The novel starts slowly. It takes awhile for the plot to grab your interest. But once it does,..Show More » the ride is good fun.
The concluding tying up of loose ends is hackish. Build the conclusions into the plot. Don't wait for the last few chapters and then have the characters amaze each other with descriptions of how each plot line was resolved. At best, this is evidence of a lazy writer. At worst, an incompetent one. Baldacci is fully competent. He can do much better.
Narration is uneven. Female voices, in particular, seem miscast. An FBI agent with such a strong, though intermittent, Brooklyn accent?
Audio production is awful. The sound effects and music are distracting, making it impossible to lose yourself in the story. This audiobook would work better with less: fewer narrators (McLarty could handle it better alone), fewer sound effects, less music. It might be good for Baldacci to remember: One reason many of us prefer books to, say, movies, is that books allow our imaginations to "fill in the blanks." The sound of a stereotypical bullet adds little; and has a cost.
Conclusion? Decent escapist fiction. But probably a story better READ. Buy the book. Skip this audio.
The audio book started with "Sound Effects", something I absolutely hate. It is an insult to the narrator, showing his/her voice will not carry the s..Show More »tory.I have looked at other reviews of this book. The story line should interest me. But, I gave up after listening to Ron McLarty's voice for 30 mins.I want a refund for my wasted time and money.
I CAN ALMOST GUARANTEE I AM GOING TO ENJOY A BOOK NARRATED BY RON McLARTY AND ORLAGH CASSIDY AND THIS ONE WAS NO DIFFERENT. THE DAVID BALDACCI BOOKS J..Show More »UST FEEL A CUT ABOUT THE OTHER AUDIO BOOKS. THE CHARACTER OF WILL ROBEY IS MEMORABLE AND I HOPE BALDACCI WILL CONTINUE WITH THIS CHARACTER.
Bullseye is a superb short story! Two of the characters from different David Baldacci series, Camel Club and Will Robie, meet by accident in a bank a..Show More »s it is apparently being robbed. The bad guys are intent on much more than robbing the bank. Oliver Stone and his Camel Club members along with Will Robie save the day.
Ron McLarty does the narration and again distinguished himself as one of the best in the business.
Robie and Reel are back in this third thriller from Balacci. Book three starts of with Robie and Reel dealing with the aftermath of their actions in b..Show More »ook two. Suffice to say there are some in the CIA that want Reel dead and other that hold her in respect for her actions. With this as a backdrop "The Target" really starts to follow two seemingly separate story lines. You learn quite a bit more about Jessica in this novel and you have cameo appearances from Julie.
The plot is tight and engaging and it moves quickly. I found this novel Baldacci let Reel and Robie be a little more cerebral to offset their the CIA hitman persona that we saw in book two. Jessica has been a fantastic addition to the story line in these lat two novels.
This novel has wide appeal to thriller readers and should be on the reading list. You can read it as the first one so it is accessible. However, I would suggest you read the series starting at book 1. I give this novel a bit thumbs.
Well I'll keep it short this time. After the second Will Robie book "The Hit", it was safe to assume that we will see more of Jessica Reel. And to mak..Show More »e one thing clear: that's a good thing. The two characters simply work well together and dragging a 15-year old teenager (the character "Julie" introduced in "The Innocent") around as a potential victim wouldn't have worked indefinitely anyway. However that brings me back to a deficit that plagues many authors who write a large amount of books and/or different series: the main characters become too similar, and the stories tend to show a pattern. That's also true this time to an extent. Will and Jessica in many respects have become similar to Sean (King) and Michelle (Maxwell) and the story basically is something that could have happened to them as well. Without saying too much: If I remember correctly the ones who become a target in this book once were a target in one of the King and Maxwell books as well ;-) What I especially liked, was the author's focus on the North Korean assassin and her life. That decidedly made the story better and had a nice "two sides of a coin" feel to it. So if you like Baldacci I believe you will be well entertained this time too. The story is fast paced, shows some nice twists (and one strange twist, as well as some things that could have been a little less obvious) and has an interesting sub plot that gives some background knowledge about Jessica's past. As with King and Maxwell the male character's past remains largely obscure. Performance is great as always. Orlagh Cassidy and Ron McLarty make the story come alive very nicely and I also like the sound effects thrown in from time to time.
It seems I didn't keep it short after all but I hope this helps you decide. Have fun
A fabulous next installment, Robbie &Reel are back
It's been a while since the last installment in one of my favorite series. In this novel, Robbie has performed a hit that has unintended consequences ..Show More »which setup his ability to execute on the story-line of interest. A storyline that includes his father. I really like the that we are getting more information and background on Robbie and Jessica in this book. Baldacci continues to deepen our understanding of the characters. In the last novel,circumstance was a touch contrived, not in this novel. The fiction was very believable.
Kyf Brewer is a new reader, a departure from the last four novels. I am alright with the performance. Perhaps I gave it one star lower because I object to this change. The judicious use of music to heighten the moment I find interesting and I appreciate.
This novel is less about the CIA than about Robbie and his background. Anyone enjoying thrillers will find this book interested. Will Robbie get his ju-ju back? What will Reel and he do? I give this a big thumbs up, it is worth the twelve hours of listening.