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Absolute Power | [David Baldacci]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Dennis 05-17-13
    Dennis 05-17-13 Listener Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "OUTSTANDING!!!"

    There is ONLY one thing wrong with this book is that it ENDED!!!! It did end at good place but I wish it had gone on & on & on!

    Great characters, great story, & and an excellent read by Scott Brick! No deed to say more BUT give it a try....!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 04-21-12
    Janet ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not A Drama"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, Mr. Brick read this like a drama rather than a mystery/thriller. Really took away from the story for me.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    George Guidall...actually even Mr. Brick if he wasn't so dramatic about everything.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    02-02-11
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    "Absolute Power"

    This is a very good read and you will enjoy it from the beginning. It is typical of the writer but worth your time and money. Buy it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 11-20-10
    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 11-20-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Superb story, third rate narration"

    The book is quite compelling. It is complex, absorbing, and really interesting. The problem is with the narration. Scott Brick does well enough when reading conversation. But ordinary descriptions of places, or weather, or people, or random activities - sound either mawkishly sentimental, or falsely dramatic and ridiculous. It is often nauseating to have to listen to him. I will never again listen to a book read by Scott Brick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy O 08-02-10
    Tammy O 08-02-10
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    "Wow"

    Great book! While we saw the movie years ago, this book captured your attention from moment one. The level of detail and intrigue made me anxious as to when I would have the opportunity to get back and listen again! I hated to stop! Sorry it is over, Baldacci never lets you down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Tampa, FL, USA 01-27-10
    Douglas Tampa, FL, USA 01-27-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolute Power...Absolute Read!"

    This is an excellent novel by David Baldacci. I read it many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it; however, with the excellent narration by Scott Brick, I was able to enjoy it in a whole new way! This book is suspenseful from its opening chapter as it intricately combines sex, law, business, politics and murder! I highly recommend!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Smithsburg, MD, United States 06-06-11
    Sharon Smithsburg, MD, United States 06-06-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator"

    I loved the book. I could not listen to Scott Brick, He is my least favorite narrator. So I had to read the book the old fashioned way.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 05-25-15
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    "Horrible narrator."

    I felt like I was listening to someone reading a eulogy. This book is an action story. It's not supposed to make you depressed. The narrator's intonations always end like Eeyore was reading the story. "Thanks for noticing." Terrible performance. Almost couldn't finish the story!

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    Kenerator 05-07-15
    Kenerator 05-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Well, it's long and silly"

    The book reminded me of a Rube Goldberg contraption; unlikely events leading to improbable conclusions which managed to miraculously extend the story to yet another round of silliness.
    Scott brick was a great reader before about 2005, here distracting with a sort of forced, breathless, odd cadence and inflection.
    This is Baldacci's first, perhaps he gets better, but as this book is one of his highest rated, maybe not.

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    M. Dewitt 04-19-15
    M. Dewitt 04-19-15

    I am a 57 year old book addict. I started out reading Daniel Steele and Sidney Shelton novels 30 years ago. Since then I have added literally hundreds of authors. I take the time to write reviews on books that sweep me away. So if I have really loved that particular book. There have been a couple over the years I reviewed because I truly hated them too.

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    "Extra Short Story"

    I've read most of David Baldacci's books.
    Absolute Power was not my favorite. The story was one of the worst books as far as ALL the descripted (my word) works of this author. It feels like he was day dreaming while he wrote.
    The story itself was great. I enjoyed the plot and the characters.
    I don't feel cheated by buying this audio book mainly because of the short story, No Time Left at the end. I would love to see Mr Baldacci do a full novel along the same line.
    I really do love Baldacci's characters and plots. I like that the endings leave me wanting to read the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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