I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.
Yes. Although I guessed some of the twists, there were many I did not see coming.
It's difficult to hear the character's distinctive voices without an audiobook. That's what is so great about audiobooks.
Yes. I listened to it while I drove.
Great book. Great characters.
I quit listening to this book less than half way through. It's unrealistic. The hero's elderly aunt in Florida dies. Pretty common occurrence, but the hero decides it must be foul play (okay, the aunt did write a letter to her brother - hero's father - and say there were suspicious goings-on in her town).
The dialogue is almost painful. The book start's when Hero is summoned to visit his father in the nursing home. Father is a retired 3 star war hero general. Hero is also a war hero (what is it with current suspense novels - every other protagonist is a retired SEAL, Ranger, Green Beret or Marine Recon Iraq/Afghan war hero). Hero reports to duty - stands ramrod straight, salutes, yes-sir, roger that, sir - no-sir to his dear old dad, lying in his nursing home bed, who apparently thinks he is still the commanding general of two or three divisions. But the old man still has enough snap to know his sister in Florida is about to be the victim of foul play.
It gets worse. Hero rents a car -not just any car - the Hertz agent is a nice lady whose son is a Ranger, they chit-chat, so she rents him a Corvette for the price of a Corolla.
Finally, he arrives at the town with a secret. The dialogue with the local cops is supposed to be snappy but is so bad it is almost comical. Of course, dear old auntie is dead. The neighbor who found her body by a fountain is able to describe in detail how the body lay, the color of her neck, the state of stiffness in her limbs, and so on, from which the hero deduces that the old lady didn't just fall and hit her head or croak from a heart attack, but was murdered. That's where I quit listening, and downloaded Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which, by the way, is a scathing indictment of this culture's exploitation of our vets.
The Forgotten has way too many cliches in it. While the story is fairly entertaining, the characters are one-dimensional and predictable. I started rooting for the bad guys to take Puller out so we won't have to read another of his adventures.
My favorite character in this genre is Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, and while he has gone through some awful episodes, he has recently picked up the pace again. I hope David Baldacci can do the same.
Their performance is perfectly acceptable, but not outstanding.
Not if it isn't vastly improved over this episode.
The only reason I listened to the whole book was to be fair to the author.It was really not time well spent. The dialog was better suited to a comic book and the plot would have made a better video game. Neither the characters nor the plot were believable.
Have not read the print version.
Some of John Greshams Books. Same kind of writing style.
Very good voices.
Not necessarily. However, very good.
Action packed mystery
Yes...it was constant action and mystery up to the twist at the end.
I like both performances, they have a diverse array of voices that aides the listener in picturing the story.
No not really.
I expected a little more from Baldacci. The story is a good one, but Balcacci's writing left something to be desired. Some of the dialog is a bit laborious, and not up to what I think is Balcacci's standards. It is nice to have a supper hero like the main character, but you have to retreat to your "engage disbelief" mode to keep it going. John Puller and interloper Mekko are just a bit too perfect. I guess that's how Balcacci does his stories, but I think he could have done better.
I do not recommend books to friends, anyway. Their tastes are usually different from mine.
Plummer was the main, and favorite character even though he was a little too perfect.
To me the book was worth the time spent because I could listen to it in bed to help me sleep.
Near the top as far as fiction is concerned. I've read some great non-fictions too i.e.Unbroken, The Secret Race. Forgotten uses real places and events but cleverly disguises it in a rather unlikely story. Suspending disbelief was no problem since everyone knew it was fiction.
The Innocent; anther Baldacci book. Same kind of fast pace, not sure who to trust, kind of story.
They were fabulous. I liked the way they could both imitate several kinds of characters all at the same time.
No. It's hard for me to react that way to fiction.
I don't know if I would listen to the entire book again, but I certainly enjoyed it the first time
I liked the morality concerns, the surprises and the ending
When a book holds your interest by getting you to avoid attending to other pressing issues, you have to give credit to the writer. It's not a literary work for the ages. It's like attending a movie you found enjoyable.