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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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    Robert L 06-03-13
    Robert L 06-03-13

    Robert L

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    "Well done"

    Compelling story, well- paced. Nice balance between character development and action. McLarty/Cassidy a great combination. Wish there were more books in the series.

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    Bob GAHANNA, OH, United States 05-31-13
    Bob GAHANNA, OH, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Setting is Paradise, but the story is NOT!"
    What disappointed you about The Forgotten?

    Just one big cliché after another. The hero is VERY GOOD, the bad guys are VERY BAD, the local police are idiots who are not only incompetent but also biased against the hero for absolutely no apparent reason. ALL the women are beautiful and want to jump into bed with the hero. Oh, and of course, the hero is too nice a guy to take the women up on their offers.

    The story is MUCH longer than it should be, giving details that are mundane and recounting clichés to make the hero seem even more ideal. Even the hero's supposed imperfections are enviable.

    And we all know that the hero, Puller, is very similar to Lee Childs', Jack Reacher. All in all I feel the credit I used for this story was a bad choice, but at least I know that the author is not one that I will consider in the future.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    No


    What three words best describe Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s voice?

    McLarty okay, Cassidy irritating


    What character would you cut from The Forgotten?

    ALL


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lora Greeneville, TN, United States 05-13-13
    Lora Greeneville, TN, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Solid Baldacci"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... Why? It is another great story by Baldacci.


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

    The plot was pretty straightforward with only a few twists. It was the action that moved the story forward.


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

    These two are so good that to pick a favorite is impossible they were all good.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A great book, a great story and great performances by McLarty and Cassidy!! The only thing that disturbed me and maybe it is just me, were the "sound effects" edited in to the narration. A goodly portion of the first chapter is immersed in some funky, quasi music (?) and then throughout there are annoying sound effects at the end of some chapters and even during the chapters. They were not bad enough to degrade the performance, again which was exceptional, but it was unnecessary. NOTE TO PRODUCER: Stop it already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 04-22-13
    William 04-22-13

    I am a retired high school computer teacher. After years of tech reading, I have given up reading for listening while I woodworking.

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    "Did you read Zero Day"
    What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten the most enjoyable?

    This is a great follow up to Zero Day. It will start fast and take you on a roller coaster ride with lots of curves and screams.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 04-16-13
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Attention Getter"

    If you are looking for action you will find it in this book. The way it is written it could be a movie script. The only thing I found objectionable are the sound effects and back ground music. The Duo of McLarty and Cassidy work well together but that does take a bit of getting used to. For me this was classic Baldacci and held my attention even if some of the dialog betweeen the One Star and John was a big corney at times. An enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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