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.
I have listened to many of david Baldacci books and thourohly enjoy all of them. With much anticipation of "Absolute Power" I purchased the book, even before the first chapter was played I found myself falling asleep, I went on. By the beginning of the third chapter I needed to unplug my iPod and turn the radio on and open the windopw on a cold wintery day just to stay awake on my drive to work. Scott Brick took a good book and made it to where I could not listen. I wish I could have my money back. I listened to maybe 35 minutes. Don't waste your money unless you like monotone readers. :
Had potential to be interesting, but betweent the shallow characters with incomprehensible motivations and the the rediculous story line, it became barely tolerable. Don't waste your time.
I stuck with this because I was caught up in the plot, but I had to "tune out" the reading style of the reader. It was so annoying. Always with the same overly dramatic hushed tone- and the odd voices he chose for certain characters was really bad. I also think that author relies on some very dumb cliches-- "he wiped away the salty liquid"... PLEEEZE! You can just say "tears". The last couple of paragraphs were pure corn and made me decide not to read any more Baldacci.