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Total Control

By: David Baldacci
Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
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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, he has secretly entered into a deadly game of cat and mouse. He is about to disappear, leaving behind a wife who must sort out his lies from his truths; an air-crash investigation team that wants to know why the plane he was booked on suddenly fell from the sky; and a veteran FBI agent who leaves no stone unturned.

Soon the startling truth behind Jason Archer's disappearance explodes into a sinister plot involving the murder of the country's single most powerful individual. And Archer's wife, Sidney, is plunged straight into the violence, now faced with trail of dead bodies and shocking exposed secrets.

A breathtaking thrill-ride on a roller coaster of nonstop action and suspense from one of the world's favourite storytellers.

©2017 David Baldacci (P)1997 Books on Tape

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Beware - this is a new release but not a new title

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I was excited by a new release but very quickly realised this wasn't a new book - talk of floppy disks got me digging and it's actually from 1997 so a lot of the technology is totally outdated (kind of amusing but also disappointing when you think you're listening to something fresh and it's 20 year's old!). The narration is the worst of any Baldacci novel i've listened to (intonation is repetitive) and the writing is average. It's entertaining & I'm continuing to listen to it but it wasn't what I was expecting.

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Total Control....loved it

kept me listening and concentrating the whole time. Great book! one of Baldaccis best.The characters real and believable.

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Loved it

Action all the way. Lots of twists and intrigue.
The best David Baldacci I have read to date.

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Best so far

I have been reading all the David Baldacci books and this is my favourite so far.
Lots of different who dunnits and great character Sydney.

I will have to see if there is a book number two!

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awesome

like your first book it get me listening. The twists characters wowsa. Rivioting sad

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brilliant

action all the way through fantastic book David Baldacci does it again the man is a genius. thank you.

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I really enjoyed this story, I did not want to turn it off. happy listening

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TOTAL CONTROL

narrator is not good on this.
story ok but the lack of delivery killed it for me. found it hard to keep going with it and it took twice as long as normal to get thru

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Good read

Good book. Good characters. The story just rolled along quite smoothly. A couple of unexpected turns. Overall a good read.

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I really enjoyed it

Great story and nice to have a fast moving plot. The narration is difficult to get into but it’s worth sticking with it. The end is a bit rushed - so many books do that though which is frustrating.

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  • 22-01-2022

Total control

one of his best novels yet. I had imagined Amy screaming out MOM MOM MOM while the Cardillac and land-rover tugged it out on the curved road

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  • Euan
  • 01-10-2018

Truly awful performance

I want my money back. The reader of this story has a truly awful cadence, rising quickly and dropping his tone, oblivious to the natural rhythm of a sentence. Sometimes we get two cadences in a sentence for no obvious reason. It ruins the story.

Don’t you vet your readers before you sell them to us?

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  • Judith
  • 09-05-2017

Wonderfully complex

I really enjoyed this story and listened to it almost constantly! A wonderfully convoluted plot. Well written and well narrated.

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  • G P Forde
  • 11-06-2017

Shame About The Newsreader

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

Generally, yes. Baldacci is a good story-teller.

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

No. He read it like a newsreader and made it very difficult to get into the pace of the narrative, as it just plodded on and on. Surely his producer/director should have corrected this.

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  • weardalelad
  • 14-11-2017

to many just manages to dodge

its to long and too many at the last second or just manages to get free.
not a bad story concept though.

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  • Hattie20032006
  • 29-03-2021

Great story, awful narrator

I’m only part way through the book but am going to have to move to the ‘read it myself’ version, which seems a real waste of money. I’ve persevered through 2.5 hours. The narrator is so bad. He switches between sounding like he is reading the news and reading out a list. His voice is monotonous and seems to have no emotion at all. Very disappointed.

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  • Steve McConville
  • 17-03-2023

David Baldacci

Another brilliant piece of work from the master of suspense. An old piece but nevertheless a fantastic story

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  • M Rees
  • 04-01-2023

Brilliant

After the end of each chapter you can’t wait to hear the next one,
Excellent

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  • karl doughty
  • 06-08-2022

Gripping

All of baldaccis books fantastic so far this no exception and a nice narrator too

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  • Mrs. C. L. Coalter-Sugden
  • 19-05-2022

What A Plodder! Not The Author's Fault

I'm sure this is a really good story. Sadly, I never got to find out. I had to stop listening part way through, as the narration was utterly appalling. Not in the least bit engaging and so monotonous. PLEASE do not let this man anywhere near any future David Baldacci narrations.

I would suggest you buy this book to read, not listen to. It will increase your chances of enjoying it tremendously.

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  • Ms Alison King
  • 25-11-2021

Not bad but I hope his later women are less stupid

Sydney Archer was deliberately written as ridiculously dumb and that annoyed me. This story was good, if dated, but it did convey a period not so long ago when the world of cyberspace was very different and the aspirations of those in at the beginning were naive at best.

It definitely reflects a world where men were men and women dumb.

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  • Lincolnshire Amazonian
  • 29-03-2021

OK but not one of Baldacci's better books ...

Narrator's voice was harsh to my ears. Storyline dragged on a bit - not my most favourite of DB's novels. Overall, would rate it OK but I did not engage fully with the storyline as I have with his other books, and it therefore felt a bit like hard work at times.

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