Outstanding story! So different from the movie that the two seem worlds apart. Highly recommended. Will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. Couldn't "put it down" so to speak.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
This novel makes me trite. I wanna keep writing... "This is really really good!" Okay, so Baldacci deserves a bunch more.
Um, characters? Okay... I can't figure out why the lead guy tolerates the girls he does. But... but... if he didn't this whole thing would have come apart and so they become like a crazy glue that holds my cart together as it twists all around this story track. The thing's got more wrinkles than Joan River's neck. And they all work to focus on an entirely satisfying ending. Understand, you know who dunnit from the first chapter. You know what every character contributes. And yet... yet... Baldacci makes you want to want to keep going. Imagine, this was a FIRST NOVEL! Holy S**T!
Oh, BTW, I've had a low tolerance for Scott Brick's performance in the past. Yeah, I'm alone.. right. But usually his overbearing sense of foreboding is so damned portentous and yet here... well.. he's a genius. Okay... he's bringing me around.
If you haven't read Absolute Power.. and you enjoy thrillers..... What's wrong with you?
The story is interesting but unbelievable in pinning the wrap on the President and all his men (and women). Its unbelievablilty takes away from completely immersing yourself in the story. I thought the characters were a little cliche as well where good guys are really good, the bad guys are really bad and most of us are just poor shlubs with no moral compass. Other than that though, I kept listening and wanted to get to find out how it all turned out.
As for getting to the end - I put the Ipod on 2x speed. This gave the narrator some ugency and normal pacing in his delivery. Otherwise, he was as deadly as the bad guys. Normally I like Scott Brick but in this book, he was oddly poor in his reading.
I tried to listen to this book three times. I stopped each time due to the intolerable performance of Scott Brick. His monotone, redundant, sing-song, whiny narration is unbearable. He ends each sentence with the same intonation. It was mentally taxing to listen to a good story trying to re-read the words in my mind. It was a futile effort. I will never buy another audio book with him as the narrator.
I am a retired RN in New York State and love, lobe, love James Patterson books!
I love mysteries and intrigue and know this one has been a movie but the book held my attention for the entire story. Could not wait to get to the next twist in the story I thought I had figured out. One of his best.
Trying to listen to this book put me in such a bad mood. All characters were cardboard thin and repugnant. I was nauseated listening to all the greed, corruption, immoral, loveless goings on.
Stopped listening after 3 hours and threw the entire download in the trash. I normally like these kinds of stories. This one crossed the line into pulp garbage.
Listening to audio books is pure pleasure for me as I can listen while sitting quietly, while driving as well as when I have chores to do.
There are some leaders who believe they are above the law and they are the most dangerous. A riveting read for a holiday.
Why did it take so long for this book to be available in audio form? Anyone who has ever read a Baldacci book in the past will want to read this one. Scott Brick has narrated Baldacci books before and I love him, but as others have said, he is not quite up to his usual best in this. Regardless, it is worth a listen. The intro by Baldacci was very interesting. The short story at the end was not. But it all came in one package at one price!!
Agree with other comments that Scott Brick's narration is incredibly tedious in this book (I've enjoyed his reading of other books). But it's not all his fault. I understand from the prologue that this is Baldacci's first novel; it's the first of his I've listened to. I surely hope he got a better editor for later books. He's a competent writer, and the book may have been tolerable at half the length. But here he's not content with making a point once or even twice... he includes excessive scenes and dialogue (both spoken and inner) that repeat themes over and over and over and over. I get it already! Move on! He also relies too much on coincidence to drive the plot (some coincidence is necessary in most books, but I view it's over use as the sign of a lazy writer).
This author does an extraordinary job, across the board. This truth is complimented by the excellent reader/narrator.