The main character Is like the James Bond of the military. Action, suspense and a great story. Baldacci gets you hooked as quickly as the story begins and never lets up.
The two adversaries finally coming together in the fight to against slavery. Both heros are each a dynamic force.
Of course, their voices....reading the story as if they too are in " the fight". Voices with the correct timber at all times.
I didn't think that any book from Baldacci could be as good as the heros in the Camel Club. It was an awesome, exciting listen.
The Forgotten was a very good story, plenty of action, and several well developed characters who are trying to stop horrific crimes in Paradise Florida.
While listening to The Forgotten, I was reminded time and again of the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, as the two characters (Jack Reacher and John Puller of Forgotten) are similar in many respects. If you have enjoyed a prior John Puller book (Zero Game?) or a Jack Reacher novel, you will likely enjoy The Forgotten.
This is a great sequel -- Loving it from the beginning. As always the narrators are the best.
Don't think so, it's a mystery, so, once you know "who dunnit" it's over. Baldacci is a terrific story-teller, but that's about it, altho he does a great job setting the scenes. I definitely like his work enough to keep buying his books....will that work???
Gotta be the ex-baker!
TERRIFIC READING! Great job with the voices! The occasional sound-effects are kind of nice.
Good story-telling, excellent descriptive writing, as well...Baldacci can really "put you there."
Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.
In some ways yes, mostly because of the partner who didn't get caught and the suspicion of who was keeping the secret keepers, secrets.
A nice contrast, although the female voices seemed very similar.
Enjoyed this one very much.
Great story and great production. This is the new standard by which I judge all other audio book productions from now on. A man reading the male parts and a woman reading the female parts, so much less distracting than trying to listen to a man buttchering the sound of a female voice. Sound effects that immerse you right in the middle of the story, you really feel like you are out in the middle of a cold, stormy gulf in a small motorboat with a tropical storm howling around you.
Twist ending and exhilarating action throughout.
Having the book read by a man AND a woman was a huge change for the better. I've listened to a lot of audio books and I never liked to listen to male readers trying to do female voices but since most audiobook productions try to do it on the cheap, I always had to suffer through it. This publisher does it RIGHT! Great sound effects too!!
This Baldacci book did not pull me in as quickly as others he has written but it quickly held me in suspense until the end. It was fast moving.
Army Special Agent John Puller receives an urgent message from his brother asking him to go and see his father in the VA hospital. Aunt Betsy had sent a letter asking for help to investigate the unusual happenings in Paradise, FL. (The name alone gave me pause until I looked it up and found there is a Paradise Heights, FL.) The letter further said that some people were not what they appeared to be.
He liked his Aunt so Puller flew to Fl. only to find his Aunt dead, the police not investigating because they considered it an accident and not a homicide, himself in the middle of a confrontation with the police, and deciding that he was not going to back off as they suggested.
The more I learned about the people in Paradise, the lawyer, and others I begin to see this was no Paradise. Then two people that were friends of his Aunt are found murdered on the beach, Puller is assaulted at his hotel, meets the giant and the plot thickens... with more characters to come…
There are places in the book that are not realistic. I just could not buy the scene on the beach toward the end with the smugglers and the good guys.
There are lots of twists and turns and an explosive ending. Overall, it was a good book that is very entertaining with action and mystery but I gave it a 4 because I could not get around some things that I could not believe.
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.