An original short story by New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci.
Frank Becker is a highly sought after, expert assassin. When Becker takes a mysterious job, he has no idea that it will force him to delve deeply into his own past. Undeterred by obstacles, he is determined to complete his assignment. But he may realize too late that his success will permanently alter his future.
©2011 David Baldacci (P)2011 Hachette
If a book, or short story in this case, costs less than $2 and you used a credit on it instead of just purchasing it you are a moron no matter how good or bad it is since credits cost more than $2. If a book costs less than a credit you should always purchase it instead of using a credit. Also, it clearly states that it is a short story, so again, if you feel ripped off you are a moron. People are always looking for someone else to blame for their own stupidity.
The ending to the story is somewhat foreseeable, but Scott Brick a tour de force! He was one of the first narrators I ever heard in Audible, and I still think he is among the greats! His reading is so superb, he actually makes the story better than it might have been. He is completely believable as the character.
I enjoyed it. I got to the end thinking I must have missed something that would have given away the twist. I am going to go back and listen again to see if I can pick up on it earlier! Worth your time.
This is how a short story should be written. Great plot and amazing storytelling. David Baldacci and Scott Brick make a wonderful team.
The story started out really well. Once the time travel condrum was played out the ending was, well predictable.
First performance I heard and it was fine.
Go back in time and kill it.
I am an Avid Reader, I love all different kinds of books, from Mystery to Sci Fi and Horror.
Not # one, but still a good listen.
I can't say without ruining the book for others, but it was great
when he was explaining how he wanted to be able to blow smoke rings like his father, it was funny to me.
I know this review is sort of vague, but with this being a short story, it's kind of hard to comment on it without ruining it for possible buyers. It is a very good book though.
I just finished listening to this audiobook and find myself confused. I would describe the actual book to be a fair to middling short story more equatable to Stephen King than David Baldacci in content with a predictable ending that was only redeemed by Scott Brick's usual stellar narration. I am confused by the timing of the release and its intention. The plot of the story seems to clearly indicate that it was written over ten years ago and yet its maketed as something new with a copywrite of 2011. Second, while I paid the cash price which was fair for the contentent, I like others would have been upset if I had used up a precious credit instead. I question the intent of Audibles marketing in this regard.
A great listen while on your way to work. So much drama squeezed into this short story with Baldacci's talent for great story-telling.
This is a VERY short story. That's okay; I guess authors don't have to make every idea into 16 hours of listening. Maybe it's that they get these "what if" ideas, and it's a wise author who recognizes that the idea is not worth a full book.
So as not to give anything away, let me just say that I had the story figured out at the moment the strange thing happened to the protagonist. But knowing the end doesn't always ruin the story. After all, we know the end of Romeo and Juliet, and Titanic, and yet we still go to see the movie, or read the book. The tale is in the telling, as has been said. And Baldacci is a story teller. I think it could have been fleshed out a bit more, because it ends a bit abruptly. I would like to know more, perhaps more stories, about the mysterious secondary character. But then again, I picture it as an oral tale by a fireplace on a cold and stormy night. It should work really well there.
The narration is okay. There's not really enough there for a true reader to sink his teeth into. Maybe Orson Welles or Keith Szarabajka (Heft) would give it the tension it deserves.
It's a fine little piece, but not worth a credit, maybe not more than $2, but it should make a good addition to a collection of similar tales.
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