I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.
If you like action and suspense, then you will like " The Innocent". Baldacci has created a character called Robie who is a hitman. He is sent out on assignment that he can not complete. Robie figures out that he was set up. And now is on the run. Robie encounters a 14yr old girl named Julie. Julie see's her parents shoot and killed. And now is running for her life. There paths cross on a bus. Julie is a sassy, street smart girl. And Robie is rough around the edges with a good heart. And takes Julie under his wing. And the adventure begins. I enjoyed both characters a lot. I hope Baldacci writes another book with Robie and Julie. It would be interesting to see what Julie grows up to be? And what Robie's next assignment would be? Baldacci has done it again, and wrote another great book.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
People keep comparing characters in suspense thrillers to Jack Reacher. Will Robie comes closest to Reacher of all of characters in the books I have read. The Innocent is Will Robie Book 1. All four novels (as well as the novella) in the series are solid 5 star thrillers. This novel introduces 14 year old runaway Julie who is back in later books in the Robie series. She is a very smart and talented kid.
The Innocent is narrated by the Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy pair. Both are great narrators and together they are the best pair in the business.
I highly recommend this series. Ideally the books should be read in order written.
I might if it were produced as an audio book, not bad theatre.
By trying to act. The sound effects and music were the most detracting part.
Audio books shoul dbe just that. An opportunity to listen as a form of reading.
This was a painful listen, which surprised me because I enjoyed Baldacci's John Puller series - even though it had the same annoying sound effects. Seriously, if I wanted sound effects, I'd watch a movie. Stick to the narration, please. The story was just a bit too predictable in my opinion. This was the first audio book that I came close to not finishing.
I enjoy both of these narrators and have heard them many times before. Same with the author. I simply cannot stand the ridiculous sound effects taht are present in many Hachette recordings now. Others may care for this, but for me it detracts from the story and I find myself having to go back to reread/listen to parts of the story again because I am so distracted and annoyed by the sound effects. I have tried listening to this three times, and still I don't have a sense for what the book is about. I haven't returned it yet, but am sorely tempted. I am disappointed, annoyed and....so very irritated to have yet another book ruined when I was so looking forward to it. Can't you offer a "plain version" to those of us who just want serious narration minus the stupid sound effects????
The story was good but my imagination can come up with significantly better sound effects than the handful that appear in the last few Baldacci audio books. The sound effects are distracting and irritating.
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.
Wow DB just keeps getting worse. I do hope someone else wrote this since I enjoyed some of his earlier work.
This recording production starts w/ miserable distracting sound effects that continue throughout! It completely disrupts the narration. The female voices are abysmal, the plot is unbelievable (and over the top) w/ shallow characters. I only finished it to see if there was any redemption at all, but no luck.
I am not sure why I am writing this since by the reviews I read almost everyone else loved it?
Anyway proceed at your own risk, you have been warned. Waste of a credit and time! Chuck
Those cheesy sound effects are distracting and useless - surely not adding anything to the story. Please leave them out. There is also no need for two narrators, one male and one female. Narrator who is worth his/her salt doesn't need gimmicks such as sounds effects or another narrator to distract from the story.