The seemingly simple plot gets very complicated and when you think it is all over, there are still some loose ends that have to be tied up. Victor is a genius and thinks of everything, that's why he is still alive. He is brutal, gee he is an assassin after all, but he still has a few morals left.
The Gray Man series because of the subterfuge and that neither "hero" can manage to escape his life either because someone escaped or someone else reneged on a promise.
The final scene was great ( there were many) because Victor is so calm knowing he will die, and he is so knowledgeable about so many things, that no one can compete with him.
You can't marry Victor, heck, you shouldn't even be his friend, but he is attractive in his way.
Robie and Stone!
Favorite characters together, what's not to love? I mean there's hunky, straight-laced Alex Ford, Finn what's-his-name who is starting to be somebody, Will Robie without my competition the rogue spy-girl, Annabelle, whom I love like a sister, and dear Oliver, whom I might also marry since he is the old soldier with all the experience and horror in his past. The plot is plausible, the bad guys are believable, Stone and Robie meet and work together a little better than a young lion might with the old lion, and the camel club is there.You didn't ask what the worst thing about the story is, well, it is that this is a SHORT STORY! I knew that going in, so wasn't disappointed, and in fact, Baldacci did an amazing job developing it all in just 2 hours! It helped that the characters were already developed and familiar to us, so they could just get to work. But why, why did he kill Charlie?
They are all good. His voicing is great all around.
I did laugh at some of the lines between the lions, inside humor and all.
I wish I had been in the bank when the robbery went down. I wouldn't have cried or puked; I could have helped! I could have been part of it! I could have gone home with Will!
Probably not because, as others have said, America's stupid mistakes and love flipflops make me want to slap her. I think the change of character of one of the girls is too sudden, then she dies. That was a shock; I had been looking forward to her new persona.
America needed to explain her other boyfriend relationship to the prince, but she never did. When the prince caught her in a compromising situation, she still didn't explain. She "tried" to but kept starting with apologies instead of getting on with the explanation. That was one time I wanted to slap her.
I heeded the advice of other reviewers here and skipped the middle book, The Elite, knowing that I wouldn't be able to stand the love flops and mental distress. I am very glad I did even though I did miss a few important events such as the caning of Marly.
America is strong even if she does act like a 12-y-o in love with Justin Bieber. Not really her fault as she has only had one "boyfriend". Not enough experience to know how to handle the whole how-could-I-love-the-prince thing. She acts naturally with the prince and the other girls of the Selection and is fair and honest at the sentencing thing. She does have some good ideas on how to fix the society.
No, she is too breathy for me. She speaks in the front of her mouth like Jim Carrey at his most insolent, and it gets really tiring. Others have said her voice is perfect for this story, and perhaps that is true. Maybe her annoying voice is right for the annoying aspects of the story.
No. I was shocked at the murder of one of the key characters, but I was not "moved" at any time. Okay, the death of her father was really sad, and brought out the true characters of her brothers. Her older sister became important all of a sudden ("I'm always here for you, America") but that was out of the blue so not well developed.
I liked the stories, but only listened to the first and last. I had thought I would keep these and was excited to have a new series I could revisit again and again, but no, this is a listen-once for me.
There is too much almost sex. Young teens don't need to read this, but they are the age it is written for. There is too much focus on kissing and sex as the expression of love without the needed focus on the commitment. They never did have sex, but they (all 3 of the triangle) sure wanted to and got pretty close, and the prince with more than one girl. Not the kind of relationships I want my daughters, or sons, to think are normal and expected.
Love aside, because America loved both Aspen and Maxom, I really wanted to see more development of America as allegory. I thought it was obvious in the first book that she was America, you know, the country. She needed to marry the prince in order to have power to make the social changes that America needs-- the ignoring of the truly poor and hungry, the unjust sentencing for crimes due to poverty, the caste system, the use of power and position for personal retribution, the Selection itself. I am glad the prince has true character, and could see it in America; I just thought the allegory weak or never truly intended.
It seems that it might be an interesting story; it is David Baldacci after all. But I cannot bear the voice the narrator has chosen. Save me!
Yes, if you hold it in your hands and READ it.
No, if you think to listen to this version.
Yes, because from the voices of the other characters, she can obviously speak in something other than this light, pip-squeak, thistle down voice. Turning it up loud enough to hear, it becomes too strident and brash. But that is secondary to the nature of the voice. I really wanted to hear this story, but can't, can't bear it any more.
Here is Oliver-Stone-King-and-Maxwell-Will-Robie David Baldacci branched out into teen distopia fantasy ala Lois Lowry. What's not to like? His Christmas story was pretty good! But here's one you have to read, you can't possibly sit through 16 hours of this voice.
One of Tom's best. Finally, finally, enough action throughout. So many things happening at once that I wonder how he could possibly think of them all. Jack Ryan has finally gotten interesting and does enough. As a former CIA agent, WE know he has the guts to do hard things, and here he has the chance to. I love the slimy former VP and his attempts to regain his position, and the political questions this whole scenario raises. I just wonder if Tom doesn't give our enemies ideas on how to hurt us?
White House Down, oh, wait, it was Debt of Honor, was amazing at the end --it took long enough to get there-- I had to forklift my jaw off the floor, and I couldn't wait to read this one. Executive Orders picked up right where Debt of White House Honor Down left off. Fantastic duo (after the excessive blabber in D of H).
And Tom dares to address the Taiwan - PRC issue. I have never heard it mentioned in any literature.
The shoot-out at the OK Corral, no wait, it was a daycare center.
I love the entire hospital dedication to patients and science thing. The CDC and the WHO and then the individual doctors who risk their lives to help. The whole e-bola crisis was fascinating, and I had to look up and out the window to get back to the reality that there isn't an epidemic here right now. however, there are AIDS families who live with this same horror and stomach-dropping loss every day. Tom goes there too.
I don't care how handsome and fan-tastic Jack Ryan is, my heart still belongs to John Kelly/Clark and just sings when he appears. He is about 2 feet and 50 pounds bigger than Jack. I always hope he will be needed and usually is. He and Ding round out the stories.
No, it's a listen once. Clancy needed to team up with Reader's Digest to cut some of the extraneous blabber. It takes a long time to get to any action in most of his books, and you don't know if the book is worth it until you have read for 16 hours or more. This one is better.
I look in the newspaper and see the book
Jack Ryan remembers, "if it isn't written down, it didn't happen." This is the solution to the stock market crisis. And the return thrust.
Hah, too long, but very interesting once you get about 10 hours in.
The Jack Ryan books are less interesting (sloooowwwer) than the John Kelly books. The more John Kelly, the better the book. This one has a bit more Kelly than some of the others. I couldn't even finish a few of the earlier books since there was NOTHING HAPPENING. Clancy's action is great, when he gets around to it.
He's not a total sociopath. CIA over-powerful creeps get theirs.
The girl because she was smart but not perfect at everything.
The hilarity of his acyrologia. Prostate, indeed!
It's what I do.
He snuffed her just like that?
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