The Last Mile : Amos Decker

  • by David Baldacci
  • Narrated by Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Series: Amos Decker
  • 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his number-one New York Times best-seller Memory Man, David Baldacci introduced the extraordinary detective Amos Decker-the man who can forget nothing. Now, Decker returns in a spectacular new thriller...
Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution--for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier--when he's granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime.
Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars's case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life: Both men were talented football players with promising careers cut short by tragedy. Both men's families were brutally murdered. And in both cases, another suspect came forward, years after the killing, to confess to the crime. A suspect who may or may not have been telling the truth.
The confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars--guilty or not--a free man. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now?
But when a member of Decker's team disappears, it becomes clear that something much larger--and more sinister--than just one convicted criminal's life hangs in the balance. Decker will need all of his extraordinary brainpower to stop an innocent man from being executed.


What the Critics Say

"David Baldacci's latest thriller is not only highly relevant, it is also well timed. And the details seem so real that it's hard not to wonder if the author is an insider; the tone is that authentic. An absolute page-turner, King and Maxwell is Baldacci at the pinnacle of his game." (
"Its pace is relentless, and Baldacci's reworking of his perennial theme - absolute power corrupts absolutely - gives the book a sense of urgency and cultural relevance that many thrillers lack." (Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Hit)
"One of the most compelling characters in David Baldacci's thrillers is John Puller, a crackerjack investigator of military crimes...Twists and turns come fast and furious in the best Baldacci tradition. The Escape is much more than a thriller. It's a moving tale of two military brothers and their father, a retired Army general and fighting legend now suffering from dementia. Emotionally intense, The Escape is Baldacci's best to date." (Associated Press)
"Brilliant use of language...vivid supporting characters and numerous sudden and unexpected plot twists...[Baldacci] doesn't let the action sag at any point...In [Chung-Cha], Mr. Baldacci has created one of his most memorable characters." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on The Target)


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Going on vacation, I needed something that both my wife and I could agree on. She is not a fan of horror or science fiction. Baldacci had been read by both of us and we both like him. Both of us felt it was a four star book and we both felt it was entertaining throughout. You will not get bored listening to this book. The story itself had a few holes and was little forced, but it was typical Baldacci. My wife already read, Memory Man, I had not, but I did not find that a problem. This is a must for Baldacci Fans. If you have not read him, it would be okay to start here, but his best is Absolute Power.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

So, what happened to Ron McLarty?

I've struggled to separate the story from the narration performance of The Last Mile. My conclusion is that The Last Mile is a better story than Memory Man (Amos Becker Book 1). I rated the Memory Man 4 stars for the story. The Last Mile deserves 5 stars because it is a great story.

Narration is the next issue. Orlagh Cassidy's relatively small part of the female voices deserves 5 stars as usual for her. Kyf Brewer did the male dialog and the reading of the non-dialog text which is the probably 95% or more of the words in the novel. Kyf Brewer did a great job of narrating The Guilty which is Book 4 of Baldacci's Will Robie series, but his narration of The Last Mile is so bad that it is a major distraction from the superb story. Ron McLarty played exactly the same narration role in Memory Man that Kyf Brewer plays in The Last Mile. Frankly, I believe that this audiobook of The Last Mile should be withdrawn from the market to be recorded again with Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy narrating (or either of them alone). The bottom line is that I am awarding 1 star to the narration due to Brewer's performance. That is unfair to the incredible Orlagh Cassidy, but her role in the performance is small.

The overall rating presents another issue. Specifically, how much to penalize the author's story for the narrator's poor performance. This is an audiobook and the performance is important. I decided to rate overall at 3 stars because the quality pf narration is so poor that it detracts from enjoyment of the story.

Copies of all of David Baldacci's audiobooks are in my Audible library. He is one of my top 25 favorite authors. This is the lowest overall rating I have given to a Baldacci audiobook.
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- Wayne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio