Narration good, but story implausible.
The music and sound effects are distracting and annoying. Why is this becoming a trend? Do audible listeners really find this adds to their listening pleasure? You need to start indicating on the order page whether a book includes this feature so I can steer clear in the future.
I was on a 2 day bus ride to Washington Dc and was very happy with everything with this performance. I found some of the sound effects of bullets a little disctracting but it was ok. I love Baldacci and I almost liked listening better than reading.
I love Ron McLarty as a narrator and we all know the narrator is half the battle in an audible book.
Lots of twists and turns. Excellent plot. Believable characters. Even when the author does something wholly illogical, you don't think twice.
I would. It's a good story with good characters.
Will. He has qualities that many of us wish we had and some that are disturbing. Its a compelling mix
The scene in the hangar.
Nothing extreme. It was satisfying listen.
Very good action and continuity
Characters were great-good plot twists
Agent Robie- human but yet cool under pressure
An assassination plan decades in the making
Having read or listened to over 15 other Baldacci novels (and LOVED them all) I was sorry I didn't read the negative reviews on this one.
I DETEST the music and sound effects that are creeping in to many recordings lately. The music and effects included in this one was over the top and didn't enhance the experience for me at all. It is extremely annoying and distracting.
Nevertheless, when the story is phenomenal, I grit my teeth and ignore the sappy music or gun shot noise. The plot here is so far fetched I couldn't decide which was more painful.
It's hard for me to believe that this book is not a first effort by an author who may or may not get published one day. Does Baldacci now have a stable of writers cranking out books for him like James Patterson?
So awful, just awfully awful. I have listened to a couple of Baldacci's books in the past and thought they were pretty good. If this was his first effort, he never would have been published. Don't waste your credit on this bush league pile of........
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.