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The Simple Truth Audiobook

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 Listener Since 2004

    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!!!!

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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 R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-18-12
    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    Frank Spalitto Leawood, Ks. USA 01-23-16
    Frank Spalitto Leawood, Ks. USA 01-23-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The Simple Truth"

    Unbelievable great story that was excellently spokes, getting you more deeply than involved ai it moved forward. Another great work by David Baldacci

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    dennis 12-28-15
    dennis 12-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Bad Narration"

    Struggled all the way to Ch14 and couldn't take any more of the narrator.I would like to listen to it read by someone else

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    isaac elder 12-13-15
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    "Amazing thriller."

    Wonderfully told and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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    Sabrina yuma, AZ, United States 09-21-15
    Sabrina yuma, AZ, United States 09-21-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Page turner"

    I didn't want the book to end. He's a gifted author. I will recommend this to my friends.

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    Kenneth 07-28-15
    Kenneth 07-28-15
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    "Poor narrator, good story"

    Narrator was more tolerable at 1.25 times normal speed. After that I enjoyed the story.

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    Milton L Pippenger Manhattan, KS United States 01-17-15
    Milton L Pippenger Manhattan, KS United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding book"

    The author kept me listening right up to the. There were many twists and turns. This book prove Baldacci is one of my favorite.

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