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.
A simple girl with complex struggles. Beautifully crafted novel with unexpected twists and turns. There wasn't any part of this novel that I didn't love!
I would highly recommend this novel to all suspense,/mystery/thriller readers. They would find everything they're looking for in this novel.
Luann Tyler was my favorite. She was so dumb that she was actually smart. Luann was a favorite because she developed into a strong woman. Throughout the novel readers will love here strength and wisdom.
This was my first Frances Cassidy performance. I would listen to other Frances audiobooks.
The ending really moved me. However, the beginning of part II, when Jackson's world started to crumble really kept me engaged.
I found the story to be one that held my interest and had a few but not many surprises. The story teller's voice became quite annoying after awhile and this detracted from the story.
I read this book years ago as part of the Readers Digest Condensed Edition book my mom had lying around the house. I like the condensed edition much more. Baldacci drags the story on and on, while some of the dialogue is trite and unbelievable. The tension between The antagonist and protagonist is overwrought by the end of the novel.
That NARRATOR. Is she trying to sound that pretentious ALL the time? Several times I had to stop listening because she just grated on my nerves. Her narration is at all times lofty, bored, and condescending, like she supposed that she would have to read this book out loud before tee time. It was insulting. And if your character is trailer park "trash" from deep Georgia, you'd better do a better Southern accent than just dropping the "g" on the ends of your words, sugar. I'm from Texas and I know what I'm talking about.
That being said, the story is original and inventive. The first half of the story is excellent- heartwarming and well-paced. The protagonist's motivations are very clear.
My favorite character was Charlie.
I continue to be drawn into David Baldacci's works. My first read of any of his works was 'The Sixth Man', a book my 12th book by the author and I will keep reading as long as he keeps writing. I have reduced vision so I am grateful that audible provides the audiobooks.
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.