Split Second

Version: Abridged
Author: David Baldacci
Narrator: Ron McLarty
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Thriller
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Published In: August 2007
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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From bestselling author Baldacci comes an explosive tale of two Secret Service agents who, in a desperate bid for redemption, team up to solve the two assassinations that destroyed their careers.

Reviews (11)

Split Second

Written by Jeremy Singer on November 4th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book, kept me interested from the beginning. I didn't want to get to work and turn off car!

Split Second

Written by Nanette on June 19th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed the characters and storyline. Kept me guess till the end. Great mystery and twists!

Just Ok

Written by Dan Pressley from Fort Worth, TX on June 5th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I generally like David Baldacci. However, this one seemed to get carried away at the end. The explanation of the why's and the how's at the end of the book seemed implausible and a bit far fetched. Surely he could have come up with a little better motivation than that. Also, abridged versions of books are great if you really don't care, but for content and a full understanding of the story, skip this abridged version.

Split Second

Written by Pamela Testa from Indianapolis, IN on February 21st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

If you like Baldacci, you will love this book. I'm giving it only 4 stars because it was a little slow in the beginning before it grabbed me, and then I couldn't put it down. It's a must read before the "Hour Game" where the book characters of King and Maxwell continue. Narrator was good.

Split Second

Written by Juli Bedgood on November 29th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I loved this. I hadn't read one of David Baldacci's books in a long time and had forgotten how much I enjoyed his mindless entertaining writing. Great!

Listen to the Unabridged Version

Written by John K on November 27th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was able to listen to the unabridged version of this book and it was great. The fast style of Ron Mcarty's reading that others have complained about on the abridged version, was not evident in Scott Brick's narration of the unabridged. It's a really feel-good book, with action, romance, and suspense.

Split Second

Written by M on October 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Poorly written, unbelievable. Narrator was not good.

Split Second

Written by Walter Stephens on September 25th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thought this was a very well written book, lots of twists. Started a little slow, but it picked up the pace very quickly. Enjoyed it very much.

Split Second

Written by Anonymous from Chicago, IL on July 23rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I had a hard time getting into this book but kept thinking I'd keep listening for "just a little longer". Halfway through the first CD, it caught me and I was hooked. I found myself sitting in the car and listening to see what would happen next. I really enjoyed the voice of the reader and feel it added to the enjoyment of the story. I would definitely recommend this book.

Split second

Written by Brad Zerkel from Tempe, AZ on February 5th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A Quick but exciting listen...Similar to his other works,but in a somewhat different direction..

Author Details

Author Details

Baldacci, David

David Baldacci was born in Virginia, in 1960, where he currently resides. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. Mr. Baldacci practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., as both a trial and corporate attorney.

David Baldacci has published seventeen novels: Absolute Power, Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth, Saving Faith, Wish You Well, Last Man Standing, The Christmas Train, Split Second, Hour Game, The Camel Club, The Collectors, Simple Genius, Stone Cold, and The Whole Truth; and in his young adult series, Freddy and the French Fries: Fries Alive! and Freddy and the French Fries: The Adventures of Silas Finklebean. He has also published a novella for the Dutch entitled Office Hours, written for Holland's Year 2000 "Month of the Thriller." Baldacci authored a short story, "The Mighty Johns," as part of a mystery anthology published in 2002.

His works have been in numerous worldwide magazines, newspapers, journals, and publications. Baldacci has authored seven original screenplays. His books have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries. All of his books have been national and international bestsellers. Over 60 million copies of Mr. Baldacci's books are in print worldwide.

Castle Rock entertainment made Absolute Power (Warner Books/Grand Central Publishing, 1996) into a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. The novel Absolute Power won Britain's W. H. Smith's Thumping Good Read award for fiction in 1997, and was nominated for a literary award in Italy. Absolute Power was selected for People Magazine's "Page Turner of the Week." Absolute Power won the 1996 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery/Thriller from the Southern Writers Guild.

The paperback version of Total Control (Warner/Grand Central, 1996) was a best-selling favorite of the traveling public for over a year. Total Control won the 1997 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery/Thriller from the Southern Writers Guild.

The Winner's (Warner/Grand Central, 1997) sales topped those of Baldacci's first two novels, no doubt aided by revealing in the novel how to fix the lottery and win a hundred million dollars! The Winner received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, its highest rating.

