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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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    David United States 01-23-13
    David United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not my favorite storyline"
    What did you like best about The Forgotten? What did you like least?

    I thought the story was too far fetched and the story probably couldn't have worked without suspending one's belief that it could happen.


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

    This is my second one of Baldacci and I doubt that I would try another


    Did Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narration was done well with the material they had to work with.


    Could you see The Forgotten being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No way.


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    James Longmont, Co, United States 01-22-13
    James Longmont, Co, United States 01-22-13
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    Where does The Forgotten rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've only listened to five books so far but I really liked this book and I can't wait till the movie comes out!


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    Greg Washington, DC, United States 01-18-13
    Greg Washington, DC, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found the female reader, Orlaugh Cassidy. to be annoying, at best. This is the second in the Puller series, and if she is going to stay on, I'll be taking a break from Baldacci!


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

    Yes, I generally have liked his books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performances?

    NO!!!!!!!!!


    Did The Forgotten inspire you to do anything?

    Not listen to Orlaugh Cassidy again.


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    Dennis Salem, OR, United States 01-18-13
    Dennis Salem, OR, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A thrilling Read."
    Where does The Forgotten rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top 25.


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

    Baldacci has written some other sterling books.


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

    I am used to their voices. They add to the build up.


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

    The big question.


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    Don LELAND, NC, United States 01-16-13
    Don LELAND, NC, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Great new character from Baldacci"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    ABSOLUTELY! John Puller is a great character. You learn more about him in this second installment. The story-line is good and very well delivered by McLarty and Cassidy. Puller is a combination of Jack Reacher, Oliver Stone, and Sean King; Tough, analytic, but has a side that actually cares about people he comes in contact with. Be sure to read Zero Day first to understand some of the references .


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the continued interaction between Puller and the continuing characters, like his father, brother, and a certain 1 star General.


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

    McLarty and Cassidy do a marvelous job in this presentation as well as others. They add a level of realism that is not found when one narrator attempts to do all characters.


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

    After reading Zero Day, I was very happy to pick back up with John Puller and see that he was ok, but still trying to work through the issues from the previous story. This 2nd outing with John has made him very real for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big Baldacci fan, having read nearly all his books. I was very excited to see this new character and share his journey. I still like his older characters like Stone and King and Maxwell, but it's always good to to meet new heroes.

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    GiGi 01-15-13
    GiGi 01-15-13

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    "Absorbing Baldacci"
    What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten the most enjoyable?

    In his captivating style Baldacci again writes a novel filled with excitement and the need to continue reading/listening until its final words.


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

    Mostly


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    Margaret Blacksburg, VA, United States 01-14-13
    Margaret Blacksburg, VA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    What did you love best about The Forgotten?

    I love the plot about human trafficing, which is really going on in part of the world. It may not be to the extent that was told in this book but it puts a human face on a really horrific problem. The Charater Puller is a great hero in that he knows when to do what is hunmanly the right thing, even if it goes against his belief.


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

    The Charater in the book remindes me a little of Jack Reacher that Lee Child writes about. I can't wait for another Puller audio.


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

    Puller and Carlson


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

    Yes, but it took me four days to finish listening to it, only because I had other things to do.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen, great charaters. Will recommend this to all my friends.

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    Emily 01-14-13
    Emily 01-14-13
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    "Exciting!"

    It was fast paced and kept me engaged til the very end. The narrators were great and their voices changed very well with each individual character. Another great Baldacci story!

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    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 01-14-13
    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011

    I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.

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    "Puller -- Best Baldacci Yet"
    Where does The Forgotten rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


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

    Yes. Although I guessed some of the twists, there were many I did not see coming.


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

    It's difficult to hear the character's distinctive voices without an audiobook. That's what is so great about audiobooks.


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

    Yes. I listened to it while I drove.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Great characters.

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    Richard Kerrville, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-14-13
    Richard Kerrville, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Plodding Police Procedural"

    I quit listening to this book less than half way through. It's unrealistic. The hero's elderly aunt in Florida dies. Pretty common occurrence, but the hero decides it must be foul play (okay, the aunt did write a letter to her brother - hero's father - and say there were suspicious goings-on in her town).
    The dialogue is almost painful. The book start's when Hero is summoned to visit his father in the nursing home. Father is a retired 3 star war hero general. Hero is also a war hero (what is it with current suspense novels - every other protagonist is a retired SEAL, Ranger, Green Beret or Marine Recon Iraq/Afghan war hero). Hero reports to duty - stands ramrod straight, salutes, yes-sir, roger that, sir - no-sir to his dear old dad, lying in his nursing home bed, who apparently thinks he is still the commanding general of two or three divisions. But the old man still has enough snap to know his sister in Florida is about to be the victim of foul play.
    It gets worse. Hero rents a car -not just any car - the Hertz agent is a nice lady whose son is a Ranger, they chit-chat, so she rents him a Corvette for the price of a Corolla.
    Finally, he arrives at the town with a secret. The dialogue with the local cops is supposed to be snappy but is so bad it is almost comical. Of course, dear old auntie is dead. The neighbor who found her body by a fountain is able to describe in detail how the body lay, the color of her neck, the state of stiffness in her limbs, and so on, from which the hero deduces that the old lady didn't just fall and hit her head or croak from a heart attack, but was murdered. That's where I quit listening, and downloaded Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which, by the way, is a scathing indictment of this culture's exploitation of our vets.

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