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Saving Faith | [David Baldacci]

Saving Faith

Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose. With its sophisticated security apparatus and hidden miniaturized cameras, it is being used by the FBI to interview one of the most important witnesses the agency has ever had, a young woman with an incredible story to tell. But a few people know about the secret meeting. And for them, a violent drama is about to begin.
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Publisher's Summary

In the field of popular fiction David Baldacci is far ahead of the competition. Continuing his string of New York Times best sellers, Baldacci presents his most electrifying story to date-a novel of nonstop action, vividly etched characters, and an astounding vision of the inner sanctums of our government.

Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose. With its sophisticated security apparatus and hidden miniaturized cameras, it is being used by the FBI to interview one of the most important witnesses the agency has ever had, a young woman with an incredible story to tell. But a few people know about the secret meeting. And for them, a violent drama is about to begin.

One man-a local private investigator named Lee Adams-has come to the house on the orders of his client. Another man, a hired killer, stakes out the house on orders from his powerful paymasters. And the witness, Faith Lockhart, is coming to tell the FBI everything she knows about the powerful lobbyist with whom she has worked, a man who manipulates U.S. government policy and who, in the process, made some very dangerous enemies. Then, before Faith can tell her story, the hit man pulls the trigger and the wrong victim falls.

Now Faith Lockhart is on the run-from the most dangerous people in America-with Lee Adams, a man she doesn't know, yet must trust.

A relentless chase novel that unfolds as both the FBI and a killer search for Faith and Lee, this is also a searing and utterly suspenseful tale of power gone mad in Washington, and of one woman's desperate attempt to break out of a web of corruption and terror that reaches much further than even she can know. In the hands of master storyteller David Baldacci, Saving Faith elevates the thriller to a new level and poses stunning questions about the rules we live by, the rules we are governed by-and what happens when some people make rules of their own...

©1999 David Baldacci (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Geoffrey Rolla, MO, USA 04-05-14
    Geoffrey Rolla, MO, USA 04-05-14 Member Since 2009

    I love just about anything written well with good narration. I love spy novels, WWII spies in particular. I love doggies! And Scott brick

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    "This Book is 14 years old"

    Baldacci wrote this in 2000, and it is being packaged as a new release. Knowing that the more foolish among us (yes me) would take this to mean newly written as well. Well this is a rehash of a pretty good story Ill admit, but one I have already read and paid for. Baldacii is not the only author who does this but I wish they would all stop. Put the original publish dates on your audible page please! That would make it just a little less shady. I suspect I will get my money back.

    49 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Christi 04-19-14
    Christi 04-19-14
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    "good listen if you can get past the narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love David Baldacci stories, but this narrator is just HORRIBLE! I have listening to him. I am only in the beginning of the book and am just hoping I can tough it out and listen to the rest so I can hear the story. I don't even know how to describe his whiny, breathy, complaining sounding voice. It's just terrible. Every character sounds the same with the exact same inflections of the voice. I have heard the narrator in other stories and his voice makes every character in every book he narrates sound as if they are bored to death and cynical of everything. It' very hard to develop an emotional bond with a character and have any feeling for what happens to them with this narrator. PLEASE QUIT USING HIM! ok, end rant. I hope to come back and say it was a good story despite the narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kramer?

    Anyone other than him, he is the absolute worst choice to narrate any book. I have heard him narrate before and each time it is like listening to nails on a chalk board. I barely make it through the stories and have no emotional investment in any of the characters because if the cynical and whiny way he portrays them as if they care about nothing. Every sentence ends on a sigh and every though sounds like they are bored. I can't stand him. I loved the books that Ron McLarty narrated. He does a wonderful job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, if I could get past the narrator with his breathy annoying voice.


    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    ABC 04-22-14
    ABC 04-22-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Missleading"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was released in 1999. I was very discouraged when I started listening and realized I had read this book a long time ago. It should be labeled as a re-release!!!


    Has Saving Faith turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has made me very skeptical. Now I have to take the time to check and see if it is a re-release. It should be so labeled.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kramer?

    Anyone. Ed M is great.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book was released in 1999. I was very discouraged when I started listening and realized I had read this book a long time ago. It should be labeled as a re-release!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Any book that has been released before should be labeled as a re-release.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Stan G 04-12-14
    Stan G 04-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"
    Where does Saving Faith rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the pack. It is a good story. I had an issue staying with the performer's pacing. He was too breathy and took long, unnecessary breaks at periods.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was Connie but switched to Brooke near the end. I identified with Connie but... Brooke carried the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes. I think the reader did not properly pace the story,


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. However, there were several parts where I was hooked and drove around or stayed in my drive way until they resolved.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Burlington, ON, Canada 04-04-14
    Joe Burlington, ON, Canada 04-04-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Worse reader I have heard in 20 years"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Michael Kramer?

    I would never get another book read by Michael Kramer. He reads like a rapid fire machine gun and then lets out his breath. So very anoying - I can't keep listening.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Kramer’s performances?

    NEVER!!!!


    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 04-21-14
    Sandra 04-21-14

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    "Edcellent story!"

    Well plotted and compelling, but I was disappointed by the narrator. It was easy for my mind to drift from the book -- one of the few cases where I'll go purchase the large print version of the book so I can absorb it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Clinton, UT, United States 04-08-14
    Amber Clinton, UT, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Could the narrator breath any harder?"
    What made the experience of listening to Saving Faith the most enjoyable?

    LOVED the story! David Baldacci is one of my favorite authors and, of course, he did a fantastic job on this book. The story is great and has some turns that keep you on your toes.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did this heavy breathing thing for EVERY male character, it was so irritating! I can see it being done for the CIA guy, but it definitely took some getting used to for all the male characters. I almost turned it off and got the hard copy, but if you try and focus on the story, you can get past all the heavy breathing. I really hope they don't have this guy read another one of Baldacci's books.


    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 04-11-14
    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2010

    Spartan Reader

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    "Pointless"
    What disappointed you about Saving Faith?

    I have listened to this book for two hours and there is not story line. Endless and meaningless dialog.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    Yes! He is the best but missed big time on this audio book


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Kramer’s performances?

    Horrible. No vocal variety. Too much breath after ever sentence. The most horrible reader ever. Never again will I buy an audiobook with him as reader.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger Waste of money


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas C Morris 04-10-14
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    "Narration stopped me from finishing chapter one"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I've enjoyed a dozen or so of Balducci's books on audio; but this time, the constant cadence, artificial lilt, and irritating breathing throughout narration totally distracted me from this story. It was like listening to somebody read a phonebook. Too bad, I bought extra credits this month in order to get it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    Yes, of course! But bring back one of the old narrators.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kramer?

    Scott Brick or my favorite, Simon Vance (from Partick O'Brian's books)


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Trish White Euclid, Oh 04-17-14
    Trish White Euclid, Oh 04-17-14 Listener Since 2003
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    "Bad narrator"
    What would have made Saving Faith better?

    A better narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    Yes I certainly will.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very dull and dry.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I really don't know I could not get past the first chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually don't write any comments, perhaps I should have listened to the sample. I did not feel the need because I have not encountered a bad book from this author.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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