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Simple Genius

King and Maxwell, Book 3
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: King and Maxwell, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Simple Genius, David Baldacci reintroduces the main characters from best sellers Split Second and Hour Game.

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are both haunted by their last case. Realizing that Michelle is teetering on the brink of self-destruction from long-buried demons, Sean arranges therapy for his reluctant partner. But instead of focusing on her recovery, Michelle unearths disturbing secrets in the hospital....

Sean accepts a much-needed job. A physicist, Monk Turing, has died in mysterious circumstances near Babbage Town - a secretive establishment populated by an eccentric group of scientists and cryptographers, funded by an anonymous but powerful group. Meanwhile the dead man's young daughter, piano-playing prodigy Viggie, has secrets of her own. But what is the significance of the phrase 'codes and blood'?

Directly across the York River from Babbage Town lies the sinister CIA training ground Camp Peary, where Monk Turing's body was found. With both the FBI and CIA breathing down Sean's neck, can he discover the truth? And will he be in time to save Michelle from herself?

Simple Genius is followed by First Family, The Sixth Man and King and Maxwell.

©2007 Hachette Audio (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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A few skips and jumps in the audio<br />

All in all its very enjoyable. Great narrator. Great story. Pity about the occasional glitches

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Yet another one!

David Baldacci never disappoints! His books are always up there between entertaining and absolute page turners and this one is no exception. An interesting read that holds your attention to the end with likeable characters and good narration by Scott Brick.

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  • Amanda
  • 07-18-17

Spoilt by music and poor quality audio

What disappointed you about Simple Genius?

naff music and back ground sounds - gun shots etc. Plus poor quality audio kept skipping and jumping - I returned it

Any additional comments?

Story was good, like the characters and narratives of Sam - good reading - but really did it need the special effects? Notice that future books by DB have 2 narrators - boy and girl - won't be reading anymore - I'm listening to a book not a play.

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  • Judith
  • 06-11-19

The blurb put me off...

The blurb about this book put me off downloading it for a long time. But I enjoyed it as much as his other books. I’m not mad keen on the narrator’s slow drawl at times but it isn’t too off-putting. Story is satisfyingly far fetched! Bit gruesome in it’s description of torture towards the need so be warned!

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  • Scorpio
  • 06-09-19

Faulty

There were faulty playing/ recording in a few places, other than this it was a very good yarn.

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  • Phillip
  • 02-18-19

Brilliant,Thank you David Baldacci and Scott Brick

Brilliant, twists and turns keeps you guessing, David Baldacci is the best !! Narrated by Scott Brick who does a fantastic job :)

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  • David Paterson
  • 07-27-18

Wait - anything can happen next!

unputdownable storylines
interweaved with skill and peopled with
totally believable characters!
what can be wrong? everything, perhaps?!

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  • sunflower
  • 05-10-18

Sean and Michelle rock

Story well-gripping and excellent, the reader, Scott, the best. His character voices and intonation good for each character

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-18

Ok but not great

An ok book but a bit to cheesy.
King is a bit to much for me, but the story was ok, and I’m a Baldacci fan.

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  • Carl
  • 02-12-18

Gripping

A very different but great storyline.. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next King and Maxwell

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  • Mr. N. J. Richardson
  • 01-14-18

I loved this,

Reminded me of Moonlighting watching it week by week in the 80s. Gripping thriller which was not too obvious and easy to solve

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 01-06-18

Dirty government tricks!!!

Brilliant story telling. So unique it’s refreshing. The two main characters have great dialogue and presence . This was a page turner full of excitement, twists and turns and thoroughly enjoyable. This series is the tops.

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  • Murray Woods
  • 09-13-19

Great story but is ruined by weird sound effects.

I have purchased an audiobook to basically have someone read the story to me, without the ridiculous "value add" sound effects that are distracting and frankly patronising.

Please stop disrespecting the performer and authors work by trying to make it something it is not. David Baldacci, Scott Brink (and I) don't need it.


As for the story, this is not the strongest in the King & Maxwell series but still a solid story, well told.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-13-19

Cynthia

Great story. Well read! Didnt want to turn it off!
Only thing was a couple of gliches in the recording.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-17

Narrator is very hard to listen to.

I've enjoyed all Daids other books on Audible but I had no idea wot was going on in this one because the narrator was so hard to listen to