Most books are better than the movie, but Absolute Power has such huge differences, it was like I hadn't seen it. I really loved this book and it is something that I will listen to many more times. The language can be rough at times, but it doesn't detract from the story. It is really worth the time it takes to listen to this story.
I agree with the other customer reviewers who have complained about the narrator's reading style. He reads almost every passage in an incredibly overwrought tone, and really detracts from what is otherwise a great story. I've listened to many other audiobooks read by Scott Brick, and this emotional style is quite unusual for him.
I can not keep up with what character is talking. Each one sounds the same. I mind wonders while listening to Scott. He does not make the story worth listening to even if it is a good book. Wish I could get my credits back on this expensive audible book.
I read this book years ago and really liked it, but the narrator speaks too slowly and has an annoying cadence, to me. Not sure I will be able to continue listening. Sorry I wasted my credit.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
With the possible exception of the protagonist, Jack Graham, the characters in this book were a little too over the edge to believe. Still this was a story that kept you listening and presented some interesting ethical questions. Even beyond the question of ethics were a number of damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situations. The book was chock full of bad guys and you would be hard pressed to decide who was the worst. I'll listen to more of Baldacci.
I had read this book before and loved it. The book itself is great, but the reader's delivery is SO sanctimonious that it is sickening. He reads like the book is a romance novel instead of a fast paced intrigue novel. No ability to build excitement. This book is no bodice ripper, but that is how it is read. Yuk! I am sticking with it because I know (from visually reading it before) how good the writing is. Shame on you David- did you pick a friend to read this?
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
I was asking my friend on what I should read next because I tend to stick with the same genre over and over. My friend suggested that I should pick up Absolute Power by David Baldacci. My friend mentioned that she read this book over nine years ago and it's a bit amazing on how a good book holds its value overtime and the story is still relevant.
I need to thank my friend for her suggestion because I could not stop reading about the thriller in the White House. It had a great set of characters to attract the reader and a good plot to keep you going. This was a much needed change of pace from what I'm used to at reading.
Thanks friend for the suggestion.
J. A. V.
Corruption knows no bounds. This is the main theme of this excellent and captivating novel by David Baldacci. Surprisingly, the President of the United States indulges in sexual adventures with his security entourage present on those occasions.
On one of those sensual outings, circumstances end unpleasantly for the coveted woman. The security guards and chief of staff try to clean up the mess. But, unknown to them, a witness has seen everything. The search for this witness and the efforts deployed to recuperate evidence condemning the President, fill up most of the novel.
However, Baldacci maintains interest and suspense throughout the story with his mastery of words and realism of intrigue.
A crafty policeman, in charge of the case, patiently sorts out the puzzle of this crapulous murder. Other incidents contribute to his unravelling of this mysterious happening. Multi-level human implications also contribute realism and psychology to the novel.
In the end, Justice is served. All in all, very interesting and captivating listening! Now, I want to see the movie... Will it be as captivating as the novel?
Baldacci's writing style is excellent, but in his beginning works the language is definitely adult rated with frequent taking of the Lord's name in vain. His later works (Sean & Maxwell series) show that he toned it down a great deal since he learned children were reading his books. Glad he made the change as his later works are a delight to read/listen to.