Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight....
It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten....
Pender Associates is a shadowy organization that specializes in managing seemingly impossible situations for its clients....
Will Robie, a stone-cold hitman, may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career....
A mysterious high-profile homicide in the nation's capital collides with the dark side of national security in David Baldacci's new, heart-stopping thriller....
From David Baldacci comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation....
Sidney Archer has the world. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes....
Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro....
Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose....
In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall....
It took 10 seconds for Web London to lose everything: his friends, his team, his reputation. Point man of the FBI's super-elite Hostage Rescue Team....
Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish, and short....
Michael Fiske broke the law when he took Rufus Harms's prison letter from the Supreme Court. But he also sealed his own fate....
She is 20, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime....
It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family....
Day and night, The Camel Club studies conspiracy theories and the machinations of government, hoping to discover some truth that will hold America's leaders accountable to its citizens....
More than 20 New York Times best-selling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel - a gripping, spellbinding mystery....
David Baldacci brings back Sean King and Michelle Maxwell - former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, featured in the hit TNT TV series King & Maxwell - in their most surprising, personal, and dangerous case ever....
It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death.
Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target?
Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined. And as their hunt for the truth leads them relentlessly to the highest levels of power and to uncovering the most clandestine of secrets, Sean and Michelle are determined to help and protect Tyler - though they may pay for it with their lives.
(Book 6 of the series)
Where does King and Maxwell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I read some of the reviews of this book and almost didn't get it because of them. However, after completing it a little while ago I felt a need to get in here and post something on behalf of other Baldacci fans that might be on the edge. If you are waffling like I was and are uncertain, trust your gut and trust David Baldacci's talent. This is indeed a good book. Okay, I will admit that its not my all time favorite work of his, but come on, it certainly was not as bad as some of the reviews I read. I would put it on my A- list.
What was one of the most memorable moments of King and Maxwell?
There were several moments that made me hit the pause button and literally ask "Why do people not like this book? This is a great book!" There's action, drama, humor, emotion, an almost tearful reunion and a suspense filled ending that I absolutely loved. I am not going to spoil it for you, but toward the end there is an impossible but cleverly crafted incident in the Potomac that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Which scene was your favorite?
The suspenseful first contact between King and Wingo with Maxwell providing "long-eye" cover with a sniper rifle was one of my favorite moments. I found the relationship between King and Maxwell and Wingo Sr., a bit awkward at times given the circumstances. It finally worked itself out smoothly enough to be appreciated.
Any additional comments?
To my peer Baldacci fans that did not like this book, I think I understand where you are coming from in that the story line seemed a little, as I said, impossible but it is a work of fiction. I find it hard to beat up too much on Baldacci given the overall fun I had with this book. The performance of the cast was excellent in my opinion. Don't give up on our incredible author, he's worth the following.
31 of 31 people found this review helpful
My husband and I listened to this book together and we kept turning to it every chance we got so see what happened next. The only problem I had was that because we watched the King and Maxwell TV show, I kept picturing the actors from the show (whom I really like) and the voices I was hearing seemed wrong as a result. I've never been keen on Orlagh Cassidy as Maxwell and that made it worse.
Authors now have to offer two books in a sense. The audience that purchases an audio book is purchasing one that is different from the written version due to the added dimension of the readers/performers. For this reason, I'm glad that audible gives us the opportunity to rate the story apart from the performance.
I would like to see the audio recording companies omit the sound effects that are being added to so many action books. I don't think they enhance the authors' works.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
Good story; I had no idea what would happen next. I enjoy the complex relationship between King and Maxwell, although I don't find it plausible that they work so hard to keep it platonic. Also, it was so good to have the suspense and mystery without endless graphic violence.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
Where does King and Maxwell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the best books of the K and M series.
Who was your favorite character and why?
No favorite character...they were all well-acted.
What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?
Their voices and tempo matched very well, unlike previous K and M audiobooks. Each character was voiced with enough nuance to be distinguishable and believable. The dialog flowed without noticeable bumps. VERY well acted.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I cringed every time I heard one of the sound effects in the background. They were fake-sounding, cheesy, and totally unnecessary. One of the beauties of listening to an audiobook is creating the scenes and accompanying sounds in your mind. If you add sounds, you might as well add visuals like explosions and bullet tracers.
Any additional comments?
