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Walk the Wire

Written by: David Baldacci
Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
Series: Memory Man Series, Book 6
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Amos Decker - the FBI consultant with a perfect memory - returns to solve a gruesome murder in a booming North Dakota oil town in the newest thriller in David Baldacci's number one New York Times best-selling Memory Man series.

When Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are called to London, North Dakota, they instantly sense that the thriving fracking town is ripe for trouble. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted an onslaught of newcomers all hoping for a windfall, and the community is growing faster than houses can be built. The sudden boom has also brought a slew of problems with it, including drugs, property crimes, prostitution - and now murder.

Decker and Jamison are ordered to investigate the death of a young woman named Irene Cramer, whose body was expertly autopsied and then dumped in the open - which is only the beginning of the oddities surrounding the case. As Decker and Jamison dig into Irene's life, they are shocked to discover that the woman who walked the streets by night as a prostitute was a teacher for a local religious sect by day - a sect operating on land once owned by a mysterious government facility that looms over the entire community.

London is a town replete with ruthless business owners, shady government officials, and religious outsiders, all determined to keep their secrets from coming out. When other murders occur, Decker will need all of his extraordinary memory and detective skills, and the assistance of a surprising ally, to root out a killer and the forces behind Cramer's death...before the boom town explodes.

©2020 David Baldacci (P)2020 Grand Central Publishing

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I returned this book

I was very disappointed in this Baldacci book. This and the previous book has mad me reconsider buying future Baldacci books. The previous book in the series referenced that they felt a vegan diet was healthier and this book took every chance to bad mouth the oil industry. I read Baldacci books for the fiction not to have to deal with the writers mislead beliefs.

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Amos Dekker

Loved it Amos dekker is awesome. The narration is great. Couldn't stop listening. Wish there was more books in this series.

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IF IT AIN'T BROKE - DON'T FIX IT!

I am — was a huge fan of the Memory Man Series. The first three books were fabulous. They left me gasping for the next one to be released. Then Mr. Baldacci began tinkering with the Decker character making book four somewhat of a disappointment. Now, with this book, my zeal for this series is demolished. If I had wanted to read a Will Robie book, I would have bought one. I made it through to chapter 46, but no more. I cannot finish it. I'm sorry Mr. Baldacci, but you have ruined the series for me. Never again. The old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" holds true here. You should have left well enough alone. Like backsides, everyone has an opinion and this is mine. Fans of your Will Robie series will love this book. Sadly, this will be the last Baldacci book I will buy.

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Just meh

The story is pretty convoluted. Character development is minimal. It started out really interesting but in the end was just too contrived and the murders too loosely tied together. Disappointed.

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Not really worth waiting for

The storyline was too busy what really did not work for me with the voices the men and ladies voice is basically sound the same there is too much going back-and-forth between the storylines an average rating

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<br />interesting combination of characters<br />

liked male and female voices. very well performed. wraps up quickly great story enjoyed complerely






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i liked it.

kept me in gaged. Being from the oil and gas business the use of the work Fracking was constantly wrong. fracking is a Verb not a noun or an adjective but despite the bad grammer I really enjoyed the book. (just happened to be driving to Williston at the tine) ha

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It seemed complicated

This book gives meaning to the words "complex story line." So complex in fact that the byzantine plot passes from "maybe" believable into the land of over the top, frothy and god help this guy who was able to invent this story because he may need professional help.

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  • Tom
  • 2020-07-04

Far below his usual standards...

This is one of my favourite authors because of how brilliant and engaging his books usually are. This one is a clunker. A character named -"Abner Crutchfield"? Some seriously questionable reaching clues made me wonder if his editor had read the manuscript. The story starts on chapter 31, making this a long winded convoluted mess. Very disappointing. I'd return it except I have too much respect for this author and give a well deserved pass on this swing and miss. Performances great tho.

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Perfect character crossover!

I enjoy both the Amos Decker and the Will Rosie series so this crossover worked! Not to excluded Alex and Jessica as well. The four coming together was great.

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  • shelley
  • 2020-04-22

Baldacci Writes Another 5 Star Book!

I don’t think I’ve ever come across...

