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Summary

Split Second is the first in the gripping King and Maxwell series by best-selling author David Baldacci.

When something distracts Secret Agent Sean King for a split second, it costs him his career and presidential candidate Clyde Ritter his life. But what stole his attention? And why was Ritter shot?

Eight years later Michelle Maxwell is on the fast track through the ranks of the Secret Service when her career is stopped short: presidential candidate John Bruno is abducted from a funeral home while under her protection.

The similarity between the two cases drives Michelle to reopen investigations into the Ritter fiasco and join forces with attractive ex-agent King. The pair are determined to get to the bottom of what happened in those critical moments.

Meanwhile, high-ranking members of the legal system and key witnesses from both cases are going missing. King is losing friends, colleagues and clients fast, and his ex-lover, Joan Dillinger, is playing curious games - she wants Sean back, but she also owes him for something....

Split Second is followed by Hour Game, Simple Genius, First Family, The Sixth Man and King and Maxwell.

©2003 David Baldacci (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks

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Baldacci at his best

Thoroughly enjoyed this story which was fast paced. Was listening to it while working in house and found myself sitting down to listen to the story rather than switch it off in order to vacuum. Narration good and to me it was Baldacci at his best.

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  • Mark
  • Banstead, United Kingdom
  • 17-08-17

What an annoying narrator

I'm only a few chapters in but the narrator's voice and style are driving me crazy. I would listen to another book by Baldacci but not if read by Scott brick. He has an annoying voice and most of the time I can't tell if it's the man or women talking. They both sound the same.

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great story less than great performance

the story itsslef was really good however the narrator's performance left a lot to be desired.
he sounded bored and had no get and and go for the book. as well as that the editing left choppy areas and a lack of audio every now and then.

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  • Jo
  • 15-10-17

Far-fetched plot, shallow characterisation

Not for me. Clichéd and lazy writing, no depth to characters, turgid dialogue. And "lightyear" is a measurement of distance, not time, David Baldacci and your lazy editor!

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  • oAjCo
  • 'Books, Ears & Imagination'. . . Cheshire ;)
  • 04-09-17

Excellent

Fantastic, intricate, thrilling and compelling story. Scott Brick is one of the best narrators. I have listened to many of his and disturbed that previous reviews have expressed the opposite. can't wait for the next book.

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Log awaited unabridged

I loved the abridged version, got me hooked on Baldacci books. I have been wanting this version for a while 😊. The Story is amazing characters well made good and bad guys. King and Maxwell are a great team.

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Skips sooo much

Very disappointed. This had the potential to be a great books but had to many skips. Refund please.

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Convoluted

I am a Baldacci fan so am maybe not the best critic. I loved this book which is the first in the Maxwell series and puts into context how they came to work together. The plot is extremely convoluted but comes together well at the end, always a bonus!

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Excellent

Another winner, such a gripping story, expertly written and narrated, will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through

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ENTERTAINING - OK hardly great literature though

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's good stuff, with a suitably twisted and far-fetched plot and plenty of twists and turns along the way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Split Second?

The carefully built-up recreation of the Split Second that started it all.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He's a great narrator - he brings the ability to paint the picture in the mind that you normally only get when you read the book yourself.

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

Well, you certainly could - it's not particularly challenging and won't win any literary prizes but it's a good, entertaining listen.

Any additional comments?

Good one, this - well worth a credit!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful