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Simple Genius

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: David Baldacci

Narrated By: Scott Brick

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: April 2007

Duration: 13 hours 6 minutes


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 filled with 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.


  • RJ McGill

    The abridged version, narrated by Ron McClarty was an exceptional listening experience - however; the unabridged version was flat. The narrator obviously was not the right person for this particular assignment. Get the abridged version !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Gary R.

    Loved this book! Love the King and Maxwell series! Having an interest in psychology as well as mystery/detective novels, I really enjoyed the in depth personal analysis of Michelle Maxwell and the relationship between she and Sean King, from a psychological perspective. The overall story was complex, but very fascinating. As usual, Baldacci leaves you on the edge of your seat until the very last....good read! I also enjoyed the narration, Brick is talented!

  • Thomas M

    Storyline was kinda slow moving.

  • Cindy Dunne

    Love this series and Scott Brick is one f my favorite narrators.

  • Todd Olsen

    Great fast paced read. Scott Brick is my favorite narrator. His rear of this book is one of my favorite books of the series so far.

  • Anonymous

    This is an interesting book however not great. The narration was poor. I would not recommend this one.

  • genomo

    I really enjoyed this book. The mix of historical overtones with a twisting plot made this one of Baldacci's best.

  • Abbey

    Very good from beginning to end. Kept you on edge through out the entire book.

  • Anonymous

    The story rambles quite a bit...too disjointed and not a few logical leaps in the plot. The "typing up of loose ends" at the end of the story seems rather contrived. I really like Scott Brick's reading, but that can't justify a recommendation of this title. If you're a die-hard Baldacci fan, then I suppose it's worth a look.

  • The Rev

    This was a good book, even a really good one. So why a 2? Well a large part of that is narrator. I felt like this guy was condescending to me from page one. He is awful. His changes from male to female are barely noticable, his dialects are awful. The story was good enough to keep me listening, great characters, good plot . . . but this narrator was the worst!