I just finished Zero Day by David Baldacci. I lked thia one very well an started it on aTuesday evening and finished it a day later in the afternoon; so that should tell you that it kept me interested. If you where in the Military its even a better read. You will never be more suprised of the ending and it just doesn't drop it off on you like some books do.
Yes, I like the narrator, characters and story.
Jack Reacher perhaps. However, these two hero's have many differences and both are enjoyable. I actually felt like it was a nice break from the Reacher series of which I am into right now.
John Puller ... sort of a no brainer.
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I listened to all three of the John Puller books in a row. And hope to see more.
Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect but when I saw this was a three part series, I decided to start at the beginning to see how I liked it. The story held my interest although there were a few parts that sounded like I was still in the most recent John Grisham novel that I'd just finished. The Ron McLarty's voice is excellent for this role. Orlagh Cassidy's is good for her main character of Samantha Cole, but her voice seems to sound the same for all her characters...it got a little confusing.
The development of John Puller's character, his background in Afghanistan, etc. I wasn't sure if I'd really get into it, thought it might come across a bit "too" tough guy, etc. But I thought Baldacci did a great job.
McLarty's voice and style, somewhat clipped (I listened to the book at 1.5x speed) just seemed to fit his character. Orlagh Cassidy's voice also, was a great fit for Samantha Cole. She seemed to have the West Virginia accent down and her character felt like someone I'd met before.
Audio books are still a fairly new development for me. Due to construction and detours on the way to work, I've actually found myself enjoying the extra drive time to and from work more. After having been through several eye surgeries this summer, it's great to find that not only can I actually read again, but this gives me a chance to double up...it's like I've been starving for this and now have an endless supply.
Been a fan of Baldacci ever since his break out novel in the mid nineties, Absolute Power. Every new author’s dream, a best selling break out novel made into a movie produced by, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood. Yikes. I should only dream. Anyway …. back to Zero Day. This is the first of the series of books created by Baldacci surrounding the exploits of John Puller. Puller, a U S Army Secret Agent, is dispatched to a small town in the south to investigate the mysterious death of a military man and his entire family. Predictably, Puller winds up partnering with a sexy deputy sheriff with a chip on her shoulder that quickly dissolves as she softens toward Puller and they begin working together to solve what is ultimately a serious threat involving national security. There is considerable commonality to Lee Child's character, Jack Reacher. A loner, get things done tough guy. There are a few interesting twists and a surprise ending. Well narrated by Ron McLarty and Oraigh Cassidy, male reading male voices, female reading female characters - nice first for me. There is very smooth dialogue transition throughout the book between the two leads, and the narrators do a terrific job.
When I write a review, it's fun for me but they are not always considered very helpful.
All right, all right! I get it. They're the same but different. Pepsi vs Coke. So what? If you like this kind of stuff go ahead and enjoy.
Someone used a male and a female reader to narrate this story. I think sometimes a male reader trying to imitate a female character ruins the whole book!
David Baldacci's books are always top knotch and since I just started this book , well, so far so good, excellant as always.
Good character development and a story that will keep you engaged. I plan to listen to it again in a couple of years.
Tell us about yourself! I am retired. I was born January 27, 1945. I enjoy listening and read books. Mystery/thrillers are my favorite.
This new way of producing an audio book is interesting. The narrators were both great.
The story, characters kept me very interested in the story. I like John Puller, he's today's
kind of hero.
I look forward to the other two books in this series.
This was my first listen of David Baldacci and I really enjoyed it.
Puller is an interesting character and I would like to listen to more of his story.
The narration is superb. I was a bit hesitant about listening to 2 different narrators however it was seamless and works much better than I imagined. The background music also worked really well to add to the suspense.