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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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    Jacklyn Missouri City, TX, United States 02-08-13
    Jacklyn Missouri City, TX, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    Loved the characters and the story line. Lots of action and some romance...really enjoyed the book. My next credit will be used for another Baldacci.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nana M Charleston, WV, United States 02-07-13
    Nana M Charleston, WV, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Amor

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    "The indestructible male"
    What did you like best about The Forgotten? What did you like least?

    It is action packed and on a topic that seems to be in the news (Human trafficking).


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story around human trafficking was interesting.


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

    No.


    Did The Forgotten inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I have read too many detective stories I think! The indestructible male hero is getting a little old and ludicrous.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 11-29-12
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2010

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "Another Home Run for David Baldacci"
    What did you love best about The Forgotten?

    John Puller Junior continues to amaze you throughout the story which is laced with mystery, humor, action and an ending to the case. I really loved the way this story was narrated.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Puller Junior when he shows how much he wants to help the underdog while at the same time trying to solve his aunts murder, despite the fact that the police list her death as natural.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he impressed the officer at Naval Intellagence with his steadfastness when the officer tries to call him on the mat.


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

    I was especailly moved when he called the general for help and she said "Call Me Julie!"


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 11-24-12
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic Baldacci"

    I'll buy a David Baldacci book without listening to the sample. The Forgotten was enjoyable and I had difficulty putting it down. If you enjoy Baldacci, you'll enjoy this story as well.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brad T. 01-10-14
    Brad T. 01-10-14 Member Since 2006
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    "cut the sound effects"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I barely made it thruogh thhis book.. The sound effects drove me crazy. guns banging, bodys splashing, etc. Not only were the sound effects annoying but they were very poor also.
    The story and descriptions had so many loopholes that I wanted to hang myself in one of them.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary anaheim, CA, United States 10-14-13
    Gary anaheim, CA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "More story, less special effects"

    This may be my own personal taste, but I think special effects (noises and sounds simulating gunshots and blunt trauma, among others) is simply distracting. This was an over-produced book. More is not better. Just read the book please. Also, I prefer one good narrator rather than trying to cobble together two. Again, over-produced. The story was rather simple, the dialogue mundane and the characters unidimensional, but I did listen to the entire book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Key Largo, FL, United States 09-17-13
    Susan Key Largo, FL, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Sound effects and multiple voices ruined it for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    One good narrator and no SFX


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

    I will pay more attention to the production next time but will try.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Just him. No second voice. No sound effects.


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

    I could not finish it, it irritated me too much.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne 08-28-13
    Suzanne 08-28-13
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    "Please skip the sound effects"
    What did you love best about The Forgotten?

    Good story. Good characters. I have not read a lot of Baldacci's books. I read 2 camel club books and I am 50-50 on them. Okay, but not dying to read more as I am with some other authors.
    I will definitely look for more John Puller stories, however.


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

    They were great. I don't believe I have listened to others done by them.


    Any additional comments?

    Story was good. Reader was good. But the sounds effects were unnecessary and distracting. I listen while driving. The initial opening sound effects had me turning off my stereo wondering if my car of the neighborhood was having problems.
    Sound effects in movies are appropriate - they are appropriate for audio books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John 08-19-13
    John 08-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "one of the best"

    I am glad I did not accept the critical thoughts of others and bought this book. I liked the sound affects which were perfect in my opinion and in the proper places.

    This is the fourth book I have read by author -David Baldacci and the narrating team of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy was absolutely superb.

    This reading was so close to 5 star that I had to give it a five star rating ( the first time I have)

    Definitely going to read more. He is starting to be one of my favorite authors.

    John

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E.M. 08-10-13
    E.M. 08-10-13
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    "great book, skip sound effects & second reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. Engaging story line and good character development.


    What aspect of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance would you have changed?

    Ron McLarty has done a great job reading the books before with no sound effects or female reader. I found these distracting and wish that he could have just read the book as is, himself. The story has enough integrity in itself not to be "enhanced" in these ways.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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