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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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    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
    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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    krangu newark, NJ, United States 04-08-13
    krangu newark, NJ, United States 04-08-13

    Love Audible..!!

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    "great audioook"

    had a grhad a great experience listening to this audiobook.great narration.kudooosseat experience listening to this audiobook.great narration.kudoooss

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    LOUISE OLDSMAR, FL, United States 04-06-13
    LOUISE OLDSMAR, FL, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    Where does Total Control rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best book I have read in a long time. Could not put book down. Great job David.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You did not know who was the guilty person until the end. Kept suspense going in every chapter.


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    Janels 04-05-13
    Janels 04-05-13
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    "This is not narrated, but poorly read--ruins it"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 12-22-13
    Patricia 12-22-13

    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

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    "Can't finish"

    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?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Audiomook 04-15-13
    Audiomook 04-15-13

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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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