I did, in fact, read the book, before I listened to it. So, yes, I would listen again. It has a great plot and character development. Unlike many of David Baldacci's other books, this one is not part of a series.
The plot is awesome. It starts off slowly, but gets the reader/listener's attention right away. The odd premise makes one want to get farther into the book. Once things get rolling, it is hard to stop reading/listening!
Francis really didn't do a very good job. LuAnn is from Georgia. But, Frances did a generic stereotype country accent. I'm from Texas and I know what different accents/dialects should sound like. Having said that, I still liked LuAnn the best. That's not saying much. When Matthew first appears, we don't know where he is really from. Frances does him with a generic accent. Then, later she makes him sound more like he is from New York and seems to be confused with her version of Charlie.
I would love to have listened in one sitting. However, I listen while I am getting ready in the morning and while driving. I don't have time to listen all at once.
A great book, and a fairly good performance. A must-listen, all things considered.
I read this years ago and it was one of my all time favorite books and the audio does not disappoint. I've recommended it to all my family and friends.
My favorite character? That's a tough one because David Baldacci fleshes his characters out so well it is easy to become attached to them all. They all feel so real. But LuAnn of course, has to be the favorite, although I love Charlie as well and even though Jackson is the bad guy, he's one of the guys you love to hate by the end of the book. LuAnn, for a trailer trash high school dropout young mother is someone you grow to respect and admire for her determination and growth throughout the book.
I read the book 2 or 3 times years ago and Baldacci is so good at his craft that it is easy to get immersed in the story and characters even when reading the book and feel you are THERE in the pages with the characters. But it was so enjoyable to listen to the story while I mowed or drove in my car, etc. I often forgot that I was listening to a reader and felt that I was listening to the characters speak instead. I truly would get lost in the story and forget for a few minutes where I was even.
I wish! But it is very long and certainly not one you could do that with.
As I said above, this is in my top 5 favorite books. I rarely read a book more than once and read so many that I frequently forget I've read something until I check it out at the library again and get a few pages into the story. I forget the titles and authors of books a lot. But I have never forgotten the title, author, story line or characters in this book and over the years have recommended it to so many people. I've never had anyone say anything negative about it! I highly recommend it. You won't regret it!
I reluctantly picked this one up as I got bored and wanted to shift paces from the recent series of Joe Abercrombie books I have been reading/listening to and I was not at all disappointed.
The story immediately drew me in from the beginning, and much of it was not as predictable as one would have expected. The sidekicks relation ship with the primary heroine however was a bit of a misnomer as it was a bit unbelievable in real world terms.
But for the purposes of keeping the wholesome, guilt free pleasure of reading a "in-between-books" story, this was a flight of fancy that was worth taking. One of those books that would not have benefited from a realistic ending.
If you need a feel good in the end Book while you wait on something else (Ahem GRRM) then this would be worth taking a look at, although I am not sure if it is worth spending a credit on. If you do though, you wont regret it.
A little slow in the beginning Tough it out for the first hour and it will be well worth your time. We all on some level want to win the lottery, but what are we willing to give up to really do it?
Say something about yourself!
I liked the story of 'The Winner," but I thought the narration was about the worst I had ever heard. It was overly sappy, melodramatic. It really ruined the book for me.
I am an oil painter working in the style of the Old Dutch Masters. I listen to my Audible books while I work in the studio. I am able to get into a "zone" while listening to the book and the painting becomes an automatic response to the actual painting process learned over 40+ years.
I really liked the main character and fact that it is a woman. She goes from rags to riches in an unlikely "Cinderella" story, but the addition of wealth does not always bring the happily ever after story. She demonstrates a great inner strength and sense of survival unlikely for so young a woman.
The story moves well and there is a real endearing quality demonstrated by the heroine throughout her transition from backwoods country hick to educated and poised young woman. Her deep love for the people closest to her is at the core of all her actions.
This book is quite different from Baldacci's later works, but I did enjoy it and recommend it to other readers.
I dislike when narrators do not pronounce names properly. The narrator repeatedly mispronouced Gwinnett County. If you are going to pretend to be from a place, you have to say the names correctly.
Tell us about yourself!
The Narrator. He was able to capture the sometimes whimsical moments well.
The ending with the twist from the 'Winner".
It was a story that was likeable; one felt happy about the main story line. At the same time it had suspense and one was not able to predict the events as they unfolded. A whole new subject for the author, well written.
At times it did and the ending was a surprise
A girl from rags to riches; who gets her man.
This is a story which everyone can enjoy.
I read the book about 10 years ago and then listened to it again last month. I probably won't listen to it again.
I thought the plot was fast paced and suspenseful.
Not that I recall.
Since I had already read the book years ago, I wasn't as motivated to complete it quickly.