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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Bob Maryland, USA 05-07-11
    Bob Maryland, USA 05-07-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Not... a...good...read"

    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.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Charles 10-17-14
    Charles 10-17-14
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    "Readers are bad"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Go back to orginal reader. Orlagh Cassidy is terrible


    What did you like best about this story?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Ron McLarty by himself


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Really tedious narration!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sixth Man the most enjoyable?

    I have always enjoyed the King Maxwell series. Ron McLarty has a very good narrating style.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Overland Park, KS, USA 09-18-12
    Steven Overland Park, KS, USA 09-18-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Where did they find this woman?"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


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    C. L. Johnson 09-11-12

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    "Good story - horribly distracting narrator!"
    How could the performance have been better?

    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!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia United States 08-26-12
    Patricia United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't like the female voice addition"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yanes 07-24-12
    Yanes 07-24-12
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    "Not a bad story"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 05-16-12
    Linda 05-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    ""Ok", but Below Average for Baldacci"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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....


    What didn’t you like about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not so sure my Audible subscription is worth the money if there are going to be so many 'mediocre' narrators......

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jose MEXICO DF, Mexico 06-14-11
    jose MEXICO DF, Mexico 06-14-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent reading."

    I have only read two of Baldacci's books, both are great! This one is fast pacing, with plenty of action and suspense. A really good story very well narated. I recomend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marlene Hubert, NC, United States 06-12-11
    Marlene Hubert, NC, United States 06-12-11 Listener Since 2004
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    "Great Listen !!"

    I am writing this review because I am so glad I did not read the reviews first. The book was entertaining and had a high level of suspense. I think some readers were too critical. I read for entertainment and this was a great story and held my interest as all Baldacci books do. I did not find the narration distracting, never even gave it a second thought. The average ratings are four star, so that tells you someone liked it besides me !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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