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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,907 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781594839023
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In a world of secrets, human genius is power.
And sometimes it is simply deadly . . .

Near Washington, D.C., there are two clandestine institutions: the world's most unusual laboratory and a secret CIA training camp. Drawn to these sites by a murder, ex-Secret Service agent Sean King encounters a dark world of mathematicians, codes, and spies. His search for answers soon leads him to more shocking violence-and an autistic girl with an extraordinary genius.

Now, only by working with his embattled partner, Michelle Maxwell, can he catch a killer...and solve a stunning mystery that threatens the entire nation.

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  • There's nothing simple about SIMPLE GENIUS, a complicated novel involving murder, geniuses, and the CIA. The story marks the return of former Secret Service Agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, now in business for themselves. Scott Brick captures the excitement of this thriller with his unique pacing and style, which are perfect here. Brick even manages to sound somewhat feminine when he needs to be, and his voice for the Southern black gentleman is classic. The beginning of the novel is a story within a story, as Maxwell ends up institutionalized after inexplicably attacking a man in a sleazy bar. Everything comes together in a mysterious settlement for geniuses, where people are being murdered. There's a lot of heart in this work. M.S. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 07]

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vinit Nair | 2/19/2014

    " The third book in the King-Maxwell series. It had a troubling start with Michelle having trouble adjusting to life ?!?! There was no indication that she had some trouble in life. Well Ok she likes keeping things messy. Then there is Babbage town... I think David Baldacci tied to pull a Dan Brown here but did not succeed, I found the technological stuff in Babbage town boring. But all that is left behind as the story races towards the end and it gets very interesting. I changed my whole opinion about the book because of the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Book Nerd | 2/16/2014

    " My favorite book ever! This mystery/thriller surrounding Camp Peary was very intriguing. Even though no one knows what goes on there with the CIA, it was cool to see Baldacci's imagination at work as to the goings on there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi Lee | 2/7/2014

    " Would have expected more from Baldacci really. The book started off quite thrilling but about mid-way took a sort of boring turn for the non-detailed expected turns of events. I liked the characters and the plot but the writing lost intrigue and focus somewhere along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/4/2014

    " Pretty good action/mystery. Writing style is extremely fast-paced. I enjoyed this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 1/30/2014

    " I like David Badacci's books. I listen to them in the car. They are fast paced and keep me interested. They are good for travel.I have read seven of his books and I think this is one of his better reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chery | 1/23/2014

    " I gave this a 5 because it was just a great fun read that I could not put down, not because it was any great literature. Just enjoyed!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeri | 1/16/2014

    " I haven't read a Baldacci book that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. If you like murder/mysteries, you'll love Baldacci. He definitely spins a great tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/16/2014

    " I actually listened to this book on CD during my (LONG) drives to and from work. I liked it, kept my interest and made my drive go by faster (which is a great thing!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri Pre | 1/16/2014

    " This was the best one yet in this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/14/2014

    " This was a care package gift. Read it in 3 days then passed it on to another redeploying soldier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edie | 1/6/2014

    " It was good and then it became too silly for my tastes. Certainly not Mr. Baldacci's best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 12/22/2013

    " I apparently read this book out of sequence so it was a bit confusing. I will read the first in the series but not right away. This was very melodramatic but a decent read. Not a huge Baldacci fan but will give the story line another chance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roosevelt Wright | 12/16/2013

    " This was my first Baldacci read. It had great premise but seem to have too many storylines without enough time or pages to tell the whole story. However, it was enough to keep my interest and prompt me to read other titles in the same genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walter | 11/21/2013

    " A fast paced suspense novel that grabs and refuses to let go. Hard to put down until you find out how it ends. Realistic events and locations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris | 7/10/2013

    " Thin plot, predictable characters, and more foreshadowing than should be found in 13 books...how did this guy get 13 books on the NYT bestseller list? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris Tyson | 1/21/2013

    " Started of good and interesting, then got way out of hand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 12/19/2012

    " This was a great mystery novel. It had suspense, romance & interesting characters that I really liked. The dialogue was witty and there were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing. It kept me turning the pages until late in the night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 5/30/2012

    " Entertaining on the road. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Blaine | 5/29/2012

    " Good escape reading, if you're willing to believe certain plot twists. These character must appear in other of Baldacci books, but first time I've read them "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chantelle | 4/11/2012

    " This was not one of David Baldacci's best, but still quite enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 7/22/2011

    " I read this book this weekend and am now addicted to his style of writing. I really enjoyed the plot and it was a good distraction from daily life!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/11/2011

    " Had nothing else at all to read, and it kept my interest. Typical who-done-it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sskous | 2/20/2011

    " same as ever. decent read. never worth the money to buy, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/24/2011

    " Ienjoyed this book. There is no fluff with Mr. Baldacci. His writing is straight forward. His characters developed well . I loved the suspense and I didn't figure out the conclusion till I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry Della | 1/29/2010

    " Pretty good read. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell reunite to unveil evil doings at CIA site in VA. Kind of wrapped everything up artificially in last ten pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Satyaki Sikdar | 4/30/2009

    " The novel started off great, but the author hurried a little to make the plot ends meet towards the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara | 10/14/2008

    " I LOVE David Baldacci! I've read all of his adult fiction and loved every book. The character development is great. The plot lines are always intense and believable enough they could be real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 5/23/2008

    " Fun summer thriller - fast paced and interesting, but the ending got a little kooky. I'll definitely give Baldacci another try. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane Isaac Friedman | 3/4/2008

    " Doesn't make me want to read others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Rossi | 1/7/2008

    " Great book... Had some "slow" spots but in general a great story. "

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About the Author
Author David Baldacci

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published three novels for children. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the 2011 International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.