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.
Storyteller David Baldacci never disappoints. This is another riveting tale that is set in lovely Virginia. Once you begin the book, you will not be able to stop listening to it.
After reading most of Baldacci's novels, this was a fresh approach and largely a good one. I'm a bit chauvinistic in audio books, preferring male voices to female. But this was a passable narration with my only wish being that there were a male co-narrator as well for male voices.
I loved the story line, and I wish I had read this sooner. A friend recommended it, & I'm so glad she did. The characters were very well developed, & the reader did an excellent job bringing them to life. It's one of the best fiction books I've ever read.
Story was OK, unique premise
As a book but not the audible version
NOTHING!! Annoying voice, mispronounced simple words, terrible vocal pacing - same tempo for routine action as for chases and fights. Why not Orla Cassidy since it's Baldacci? Or one of the fantastic male narrators - Scott Brick or Ron McCsrty?
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?