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The Simple Truth | [David Baldacci]

The Simple Truth

Michael Fiske broke the law when he took Rufus Harms's prison letter from the Supreme Court. But he also sealed his own fate. Now Michael's brother, a cop turned attorney, is coming to Washington to find out why his brother was murdered - and what it had to do with a crime that Rufus Harms committed 25 years before.
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Publisher's Summary

David Baldacci's novels have been called "sizzling" (USA Today) and "superior" (Houston Chronicle). Now Baldacci is back, with the story of a death row inmate, a Supreme Court clerk, and a crime that is costing people their lives.

Michael Fiske broke the law when he took Rufus Harms's prison letter from the Supreme Court. But he also sealed his own fate. Now Michael's brother, a cop turned attorney, is coming to Washington to find out why his brother was murdered - and what it had to do with a crime that Rufus Harms committed 25 years before.

In his new novel of corruption, romance, family, and justice at the heart of the American republic, David Baldacci takes us on a journey of harrowing conspiracy - and proves once again that in the realm of suspense, he is in a league of his own. The simple truth... it's never what it seems.

©2001 David Baldacci (P)2011 Hachette

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    Dennis 04-09-13
    Dennis 04-09-13

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "The story was GREAT... --- but the narrator...?"

    The story was very, very GOOD! The only thing lacking was a good reader!

    It was very hard to discern when it was a female person talking or just the readers monotone voice just reading on as usual. However it is still a GREAT listen!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Galax, VA, United States 06-26-12
    Jan Galax, VA, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Fair story, mediocre performance, awful production"

    This is one of Baldacci's worst; the characters are put in hard to imagine places and keep doing incredibly stupid things.

    The narrator sounds like a 50's detective with all characters; young, old, male, female, like Joe Friday on a particularly monotone day.

    There's an audible pop at the start of about 15% of the sentences in the book, but concentrated, like 10 sentences in a row, so it gets irritating. Not quite sure how the audio engineer missed it, but it's distracting.

    I finished the book, so it's not terrible overall, but a definite 2 stars max.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-18-12
    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2007

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "I got lost in this one"

    David Baldacci wrote what could have been a very good book but there were so many characters with similar -- or not different enough -- names that I kept forgetting who was who. Jonathan Marosz did not help breaking up the characters so they could be told apart.

    There were some very interesting characters and some really interesting information on the Supreme Court but I felt lost in this book.

    There are too many moments where things just were not plausible. I am not giving anything away of great importance here so stick with me.

    There are people with motives that are completely unclear, people that acted completely off base, and the end. I will not give away the end but let's just say as all becomes more clear it will feel less and less like high drama and intrgue and more and more like a very operatic soap opera.

    If you like David Baldacci, I doubt you will miss this book. If you want to learn a thing or two about the Supreme Court, I'm sure there are better sources. Overall, I would give this book a miss. I am giving it two stars because it at least kept me through to the end.

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    Peter 12-23-11
    Peter 12-23-11
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    "Great Characters"

    Another Great novel from David Baldacci. The characters are compelling and the plot moves quickly. The action parts are exciting, but not overly drawn out.

    The one thing that was frustrating at first was the narration. Particularly at the beginning, Jonathan Marosz draws out vowel sounds in random words for what seems like an eternity. It sounded as if he were a poet reading his own poetry rather than a thriller novel narrator reading prose. Fortunately, this was less noticeable as the story progressed. I was glad I hung in there because the story itself was well worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John 11-12-14
    John 11-12-14 Member Since 2008
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    "listening hell...."
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Jonathan Marosz?

    I've listened to many books by Baldacci but this is the first book by Marosz and honestly I hope I never have to listen to him again.


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Marosz’s performance?

    monotone and boring, no excitement at all and it made it very rough to finish the book but because I like Baldacci I toughed it out.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    maybe


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    Suzanne Grace 06-07-13
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    "Riveting!"

    I bought this book a long time ago and it sat in my library. Finally I started reading another Baldacci book and couldn't get enough I've enjoyed all of them and look forward to reading more in the future.

    This book kept me interested from start to finish. With lots of different plot lines and possibilities, I couldn't wait to hear what would happen next and who was involved. The book was hard to stop listening to because I wanted badly to find the answers to all the questions hanging in the air.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 05-19-13
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 05-19-13
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    "Caught my attention with the first sentence"

    And held my attention throughout the book. Definitely interesting and a roller coaster ride. Rufus Harms is a great character along with the "supporting cast". Pictures of The Green Mile popped in my head when I started but no flies on Harms.

    I really enjoyed this and would definitely recommend it.

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    kaygee San Diego, CA, United States 04-22-13
    kaygee San Diego, CA, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Solid Story"
    What did you love best about The Simple Truth?

    Kept me interested with a little bit of everything. Murder, Legal, political, and romance.


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

    Slightly. I was worried about who might get murdered next. Also wanted to guess who might be the other bad guy.


    What does Jonathan Marosz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good solid narration. Not a distraction as some can be.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 03-12-13
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 03-12-13
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    "Narration takes some getting used to"

    David Baldacci is one one my favorite authors and I will buy anything he writes. So I was surprised when I was searching the library to see if there was a book I had not purchased and found this one. Early on I must have been swayed by the ratings but didn't pay attention when I finally purchased this book. It took 4 attempts of getting into this book before I forced myself to just listen for the story's sake. In typical Baldacci, the story was good, engaging and entertaining. But, the narrator certainly killed my overall enjoyment. If you really enjoy David Baldacci, then weather through the narration for the story's sake otherwise, save your credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    angie 03-10-13
    angie 03-10-13
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    "Excellent !!!"
    If you could sum up The Simple Truth in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful and well worth reading


    What other book might you compare The Simple Truth to and why?

    None


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    Yes I liked him very much !!!! He puts emphasis in the right places


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

    Yes I could have very well sat and listened to it all the way thru but due to work that isn't possible


    Any additional comments?

    I liked all the characters in this book !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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