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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 2006
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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 2014
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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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    Jean Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 02-21-15
    Jean Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 02-21-15

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    "The Up's and Down of Marriage"

    BOOK REVIEW: Total Control by David Baldacci

    The Up’s and Down of Marriage
    Jean A. Vachon

    WICKENBURG, AZ - Sidney Archer is a lawyer in good standing for an important law firm. Her husband is a computer whizz working for a prominent company. They have a beautiful daughter and a solid marriage. They belong to the privileged of this society.
    The husband leaves for a mysterious meeting without telling his wife... His plane crashes in the Virginia countryside.
    Sidney’s world falls apart. Steve, her husband, for some unknown reason changed planes at the last minute. He is a serious suspect in the plane crash.
    A special agent is assigned to solve the case. He is unrelenting and humane in his efforts to solve this complex puzzle.
    Murders abound in this gripping story by David Baldacci. The agent even suspects the wife as she tries to establish communication with her husband...
    The search for total control through the quest for power and money by evil characters results in all kinds of complications.
    Sidney, loyal no matter what, fights to stay alive, to find her husband, and to unravel the mystery of her husbands disappearance.
    In brief, I really liked this novel. It kept me interested from beginning to end even through numerous and complex incidents. I even persevered to the point of listening several times from the middle of the story to understand perfectly the relationship between the different characters.
    In the end, the force and loyalty of this marriage triumphs over evil although not in the way that the reader might expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dallas Wright 02-09-15

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    "Good story"

    The reader is a serious distraction. His style reminds one of Greg Gutfeld's sardonic reading of his monolog on Red Eye or his commentary on The Five. The Story itself is interesting, quite a few twists and turns.

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    Gregory Lambert 01-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    Plot was thrilling. Action pack and full of suspense. Baldacci never disappoints. You won't be disappointed. I promise you that.

    0 of 0 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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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