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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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    Lola865 06-09-13
    Lola865 06-09-13 Member Since 2015

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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.


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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?

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    GW 05-30-13
    GW 05-30-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!

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    "More twists and turns than a country road!"
    Where does Total Control rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put Total Control in the top twenty audiobooks that I have listened to at this point. The author is one of my favorites and the story is exciting and well thought out.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Total Control?

    There are many, but one that I can mention without spoiling the story for others is the moment when you begin to realize that one of the characters in the story is not who you have been led to believe they are. The reveal is very well done. The character's loyalty and their alliance is a nice twist.


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    There is a lot of action in this book and Jonathan Marosz is able to convey that with his reading. You feel like you are there rather than like someone is retelling it. He captures the excitement, suspense, emotion, and energy of what would be big action sequences if this were a film.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What lengths would you go to in order to secure a fortune and how many people would you consider expendable?


    Any additional comments?

    There is a character in this book who is entirely too self-sufficient, considering the description of their life prior to events in this story. While I enjoyed the action and the events in the story, I found it hard to believe that this particular character was able to do the things that he/she did during the course of the book. It made the story less entertaining once I realized that the author was going to allow this character to be so very kick-ass in spite of his/her background. It just didn't fit well with the events. Something in the character's background to make this possible for the read would have been nice, but it is still a very entertaining read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alice PASCO, WA, United States 05-29-13
    Alice PASCO, WA, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Offer McLarty & Cassidy Whatever They Want"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Total Control to be better than the print version?

    This was a GREAT story but would have been MUCH better read by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy. I love Baldacci's stories but they really come to life with McLarty and Cassidy. I was Not at all impressed with Jonathan Marosz.


    What other book might you compare Total Control to and why?

    I really can't say


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No


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    Ashley United States 05-23-13
    Ashley United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "THIS NARRATOR IS TERRIBLE!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nobody


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    The story has potential, but I couldn't finish the story because the performance was bad


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

    The story is told in a manner as if the narrator is a person reading you a story and not as if the narrator himself is the main character and your going thru his life with him. Whats even worse is narrator is constantly emphasizing words at the beginning of each sentence which is annoying and painful to listen to.


    What character would you cut from Total Control?

    Jonathan Marosz the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I never review items, but this book compelled me to do so. Waste of money do not buy, wish I had mine back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 05-21-13
    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2011

    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....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Pipe Creek, TX, United States 05-05-13
    Julie Pipe Creek, TX, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2011
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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 2014
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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 Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 04-28-13
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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