I LOVE David Baldacci stories, but I had to stop this recording after an hour because the performance was so bad. He mixed up the character voices, used strange cadence and inflections - I could not follow the story and the voice would have put me to sleep if I was not so frustrated. I'll just move on to another book with a different narrator.
The story is such old technology. 3.5" floppies??? Vintage Baldacci that should have been left to collect dust. Very miss-leading new release from the archives.
No. I usually like the author's work.
Not at all
Like many of the reviewers, I thought this was new release, meaning a new book. I had to look up the publish date about an hour into the book because I thought I missed something in the narration. “you have mail”, AOL, Modems, car phones (not cell phones) etc. Really!! Would have been a decent book when it was first published but it is way out of place if you want a relevant book to today’s technology. It made me squirm to listen to storing data on a floppy disc. Baldacci is a great story teller but you might want to skip this one.
No thrill ... no chill ... no real story ... very simply written ... very dated ...very poor narration ...
I love many Baldacci books! I will check things out more carefully.
no timing ... no drama ... no character development ... very monotonous ...
I am so disappointed! I feel cheated. It was a waste of time and money.
Shame on Audible. At best, this should have been a 99 cent special.
truck driver I listen while driving
next time if the book is over 10 years old please let me know so i will think about purchasing it
I am very disappointed in Audible.com for pre-selling this book as if it was a new offering. I could tell something wasn't right about this book from the very start. It seemed clumsy and the narrator was the worse I've ever listened to. The story was ok but I can go buy the paperback at a second-hand book store for a couple of bucks. At least then I wouldn't have to listen to it.
Certainly not one of the earlier ones. This one was written in 1996.
Not without checking into a lot more than I did this one. There is no one on the planet as illogical as the heroine in this book.
No. Every phrase starts high and winds down to blah. Few english speakers have such a pronounced sing song pattern to their reading.
All the ones where the seemingly super human woman made such super stupid decisions.
Don't waste your points on this one. Also, remember it is a technology-based book, written in 1996. Floppy disks were high tech.
My wife and I both enjoy David Baldacci stories. I thought I would have read this one before but the story was unknown to me. And, it was great! Pure and simple - a great story! What was both intriguing and 'quaint' was the characters' use of telephone calling cards and tape answering machines. While listening to this it seemed incredible to me that it was "only 1995" that we still relied so heavily on land lines and telephone calling cards and tape machines. And, there was so much time taken in the story dealing with remembering telephone numbers (not actually mentioned but in there) and then running around and finding "pay phones" to use "the calling card" on. Incredible! The digital revolution has so over taken our society that to go back in time, even a decade, (a little more than less) and see how much time and energy land line communications took. And here, how much time and energy it took just to be part of the story - it was incredible! I think if the author rewrote this story - and without the land lines but with smart cell phones with apps - he'd cut 30 pages out of the story and an hour of reading.
What was also amazing to me was the thought that the author could modify this story and use smart phones but not really change anything else about the plot or theme of the book. The truly an exciting concept in the late 90's as to the internet and organizing material - what a dream by the author - remains a dream, now, nearly 15 years later. We have different 'gadgets' but the dream is still there. I wonder how long it will so remain?
Overall, this story gets an A+.
The naration was a boring monotone. This must have been Baldacci's first novel because the annoying use of adjectives one right after the other was sophomoric. Baldacci's later work is much better
An intriguing story line with surprising plot twists. Some of the coincidences were implausible but once I got beyond the annoying semantics I did get caught up in the plot.
Anger at how many stupid choices the heroine made - placing herself and her family in repeated danger. Disappointment because of the naration and the maddening superlatives.
A rewrite with crisp editing would make this a very interesting story