caliber. It's the narrators who make an audiobook enjoyable. The male/female team up is a great concept and I hope we see more of it as the audiobook industry matures.
The very involved plot and fast action.
I would compare 'The Sixth Man' with any other David Baldacci book, very involved plot, lots of twists and turns and a surprise ending.
They bring a wonderful, exciting and real atmosphere to the book. Very good reading performers.
I wanted to listen to this book, all in one sitting, but it was a little long for me so had to break it up into two sittings.
I have NEVER been disappointed with a book by David Baldacci. He is a wonderful story teller and has a wonderful ability of keeping your interest on the story and the characters in the story.
I love Baldacci and this book was no exception. I love Ron McLarty narrating Baldacci and this was no exception. However, I could very definitely do without Orlagh Cassidy's narration. In general, I have not cared for multiple narrators. But that was the least of my objections in this case. Her southern accent was way off. All her portions were way off. Others have elaborated on this point and I agree with all of them: don't ruin a good thing, eliminate her part in future productions. Sound effects were okay, but I would probably prefer not to have them.
But back to the main story, this latest in the Maxwell-King series is great. It does get very convoluted and comes up with a very surprising ending. Certain words or phrases get used repetitively (of course, none come to mind right now to be specific), but it is not a big deal. Sean and Michelle were traveling back and forth between Virginia and Maine with NYC thrown in -- and it amused me when that was entered into the story line.
Ultimately, don't let the other reviewers and the downside of the narration keep you away from this choice. It would be better if it were just McLarty doing the job. But if not, this is still a good choice.
Say something about yourself! I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY THAT I FORGOT TO HAVE A MID LIFE CRISES. I AM 70 NOW. FINALLY, I HAVE TIME FOR BOOKS
YES. WE ALL ARE BUSY. SO I'M GOING TO TAKE TIME OUT TO READ A BOOK--THEN THERE'S THE EXPENSE OF BUYING IT. I WANT TO BE DARN SURE MY TIME AND MONEY AREN'T WASTED.MY FRIENDS ARE EVEN BUSIER THAN ME. WHEN ITS IN AUDIO FORM THEY CAN VACUUM,MAKE THE BED AND GET ALL THE HOUSEWORK DONE WHILE LISTENING. I SEW LONG STRIP OF FABRIC WHEN DOING 15 FT. OF BASTING ON EACH SIDE WHICH TAKES 3 HOURS, I LISTEN TO A BOOK. WHEN ONTHE COMPUTER I LISTEN TO A BOOK CLEANING HOUSE. WHEN ITS ON MY MP3 DEVICE I EVEN FALL ASLEEP TO IT. I CAN ALWAYS GO BACK TO THE PART I MISS. IT TAKES ME A LITTLE TIME TO GET ALLTHE CHARACTERS STRAIGHT. I HAVE OVER 5,000 BOOKS AND IDEFINITELY WOULD ADD ALL OF HIS BOOKS IF I COULD AFFORD THEM SO I JOINED AUDIBLE. AUDIBLE IS THE BEST!!!! I PAY JUST A SMALL MONTHLY FEE AND I GET AN AUDIO BOOK. IF I HAD TO BUY THAT IN A STORE DOWN TOWN IT WOULD COST THREE TIMES THAT. I CHECKED WHAT THEMONTEREY LIBRARY WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR IT MOST START AT$60. AUDIBLE IS A GOOD THING,NO MIDDLE MAN AND I CAN CHOOSEWHICH BOOK I WANT. I JUST GOT
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I feel like I'm swimming upstream by posting this opinion, but I loved the performance ! It reminded me of the dramas put on by radio stations before there was TV.
To the people that were so infuriated at their first listen, relax and give it another shot. Ron and Orlagh really did a magnificent job with their performance ! I hope they perform more books in this same format.
David Baldacci is so much fun to read! He keeps you guessing but also brings the dark vs light of the government into the picture with details and believability. The characters become so real you want to invite them to dinner and ride in a bullet proof car!! Whether it is intrigue or insight David Baldacci is the man!!
Well the two main characters are great but I really liked Kelly Paul in this story too! She was tough, smart and fiercely loyal.
They brought the story to life - I always listen in my car and there was a couple times I wanted to duck!!
First I would love to see this book in film! Secondly, I would tag it
In Sixth Man, Baldacci hit his stride early on and maintained it to the very end. Great story line and presented extremely well.
Great book. Interesting idea behind the story. It had been a while since I had read anything other than Camel Club books of his. It was nice to get back to these characters.
This is the second book of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. I really like Michelle. A very good read.