I used to love Baldacci, but he seems to have peaked with his earlier stories. With each recent Baldacci release the stories get increasingly contrived and the scenes more and more implausible. This one is the worst. I keep listening to the end of each, hoping they will somehow get better, but they never do. The story isn't complex, it's just dumb. Don't waste your credit, much better stuff out there.
The performers did a great job... the best they could with such awful material.
This is my first review, and is written only to warn my fellow listeners. As a long time reader of fiction, I have become accustomed to accepting sometime implausible circumstances or events, but this work stretches the idea beyond limits. Characters are poorly (or implausibly) developed. The authors have a love of $3 words –too bad they often misuse (and sometimes overuse) them. At times they seem to want to show off their knowledge of the arcane. Alternately their descriptions often reveal little familiarity with locations, circumstances or human nature. Why I continued on trudge on to the end I can only attribute to a combination of hopefulness and strange curiosity –akin to the attraction to traffic accidents. Not surprisingly no payoff ever came. The ending was muddled (at best) leaving more loose ends than a pair of cutoff jean shorts. Save yourself.
This is the first audiobook I could not finish. The story, the descriptions, everything left me asking why I was wasting my time.
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