I am more of a romantic novel person but hubby and I are truckers and it was my turn to compromise, and I am so glad I did. It's a very good listen, we couldn't stop listening.
Robbie is awesome!
A book differs from a movie because you get to take raw text and turn it into whatever audio visual imagery you can conjure in your own head.
An audio book differs from a book because someone injects their own voice and tone into the characters.... removing some of the innate ability of the brain to make its own characters.
This book goes a step further and uses a female voice for the female parts, and a male voice for the male parts, and even removes the "he said" and "she replied" parts of the actual text of the book. Additionally, they added sound effects like gun shots, and music that quite frankly detracted from the action of the book rather than adding to it like a well done movie score.
To me, this kinda ruins the book "reading" experience. I dont have music and sound effects playing from a speaker beside me when I'm reading the hard copy of the book, and I don't want it when I'm listening to the audio book version either.
That may be a personal opinion, but I listen to books because I dont have time to sit down and read them, but I happen to have a job that allows me to listen to books for 6-8hrs a day while still performing my job duties. I want the freedom to imagine the book as the text allows, I dont need the theatrics of sound effects and voice actors.
All in all though, I really enjoyed the plot line and eventually got used to the sound effects, just not my preferred type of narration.
I did not read the printed book
This was my first
I enjoyed the book and am ordering the 2ed book now .
I am a Baldacci fan to begin with, but this story captured my attention from start to finish. While no all of my questions were answered by the end I was satisfied and looking for the next adventure.
Baldacci's writing is exciting, has complex storyline and characters, and contains surprising twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and being read to by Ron McLarty.
The general story is a good one but it becomes very convoluted. Way too many traitors to be believable. But, by far the worst was the "computerized sounding female voice. It is so obvious the conversations were done separately and off the female voice was speeded up to fit into the conversation correctly. It was very distracting.
The end was a surprise but again, not very believable.
71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).
I have read and listened to Baldacci novels for many years, but this is my first Will Robie. I have to say, I really enjoyed it and will order the entire series (#4 is still pre-order). What I really liked was how Robie, a somewhat "bad" guy, came across as a really good guy, trying to do the right thing. The fact that he gets caught up in watching out for a young girl who is more adult and savvy that most adults are, just adds to the story line. He sets out to help her and as they continue through their "relationship," readers are able to see his sensitive side that cares more for others than for himself. The fact that some people attribute motives to his behavior just shows how shallow they are. In the end, he is able to help her resolve the question of who killed her parents at the same time he is dealing with deadly issues that could cause him trouble or even death. Highly recommend this book.