Other than the cheesy sound effects, this was a very enjoyable book.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
King and Maxwell are back and in classic style with great new twists. I don't know if there are better book characters out there. King & Maxwell are such a great pair. They are SO well developed as characters, I feel like I really know them as people. Baldacci has developed the perfect balance of making you feel like you know them, while throwing in surprises and twists and hooks that keep you off your guard. The other balancing act that Baldacci performs perfectly is the strengths and weaknesses of both King and Maxwell. He makes them fit in a perfect and yet not-contrived way. Their banter, their complimentary characteristics, their flaws, and their partnership are all totally believable.
This story is super fast driving and dense with action. You can't space off and miss a few minutes of this story or you will certainly miss an explosion, or a great save, or a new twist leading to who-done-it. It's awesome. The ending is complex, and fun, and action-packed, and worthy of the story you have invested in as a listener.
I gave only four stars for the performance because of McLarty's voice for the boy, Tyler. It was whiny and annoying and distracting. The rest of the pieces of the performances are great.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
I particularly enjoyed this after the TV series and I could "see" them in my mind from the series (Why did it get cancelled????)
Not crazy about the female narrator, but overall they did a good job.
The story is far fetched, but it's fiction and to be expected in a "thriller".
The main reason I gave it a 4 though was because I hate the sound effects. Just read the dang book, it's not a movie.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to King and Maxwell the most enjoyable?
I have always enjoyed reading David Baldacci's books, the was the first one I've listened to. The storyline as always grabbed my interest early on and held it until the end.
What did you like best about this story?
It's a little different now that I've seen the new series and seen what Baldacci was envisioning. While different than the series there was nothing that jumped out and made it difficult to connect the two, so now I have faces to go with the characters.
Any additional comments?
This was definitely worth listening to. I’m relatively new to audio books having been a reader for about four decades so it was a bit of an adjustment to listening rather than reading. I enjoyed the story quite a lot but was a little put off by the drawl in the voices of the narrators. I envisioned King & Maxwell speaking in a more generic accent, like you would hear on national news for example. I never had trouble understanding the words and the tone was pleasing, but the southern accent, particularly of the woman narrator sometimes brought my mind out of the story a bit. I minor complaint and it won’t stop me from listening to other Baldacci books but unless there is a compelling reason otherwise I would prefer a more neutral accent.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
It seemed like the same old refrain --- corruption in the government/military/CIA/FBI. However, "our heroes" will come through no matter what happens or what comes in their way!?!
It was nice to have a male/female voices. The male voice did not seem to make very much of a distinction between male characters when no first/last names were involved.
I usually rate Mr Baldacci's book much higher but other might enjoy this one! However, I did not!!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Please don't misunderstand my ratings. This is indeed a fast and fun read. I really think I am just tired of grand conspiracies that seem too far fetched for my liking.
The narration rating may be misleading as well. I liked both narrators, but I prefer to listen to only one for any book. The only exception I can think of is The Help. But what really drew my ire in this production were the sound effects. They are simply unnecessary and take away from the story.
The plot is perfectly paced and filled with great characters. What irritates me is the way King and Maxwell become involved in the mystery. They are driving in a rain storm and see a stranger, a 16 year old kid running down the road with a gun. Suddenly they are involved in an international conspiracy. It is unrealistic and even trite. Another misgiving is the motivations of the villain is impossible for me to believe. There are real conspiracies that are stranger than fiction, the UN sex traffic scandal comes to mind. I just cannot think of a powerful person misusing that power because of a personal vendetta. An example of a fictional, personal motivation setting off an international event I find believable is the death of Ramius's wife in Clancy's Red October. It forced Ramius to face the truth about what Russian politics had become.
What makes this fun for me is Baldacci's characters. Far from super heroes, they are simply talented, driven professionals with the same every day problems all of us face. They are smart, resourceful, athletic and attractive, but not without flaws. And there's a romantic more than sexual tension between them I find refreshing.
So I guess I'm critical because I liked much of what I read. Does that make sense?
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I've seen this request many times for Baldacci's books, but apparently he is not interested in what his fans have to say. The narrator is a much needed improvement over Brick, but the sound effects are still distracting to most book enthusiasts. A book is not a movie, so loose the extremely distracting sound effects. No one listening to audiobooks needs the sound effects of gunfire, car crashes, or exploding bombs; we know what these sound like. We have an imagination or we would be at a movie instead of listening to an audiobook! I would not go to a silent movie, and I don't want a dramatized audiobook!
19 of 23 people found this review helpful