Used a different female narrator......or just one
Ron's only problem was having to read sappy lines. Cassidy is consistently bad.
The female general
Would like to trade this book for another, but have read many Baldacci books - actually liked some. My bad.
Of Baldacci's two new series and heroes, I definitely prefer Roby (starting with The Innocent). However Puller is a very interesting character and I enjoy him and his family interactions. As has been pointed out before, he has a lot of similarities to Jack Reacher, and it's hard to believe he didn't copy Lee Child's character a bit. In an amusing few scenes, Puller even says that he needs to stop drinking coffee, which is almost certainly an attempt to separate him more from Reacher.
I just don't think the plots so far have done the character justice. I think one of the best aspects of this character that he's still in the military. That gives him a big difference from Reacher, only so far most of the plots happen out in the civilian world, which eliminates his best opportunities to be different.
I liked this book less than the previous book in the series. It was a lot more sex than I expected or wanted, partially due to the subject matter. The plot also had a lot of cliché elements in it that I am really starting to recognize from the thriller genre. Baldacci needs to focus on better plotting or on his other series, moving forward.
I thought the story was too far fetched and the story probably couldn't have worked without suspending one's belief that it could happen.
This is my second one of Baldacci and I doubt that I would try another
The narration was done well with the material they had to work with.
I've only listened to five books so far but I really liked this book and I can't wait till the movie comes out!
Once again, having used a credit to download this book, I thought I'd try Baldacci one more time. Maybe I was a little too harsh in my criticism of his first Puller series.
Guess what? I wasn't. I'm guessing the only reason Lee Child's publishers haven't filed copyright infringement litigation against him is because they've never read the stuff. This story is no different. Change the name from "Puller" to "Reacher" and you've got another in Child's series. This time the town is named "Paradise" as opposed to "Hope" and "Dispair" in Child's "Nothing to Lose" and the plot line is so very similar to Robert Crais' "Voodoo River" of the Elvis Cole series. This time the human trafficking takes place on a deserted section of a sulpher smelling beach rather than an abandoned canal in the Louisiana bayou.
The female cop character/love/lust interest, only this time she's the only one who's the bad guy. In the Reacher series, she was the only one who was good.
The most annoying (to me) over and above the flagrant resemblance to someone else's work is the need of the producers to add sound effects to the book. Why? My imagination is active enough to discern the sounds of gunshots in my head or the sinking of a knife into flesh or bodies dropping to the ground. I don't need the dramatic pause punctuated with music. I don't need music at all. I don't need male and female readers either. I don't need to hear a female voice to know a female is talking, and although Orlagh Cassidy is good, all her female characters sound the same. One good reader like Dick Hill or Len Cariou can transform the written words into pictures in your head, and you don't need the sound effects to add additional drama.
Once bitten twice shy. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Shame on me.
I found the female reader, Orlaugh Cassidy. to be annoying, at best. This is the second in the Puller series, and if she is going to stay on, I'll be taking a break from Baldacci!
Yes, I generally have liked his books.
Not listen to Orlaugh Cassidy again.
In my top 25.
Baldacci has written some other sterling books.
I am used to their voices. They add to the build up.
The big question.
ABSOLUTELY! John Puller is a great character. You learn more about him in this second installment. The story-line is good and very well delivered by McLarty and Cassidy. Puller is a combination of Jack Reacher, Oliver Stone, and Sean King; Tough, analytic, but has a side that actually cares about people he comes in contact with. Be sure to read Zero Day first to understand some of the references .
I like the continued interaction between Puller and the continuing characters, like his father, brother, and a certain 1 star General.
McLarty and Cassidy do a marvelous job in this presentation as well as others. They add a level of realism that is not found when one narrator attempts to do all characters.
After reading Zero Day, I was very happy to pick back up with John Puller and see that he was ok, but still trying to work through the issues from the previous story. This 2nd outing with John has made him very real for me.
I'm a big Baldacci fan, having read nearly all his books. I was very excited to see this new character and share his journey. I still like his older characters like Stone and King and Maxwell, but it's always good to to meet new heroes.
In his captivating style Baldacci again writes a novel filled with excitement and the need to continue reading/listening until its final words.
I love the plot about human trafficing, which is really going on in part of the world. It may not be to the extent that was told in this book but it puts a human face on a really horrific problem. The Charater Puller is a great hero in that he knows when to do what is hunmanly the right thing, even if it goes against his belief.
The Charater in the book remindes me a little of Jack Reacher that Lee Child writes about. I can't wait for another Puller audio.
Puller and Carlson
Yes, but it took me four days to finish listening to it, only because I had other things to do.
Great listen, great charaters. Will recommend this to all my friends.