Murder in paradise: Military criminal investigator John Puller is drawn closer to home when his aunt is found dead in her house in Paradise, Florida. The local police have ruled the death as an accident, but Puller finds evidence to suggest that she may well have been murdered. On the surface the town lives up to its name, but as Puller digs deeper he realises that this town and its inhabitants are more akin to Hell than Paradise. His belief is confirmed as evidence of strange and inexplicable events come to light. And when Puller learns the truth about what is happening in this once sleepy town, he knows that his discoveries will impact far wider than Paradise.
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I love Baldacci, Sandford and Lee Child. If you are into those authors as well you won't be disappointed. Also duo Oralgh Cassidy and Ron McLarty works great building atmosphere and tension. I hope they will read together more and more books. The only part of the book lacking a little bit is the ending, but still I recommend this book.
My second Baldacci book and I'm going to find many more, the characters, story line and pace were good and I simply couldn't make this book last by only listening in the car...
I simple wouldn't write it. It seems in some moments that Baldacci is outsourcing his writing.
I suppose so. I like his books, but this one was awful.
They are very good narrators and saved the book.
I hope Baldacci returns to being himself. The characters of this books are so shallow I don't have any empathy with them.
The story was fast paced and I particularly liked the readers, Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy. I also enjoyed the sound effects , haven't experienced this before in an audible book.
The ending was very exciting.
The shoot out on the ocean rig platform
No I like my sleep.
I liked the idea of two readers, doing the male and female parts. I also loved the music and sound effects throughout the book. Made it very realistic. I was very impressed with this production.
Although the premise for the book is a very sad one, the depth of the characters keeps you listening and rooting for John Puller to uncover the truth
John Puller , I can see why David Baldacci used him again
This pair are my favourite narrators, I much prefer books that have male voices for male characters and female voices for female characters, you feel so much more connected to the characters.
"ok story, but irritating background"
Every time there was any 'action', there were sound effects .... namely gun shots, fights, an explosion. This was just SO annoying. On top of that there was a 'frantic music' soundtrack that I assume was supposed to create a tense atmosphere. I nearly stopped listening because of this, but held on and saw it through to the end. The story wasn't bad, but my enjoyment, and impressions are coloured by the irritation factor.
I love this second book in the Puller series and do hope that there will be more about this character.
The book is responsible for much missed sleep as I read it in two evenings it was a good storyline with many twists and turns and I found the characters engaging and the narration was a good match for me.
"Okay but not great"
The content itself is okay, but nothing spectacular, plus the womans voice is very annoying and inconsistent - I cant tell the difference between the general, the child or the cop, and her voice lacks conviction. The guy however does a reasonably good job.
"Odd narrative style"
Depends on the friend
Well I suppose they did, but throughout when the male narrator's voice changing (according to the character) to the woman's voice, I found this a jarring shock. It should have been just the one person reading, like when you have a book read to you, that's why I like audio books. I avoid dramatisations as I do not enjoy them at all (often too much of the BBC Radio 4 screaming and baying and bing-bangings). I also found the background intermittent sound effects disconcerting, at one point I thought I was about to be run over by a bus in my garden... so a delivery style that leaves the wonderful, simple narrator format towards sounding more "dramatic" is a minus as far as I'm concerned.
"The new Jack Reacher"
David Baldacci's second book in the John Puller stories. If you like the Jack Reacher novels you will love this book.
Baldacci does it again I never get tired of him. somthing happening on every page and many twists and turns you just dont want to put it down. and the narration is FAB.congrats to them they bring the story to life. A brilliant read.carnt wait to download his next book.
I would thoroughly recommend this book. Sometimes such stories can become a little 'same-ie', but this had you gripped from start to finish. The only comment I would make was the music was not really necessary, but it didn't detract from an excellent story.
"A great John Puller story.."
The story is as "on the edge" as you can get in fiction book.... great fun
James bond 007 because he can do the impossible, that might just be possible..
Ron has a strong convincing tone to his voice, Orlagh, has a great supporting role.
It kept me awake, wanting to hear what happens next
Looking forward to hearing what happens with John Puller again in the next story.
"Very good performance on a good to average book"
Good popcorn book, whilst not one of the authors better story it is definitely worth a listen when you want to be taken out of the humdrum, but do not want to engage your brain or emotions to any great extent - you will like it, but if you have any pretensions you'll probably hate yourself for doing so
As others have mentioned very similar in tone and texture to both vince Flynn and Lee Childs, not a bad thing in itself
Characters can appear slightly one dimensional at times but the action is present, well thought out and scripted as with these other two authors
The Undeafeatable hero, the nod to legality and the justice system, and then the complete disregard for both of the above, and then victory supplied at the end
Initially the performance did seem slightly dry, but as the book progressed the use of the two person performance and the nature of the written word came together in an effective way which did help to raise the audiobook above what it could/should have been
Not a book to be listened to for an emotional journey, a book to be heard when brain is turned off and you just want to be entertained
Worth a listen, and the author is definitely worth investigating esecially his earlier works, which to me are an improvemnt on his later stuff
"A worthy successor"
I enjoyed book 1 in the John Puller series and this one did not disappoint. You don't have to read them in order but it does help you understand the characters. David Baldacci writes a cracking thriller. The narration is excellent and I like the use of a female to voice the female characters
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