Absolutely, enough said!
Very much. Even though I pretty much had the main players and bad guys identified early in the book, I wasn't SURE I was right but still there was enough action that it was never boring.
I found the tag-team reading more palitable than others but I prefer a single reader.
Though I am not a fan of tag-team reading, that is to say a male narrator for male characters and a female narrator for female characters, this book???s performers do a good job. Usually I find the often badly weaved audio editing of two narrators distracting. Here however, the performance, editing and really strong story far outweigh that little issue which may be more mine than a performance flaw. Orlagh Cassidy who handles the female voices has chosen what I think is an odd mixture of Tennessee and Brooklyn accents for the lead female FBI agent. I have listened to her work in other books and it is always southern, so I assume it is a southern speaker attempting to speak Brooklyn which comes out pretty laborious, but again, that is me. Somewhat difficult is that she sounds like she has smoked 3 packs a day, so when she uses an only slightly modified character voice for that of a 14 year girl it is a bit more grating.
The story itself has a slight weakness in that for all of the bits to work, very early on the main male character (Agent Will Robbie) and the 14-year-old streetwise child victim/witness must come together at a place and time willed by the bad guy but ONLY possible through impossible feats of luck and guesswork by the plotter.
Get by the story weakness and assuming I am the only one in the world so picky and critical as to try an dissect the genesis of the dialects used, this is a REALLY compelling and fun book. I really hated to put it down and for my entire diatribe about faults; I had a hard time pausing for bed and regretted hitting the end of the book. I discovered that I had really come to like the characters and wanted more. David Baldacci is a magnificent penman. He has the ability to throw minor details into the storyline in a way that is flowing and easy, almost invisible, and always provides my imagination a perfect picture of exactly what he is describing. It doesn???t matter if I am reading the printed book or listening to the audible, I ALWAYS find myself reeled in, on the hook, and caught between bed and one more chapter. This is no exception and may in fact prove the rule! This is another Great book.
Best "read" of the year. Baldacci changes it up a bit and brings us a new type of hero. The male reader is great. The female reader is good but not great. Her accents leave a lot to be desired.
just finish this book this is one of the fastest moving story I have listen to. Love the story line was surprise who the bad guys was. First time listen to this author. Great writer,great narrators. Would like to have this in a series. The characters are also very interesting too. Love it would like more of these characters in future books.
This was an excellent read/listen. I guess it was kind of predictable as I guessed the end before I got there :-). I completely enjoyed it and look forward to sequels. The narration, as usual, was super. Of course I am a little biased as I love all Mr. Baldacci's books.
Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.
It is among the top ones.
Yes, but not as much as some.
It was very interesting but I was able to put it down easier than at least one other book I have read lately.
I thought there was a bit left out of Robie's character. There wasn't much character development on why he was "stone cold." I like more pscyhological development. Thus, he made the leap from stone cold to warm and fuzzy a little obliquely. I did like the pairing of the Robie tough guy with the the child though.
This doesn't really reach the standard of an episode of 24 (which is good for a 40 minute program). It was easy to see the plot transitions coming. The dialog between the characters was so noticeably cliche that I felt a little embarrassed somehow. Frankly, the narration made it worse; I really want to like McLarty, but I am having a difficult time being impressed by him. I cannot recommend this novel (or series as the rumor suggests).
I enjoy most Baldacci books, and this is a very good Baldacci. I do not hesitate to recommend this government thriller to anyone who enjoys the genre. The multiple readers and occasional sound effects helped the story. Very strong performance to hold this excellent story. Enjoy!
Probably not because you'll remember it all, and know the ending
yes... changed every minute
David Baldacci is one of the very best.
I was surprised at how caught up I got in this book once the beginning was settled and I could see it as needed background for what followed. This was my first Baldacci book and now I want to listen to more. The only criticism I have is all the sound effects. I have a good imagination so find the music which leads into dangerous episodes and the gunshots to be completely unnecessary. They actually take away from the good writing.
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?