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The Winner | [David Baldacci]

The Winner

She is 20, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever. It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-stakes, big-money subterfuge. It's a price she won't fully pay...until she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that made her rich.
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Publisher's Summary

The Dream

She is 20, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever.

The Killer

It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-stakes, big-money subterfuge. It's a price she won't fully pay...until she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that made her rich.

The Winner

For if LuAnn Tyler comes home, she will be pitted against the deadliest contestant of all: the chameleonlike financial mastermind who changed her life. And who can take it away at will...

©2002 David Baldacci (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Stephen Schenectady, NY, United States 11-21-12
    Stephen Schenectady, NY, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This was the worst narration I have ever heard!"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Frances Cassidy?

    I will never listen to Frances Cassidy. I listen to MANY audiobooks and have never had a negative reaction. She has a strange accent on vowels, annoying pauses, and stresses of certain words. It was absolutely painful to listen to her. I only continued because the story was reasonably interesting, but the narration made it a nightmare and a total waste of my time.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Eh


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frances Cassidy’s performances?

    NEVER!


    Was The Winner worth the listening time?

    NO


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Perris, CA, United States 07-01-12
    Diana Perris, CA, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2007
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    "worse baldacci ever, narrator puts you to sleep"

    This was terrible from the beginning but I kept listening to see if story took a while to develop, it didn't. The narrator is monotone and I keep falling asleep.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Chicago, IL, United States 12-27-12
    Laura Chicago, IL, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2006

    Attorney in Chicago, avid audible listener.

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    "Seriously? Okkkaayyyy...."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wouldn't change anything about the book because what the hell do I know? I like to read. Not write books. However, I suppose I would appreciate a book that actually explains things in a way that makes a lick of sense instead of being a reader who is forced to believe that the evil dude knows 1) how to fix a lottery 2) where everyone is at all times 3) how to move silently like a ninja and 4) how to thoroughly disguise himself that he's practically an octopus. It got a little fanciful with that.


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

    Please see above. More fallible bad guys, please. That way the main character doesn't have to be in the reincarnation of Jesus to catch him.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was good. What did I dislike... in the editing, there were times where a chapter ended and a new one began and there was no pause. It was an odd break (or lack thereof) in the narration. But nothing tragic.


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

    Probably. Mainly because I'd like to see how it was adapted - not because it's JUST SO FASCINATING.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is listening fluff - which is exactly what I wanted it to be. It's entertaining enough. I wouldn't say it's particularly thoughtfully written but again, if you need a way to pass time without being bored, it fit the bill for me quite well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Hurst, TX, United States 10-10-12
    William Hurst, TX, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Loretta Lynn v Dr Evil in an Amateurish Story"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked the other Baldacci books, but this one is incredibly dumb. The story is completely unbelievable, the story arc is bent, and the dialog is terrible. Baldacci's attempts at country or red-neck speech is ridiculous. Examples: "I didn't take her to go up to no New York" and "You know what curiosity did to that old cat." Who would say that? The bad guy's lines are a comical caricature of an overly formal villain—almost like, shall we say, Dr Evil?

    The narrator is OK, but not good. In her defense, though, she didn't have much to work with.

    In short, if you have trouble finding enough books for your commute, you might consider this one. If you are careful with your money and purchases, pass this one by.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah PINEY CREEK, NC, United States 09-21-12
    Sarah PINEY CREEK, NC, United States 09-21-12 Listener Since 2007

    thebookpusher

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    "Another winner"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winner to be better than the print version?

    I prefer David Baldacci's books in audio rather than print.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Charlie. I liked the role he played in the story.


    Did Frances Cassidy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Her voice was irritating to me. It has a built in sneer. I would have preferred a different narrator. Her voice is pitched rather low and that meant that neither the men's voices nor the women's voices rang true.


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

    This book was not one which incites extreme emotion. Rather it is a story to entertain. Baldacci spins a good tale and always brings up an interesting idea. The idea that lotteries could be rigged is an intriguing one.


    Any additional comments?

    Really, the narrator makes things sink or swim. This book would have been much sweeter for me with a different narrator. I will try to avoid this particular narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 08-15-12
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 08-15-12 Member Since 2012

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "Winner says it all"

    This book has a very interesting story line & one very few people would have come up with. I think that is why I love David Baldacci's books so much becasue they are always fresh & exciting with new story plots that one can identify with even if they are not particularly familiar with the goings on of his subject matter. I really liked how the herione kept what shw could of her integirtiy intacked throughout the book as best she could.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 07-01-12
    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If You Like Omnipotent Villains,"

    this is the book for you. The guy is a hermaphrodite chemical genius who uses makeup to transform himself into a male or female while also perfectly impersonating the voice of one he is imitating. Fortunately for him, the FBI could not be more incompetent in the face of a potential crisis for the country. In one chapter, all of the feds rush up to the villain’s penthouse leaving the door to the building unobserved which conveniently allows the doorman to alert the bad guy who escapes yet again.
    I just read the latest Baldacci & I was surprised to see a new title that I did not recognize. Recycling early bumbling works of accomplished writers is a disservice to both the authors and the readers. Thumbs down.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mary McKoskey Stillwater, MN USA 12-06-12
    Mary McKoskey Stillwater, MN USA 12-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A New Baldacci Approach"
    Would you listen to The Winner again? Why?

    This was an interesting story with a totally different story line that the usual Baldacci. It was fun and interesting.


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

    I kept wondering who it was - and did not guess until the story told who it was.


    What about Frances Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    Frances Cassidy is a good performer who made all the characters distinct and believable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Russel Willis, TX, United States 08-30-12
    Russel Willis, TX, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Never would I think"
    What would have made The Winner better?

    That Baldacci would write a CHICK FLICK novel. He has written far better novels. I dont recommend this to anyone expecting a normal "action" novel.


    What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    .


    What three words best describe Francis Cassidy’s voice?

    Boring


    What character would you cut from The Winner?

    .


    Any additional comments?

    .

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Costello Phoenix, AZ 08-06-12
    David Costello Phoenix, AZ 08-06-12 Member Since 2005
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    "just ok"

    This book doesn't measure up to Baldacci's normal writings. I found the premise to be somewhat outlandish and the outcome predictable. The reader was tepid and I had trouble keeping focused on the story. At best, a book to read at the beach when you can't find anything else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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