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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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    Denton elmendorf, TX, United States 04-19-13
    Denton elmendorf, TX, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2009

    truck driver I listen while driving

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    "OLD TITLE"

    next time if the book is over 10 years old please let me know so i will think about purchasing it

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    David Costello 04-19-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Not worth your time"

    I am very disappointed in Audible.com for pre-selling this book as if it was a new offering. I could tell something wasn't right about this book from the very start. It seemed clumsy and the narrator was the worse I've ever listened to. The story was ok but I can go buy the paperback at a second-hand book store for a couple of bucks. At least then I wouldn't have to listen to it.

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    Jim North Salt Lake, UT, United States 04-19-13
    Jim North Salt Lake, UT, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Contrived and Predictable"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Jonathan Marosz?

    Certainly not one of the earlier ones. This one was written in 1996.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    Not without checking into a lot more than I did this one. There is no one on the planet as illogical as the heroine in this book.


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

    No. Every phrase starts high and winds down to blah. Few english speakers have such a pronounced sing song pattern to their reading.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Total Control?

    All the ones where the seemingly super human woman made such super stupid decisions.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your points on this one. Also, remember it is a technology-based book, written in 1996. Floppy disks were high tech.

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    John Dona Ana, NM, United States 04-19-13
    John Dona Ana, NM, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2008

    Powakee

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    "Exciting Story"

    My wife and I both enjoy David Baldacci stories. I thought I would have read this one before but the story was unknown to me. And, it was great! Pure and simple - a great story! What was both intriguing and 'quaint' was the characters' use of telephone calling cards and tape answering machines. While listening to this it seemed incredible to me that it was "only 1995" that we still relied so heavily on land lines and telephone calling cards and tape machines. And, there was so much time taken in the story dealing with remembering telephone numbers (not actually mentioned but in there) and then running around and finding "pay phones" to use "the calling card" on. Incredible! The digital revolution has so over taken our society that to go back in time, even a decade, (a little more than less) and see how much time and energy land line communications took. And here, how much time and energy it took just to be part of the story - it was incredible! I think if the author rewrote this story - and without the land lines but with smart cell phones with apps - he'd cut 30 pages out of the story and an hour of reading.

    What was also amazing to me was the thought that the author could modify this story and use smart phones but not really change anything else about the plot or theme of the book. The truly an exciting concept in the late 90's as to the internet and organizing material - what a dream by the author - remains a dream, now, nearly 15 years later. We have different 'gadgets' but the dream is still there. I wonder how long it will so remain?

    Overall, this story gets an A+.

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    Amazon Customer Lake Mary, FL, United States 04-18-13
    Amazon Customer Lake Mary, FL, United States 04-18-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Worse Baldacci ever"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The naration was a boring monotone. This must have been Baldacci's first novel because the annoying use of adjectives one right after the other was sophomoric. Baldacci's later work is much better


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

    An intriguing story line with surprising plot twists. Some of the coincidences were implausible but once I got beyond the annoying semantics I did get caught up in the plot.


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

    Monotone


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

    Anger at how many stupid choices the heroine made - placing herself and her family in repeated danger. Disappointment because of the naration and the maddening superlatives.


    Any additional comments?

    A rewrite with crisp editing would make this a very interesting story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles S. Reed 04-15-13

    audiomook

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    "Another great one"
    Where does Total Control rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Total Control is a masterful work by one of my favorite writers. You don't know what happened until the very last few chapters. The good are bad and the bad are good with the exception of one good agent.


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

    When Agent Sawyer tells Gant where to get off.


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    His performance is transparent to the listener and doesn't get in the way of a very powerful story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    For me it didn't make me neither laugh or cry. There is a very strong female role who was the dominating character. Personally I have no problem with it. I often thing that females are stronger in curtain circumstances than males. Sydney is a woman that every man dreams about, but few find.


    Any additional comments?

    Given the genre that goes along with my taste and interests, it is one of the best stories and if I may add one of the most unpredictable I have ever heard.

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    lauriekesmetis@hotmail.com 04-14-13
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    "Poor Narration makes Even Baldacci Fall Flat"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was unable to finish this title because the narration was so laborious and tedious.--And David Baldacci is one of my favorite authors! The cadence, tone and inflections seemed so at odds with the actual story that I found myself aware of every single slowly passing moment.


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

    The narration was so distracting that I found it difficult to keep pace with the plot line.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Ron McLarty would have breathed life and suspense into this great read....Scott Brick would have been another good choice, but I guess they do need a break once in awhile.


    Did Total Control inspire you to do anything?

    Avoid all titles with this narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank goodness Baldacci's "Camel Club" series has Ron McLarty's strong performance!

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    angie 04-10-13
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    "Great book"
    Where does Total Control rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a great suspenseful story without international politics , it kept me guessing and I was very surprised by the ending


    What did you like best about this story?

    It involved regular working people


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

    Lee


    Any additional comments?

    Yes I would have given it a 5 but the narrated seemed to read to fast , I loved his voice and the different tones he used but he could have slowed it down just a little , I felt he was in a hurry to get it read

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    Jeff Agoura Hills, CA, United States 04-09-13
    Jeff Agoura Hills, CA, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Painful to listen to..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    different narrator


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Marosz?

    no way!


    Any additional comments?

    I could not listen to much more than two hours. I gave up

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    William 04-08-13
    William 04-08-13
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    "Scarlett O'Hara vs Lara Croft"

    Sorry David, but the main female protagonist Sydney/Syd was a total turn off, couldn't make up her mind whether to be a terrorized emotional wreck in the vein of Scarlett O'Hara, or an angry, vengeful, 'female protecting her offspring'--capable of driving her SUV 80mph down a snowy road and facing down a stone cold killer with what ever firearm is handy--in the vein of Lara Croft. Either would be acceptable, or even a transition in one direction or the other. But vacillating back and forth In what seems to be an obvious manipulation of the plot, which could not take place if the heroine remained it character, makes for frustrating listening. Think of those horror films where the 'soon to be dead' teenagers wander into the dark basement just to investigate when any sane, rational person would be fleeing. I give it two stars because it did have a interesting plot and I did finish it to see how the loose ends were tied up, otherwise it's a one star. I thought the reader was ok.

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