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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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    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.

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    Michael Houston, TX, United States 11-08-13
    Michael Houston, TX, United States 11-08-13
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    "Nararator"
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jorjeana 07-23-13
    Jorjeana 07-23-13
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    "Good story, TERRIBLE narration."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Good plot, compelling characters. Had it not been for these two things, I would have stopped listening after the first paragraph. The narrator seemed completely amaturish, pausing in the wrong places, inflection displaced throughout the entire reading. I felt like I was listening to my 10 year-old nephew read. I truly wish I had just purchased this one in print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Really good plot and decent twists and story development. A little predictable and some of the characters were overdone.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Marosz’s performances?

    NO, It was terrible all the way through. I will avoid his performances.


    Was Total Control worth the listening time?

    I suppose.


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    Barbara 07-14-13
    Barbara 07-14-13
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    "Not up to Baldacci's Usual Quality"
    What would have made Total Control better?

    Fewer characters, less ridiculous premise and plot twists, better narrator


    Has Total Control turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No - but, I'll be wary of buying more by Baldacci who has always been a favorite author of mine!


    How could the performance have been better?

    More inflection in the narrator's voice. It sounds as if he is reading a news report and drones on and on.


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

    Definitely disappointed in this book and will attempt to return it, but I may have waited too long after purchasing it. Saved it for a vacation trip across the country before listening to it - big mistake!


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    Rosalyn S. Lee 07-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "If it ait broken, dont fix it!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend all Baldacci books but not with this narrator. The monotone is killing the story!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Using someone with no inflections in his voice


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Plymouth, MN, USA 06-25-13
    Lynn Plymouth, MN, USA 06-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A disappointing Baldacci Book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was not time well spent. I had to listen to the entire first segment for it to even become interesting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was what was the real reason for the plane crash; who did and why. The least interesting was Sydney's antagonists.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Marosz’s performances?

    NO! It was one dimensional and uninspiring. Very wooden delivery.


    Could you see Total Control being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really - well, maybe made for TV movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Baldacci has never disappointed until now. Granted, this was a a very outdated book. Technology described was state of the art in its day, but quite anachronistic today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lola865 06-09-13
    Lola865 06-09-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Tedious"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure how to answer this...


    Has Total Control turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, and I have enjoyed other Baldacci books. This one just never connected for me.


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

    Performance was fine


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

    Looking at the time left, wondering if it would get any better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Fort Mill, SC, United States 06-05-13
    Sharon Fort Mill, SC, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Scores a Snore"

    After a wonderful start, the author failed to capture my interest. Perhaps too many characters?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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