The narration was excellent. The author spent a lot of time stating the obvious. It's like a joke that has to be explained; it leaves me feeling like the author thinks the average reader is simple and it becomes tiresome to constantly try to ignore these sound effects and try to enjoy the book. I also wish that audible would title this format as "dramatized". If I want this sort of thing I will go to the movies. The sound effects and mood enhancing music is overkill. A story should be able to carry itself with good narration and these "extras" seem inserted to punch up what the producers must consider an inferior author or story. The author had the characters fill extra time when one would decide on an action and the other would say "why?"... . It's obvious "why" ... to find out who done it! This happened numerous times and well, I will never waste my time trying not to be bored with Baldacci again, because I know I will be. Give me Reacher or Travis McGee.
I am a retired Wealth Manager,husband, father and Christian grandfather. I hunt, I fish, I play, I read.
A new character.
Very well researched.Baldacci does a great job finding out about Military intelligence,agencies etc. At least i'm fooled. I enjoyed it very much.
This story was good - not the greatest. Characters were difficult to follow at times but I did enjoy seeing that the main character was able to show some emotion.
Certainly do like the narrators Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy.
Overall it was good.
The story line was plausible, fast paced and the performance really brought the characters to life.
I would compare it to "The General's Daughter" by Nelson DeMille in that they both had very strong and interesting male and female lead characters.
Having readers that not only read the author's words but interpret them helps to let you become a part of the story.
This is an extraordinary book and the narration and special effects were spot on! Awesome.
Some compare this to a Reacher novel but really only in that they are "men novels". The character is tough, can kill easily, can stand up to almost anyone, is cold emotionally, and lives only to help others or his country. In other words a super hero without all the faults, insecurities, lusts, and so on that limit us mortals.
The character is different than Reacher because he is not a homeless drifter but a professional. Reacher doesn't have to stay in shape to stay strong, only changes his clothes every 3 days but never smells, never reads it seems yet is always well informed, and runs into evil instead of being sent by the army to investigate it.
Both characters are fun when a guy, like me, wants an adult version of a super hero and in that way the novel works. Reader was excellent.
The use of different people reading the book made it seem more real and interesting. The mystery was fun to try and figure out.
The narrator speaks a bit slow, and it is in some way taking the tempo of the Baldacci books down. But it might be the best way to get the atmosphere of the remote villages he likes. I really like the way you feel you get to know the places and people, but compared to the other action thrillers, Baldacci is slow moving.
Story starts off interesting, and accelerates all the way, with a cooldown after the major action half an hour before finish.
I enjoy the Baldacci books, they feel a lot deeper than Brad Thor or Vince Flynn.
John Puller is a great creation by Baldacci. Can't wait for the third novel to come out
Many twists and turns. Believable story line and consistent characers.
Listen to it
This was my first book by David Baldacci, but it won't be the last. I was sick and out of work and listined to over 1/2 of the book in one day. Then I finished it the next.
There was no time that I lost interest in the story.