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Total Control | [David Baldacci]

Total Control

Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.
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Publisher's Summary

This classic Baldacci thriller from 1997 is finally back - in unabridged audio and available in CD and download editions!

Total Heat

Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.

Total Danger

Jason Archer is a rising young executive at Triton Global, the world's leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his family the best of everything, Archer has secretly entered into a deadly game. He is about to disappear - leaving behind a wife who must sort out his lies from his truths, an accident team that wants to know why the plane he was ticketed on crashed, and a veteran FBI agent who wants to know it all....

©2002 David Baldacci (P)2013 Hachette

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    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 10-15-13
    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Reasonable plot, unbelievable people"

    The plot of this novel is interesting, and to a small extent believable. The big drawback is in presentation of the personalities of the heroine, and of others. The narrative flips rapidly between presenting her as a super-woman, able to fight and best some evil men, and a weak, emotional wife and mother. There is no real development of character in this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 06-29-13
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "Loved the story"

    But didn't care for the narrative style. Sounded to me like every sentence was read with the same inflection, rhythm and moderation. Initially it was so annoying and almost hard to ignore but the story was so good I put up with it.

    The story was fast moving and you have to pay attention so as not to miss something important.

    Its a Baldacci book so of course it is gripping and well written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 04-28-13
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 04-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Average Story Line"

    Story was engaging, but lacked credibility. Yes, the Federal Reserve Bank can make major decisions that can significantly alter financial positions. And the broad stroke explanations provided in the book are OK as far as they go. But it's too much of a stretch to expect the villain in this story to have been able to manipulate and profit in the manner described. Based on my personal business experience with former members of the Fed, I felt it was a little too far fetched. On the other hand, I did find the high tech content to be very believable.

    The narration was flat and underwhelming, Marosz was monotone and inflectionless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julianne 04-13-13
    Julianne 04-13-13
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    "Disappointing is an understatement"

    The two main characters are respectively sappy and stupid and must be so in order to carry this extremely weak storyline. By the time I reached the closing chapters, I was unable to even finish the book as my credulity was finally strained to the breaking point. The narrator was good. Too bad he really did not have enough substance to work with.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JJ FRamingham, MA, United States 07-10-14
    JJ FRamingham, MA, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I like David Baldacci"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, too many characters... Too many to keep track of while listening.. I listen and do other things, so had to keep rewinding and still was confused.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Baldacci before, how does this one compare?

    I love David's books, I didnt' feel this one was as sit on the edge of your seat... OH no.. I have to turn it off kind of book... I finished it because I was hoping for some excitement. I realized it was one of his older books..


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    It was ok, not horrible but not great.. a little flat.


    Did Total Control inspire you to do anything?

    try and find another Baldacci book that I like to listen to..


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually give negative comments, but this one was a bit flat for me.. may not be for others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LB 05-24-14
    LB 05-24-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Started slow but it quickly improved"
    Where does Total Control rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not my favorite but really good


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the second part of the book became really interesting and fast pace


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Marosz – was your favorite?

    Sydney


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    Brandy Orange, TX, United States 01-23-14
    Brandy Orange, TX, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "by far the worst narrator I've heard"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there was another narrator for this book, I might have been able to finish it. But the narrator was so bad, that I couldn't even finish chapter 2.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I love David Baldacci, but I will definitely pay attention to the listener reviews before I purchase again.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It would have been better if the narrator wasn't reading it like it was his first time seeing the book. It was very monitone, and the same tempo no matter what was happening. The narrator needed to put some feeling into it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know. Like I said before, I couldn't even finish chapter 2.


    Any additional comments?

    I greatly enjoy audio books and have been more than pleased with Audible, but if this would have been the first book I have ever purchased, it would have also been my last. Thankfully, I know that Audible has way better to offer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Houston, TX, United States 11-08-13
    Michael Houston, TX, United States 11-08-13
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    What did you love best about Total Control?

    Please go back to using Scott Brick. Many times I search for books that he narrates because I Know he reads only the best books. When I am troubled selecting a book I select based on the narrator. This guy was adequate but no one is better than Scott Brick


    What three words best describe Jonathan Marosz’s voice?

    nada


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

    no but I allways buy uncensored books.


    Any additional comments?

    I wait for your books to come out but sorry I was disappointed.

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    jennamullen Danville, WA, United States 09-11-13
    jennamullen Danville, WA, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Floppy discs?"
    Any additional comments?

    not finished the book yet but if the guy was a big tech guy what was the deal with the floppy discs? what am I missing?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LAURA 08-25-13
    LAURA 08-25-13
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    "Narrator does not do David Baldacci justice"

    I've only listened to a couple of chapters so far but listening to Jonathan Marosz is driving me crazy. I love David Baldacci, in fact, I just finished Innocent and The Hit. It's just this narrator that I don't like

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