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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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    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 05-21-13
    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2010

    I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.

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    "Another Well Written Corporate Mystery Thriller!"

    Baldacci has written a roller coaster ride of a book. A professional couple get caught up in a conspiracy. Sidney Archer a criminal attorney and her husband Jason Archer a young executive at Triton Global. Become the escape goats for stolen money, murder, and selling company secrets. If you are a technology geek, you maybe disappointed. The technology used in the story is a bit outdated. Ex: (Some of the characters are using pay phones).
    Where I'm from the are almost non-existent, except for airports :) and using floppy disks. I don't know when was the last time I've seen one of those.)
    If you don't mind that the book is a bit outdated with tech terminology, then you will enjoy the book.
    The narrator Jonathan Marosz was okay, I think Scott Brick or Ron McLarty would have been a better choice.
    Over all I still enjoyed the book.

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    Susan MILLVILLE, DE, United States 05-12-13
    Susan MILLVILLE, DE, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Susan

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    "great!!!"
    Would you listen to Total Control again? Why?

    HAVE TOO... missed a couple of chapters....


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

    OMGosh...that's what I kept say... OMGosh... OMGosh...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    not sure whether it was the "elevator".... the "Car"... or in the house while she is running the bath water....


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

    Oh yes... I listen to it at night... have to continually go back... if I slip into sleeping


    Any additional comments?

    love it....

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    Julie Pipe Creek, TX, United States 05-05-13
    Julie Pipe Creek, TX, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not new release; narrator is irritating"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes, with the caveat that they know it isn't a new book and the narrator was not very good


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    Yes, i love his books


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Hard to specify, but he has the habit of reading each sentence as a separate sentence, instead of placing it in the context of the story. Hard to explain, but very apparent when you listen to it. I will be making sure he doesn't narrate anything else I buy...very, very annoying.


    Was Total Control worth the listening time?

    yes, only to get to the end of the story though


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vic boca raton, FL, United States 05-05-13
    Vic boca raton, FL, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Lots of twists and turns"

    Keeps you guessing for hours and hours. A very suspenseful novel.. Baldacchi at his best.

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    Tim Jupiter, FL, United States 04-28-13
    Tim Jupiter, FL, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2005
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    "An OK read,"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Need something to read, this is OK. The story has holes, things happen that make you say to yourself, Really? Baldacci (or whoever really wrote it) stretches out the story longer than necessary, I skipped the last few chapters, cut-OUT another needless chase and got to the end.


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    The story starts lacking believe-ability. Goes on to long, got bored with it..


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not the greastest narrator


    Did Total Control inspire you to do anything?

    not read the next Baldacci book


    Any additional comments?

    It would be great to see Baldacci get back to his original quality of writing.

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    Karen TN USA 04-26-13
    Karen TN USA 04-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible performance"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Jonathan Marosz?

    I LOVE David Baldacci stories, but I had to stop this recording after an hour because the performance was so bad. He mixed up the character voices, used strange cadence and inflections - I could not follow the story and the voice would have put me to sleep if I was not so frustrated. I'll just move on to another book with a different narrator.


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    Tbabij Fort Erie, ON 04-23-13
    Tbabij Fort Erie, ON 04-23-13 Member Since 2010

    You can only coast in 1 direction.

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    "Some books should just have dust collect on them"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story is such old technology. 3.5" floppies??? Vintage Baldacci that should have been left to collect dust. Very miss-leading new release from the archives.


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

    No. I usually like the author's work.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Marosz?

    Possibly


    Do you think Total Control needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not at all


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    Raphael West New York, NJ, United States 04-21-13
    Raphael West New York, NJ, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fast Pace"

    The story is different from the author's previouse stile and it is a real good thriller

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    R. Watervliet, NY, United States 04-20-13
    R. Watervliet, NY, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2003
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    "be warned, this book takes place in the 90s"

    Like many of the reviewers, I thought this was new release, meaning a new book. I had to look up the publish date about an hour into the book because I thought I missed something in the narration. “you have mail”, AOL, Modems, car phones (not cell phones) etc. Really!! Would have been a decent book when it was first published but it is way out of place if you want a relevant book to today’s technology. It made me squirm to listen to storing data on a floppy disc. Baldacci is a great story teller but you might want to skip this one.

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    Mary NARROWS, VA, United States 04-19-13
    Mary NARROWS, VA, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I feel cheated."
    What disappointed you about Total Control?

    No thrill ... no chill ... no real story ... very simply written ... very dated ...very poor narration ...


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

    I love many Baldacci books! I will check things out more carefully.


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Marosz’s performance?

    no timing ... no drama ... no character development ... very monotonous ...


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

    I am so disappointed! I feel cheated. It was a waste of time and money.


    Any additional comments?

    Shame on Audible. At best, this should have been a 99 cent special.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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