I thought it was a novel when I read the description. I really abhor science fiction and felt like I was fooled into purchasing this book. Hated it, stopped reading after it was clear.
Baldacci's protagonist is exactly like a softer Reacher. He somehow knows the time of day all the time, armed services, very tall and very strong, walks into small town and saves the day.
To make matters worse, the plot must have been written by a computer. Boy goes to small town, meets girl (cop), investigates strange murders, digs deeper, more murders, some heroics thrown in for laughs, discovers an absolutely unrealistic situation and then disarms a nuclear weapon with his girlfriend the cop.
I stopped listening. What a waste of my time.
I have read lots of baldacci. I always enjoyed them. Good characters, good plots. He has fallen off a cliff.
Don't buy this book
Baldacci is too clever for himself and the reader with this one. The book starts out leaving the reader totally confused -- one does not know who, what, when, why, where, and the facts take forever to surface. By the time they do surface and the reader starts to figure out what's going on, the character names are confusing and the entire book gets blanketed by unnecessary fog. Too "precious". I like most of his work. This one was just plain annoying.
the plot of this novel is convoluted. The characters are not fleshed out enough to distinguish one from another. the NARRATOR is AWFUL. She keeps the same tone, pitch and pronunciation for each character.
Tried and true, Lawrence Block delivers one of his basic hard boiled stories that entertains and keeps one listening.
Incredibly well written, fast moving, almost novel-like, this autobiography is well worth the read/listen. Especially helpful for anyone who is friend of family of an "Asbergian>"
The plot gets lost in ponderous narrative and monotone narrator. This story is promoted as a thriller/serial murder mystery but turns out to be a longwinded novel.
This slow moving story gets dragged down by over descriptive and gratuitous historical background which drove me to put this book "down" many times. It became a hardship to listen to it drone on and on. The plot got lost in the verbiage.
This otherwise charming novel was totally ruined in the reading/listening. An avid mystery listener, I had to fight my way through Hunt Ball because the reader (the author) read the book in a monatone, paused at all the wrong places, and stumbled through every paragraph and chapter. What a disappointment. This book was so difficult to listen to it was almost painful. Strongly suggest that listeners stay away from this book.
Despite the description, I expected a typical Turow fast paced thriller and I was instead drawn into an intense WWII experience, through the eyes of the writer's father. This novel moved quickly, with smooth transitions between then and now, and kept my interest as well as being very touching.
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