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The Sixth Man | [David Baldacci]

The Sixth Man

Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....
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Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered.

It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy's past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.

©2011 David Baldacci (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    Diana 06-14-11
    Diana 06-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "SO AWFUL"

    This book was so bad it became funny. Narration is not good. But since the writing is shallow, predictable, preachy, trite and has boing characters, I am not sure possible to narrate this book into a pleasant experience. The main characters are so unlikeable that you just do not care. Sorry I wasted my money. This book should appeal to morons.

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    Roy Augusta, GA, United States 06-14-11
    Roy Augusta, GA, United States 06-14-11
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    "Incredibly stupid"

    If you enjoy totally unbelievable plots and unrealistic over-the top murder and mayhem, then this book is for you. Very disappointed.

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    Jared Mesa, AZ, United States 06-14-11
    Jared Mesa, AZ, United States 06-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Michelle Maxwell = middle aged 2nd grade teacher?"

    Whoever casted this narrator for the part of Michelle Maxwell should be out of a job. The narration has made it unlistenable.

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    Kathleen 06-12-11
    Kathleen 06-12-11
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    "Decent Baldacci-poor female narrator"

    I preface this review with the statement that I am a Baldacci fan, and that I will purchase and read the book since it is an interesting concept,
    What is the matter with the editorial staff at Audible? You have ruined another Baldacci book with third rate dramatization. Ron McLarty does his usual fine narration and then you add Orlagh Cassidy who is, I mean no offense to her personally, ill equipped for this production or any narrating position. A high school drama student would have done a more professional reading.
    All said I will never purchase another Audible book that is ???dramatized??? and not simply read as in the past. There is an old adage ???if it ain't broke don???t fix it???. Why have you departed from your normal format?
    Unfortunately I purchased The Collectors and The Sixth Man in the same time frame and did not realize that this was another "pseudo drama" and not a straight narration. You do McLarty a great disservice. I have 162 novels in my Library, more than a casual listener, but I will never purchase another if I see that it is not straight narration and I certainly will pay attention to the perceptive and excellent reviews. They are really on the money.

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    Suellen Wenatchee, WA, United States 06-08-11
    Suellen Wenatchee, WA, United States 06-08-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Juvenile Narration"

    I'm a high school drama teacher and my sophomores could do a better job than these two "actors." Generally, I can overcome an annoying narration once I am immersed in a novel, but this was an exception. Mr. Baldacci, please abandoned this style for future books. You are not well served by these narrators.

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    Ida 06-05-11
    Ida 06-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Title confusing..who's the sixth man???"

    I like this series from Baldacci, however this story became ridiculous with the top female government official...especially when she attemtped to seduce her subordiate. The murders were senseless (the first ones never clearly explained); the female narration did not fit the previous characterization of Michelle as tough. three stars because I can't give 2 1/2.

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    John Goshen, NY, United States 05-28-11
    John Goshen, NY, United States 05-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining"

    I do not listen to books with an ear of a critic I am looking to be entertained... The story was interesting and the suspense was Baldacci. I did find the ending a bit abrupt but all the loose ends were wrapped up. I will say that the female voice did not fit with my vision of how Michelle Maxwell would sound but I was more focused on content than presentation.

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    Rose 04-28-11
    Rose 04-28-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Wait until this goes on sale for $4......."

    Convoluted storyline and really poor narration. Ron McLarty's voice sounded too old for the parts he was playing and Orlagh Cassidy's voices sounded like a cross between "Peggy Hill" from "King of the Hill" TV show and "Clarice" from "Silence of the Lamb" movie. Storyline was way over the top and disjointed. Random action and no depth. Superficial is the best way to describe this book. I'm seeing a trend with the more well known Mystery and Thriller writers...Patterson, Koontz, Clancy... Slap together an outline of a story, get it out quickly, and ask big dollars for it. And then they wonder why some try and download for free with file sharing programs! I, for one, am getting a bit worn paying top dollar for such poor product...

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    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 04-28-11
    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 04-28-11 Member Since 2013
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    "save your credit"

    Whatever Baldacci had in the way of good storytelling he has lost. This is just awful, he describes his characters as incredibly smart and able, and then demonstrates real stupidity. His EX Secret Service people are supposed to be protectors and continuously fail to protect. I guess tthat is why they are EX. Then sound effects are inserted, for some unknpwn reason, example "Michelle screamed" and the sound of a woman screaming is injected. Whoever came up with the idea to add sound effects to audiobooks is a dummy. Of course all of the above is my opinion, but these characters make Carr's homeless squad look brilliant. All of them need to hit the road with Reacher to learn how to handle the bad guys.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Irvine, CA, United States 04-26-11
    Frederick Irvine, CA, United States 04-26-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Distracting Narration"

    I agree with the others. The dual narration in this book is jarring and always forced. Good, not great, story hamstrung by the "actors" and the whacked out sound effects. If only for the bad recording, please do yourself a favor and skip this one. Personally, next time I see a dual narration such as this, I will pass.

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