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Total Control Audiobook

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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    Karen 04-26-13
    Karen 04-26-13
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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 04-23-13
    Tbabij 04-23-13

    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 North Bergen, NJ,07047 04-21-13
    Raphael North Bergen, NJ,07047 04-21-13 Member Since 2012
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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 2005
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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 04-19-13
    Mary 04-19-13
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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.

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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 2015
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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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    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

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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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