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The Forgotten Audiobook

The Forgotten

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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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    John 04-05-13
    John 04-05-13
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    "Not David's Best"
    Would you listen to The Forgotten again? Why?

    No


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

    yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    His female dialogues are very awkward and Cassidy's rendition makes them sound so inane and trite.


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

    Yes, when Mecco won the contest for Lampert's soul & body. Overall, it was his vindication and performance that made the book work for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Books like this really suffer when the protagonists are faced with too many crises and harrowing situations. Getting them out alive gets more difficult and un believeable as the book goes on.The transition from having the slaves in the warehouse to having them back on the platform in the Gulf was virtually instantaneous and done in too few hours compared to the pages of description used to get them ashore in small boats in the first place. There were too many shortcuts like this.

    I have very much enjoyed a fair number of his books, but this one didn't make it.

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    E. Anderson Utah 04-04-13
    E. Anderson Utah 04-04-13 Member Since 2011

    stormnangel

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    "Loved It!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Forgotten to be better than the print version?

    No idea, I didn't read the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten?

    This book was great. I love the John Puller character. Great book with lots of twists and mini climaxes. Definitely recommend, but listen to Zero Day first (another great book).


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    Everything.


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

    I ended up staying up until 0300 hours because I couldn't put the book down.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and great series.

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    Tara 03-18-13
    Tara 03-18-13
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    "Boring made worse"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Not on purpose


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    It's popular so I thought it'd be better


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

    He was ok but she sounded like an answering machine recording


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Forgotten?

    Anything with the main character in them


    Any additional comments?

    The background music was distracting and the dialog was juvenile. The storyline was very predictable and you didn't care about the characters at all. Listened to the whole book hoping that we would be surprised but we were just happy to be done with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Stone Mountain, GA, United States 03-11-13
    Phyllis Stone Mountain, GA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good read!!!"
    If you could sum up The Forgotten in three words, what would they be?

    very good read


    What did you like best about this story?

    It wasn't predictable


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They are easy to listen to. They are two of my favorite readers.


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Dexter, NY, United States 03-11-13
    Nick Dexter, NY, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, too much killing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Forgotten to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it flows easily.


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

    None


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    Ron has the right voice to make character sound real. I like having a female voice for the female characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Look beneath paradise for what you don't want to know.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was fine. The characters come to life, however I do not think all the killing was necessary to make the book interesting. A bit of an overdose on macho.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    angie 03-10-13
    angie 03-10-13
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    "John puller"
    If you could sum up The Forgotten in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing , suspenseful , mystery


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

    None


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

    I like them together in this book


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    John puller is my hero and there should be more books with him , he's smart , tough and would make anyone feel safe

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Lake Mary, FL, United States 03-07-13
    William Lake Mary, FL, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Well worth a listen"
    Where does The Forgotten rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 20


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its pace was good, nothing was overly obvious


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

    No particular favorite


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

    No, it held my interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Shaw 03-06-13
    K. Shaw 03-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great John Puller book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yeah, this is a great story with a great plot and great action.


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

    other Baldacci books and even books by authors Crais and Connelly


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    yeah, they do a great job...just not sure what I thought about the added sound effects


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

    no, listened on my drive to and from work and while working out


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the audio version of this book. First, it was a typical great story we expect from Baldacci. I am a fan of Baldacci and like most of his books and the characters from his books. This was the 2nd book for Army CSI guy, John Puller. There were great twists and turns and finding some of the "bad guys" was surprising. In the audio version we even got some sound effects, which was kind of funny at times but not sure what I thought of that part. As for the reviews saying this was like a Jack Reacher book, I'm not sure. I have only read a few of those so not a lot to go on but I do like Puller's character and after reading so many thrillers/mysteries over the years I'm bound to run into story similarities from time to time. This book does deal with the sad subject of human trafficking and slavery, which made me shudder at the thought. There was also a very high body count in this book but still a great thriller type book with lots of action that made for a fun one to listen to while driving to/from work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eve United States 03-05-13
    Eve United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great, Baldacci did it again."
    What did you love best about The Forgotten?

    Well written,McLarty & Cassidy are great team.


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

    The Witness, my favorite by Baldacci


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great acting skills.


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

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen wauwatosa, WI, United States 03-04-13
    Helen wauwatosa, WI, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Riveting, fast moving story."
    Where does The Forgotten rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of the list for listening involvement and suspense.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Never knowing what to expect next.


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They give the characters more personality.


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

    Some smiles, some violence.


    Any additional comments?

    Great car trip book. Just don't forget to stop for gas!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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