...where you shrug your shoulders, roll your eyes, twist your mouth a bit to the side and say: 'eecchhhh...' Something like that because this turd of a book will suck the life out of you.
Oh yeah, its boring, dragged out, and really makes you say to yourself: 'why the f#ck did I waste so much time reading this crap for over TEN hours? I could've spent those 2 days reading/listening to something I actually liked!'
And that ending: (not a Spoiler) makes you desperately want to put one hand on hip, sneer/make 'duck-lips', and say "Really?" As in 'really, THAT'S the ending you're going with? You ignorant slut! (Baldacci)
In conclusion, I've read several of this writers books - sadly, he's no Lee Child - but they're generally 'okay'; however, THIS turd I am SO deleting off my phone ...and returning!
I DID/do like this narrator though: maybe, I'm thinking now, it was that smoky, dusky voice that lulled then lured me into soldiering on...hmmm...
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I've done audible books before but the production of this one was fantastic. I liked the female narrator, music, and sound effects. No other audio book I've listen to had that (which threw me off because I actually expected it). I'm looking forward to listening to more of them!
I really like David Baldacci's books. He has interesting characters and John Puller is no exception. I will admit the detail he goes into about a lot of things goes over my head--in and out with a very brief stop. The books are good enough and the characters intriguing enough that it doesn't detract for me. The narrators were great
Coming late to the fan club, I really enjoy how Baldacci keeps me guessing, both with respect to which way an investigation will break and the outcome of the story overall. This could just as easily fall into the genre of fantasy due to absurdity of the what was being investigated that I found it enjoyable, unpredictable, and suspenseful. I enjoyed the characters in the book with a heavy lean toward the "good guys". Finally, I really enjoyed the witty, sometimes friendly, sometimes a little hostile, and ultimately a warm relationship between the two man characters.
The main character, John Puller, is my favorite character - no surprise there. He's another protagonist who knows almost too much; investigating crime scenes, ability to read the health of ppl just by observation, the ability to administer emergency medical care, and so on. He is professional, quick witted, not intimidated by rank or a person's status and does what he needs to do to get the job assigned to him done without compromising his morals and good judgment. He is NOT a knockoff of Lee Child's Jack Reacher (he is cool, too) - which I think would have made him and the story more interesting. For example, there aren't many fights and no 10 on 1 encounters in which he uses almost super natural strength and combat skill to come out on top (you will need Reacher for more of that). I like how Puller and the local female cop in charge, Samantha, grow in their respect and personal interest of each other. And Baldacci doesn't need them to jump in the sack to show how they really care for each other (again, see Reacher for this).
I really like McLarty and Cassidy, whose performance was very respectable. I cringe when a male narrator blows it with a female character's voice. Both narrators have great inflection and a range of character voices making it easy and enjoyable to follow (Lee Child uses Dick Hill, who also reads well but cannot do a females voice His "sighs" he injects into his narrative can become annoying as well). The question of which was my main character as performed be these narrators is somewhat strange. They both do a nice job with all the characters. I would like the overall performance more if they did without the simulated gun shots and bombs. This often catches me off guard and jolts me - LOL, like when someone cranks the audio and you are not using sound leveling.
Yes ...unfortunately, I cannot say what it was without spoiling it for others.
I disagree with those who say John Puller is a Jack Reacher knockoff. They are both protagonist but that's about it. Also, I like McLarty and do not understand why he is judged so critically. I do understand that this is my opinion and that personal preferences of narrators can really vary, so listen to the sound sample if this is a concern.
So what if Puller is another Reacher character, I enjoy listening to both. I thought it was an interesting story, with a non-stop suspenseful puzzle to figure out, and it did have that super hero investigator, but so what? It's all for entertainment anyway. If I want believable, I'll read non-fiction.
I enjoyed the whole story. The suspense mixed with action was enough to hold my attention. I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the death of a certain person that I liked. I will not name that person because it may spoil it for you. I still would recommend this title.