Simple Genius : King and Maxwell

  • by David Baldacci
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: King and Maxwell
  • 13 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia.Soon he is uncovering layers of disinformation that shields a stunning world of elite mathematicians, physicists, war heroes, spies, and deadly field agents. Amid murder, a seemingly autistic girl's extraordinary genius, and a powerful breakthrough in the realm of classified codes, Sean learns enough to put his life at risk. Now, he needs Michelle, at her best, to help stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.From Michelle's courageous struggle to defeat her long-buried personal demons to a centuries-old secret that surfaces in the heat of the action, Simple Genius pulses with stunning, high-intensity suspense. The heroes of Split Second and Hour Game are back as you've never seen them before.

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Better than average

The first third of this book was slow, and somewhat boring. However, I will say that it really picked up and had an exciting second half. I enjoyed the last two hours so much that I listened to it straight through. However, unless you want to read every Baldacci book with Sean and Michelle I would stick with only the First Family, and Split Second. The middle two books were so-so. As a suggestion, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books are better, in my opinion. Little different genre (police detective) but at least I didn't find myself falling asleep while I was listening to them!
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- Joanna

Sadly Disappointing

This book is sadly lacking for Baldacci...and mainly for his characters Sean & Michelle. To me the plot wasn't 'that' believable and more in left field than normal. Sometimes you can take good characters and just go overboard; I felt that a storyline with these 2 would be a lot more interesting and intelligently written. This book wasn't so bad that I stopped listening, but I wasn't hanging on to the next time that I picked it up and I didn't carry it everywhere with me when I was listening.

If this was the only Baldacci that I had ever read I'd probably never buy another. But the other Baldacci books that I've read have been great so I'll purchase another of his books. I consider this a very weak representation of what Baldacci can deliver so if you like this one, you will LOVE his others. Just don't expect this one to be as good as his others.
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- Mary S. Murray

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2007
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio