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Zero Day Audiobook

Zero Day

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Publisher's Summary

From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. And Zero Day is where it all begins....

John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

Now, Puller is called out on a case in a remote, rural area in West Virginia coal country, far from any military outpost. Someone has stumbled onto a brutal crime scene, a family slaughtered. The local homicide detective, a headstrong woman with personal demons of her own, joins forces with Puller in the investigation. As Puller digs through deception after deception, he realizes that absolutely nothing he's seen in this small town, and no one in it, are what they seem. Facing a potential conspiracy that reaches far beyond the hills of West Virginia, he is one man on the hunt for justice against an overwhelming force.

David Baldacci is one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 110 million copies in print. He is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.

©2011 David Baldacci (P)2011 Hachette

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    Christine Redding, CA, United States 01-26-15
    Christine Redding, CA, United States 01-26-15
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    "Fan of John Puller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I like the narrator, characters and story.


    What other book might you compare Zero Day to and why?

    Jack Reacher perhaps. However, these two hero's have many differences and both are enjoyable. I actually felt like it was a nice break from the Reacher series of which I am into right now.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    John Puller ... sort of a no brainer.


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

    I'm not writing a winning tag line for you ;)


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to all three of the John Puller books in a row. And hope to see more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "First exposure to David Baldacci"
    What made the experience of listening to Zero Day the most enjoyable?

    Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect but when I saw this was a three part series, I decided to start at the beginning to see how I liked it. The story held my interest although there were a few parts that sounded like I was still in the most recent John Grisham novel that I'd just finished. The Ron McLarty's voice is excellent for this role. Orlagh Cassidy's is good for her main character of Samantha Cole, but her voice seems to sound the same for all her characters...it got a little confusing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zero Day?

    The development of John Puller's character, his background in Afghanistan, etc. I wasn't sure if I'd really get into it, thought it might come across a bit "too" tough guy, etc. But I thought Baldacci did a great job.


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    McLarty's voice and style, somewhat clipped (I listened to the book at 1.5x speed) just seemed to fit his character. Orlagh Cassidy's voice also, was a great fit for Samantha Cole. She seemed to have the West Virginia accent down and her character felt like someone I'd met before.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Audio books are still a fairly new development for me. Due to construction and detours on the way to work, I've actually found myself enjoying the extra drive time to and from work more. After having been through several eye surgeries this summer, it's great to find that not only can I actually read again, but this gives me a chance to double up...it's like I've been starving for this and now have an endless supply.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 05-14-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2001
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    Any additional comments?

    Been a fan of Baldacci ever since his break out novel in the mid nineties, Absolute Power. Every new author’s dream, a best selling break out novel made into a movie produced by, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood. Yikes. I should only dream. Anyway …. back to Zero Day. This is the first of the series of books created by Baldacci surrounding the exploits of John Puller. Puller, a U S Army Secret Agent, is dispatched to a small town in the south to investigate the mysterious death of a military man and his entire family. Predictably, Puller winds up partnering with a sexy deputy sheriff with a chip on her shoulder that quickly dissolves as she softens toward Puller and they begin working together to solve what is ultimately a serious threat involving national security. There is considerable commonality to Lee Child's character, Jack Reacher. A loner, get things done tough guy. There are a few interesting twists and a surprise ending. Well narrated by Ron McLarty and Oraigh Cassidy, male reading male voices, female reading female characters - nice first for me. There is very smooth dialogue transition throughout the book between the two leads, and the narrators do a terrific job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AL 10-18-13
    AL 10-18-13

    When I write a review, it's fun for me but they are not always considered very helpful.

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    "ONE JACK REACHER IS ENOUGH"

    All right, all right! I get it. They're the same but different. Pepsi vs Coke. So what? If you like this kind of stuff go ahead and enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 11-15-11
    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 11-15-11 Member Since 2008
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    "No vailed copyright infringement here."

    I am sure we will be reading about this in the papers. If Lee Child doesn't view this book as a copyright infringement on his Jack Reacher series then something is wrong. Baldacci is certainly a better writer than this. The Jack Reacher series is a good read but my word it isn't worth copying. The army, the coffee, the clock in his head, being well over 6 ft tall, the headbutt to the nose, walking rather than driving, the only thing Puller has that Reacher doesn't is a change of clothes. If I didn't know better I would think David Baldacci is a pen name for Lee Child. Simply to close for me. Don't put me on the jury. Child would win hands down. Baldacci gets an "F" for lack of orginality.

    29 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    S. Swann South 11-26-12
    S. Swann South 11-26-12
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    "Sound effects were annoying!"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    I've liked other Baldacci books in the past so I will probably try another one.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performances?

    Heck no, two readers with little chemistry killed the flow of what little plot there was.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book,but the sound effects plus poor performance made it tough to get into.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn 11-04-11
    Carolyn 11-04-11
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    Someone used a male and a female reader to narrate this story. I think sometimes a male reader trying to imitate a female character ruins the whole book!
    David Baldacci's books are always top knotch and since I just started this book , well, so far so good, excellant as always.

    26 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Monica 05-27-15
    Monica 05-27-15
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    "Great story- weird music and sound effects"

    The plot was excellent- the narrators were also really good. But there was weird music and sound effects- some that fit the story some that didn't. While I'll probably still listen to the next Puller book, the music didn't add anything but to be hokie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 03-28-15
    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 03-28-15 Member Since 2007
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    "I couldn't help thinking of L.C's Jack Reacher"

    Good character development and a story that will keep you engaged. I plan to listen to it again in a couple of years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Arzola 93551 03-21-15
    C. Arzola 93551 03-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "sounds a lot like Jack Reacher."

    The sounds effects are a bit unnecessary and a bit annoying. Good story but it just sounded like Jack Reacher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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