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Absolute Power Audiobook

Absolute Power

In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.
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Available for the first time in audio, an all-new recording by Scott Brick of the first of the blockbuster thrillers by New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci. This book that will change the way you think about Washington - and power - forever.

In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.

Luther Whitney is the career break-in artist who's in the wrong place at the wrong time. Alan Richmond is the charming U.S. president with the power to commit any crime. And Jack Graham is the young attorney caught in a vortex between absolute truth and... ABSOLUTE POWER.

©1996 Columbus Rose, Ltd.; (P)2009 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"[A] first-rate storyteller who grabs readers by their lapels right away and won't let go until they've finished his enthralling yarn." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 12-08-12
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2010

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    "My all-time favorite thriller!!!!"

    I used to loved mysteries and thrillers, but in recent years, I find myself bored with the genre. I read "Absolute Power" many years ago, and loved it. I decided to revisit it in audio format, worried that it would fall short of my very high expectations. With a great narrator and an amazing story, this novel exceeded my sky-high expectations. I could not stop listening, from start to end. In the first chapter, a high-end career burglar witnesses a murder involving a tryst with the president of the United States. The novel grabs you there and does not let go. This story of political cover-up and murder has characters I cared about and plot twists that kept coming. This is by far the best of Baldacci. My other two favorite novels of this genre were Finder's "Paranoia" and DeMille's "Gold Coast." While I enjoyed both of those audiobooks, "Absolute Power" was by far the best.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Valencia, CA, United States 07-26-10
    Patti Valencia, CA, United States 07-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved the book and the characters"

    Loved the story, I saw a comment here on Scott Brick (negative comment), and I respect your opinion, but I must strongly disagree. I thought he did an excellent job, especially at the end. I have always loved his narration. I strongly recommend this book!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 02-10-10
    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 02-10-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Baldacci at his best"

    After being very disappointed at the last three Baldacci books, I almost didn't buy this one. That would have been a real mistake because Absolute Power is well worth the time. It is the same David Baldacci who wrote the first two Camel Club books. In his forward, he said he spent almost 3 years writing Absolute Power. He should go back to spending time on his next book.

    This book is so good that you almost forget how bad the narration is.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 12-01-10
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2015

    Titles that should be made or remade into film by Amazon or Netflix... Department Q. Harry Hole. Noble House. Tai-pan. Gai-jin and Shogun.

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    "A great movie, an even better book!"

    This is my favorite of all of Baldacci's works. The movie is excellent, but the book is much better, the plot is different as are the characters. Its a must listen!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Margo Hepner-Hart 10-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Keeps you on the edge"

    This is an amazing book, I couldn't stop listening. The reason I picked this book was because of Scott Brick being the narrator and he did a superb job as usual, can't imagine anyone else doing a better job. This book kept me on the edge of my seat, so much so I had to turn it off acouple of times to calm myself down and get ready for some more. Thanks to both David and Scott for making a amazing story.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rockwood NJ 06-10-10
    Rockwood NJ 06-10-10 Member Since 2013
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    "This is a great book"

    This book is fast moving and keeps you interested from the very beginning. The narrator is wonderful and makes it a joy to listen to the reading. The story line is interesting and believeable.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-23-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-23-15 Member Since 2016

    My favorite genre is mystery/thriller especially espionage. I dislike the paranormal. Some non-fiction. 1000+ books in my Audible library.

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    "The best David Baldacci novel ever!"

    I do not make that claim lightly. I love Baldacci's King & Maxwell series, the Camel Club series, The John Puller series, the Will Robie series (my favorite Baldacci series), the A. Shaw series, the Cahills vs, Vespers series, and his stand alone novels. I own audio or printed copies copies of every book Baldacci has written. Absolute Power was released in hardcover early in 1996 and in audiobook format early in 2010. I listened to the audiobook in February 2010 and again recently.

    Absolute Power is simply a thriller not to be missed. Like several of Baldaccis early audiobooks, Absolute Power is narrated by Scott Brick (Brick also narrated the early King & Maxwell books). Brick is simply the best! I do not mean to detract from the McLarty-Cassidy duo who are also superb.

    The book is rather long (audiobook is more than 19 hours). A movie was made and released in 1997 based on the book. The movie is excellent, but not as powerful as the book. The movie was directed by Clint Eastwood and it stars Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, and Ed Harris. It is available in DVD, Blu-ray, and Amazon Instant Video.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pavel Czech Republic 01-30-11
    Pavel Czech Republic 01-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "President and crime"

    Interesting story, I wonder which president was in Baldacci's mind, when he wrote the book.
    I listen to it on the plane and it was the kind of book you don't want to stop listening.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Char Omaha, NE, United States 01-29-10
    Char Omaha, NE, United States 01-29-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Absolutely Incredible"

    This is one of the very best books I have ever listened to. The subject matter is disturbing, to say the least, for any American, but extremely well executed. I found myself wanting to stay home from work and continue the book, although I did not do that, it was tempting. It will grip your interest to the very end. And yes.......Scott Brick is definitely sanctimonious. Some of his readings are right on and good. It's not bad narration, just sing songey sometimes and that gets to me after awhile. You will live through all of that. The book is worth it. I will definitely read this one again in the future. Well worth a credit or the price. Dick Hill would have been the best choice for a reader. He never fails me on any level. But unfortunately we cannot choose the narrator of any book. If the books stands alone, and this one does, you will survive the narration. Incredible book. I highly recommend it.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Vienna, IL, USA 06-16-10
    Christian Vienna, IL, USA 06-16-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good listen"

    This book was like the movie in the fact that the characters were named the same - oh and the title was the same. This book is MUCH better than the movie. 4 stars from me is like 5 from someone else. I really enjoyed the book and looked forward to listening to it - which is a good measure for me.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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