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The Forgotten | [David Baldacci]

The Forgotten

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.
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Publisher's Summary

In Paradise, nothing is what it seems....

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.

A picture-perfect town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.

What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident… and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.

©2012 David Baldacci (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 11-27-12
    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Better than Other Recent Releases"

    While I agree with some of the reviewers that the sound effects were irritating, don't let that stop you from listeneng to this book. There are some interesting twists and overall, I enjoyed the book. The sound effects are minor.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 11-25-12
    Kitty Reno, NV 11-25-12 Member Since 2002

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "Not my favorite..."

    Puller is a Jack Reacher/Mitch Rapp character. I found many similarities.

    When I first started listening to this book, I thought that I had a corrupted download. They have sound affects that made a humming sound. It didn't last long.

    I liked the first book in this series better. I hope that the next book is a little more interesting.

    I love David Baldacci's books so I will buy the next one.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 12-15-12
    Dennis 12-15-12 Member Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "Well worth the listen!!"

    The story was worth my time --- had trouble putting it down!
    The readers where outstanding!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    laall 01-22-13
    laall 01-22-13
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    The book was great. A little farfetched at times, but that's expected in thriller fiction. What I didn't like were the annoying sound effects and the female narrator...just sounds "staged", not natural. Other than those minor things, I enjoyed it as I do most of Baldacci's books.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 11-23-12
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 11-23-12

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Weak plot/annoying sound effects"

    A poor plot combined with unnecessary sound effects make a hard to stick with listen. From the first (where we hear the sound of a boat) to the end this is full of the kind of sound effects I remember from the old radio days...but not done as well.

    The plot drags on and on and isn't helped by the narrators. It took me days to get thru this-I like to finish the books I buy but this novel--gawd--it isn't worth buying.

    I usually enjoy Baldacci novels-though this and the first novel in the series are the first books I've bought as audio....I can't decide if it's the pacing of the plot or the terrible add ons of music, the ocean, the speed boat, guns shooting etc etc.

    I wish producers would read reviews and understand that most of we readers dislike the sound effects.

    I can't recommend it...not worth a credit.

    41 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    BillNapoli 12-06-12
    BillNapoli 12-06-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Disregard the negative reviews"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The book has non-stop action, lots of twists and turns, and all the escape scenes are quite believable. I judge the quality of a book by how long it takes me to get through it. This book had me listening at every opportunity including the middle of the night-- just couldn't put it down. Took three days from start to finish. That makes it a five star book for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had several favorite characters, but John heads the list. A hero from the same mold as Jack Reicher and others like him.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Julie Carson tops the list. Orlagh does a great job in bringing her to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book evoked strong emotions in support of the plight of those caught up in today's slavery trade.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I love Baldacci's books, I almost didn't buy this book because of the negative reviews of several readers who criticized the sound effects, and the poor and rapid speed narration of Orlagh Cassidy. For me, nothing could be further from the truth. I loved having the male and female parts read by two different people, and found Orlagh's performance to be spot on.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    S. Wells 12-10-12
    S. Wells 12-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not to be Forgotten"

    Fun, classic Baldacci (for those who know his stories). I will listen to this again. Don't believe the cranky reviews. The sound effects are basically like old radio stories (for those of you not old enough to remember, where sound effects were way more intrusive). However, in an audiobook, I admit I prefer a single reader, even for male and female parts (assuming the reader is up to it). That having been stated, nothing needs to be said about the plot or writing other than that they are good and entertaining, as usual.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Doniphan, MO, United States 11-20-12
    Janet Doniphan, MO, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2011

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    "HATE SOUND EFFECTS"
    What disappointed you about The Forgotten?

    I was disappointed by the narration.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    I have listened to other books by this author, but don't remember them having sound effects.


    What didn’t you like about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance?

    The narration seemed clipped and abrupt . The pace was stacotto (sp)


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

    I could not get past the narration I felt I was listening to an old radio performance


    Any additional comments?

    I need to be able to check out the sound before buying and my sample of the book won't download for me . I DO NOT like sound effects in my books.

    54 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Perris, CA, United States 11-30-12
    Diana Perris, CA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Really liking PULLER"

    Engaging story about the horrific practice of human trafficking. No clue if these scenarios actually exist but they are more than plausible. I am really getting to like Puller. I like fictional characters that we can follow in a series: Childs' Reacher, Cornwells' Scarpetta, etc. Looking forward to the Puller adventure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 02-17-13
    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Frequent Listener"

    Love this new series from David, great story line, great performances by both narraters. I recomend this book to listen or read, can't wait until the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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