America has enemies - ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can't stop. That's when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone-cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target.
But Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career....
It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.
Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway - her parents were murdered, and her own life is in danger. Against all of his professional habits, Robie rescues her and finds he can't walk away. He needs to help her.
Even worse, the more Robie learns about the girl, the more he's convinced she is at the center of a vast cover-up, one that may explain her parents' deaths and stretch to unimaginable levels of power. Now, Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl's life... and perhaps his own.
©2012 David Baldacci; 2012 Hachette Audio
Eliminate the cheezy sound effects and muzak.
The completely inappropriate background music and idiotic sound effects completely ruin the listening experience.
So when I saw that book two in this series was considered the Audible Book of the Year in the Thriller Suspense category I jumped right in. Huge mistake and a waste waste waste of a credit. I'm returning it. Simply put, I don't need a sound track to my audible book. I should have remembered this from the other Baldacci book I'd not finished: Split Decision. This book felt too performed and ruined the whole experience for me. Couldn't get past it.
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I really dislike sound effects..and apparently David Baldacci's producers think we need sound effects and musical interludes to perk up what was a fairly tedious listen.
McLarty and Cassidy did their best to perk the book up but it was not at all believable. The second novel in a series, I won't be buying the third (if there is one).
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Deducted 1 star because I thought the music and sound effects were gimmicky and distracting. The voice actors were excellent and more than sufficient to make the story interesting and entertaining.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
People keep comparing characters in suspense thrillers to Jack Reacher. Will Robie comes closest to Reacher of all of characters in the books I have read. The Innocent is Will Robie Book 1. All four novels (as well as the novella) in the series are solid 5 star thrillers. This novel introduces 14 year old runaway Julie who is back in later books in the Robie series. She is a very smart and talented kid.
The Innocent is narrated by the Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy pair. Both are great narrators and together they are the best pair in the business.
I highly recommend this series. Ideally the books should be read in order written.
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I have listened to nearly all of Baldacci's books in audio format and Mr. McLarty's presentations, but this is the first book I have listened to where Ron McLarty's sounded as if he were getting paid to read as fast as possible. The normal pauses, intonations and voice changes provided by the best readers is lacking in the performance of the book, so much so that it does the content a disservice. As for the content, it's not up to the standards of previous Baldacci works, as the sequence and timing of events seem to be edited for brevity, which made the story choppy.
Mr. McLarty did much better with the Camel Club series.
I would, but only if they didn't have anything better to read.
Mr. McLarty, you've a terrific voice, but please remember that your audible audience enjoys a book as much for its performance as for its content; and we come to this medium with different expectation that does a kindle reader.
A good read, the sound effects in the audible edition were distracting and amateurish... Characters were shallow and forgettable... A good beach read, that is about it!!!!
I'm almost halfway through but since I'm not going to finish here's a quick review. It doesn't make sense. With the kind of man the government assassin is supposed to be, someone that avoids personal/emotional involvement, he goes out of his way the entire time, for this 14 year old girl (up to chapter 46 anyway). High tech spy devices used to track a kid? Treating the kid as if she's an adult, most of the time. The FBI agents have corny sophomoric dialog. Lots of the dialog seems rushed. I mean, as if to abbreviate some how. You could imagine this being an abridged version.
More interesting supporting character(s). This is my first David Baldacci book and I like several things about the protagonist but it's like he's trying to be two different people.
Ron McLarty was really good but not great. He was FANTASTIC in Salem's Lot. Orlagh Cassidy sounds as if much or all of these recordings were done apart from the other reader and then the dialog was spliced together. Often times the tones and inflection, that you expect, isn't there.
No. I didn't make it past chapter 46.
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