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
I have always enjoyed the King Maxwell series. Ron McLarty has a very good narrating style.
This narration was tedious at best because of the addition of Ms. Cassidy. It was choppy, and her southern accents were terrible. She made the characters sound like backwoods hicks! Perhaps she should actually visit the south and hear what a real southern accent sounds like.
The female narrations almost caused me to stop listening. I had to rewind numerous times to hear what I had missed due to the distraction of Ms. Cassidy's voice. Wish I had saved my credit and bought the ebook! Then I could have imagined the voices as they should have been as I read it.
I couldn't get through the first chapter and I love Ron M. The female narrator was so bad I had to shut it off and delete it. What a waste of money and probably a good story.
Ugh, I don't know where to begin with how bad this book is. Yes, as others have said, the female narrator just sounds wrong for the characters. Also, the stupid music is intrusive and ridiculous, as are the other sound effects. I just want to hear the dang book read to me! But most of all, this was just a bad book. Baldacci is getting lazy, the story is over the top, so melodramatic this should be a soap opera. The characters are flat and stereotypical, the supposedly smart people act very stupid, we are reminded how rich certain characters are over and over. I did finish listening to this awful book, but only because I'm stubborn and hate wasting a credit. It was one of those books that I find myself yelling to "Oh, come on," and finally just wishing for it to be over.
I found that the Ron McLarty was asleep whe he read this book. Orlagh Cassidy was not much better. I have an IPOD, I set it on faster to get through most of the book. Then I gave up. Poor book and very poor readers.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The King & Maxwell series is wonderful, but in my view it is not as good as David Baldacci's Will Robie series or the Camel Club series. Every book in the King and Maxwell series is well worth the time to read or listen. The Sixth Man introduces savant Edger Roy who is wrongly accused of multiple murders as well as Roy's older sister. It is also the first book in the series narrated by Orlagh Cassidy doing the female dialog and Ron McLarty doing the rest of the narration. There is something magical about the Cassidy-Mclardy narrating duo which Baldacci has continued using in other novels. As good as Scott Brick is, and he is simply the best, Cassidy-McLardy makes for a better listening experience.
The story never seemed to have a slow point so I just kept listening until the guy says " Audible hopes you enjoyed this program,"
The writing is good enough so the two of them seem to easily weave in and out of the story.
I liked the last chapter and the ending
Switching between male/female narrator was distracting and annoying. The female narrator overplayed the characters and was inconsistent in her portrayals. McLarty did a fantastic job on the previous book and didn't need a co-pilot - especially one as frustrating to listen to as Cassidy!
I have to say I do not like the addition of a female narrator. Ron McLarty doesn't need it. My favorite narrators are the ones that I don't even notice their voice changing. Like Len Cariou and Dick Hill. Even though I could return this book for a credit I will keep going because I like Baldacci and so far story not so bad.
Although I think this story sounded a little familiar, it was enjoyable. But the narration was problematic. Mclarty too old for Sean King, Cassidy not quite right for MM. They are both good narrators, but not for this series. Bring back Scott Brick!
Only if you are a die-hard Baldacci Fan and can forgive a slightly below average story and horrible female narration. Ron McLarty continues to be amazing.
Rather than a surpise ending, the plot started to feel like an author's "Cookbook" formula or a 'fill in the blank' story. Somewhat far-fetched, but predictable at the end....
Ron McLarty as sole narrator is flawless. I would listen to him read the phone book! BUT FOR HEAVENS SAKE, GET RID OF this female narrator-- she does not portray the women in the novel near as well as Ron McLarty can. . Her south accent is irritating and distracting to the story. And unfortunately, she destroys the female characters. Had I not read Baldacci books with Sean King and Michelle Maxwel I would never had known that Michelle is a terrific heroine and that these two make a great team. This will be the last audio book I buy with her as narrator.
I listened to this during a cross country car ride and finished over a 2 day span of time. I enjoyed the book but the last 25% got tiresome and I couldn't wait to 'get it over with' so I could start another book.
I'm not so sure my Audible subscription is worth the money if there are going to be so many 'mediocre' narrators......
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