The Simple Truth (Warner/Grand Central, 1998) was the first of Baldacci's novels in which part of the plot was based upon an actual event. President Clinton selected The Simple Truth as his favorite novel of 1999.

Saving Faith (Warner/Grand Central, 1999) is a novel about how Washington really works, and it reached number one on both the New York Times Bestseller List and the Publisher's Weekly national bestseller list. Saving Faith was selected for People Magazine's "Page Turner of the Week."

Wish You Well (Warner/Grand Central, 2000) is strongly linked to Baldacci's maternal family history. In researching for this book, he spent countless hours talking with his mother, who spent her first seventeen years on the "high rock" and learning its lifelong lessons. Wish You Well received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly and was selected as the inaugural book for All America Reads, a national reading program.

Last Man Standing (Warner/Grand Central, 2001) is an explosive psychological thriller about Web London, a member of the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team, who is desperate to find answers for secret terrors and relief from unbearable guilt. Last Man Standing reached number one on the New York Times Bestseller List.

The Christmas Train (Warner/Grand Central, 2002) is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags for a holiday adventure and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams during the season of miracles. The Christmas Train has quickly become a holiday classic.

Split Second (Warner/Grand Central, 2003) is a compelling, fast-paced political thriller that gives readers an inside look at the work of the Secret Service as it strives to protect America's leaders. As their worlds close in upon them, former agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell team up to seek answer to events that, at first glance, seem to be unrelated disasters. Split Second became a New York Times bestseller on its first day of publication.

Hour Game (Warner/Grand Central, 2004) teams Sean King and Michelle Maxwell from Split Second in a race to prove a man’s innocence in a domestic burglary. They quickly find themselves caught in a chain of murders that once again rocks the quiet hills of Wrightsburg, Virginia. At every turn, King and Maxwell find themselves trying to put the pieces together as the killer is plays the murderous "hour game."

In The Camel Club (Warner/Grand Central, 2005), Baldacci goes beyond the traditional boundaries of fiction, painting a frighteningly vivid portrait of a world that could be our own very soon, and the few people who have a chance to stop the last war the world may ever fight.

In The Collectors (Warner/Grand Central, 2006), Baldacci weaves a brilliant, white-knuckle tale of suspense in which every collectors is searching for one missing prize... the one to die for.

Simple Genius (Warner/Grand Central, 2007) brings back the dynamic team of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell from Split Second and Hour Game. While investigating a dead body found in Babbage Town -- a think-tank and high tech research facility just across the York River from the CIA Training Facility in Camp Peary, Virginia -- King & Maxwell find themselves thrown into the midst of a worldwide race to control information, and at any cost -- even murder.

Stone Cold (Warner/Grand Central, 2007) brings back the unusual group of sleuths, the Camel Club, for another mystery involving Jerry Bagger, Annabelle Conroy, Alex Ford, and a deadly assassin whose identity, like Oliver Stone's, remains veiled in mystery.

The Whole Truth (Grand Central, 2008) represents David's first international thriller, one that presents the all-too-real world of perception management into the forefront of global defense contractor activities.

Freddy and the French Fries: Fries Alive! (Little, Brown & Company, 2005) and Freddy and the French Fries: The Adventures of Silas Finklebean (Little, Brown & Company, 2006) are titles in Baldacci's series for young readers. Find out more about Freddy at his Web site, FreddyandtheFrenchFries.com.

David Baldacci's books have been publicly discussed and/or read by everyone from Howard Stern and Don Imus to Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh, from George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton to Charlie Rose and Larry King.

Baldacci has made many television and radio appearances and has been featured in numerous national and international publications

David contributes to, and is involved in, several philanthropic efforts. His greatest efforts are currently dedicated to his family's own Wish You Well Foundation. The Wish You Well Foundation, established by Michelle and David Baldacci, supports family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Recently the Wish You Well Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch "Feeding Body & Mind". Through Feeding Body & Mind, hundreds of thousands of new and used books have been collected and distributed through area food banks, helping feed both body and mind. For more information, visit WishYouWellFoundation.org and FeedingBodyandMind.com or call 703-476-6032.

David Baldacci serves as a national ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and participates in numerous charities, including the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, the American Cancer Society, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He sits on the boards of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Virginia Commonwealth University. Baldacci also holds various honorary chairs.