A David Baldacci book that I didn’t like. This one is no exception. Although this is a book about Amos Decker, the character of Will Robie plays a very important role in this story. Jessica Reel makes a few appearances as well.
There are multiple plots going on throughout.
The murder of a prostitute is flagged when her fingerprints are run through AFIS. Because of this Amos and his partner Alex are sent to London, ND.
Meanwhile, Will Robie is sent undercover because of the same woman but there is something really bad going on in London and Will needs to figure out what it is. There are some wealthy people backing a fracking industry, there’s an Air Force Station with shady security and all will come crashing down in the end.
Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy do a super job working as a team.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
Thank You.

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  • Spoons
  • 2020-04-21

Again with the weird accent!!!

Amos Decker narration book 1 to now has progressively gotten worse and weirder. Lug it’s like you’re just trying out accents and levels of gruffness. I didn’t enjoy your surfer guy interpretation earlier into the series but this Columbo thing you got going on today is ridiculous. Remainder is commentary on fracking along with a murder mystery. So much potential in this series, but meh!

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  • Wayne
  • 2020-04-22

Decker & Jamison + Robie & Reel!!

I see that Audible listener Shelley wrote an excellent review which you should read and give a helpful vote.

David Baldacci is author of 43 audio books in my Audible library. The author with the next most books in my Audible library is Brett Battles with 35. Neither Baldacci or Battles has released a novel that disappointed me. WALK THE WIRE is superb, an easy 5 star listen.

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  • kupbear
  • 2020-04-24

Goodbye Amos Decker

it is time to retire Amos Decker. The best thing about this book was the appearance of Will Robbe. Just not a good story. i miss Will Robbe

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  • David S Stanley Jr.
  • 2020-04-25

Plot and Narration sadly deficient

Instead of evolving as hoped, David Baldacci’s Amos Decker has lost his endearing and interesting character and become boring and irritating individual. This backwards march is pushed by the substandard and irritating narration.
In fact it maybe the irritating narration which reduced a novel with great possibilities in the Baldacci tradition into a sadly unbelievable story. I gave up on this book with two hours to go, since it left me with no interest in the outcome. Now how bad is that.
I did like the title and the ‘dust cover picture’.

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  • Marjorie A McNarie
  • 2020-04-27

Disappointed

I was so looking forward to listening to this book I really liked the Amos Decker books that came before this. But this hardly seemed like the same man. There was hardly anything about his memory and his seeing colors and honestly I got a little bored It seemed like there was a killing every time I turned around and the characters didn't make an impression. I wouldn't recommend it. Too much changing stories and too many plots. Reallly sorry this is not a very interesting listen. The only really good part was that that Roby was back with his sidekick

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  • kingmic210
  • 2020-04-23

*Spoilers* Riveting

So like title said, I will have some spoilers. I didn’t really read the summary about this book. I just got email that it was out and purchased it. Having listened to all the previous ones and loved them, buying this was a no brainer.

Ok so down to the spoiler part.

Now this book was great, hands down. I was upset somewhat that Melvin wasn’t in the book but a mention by name, but another character(s) were. If you have read any other reviews, that would be Will Robie, Jessica Reel, and Blue Man. This caught me off guard when Robie was introduced when he was because not only was I not expecting to hear some sort of crossover but the fact that all 3 main characters in that series made it over. I have been waiting for a Robie book for quite sometime now and hopefully having them in here will do just that in the future. Phenomenal book!! The storyline was great, better than the previous one I believe. But damn. It didn’t have too much of Amos’ memory traits to speak on in here which I think was a breather for someone to remember everything. Made him more “human” I think. Robie had more of a supporting cast than just a one off appearance which I loved. Love me some Will Robie. So hopefully Baldacci’s next book is Robie and Jessica for sure. The team of Kyf and Orlagh was astounding as usual. They go off each other well I believe. Must have in my eyes. And didn’t notice until earlier but this book is my 100th book and probably like 20 of my books are from Baldacci. Grab it. Listen to it. You won’t be unhappy.

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  • BubbasUncle
  • 2020-04-24

Slow start

Not sure I like the evolving Amos very much, and he also needs to moveon

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  • Janet C. Walker
  • 2020-04-25

Really garbled with stops in the middle.

Characters were hard to care about. Not a lot of coherence for me. That's about it, won't be back to Baldacci.

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  • Dtmurphy1
  • 2020-04-25

I was bored

Amos lacked the same quirkiness of the first book. I don't know if I'll read the next one.

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