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Kevin

Louisville, KY, United States | Listener Since 2000

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  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2601)
    Performance
    (2177)
    Story
    (2199)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "John Puller has become my favorite character"
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    This is only the second book in this series, but John puller has become one of my favorite characters. He is honest but flawed, and it a good investigator. The author gives you just enough clues about what is going on to allow you to enjoy the story, but never enough to figure it out or make the book predictable. True, the lead character escapes way to many ambushes and gun fights and always lives to tell the story, but hey, this is fiction. I like to just relax and let the story unfold.

    I've read other reviewers who don't like the male, female readers in this series but I really like them. It adds an extra dimension to the book and the two readers have a good chemistry. In fact, I look forward to a book I know it is read by them. I can take or leave the sound effects, but I don't find them so annoying that it distracts from the book.

    I hope he continues this series because I can't wait for another John Puller story.

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  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2611)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1064)

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    jerry says: "Outstanding as always"
    "This book is Meh.."
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    I have to agree with most of the other reviews on this page. This book was not David Baldacci's best work. Many books are not believable but are enjoyable because it is fiction and you can overlook a lot of things. This book goes so far beyond, that you can't even let your imagination run wild. The First Lady does things that simply would never happen, ever! The story line is OK but is so far fetched that it is not believable. If you are reading the whole series, and especially if you want to find out what happens to Michelle from the previous book, then this is worth reading. If you are just looking for another Baldacci book, look elsewhere. Even the voices in this book don't feel right. Ron McLarty is one of my favorite readers but I just couldn't get into some of his voices. I don't regret reading this book, but it will go down as one of the books that was just meh.

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  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4482)
    Performance
    (3986)
    Story
    (3987)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "If you love dogs, read this book!!!"
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    If you love dogs, read this book.
    If you love German Shepard's, read this book.
    If you love broken hero's (both man and dog) that make a grand comeback, read this book.
    If you love detective books, read this book.

    This is one of the better books I've read lately. It has a broken dog and a broken cop that make and unlikely pair. While trying to solve a murder both dog and man must face their demons. You will find that you cheer with every success and cry at every defeat.

    The plot is solid and the characters are believably. You come to love the main characters and feel every pain and triumph right along with them. MacLeod Andrews does a great job of narration. He is equally believable as our hero, the fellow women police, the gruff trainer and of course Maggie the dog. Seeing part of the story from Maggie s perspective allows us to witness what is going on, from every angle and every characters perspective.

    A well done story. You can not go wrong with this book!!

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  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3990)
    Performance
    (3367)
    Story
    (3391)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Another Good Story from Baldacci"
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    Where does The Innocent rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I like a good CIA "figure it out as you go" thriller. This is right up there in a list of my favorites.


    What other book might you compare The Innocent to and why?

    I once worked with a librarian who mentioned prescription writers. She went on to explain that some authors have a certain format for writing. The main story and characters are different but process and how the story is carried out is the same in most books. Baldacci falls into this category of writer. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, I happen to like the style he uses. The flow of this book is identical to "Zero Day" that I read several months ago. If you liked "Zero Day", you will like "The Innocent". If you like "The Innocent", go get "Zero Day". They may not be completely believable, but they are a good read and an interesting story. I hated to stop listening when I got to work. In my opinion both are excellent book and well worth the credit.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've read several reviews that didn't like two readers. I completely disagree. I first heard these two performers when I listened to "Zero Day". I really enjoyed the chemistry they had. It made the book feel more real. I actually could believe these people existed. When listening the "The Innocent", it was like a listening to my old friends again. I think Orlagh has gotten better with this book. She is required to play several voices and does so very well.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward Baldacci's next book. I wish he could write a little faster. :)

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