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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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    Margaret Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-13-10
    Margaret Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-13-10 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best books I've listened to"

    I gave up half way through a book that wasn't holding my interest and began listening to "Absolute Power." I was hooked within the first five minutes. The plot is riveting. There are so many twists and turns in the story that I looked forward to every chapter. I listened to the last seven hours in one go on a rainy Sunday. I also enjoyed the reader. He did a great job of making subtle changes in his voice to distinguish among the characters. I told many people about how gripping the story is right from the beginning. I am anxious for a friend to listen to the book so we can discuss the whole story.

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    Andrea Seattle, WA, United States 11-26-10
    Andrea Seattle, WA, United States 11-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A little over the top"

    A fun read in the same way that eating cotton candy is "fun", although it leaves you unsatisfied when you are through. The characters are two-dimensional caricatures and the plot is more of a comic book than a novel, but heck, with enough suspension of disbelief, it can be fun.

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    Carol 11-24-10
    Carol 11-24-10
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    "Interesting"

    Not only was the premise hard to believe, but the plot twists were very unlikely. Definitely don't like Scott Brick as the reader. In spite of this, I thought it was worth listening.

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    Diana ponte vedra beach, FL, United States 11-23-10
    Diana ponte vedra beach, FL, United States 11-23-10

    Audible addict!

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    I am a AUDIBLE junkie and this one was rivotting.
    Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators.

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    Martha EAST BRIDGEWATER, MA, United States 10-16-10
    Martha EAST BRIDGEWATER, MA, United States 10-16-10
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    "JUST WONDERFUL"

    I like most Baldacci novels. This one, read by the wonderful Scott Brick, is, however, just the very best, and is among the best books I have ever read. It is gripping from the first sentence to last. Enjoy!

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    michael Rancho Cucamong CA 91730 10-15-10
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    "Fantastic"

    Great story from beginning to end and well paced. Ive read earlier reviews on this book about the narration but I honestly believe Scott Brick was fatastic. He read the way he was directed to read and thats how its supposed to be heard.

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    Christian Lavergne, TN, United States 09-29-10
    Christian Lavergne, TN, United States 09-29-10 Member Since 2015

    Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."

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    "Solid, solid book"

    Scott Brick really added to this book and it's SO much better than the movie. If you're wavering about listening because the movie was mediocre - this isn't the movie. You're all good!.

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    Terry San Angelo, TX, United States 02-16-10
    Terry San Angelo, TX, United States 02-16-10
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    "Movie was good, book is great!"

    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.

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    Mary Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 01-30-10
    Mary Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 01-30-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Narrator is SOOO Annoying!"

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Narrator is awful"

    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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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