Great story and good character development, but when they add in the sound effects of guns, etc...Unnecessary.
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This combination of the young, spunk girl and the older hit man was a real winner for me. I heard the book rather than read it, but you could tell the narrator was jazzed to have such fun scenes to read. A bit contrived the way the author conveniently found to feed her in and out but it was still worth it. The accent for the FBI agent Vance was grating, but perhaps it was chosen to keep the reader from assuming too much of a romantic connection. Hopefully the accent wasn't chosen to help distinguish female voices?
Seriously, I found the 14-yr-old and the main characters dialog far more fun than King and Maxwell.
I HATED the add in of music during climatic parts of the book. At some points it was actually hard to hear the narrator! The story line was great, the narrator was good but the music added absolutely made the performance lack luster. That said, I will try more of his books and hope there's not music like that in future books.
Ron McLarty was excellent. This was my first Baldacci book and while the story was well written, the dialogue great, and the characters well developed, the story was too far-fetched for me - and I can enjoy time travel stories. Moles inserted in every agency and department is unnecessary and seemed more like a bond screenplay than a decent novel.
Washington: A Life
They both have excellent voices and the characters were easily distinguished.
Buy a history book.
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
I would recommend this story, yes. It's entertaining pulp fiction with the requisite twists and turns for an action / suspense story. Baldacci is sufficiently skeptical of the status quo that this isn't just another formulaic crusade against evil Arab terrorists and I appreciate that. His characters also seem caught in the throes of our current economic miasma which a lot of readers (listeners) can probably relate to.
I found Ron McLarty's narration kind of dull - although he did manage to provide some differentiation between characters, most of his narrative sentences end in a down inflection, especially at the beginning of the book, and it quickly becomes distracting. I think this is a lack of adequate direction - someone should have given him more guidance on his presentation.
Oragh Cassidy was better, especially in how well she differentiated the various female characters. I didn't care for the petulance she read into the girl protagonist, but that's more of a directorial problem similar to the one mentioned above.
Direction/production weak link with inexplicable music swelling up at odd occasions and upstaging the narration.
I've only started listening to audio books recently but already I'm wondering why are British audio books seem so much better than American ones?
My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!
Will Robie is good at what he does; Sanctioned Assassinations. When Robie fails to pull off a hit, the repercussions are fierce.
When the 14 year old Julie-living with her drunk drug addicted foster parents-sneaks off to run away with her real parents, there is someone already there.
An army squads members hold the answers. But the knight and pawn game played by the masterminds seem to keep them one step ahead.
A bus trip meeting, explosions, revelations, attempted assassinations, romance, betrayal and action scenes that give you a real "TV drama" feel with the added sound effects and music take you on one wild ride as Robie, who is not so innocent protects those who are.
Haven't read the book, but do like all Baldacci novels I have read.
All the Camel Club series for mystery and intrigue with an unexpected twist in the plot.
Good characterizations and great to have a woman doing women's roles and a man doing men's roles.
Added sound effects a big plus. Superior listen. Hopefully highly supported and possibly leading to full audio acting with multiple narrators and fuller sound effects.
This was my first Baldacci book. It was a pleasant surprise. I grew up loving James Bond; the Roby character reminds me of 007. I too hope there is a sequel, but in the meantime I intend to check out some other books by this author.
The suspense ... at times ... it was intense!
Yes. I kept trying to figure it out ... was always behind the plot ... that's a good thing.
The voices were realistic. I could picture the characters in my mind.
Yes. I found myself listening whenever possible throughout the day.
I loved this book. One of my favorites. Intense and an incredible story.
Yes it was very good and suspenseful , I did recommend this one to friends , they loved it
Robbie , he is also a smart and tough guy
Yes and they are good together
A suspense that will keep u wondering!!
I didn't care much for the little girl in the book , at 14 she seemed a bit to cocky and knowledgable at that age