Murder in paradise: Military criminal investigator John Puller is drawn closer to home when his aunt is found dead in her house in Paradise, Florida. The local police have ruled the death as an accident, but Puller finds evidence to suggest that she may well have been murdered. On the surface the town lives up to its name, but as Puller digs deeper he realises that this town and its inhabitants are more akin to Hell than Paradise. His belief is confirmed as evidence of strange and inexplicable events come to light. And when Puller learns the truth about what is happening in this once sleepy town, he knows that his discoveries will impact far wider than Paradise.
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Every time there was any 'action', there were sound effects .... namely gun shots, fights, an explosion. This was just SO annoying. On top of that there was a 'frantic music' soundtrack that I assume was supposed to create a tense atmosphere. I nearly stopped listening because of this, but held on and saw it through to the end. The story wasn't bad, but my enjoyment, and impressions are coloured by the irritation factor.
I love this second book in the Puller series and do hope that there will be more about this character.
The book is responsible for much missed sleep as I read it in two evenings it was a good storyline with many twists and turns and I found the characters engaging and the narration was a good match for me.
The content itself is okay, but nothing spectacular, plus the womans voice is very annoying and inconsistent - I cant tell the difference between the general, the child or the cop, and her voice lacks conviction. The guy however does a reasonably good job.
Yes I would recommend this book, but not as an audio book. I have only just bought it, listened to 5 mins of it and was going to return is as there was something wrong with the sound - an annoying low humming in the background. I put it on to another chapter to see if it continued all the way through the book and it doesn't. It was then that I figured out that we were supposed to hear the hum like we were on the boat. Not good and very very annoying!!!!!
Not finished it yet - I was just so annoyed with the humming I had to write a review.
Orlaghs voice is a bit annoying.
Yes as it's a great story (read it a couple of years ago and wanted to 're-read' it which is why I bought the audiobook.)
Nope only the annoying humming in the beginning. I will write another review when I have finished it.
I read books with my ears
Depends on the friend
Well I suppose they did, but throughout when the male narrator's voice changing (according to the character) to the woman's voice, I found this a jarring shock. It should have been just the one person reading, like when you have a book read to you, that's why I like audio books. I avoid dramatisations as I do not enjoy them at all (often too much of the BBC Radio 4 screaming and baying and bing-bangings). I also found the background intermittent sound effects disconcerting, at one point I thought I was about to be run over by a bus in my garden... so a delivery style that leaves the wonderful, simple narrator format towards sounding more "dramatic" is a minus as far as I'm concerned.
Doubtful. I don't usually listen to the same book twice.
Puller, of course. He is always so determined to get to the bottom of things, in his own, quiet way.
As with all their work, they really do bring the story to life. I find their voices so easy to listen to.
No one particular emotion. I just enjoyed the whole book.
Reasonably good Baldacci story ruined by sound effects that seem to come from some 1970s cop show, awful and unnecessary. Didn't like the two narrator thing either, Ron McLarty OKish but Orla Cassidy lacked range in characterisation. If the production is the same for the rest of the series I will revert to old fashioned reading!
I've got to quite like John Puller, he's an engaging and heroic character, but not quite the man Jack Reacher is. But what really diminishes him in this book is the rake of really cheesy sound effects. What were the producers thinking? If I was Baldaci, I'd be a little insulted, as if the writing can't adequately convey the drama. I'll listen to the next in the series but mainly while I wait for the new Reacher book to be released in September
Baldacci does it again I never get tired of him. somthing happening on every page and many twists and turns you just dont want to put it down. and the narration is FAB.congrats to them they bring the story to life. A brilliant read.carnt wait to download his next book.
"I just couldn't put down this book! It's 5AM here!"
I love Baldacci, Sandford and Lee Child. If you are into those authors as well you won't be disappointed. Also duo Oralgh Cassidy and Ron McLarty works great building atmosphere and tension. I hope they will read together more and more books. The only part of the book lacking a little bit is the ending, but still I recommend this book.
"Brilliant and addictive"
My second Baldacci book and I'm going to find many more, the characters, story line and pace were good and I simply couldn't make this book last by only listening in the car...
As always really enjoy his books. Can't wait to start the next one. Brilliant narration too.
"Keeps me on the hook"
I like the voice of both narrators and i think the story is exiting. It keeps me engaged for a couple of hours at the time.
This is a good book. I did not find it as good as the previous ones but still entertaining.
"David Baldacci in his worst moment until now"
I simple wouldn't write it. It seems in some moments that Baldacci is outsourcing his writing.
I suppose so. I like his books, but this one was awful.
They are very good narrators and saved the book.
I hope Baldacci returns to being himself. The characters of this books are so shallow I don't have any empathy with them.
"Loved my first David Baldacci book"
The story was fast paced and I particularly liked the readers, Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy. I also enjoyed the sound effects , haven't experienced this before in an audible book.
The ending was very exciting.
The shoot out on the ocean rig platform
No I like my sleep.
I liked the idea of two readers, doing the male and female parts. I also loved the music and sound effects throughout the book. Made it very realistic. I was very impressed with this production.
"A shocking story, thank goodness it is fiction"
Although the premise for the book is a very sad one, the depth of the characters keeps you listening and rooting for John Puller to uncover the truth
John Puller , I can see why David Baldacci used him again
This pair are my favourite narrators, I much prefer books that have male voices for male characters and female voices for female characters, you feel so much more connected to the characters.
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