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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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  • Lynn
  • Plymouth, MN, USA
  • 06-25-13

A disappointing Baldacci Book

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was not time well spent. I had to listen to the entire first segment for it to even become interesting.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting aspect was what was the real reason for the plane crash; who did and why. The least interesting was Sydney's antagonists.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Marosz’s performances?

NO! It was one dimensional and uninspiring. Very wooden delivery.

Could you see Total Control being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not really - well, maybe made for TV movie.

Any additional comments?

Baldacci has never disappointed until now. Granted, this was a a very outdated book. Technology described was state of the art in its day, but quite anachronistic today.

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Tedious

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure how to answer this...

Has Total Control turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, and I have enjoyed other Baldacci books. This one just never connected for me.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Performance was fine

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Looking at the time left, wondering if it would get any better.

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  • GW
  • 05-30-13

More twists and turns than a country road!

Where does Total Control rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would put Total Control in the top twenty audiobooks that I have listened to at this point. The author is one of my favorites and the story is exciting and well thought out.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Total Control?

There are many, but one that I can mention without spoiling the story for others is the moment when you begin to realize that one of the characters in the story is not who you have been led to believe they are. The reveal is very well done. The character's loyalty and their alliance is a nice twist.

What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

There is a lot of action in this book and Jonathan Marosz is able to convey that with his reading. You feel like you are there rather than like someone is retelling it. He captures the excitement, suspense, emotion, and energy of what would be big action sequences if this were a film.

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

What lengths would you go to in order to secure a fortune and how many people would you consider expendable?

Any additional comments?

There is a character in this book who is entirely too self-sufficient, considering the description of their life prior to events in this story. While I enjoyed the action and the events in the story, I found it hard to believe that this particular character was able to do the things that he/she did during the course of the book. It made the story less entertaining once I realized that the author was going to allow this character to be so very kick-ass in spite of his/her background. It just didn't fit well with the events. Something in the character's background to make this possible for the read would have been nice, but it is still a very entertaining read.

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  • Alice
  • PASCO, WA, United States
  • 05-29-13

Offer McLarty & Cassidy Whatever They Want

Would you consider the audio edition of Total Control to be better than the print version?

This was a GREAT story but would have been MUCH better read by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy. I love Baldacci's stories but they really come to life with McLarty and Cassidy. I was Not at all impressed with Jonathan Marosz.

What other book might you compare Total Control to and why?

I really can't say<br/>

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No

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  • Ashley
  • United States
  • 05-23-13

THIS NARRATOR IS TERRIBLE!!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Nobody

What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

The story has potential, but I couldn't finish the story because the performance was bad

What didn’t you like about Jonathan Marosz’s performance?

The story is told in a manner as if the narrator is a person reading you a story and not as if the narrator himself is the main character and your going thru his life with him. Whats even worse is narrator is constantly emphasizing words at the beginning of each sentence which is annoying and painful to listen to.

What character would you cut from Total Control?

Jonathan Marosz the narrator

Any additional comments?

I never review items, but this book compelled me to do so. Waste of money do not buy, wish I had mine back.

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  • Susan
  • MILLVILLE, DE, United States
  • 05-12-13

great!!!

Would you listen to Total Control again? Why?

HAVE TOO... missed a couple of chapters....

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

OMGosh...that's what I kept say... OMGosh... OMGosh...

Which scene was your favorite?

not sure whether it was the "elevator".... the "Car"... or in the house while she is running the bath water....

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes... I listen to it at night... have to continually go back... if I slip into sleeping

Any additional comments?

love it....

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Not new release; narrator is irritating

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

yes, with the caveat that they know it isn't a new book and the narrator was not very good

Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

Yes, i love his books

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Hard to specify, but he has the habit of reading each sentence as a separate sentence, instead of placing it in the context of the story. Hard to explain, but very apparent when you listen to it. I will be making sure he doesn't narrate anything else I buy...very, very annoying.

Was Total Control worth the listening time?

yes, only to get to the end of the story though

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  • Vic
  • boca raton, FL, United States
  • 05-05-13

Lots of twists and turns

Keeps you guessing for hours and hours. A very suspenseful novel.. Baldacchi at his best.

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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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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