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The Hit | [David Baldacci]

The Hit

Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Thriller/Suspense, 2014

From David Baldacci - number-one best-selling author and one of the world's most popular, widely read storytellers - comes the most thrilling novel of the year.

Will Robie is a master of killing.

A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.

No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive. Only a killer can catch another killer, they tell him.

But as Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a larger threat, a threat that could send shockwaves through the U.S. government and around the world.

©2013 David Baldacci (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Ed PATASKALA, OHIO, United States 05-19-13
    Ed PATASKALA, OHIO, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you listen to The Hit again? Why?

    Yes! I loved the story. The drama and suspense, especially between Robie and Jessica.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Robie, of course. He's calm, efficient, and the best at what he does. He's brilliant.


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

    These two make a perfect pair. Ron's voice is perfect for this genre!


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you. I sure hope there is a book 3!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Aureus 05-07-13
    Aureus 05-07-13

    Aureus

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    "Good Story, "but"..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is very good. The female performance could be improved significantly!


    If you’ve listened to books by David Baldacci before, how does this one compare?

    Performance was weaker than others!


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

    Not likely! The female voice detracts from the overall performance.


    Do you think The Hit needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, Will Robbie is a good character and still has legs!


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Marguerite Longueuil, QC, Canada 05-03-13
    Marguerite Longueuil, QC, Canada 05-03-13 Member Since 2008

    Love thought provoking and well written mystery or suspense novels.

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    "Great Book - Classic Baldacci"

    Like all of Baldacci's books this is another winner. Well written and thought provoking, this is a continuation of a series of stories using a CIA and FBI agent. I'm not normally looking for an espionage type of book but I love his writing. It is a well developed storyline and the characters are well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 04-29-13
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Bureucrats vs. Agents not new idea but OK read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend most of Baldacci's books and this one fits that bill. Good character development is always important and this book moves consistently, rarely bogging down. Although the plot is generated from a fairly creative idea, I did find that it unfolded in mostly predictable and somewhat cliche'd manner.


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

    The book moves well and never bogs down, lots of action.


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

    Yes, although I am used to male readers voicing female parts and visa versa, i also enjoy each being read by someone of the same sex. Both of these readers do a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    I find Baldacci's earlier books more entertaining. Some times its difficult to put your finger on why a book falls a little short of expectations. I think this story is simply a bit worn out without some really creative new twists. There are also a number of situations that are simply a bit unbelievable, when our protagonists are able to figure out certain puzzles with, frankly, to little information

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 04-28-13
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "For This I Waited!"

    This is not Baldacci's best work. Honestly, it's not even close and having read his work I was frankly disappointed. I felt the plot was very weak most of the time. There were not the hair pin twists and turns I have come to expect from this author. Most times this narration duo can carry a book that has it's weak spots, however, this time was they were bit off as well. I am not saying it was a total waste of my time but it was just not one of those I was eager to resume listening because I know Baldacci is capable of better.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    BJ GRANBURY, TX, United States 04-27-13
    BJ GRANBURY, TX, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Baldacci NEVER disappoints"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hit the most enjoyable?

    McLarty and Cassidy have done it again! This book has many twists and turns and although some of the action is way out there, the characters are alive and human with flaws and feelings.


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

    The moment she realizes he can be trusted and vise-versa


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Near the end when the double cross is realized by Turner. I know people like him-arrogant to the point of annoyance - I could see the look on his face when he knew his plan didn't work.


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

    Yup! had a hard time turning it off.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Quartzsite, AZ, United States 05-04-13
    Amazon Customer Quartzsite, AZ, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Couldn't make it half way through"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The production and narration was grating to me. The primary narrator alone may have been listenable but the female narrator was so one note in her delivery that all the female characters came off as identical. While I occasionally find male narrators "female" voices off putting, the dual narration of this book was just too much. Add to this the copious use of sound effects and the production is just too cheesy for my taste.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I couldn't really get into the story because I found the narration and sound effects too distracting. I will probably read the book because I like David Baldacci and the premise of the book was interesting. I just hope my brain doesn't hear the voices of the narrators.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A single narrative voice and no sound effects.


    What character would you cut from The Hit?

    I couldn't get into the book enough to evaluate the characters.


    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 04-27-13
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Keeps you Listening Start to Finish"

    Another very solid thriller from Baldacci, possibly surpassing the first book in the series.

    Will Robie feels like Baldacci's version of Mitch Rapp, just like John Puller seems like his version of Jack Reacher. Interesting that he's running both series at the same time, but heck, why not borrow the elements from two of the most successful and popular series on the market today? While not quite matching the punch of Vince Flynn, this series is still a solid hit, and will keep you engaged from start to finish.

    Robie has a few characteristics that distinguish him from other superhero assassins, too. He's more laid back, and a bit more of a detective than others. In this Baldacci's style makes itself known, as in the first book, a fast-action intro turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a conspiracy to be be uncovered. Robie also has some characters that he cares for and works with, which is both a benefit to his character and a weakness in his line of work.

    Wile the plot felt at times to be a little forced by the author's hand , this was still a great listen. If you enjoy espionage thrillers or like Baldacci's other works, you won't be disappointed.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 02-13-15
    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 02-13-15 Member Since 2014

    There are few things in life better than losing yourself completely in a really exceptional story.

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    "Worthy of a Credit"

    Will Robie continues to play the unlikely role of protagonist in this series as a top-line hitman, who is now tasked with taking out his female equivalent, Jessica Reel. Branded a traitor, Reel is following her own agenda and is acutely aware that Robie is on her trail. But is she a traitor, or are things not as they appear? You'll have to read it to find out.

    While I think this book is credit-worthy, I think overall it's just average. I keep hoping Baldacci will rediscover the magic he had when he wrote "Absolute Power", which was such a superbly written story, with rich characters and an inspired, suspenseful plot. I've read several of his later books and none of them have recaptured the brilliance of that novel.

    That said, it's a moderately entertaining story with some surprising twists and turns, and the pacing is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Portland, OR 03-25-14
    Steve Portland, OR 03-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Started Dragging on at the End"

    I had a hard time finishing this book. It seemed like it started to drag a bit at the end. Additionally, I listen with headphones and the production quality wasn't great. The narrators are excellent but there are several chunks of the book where they clearly re-dubbed the spoken line or paragraph. It takes you out of the "moment." It was like watching an R-Rated movie on regular TV. I'm sorry but if you're going to charge $20 for a book, you shouldn't have "cut and paste" production quality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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