This classic Baldacci thriller from 1997 is finally back - in unabridged audio and available in CD and download editions!
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.
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
I was so looking forward to this Baldacci book--they are almost always so entertaining and engrossingly narrated. I don't know where they found this "narrator", but he is so monotonous and downright unbearable, I'm not sure I will finish the book--or if I do, I won't remember, as he certainly doesn't hold your attention. He reads as though faced with the daunting and boring task of reading a long book out loud quickly. His voice intonation seems always the same, and begins each sentence with a higher pitch and ends with a lower pitch. The story does not deserve this, as it would be worth listening to with a decent narrator. Scott Brick would have the reader totally engaged, but this guy is a great remedy for insomnia--puts you to sleep even if you're not sleepy. He also fails to characterize voices well, or at all, and it is difficult to distinguish between them, so they all run together. It is infuriating to wait list a book and eagerly look forward to it, then have it mind-numbingly presented.
Th e story COULD be engaging, as it is a decent plot. Plane crash, industrial espionage, survivor struggle to uncover the plot. I haven't finished it, and don't know that I will--it doesn't hold my attention. It reminds me of someone being forced to read a very long book to a child, and just going through the motions, making it as uninteresting as possible, so the child will go to sleep. He succeeds--the monotony and lack of any discernible talent or characterization will definitely make you tune out.
A lesser author maybe--but Baldacci? What were they thinking???
I will probably prefer to read the written version of this, and not subject myself to the discomfort of trying to concentrate on this awful reading.
I would NOT recommend it, even though I adore Baldacci. This reader does his work a terrible injustice.
I do my gardening listening to Audible books and, at times, end up sitting on my gardening cart sobbing away, while hoping no one's looking
The performance is so-o-o boring I can't stand to keep listening. I don't know if story is dragging or if it's the narrator. Where's Ron or Scott?
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