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First Family | [David Baldacci]

First Family

Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.
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Publisher's Summary

When she turned the page and her gaze flickered over the date on top it was as though the lightening outside had somehow grounded right into her. A billion volts of pain, a shriek of anguish you could actually see, and feel, as it pierced her.

Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them - and the line between friend and foe impossible to define...or defend.

©2009 David Baldacci; (P)2009 Hachette

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    05-12-09
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    "Twists and Turns"

    Lots of action ... hard to guess in what is behind Mr. Sam's kidnapping. Very suspenseful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Albuquerque, NM, USA 04-29-09
    Ian Albuquerque, NM, USA 04-29-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Must-listen for King/Maxwell fans"

    After a disappointing previous effort that I thought got bogged down in psychobabble and torture politics, Baldacci really delivers with an exciting main plot, a shocking sub-plot, powerful reverses and rewarding resolutions. Sam Quarry is an intensely memorable character, made even more so by Ron McLarty, whose talented voice also adds soul to the laconic Sean King.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-17-12
    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about First Family?

    Ron McLarty is the best! And Baldacci always weaves a great tale. Great audiobook partnership. This plot kind of dragged a bit. Two story lines going on at once got a little distracting at times, but it came together pretty well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First Family?

    I love it when people in power get what they deserve, despite their wealth and power.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-14-12 Member Since 2014

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    "An average read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The personalities of Sean & Michelle seems to have changed, don't know if this was the narration or the actual story. I liked the pair in the other novels, but now couldn't care what happens to them at all.I was very disappointed in the story. There was no real mystery in either of the two short stories which were combined to make a novel lenght book.


    Would you recommend First Family to your friends? Why or why not?

    There are so many really great audio books available, I could not recommend this particular one.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Ron Larty naratted well, but I did not like how Michelle was portrayed. But that could have been the authors fault.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the first few books in this series, but I don't think I'll be reading any more. Anyone got a really good mystery writer they would like to recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fallon denver, CO, United States 12-10-11
    Fallon denver, CO, United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Capturing Story"

    The book is very entertaining and captured me immediately. I was drawn into the story right from the start and couldn't stop listening to it. Sometimes unabridged books can drag on and on...and often i would get into a book and just stop listening. Not necessarily because it was bad, just lost interest. That definitely wasn't the case in this story. The odd music/sound effects every once in a while is a bit corny but doesn't take away from the story.

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    Joanne 12-08-11
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    "Great Characters!"
    If you could sum up First Family in three words, what would they be?

    Roller coaster ride!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First Family?

    How much you love to hate the


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is a wonderful reader. Whether its a male of female voice, he is right on! Thanks Ron!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What's in your family tree?


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    Lee Resources, Inc. (Consignment) 09-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Baldacci Read"

    This book further proves Baldacci's genius as a writer. It is one of his all time best among many great books. I highly recommend it.

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    I did not want to stop listening. GREAT Book. First Family. The reader was great too.

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    Gregory Salem, VA, USA 01-16-10
    Gregory Salem, VA, USA 01-16-10
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    "exciting story"

    Baldaci out did himself with this story. It will hold your excitment beginning to end. The end will be a suprise. Several substories are included withing the main one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christer Laholm, SwedenSweden 09-03-09
    Christer Laholm, SwedenSweden 09-03-09
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    "Baldacci is a master plot writer"

    This is once again the kind of excitement by Baldacci that will give you the creeps! It should actually be banned from motor vehicles because of the danger you expose others to when forgetting about everything else than the excitement of the story. Yet another excellent narrator makes this audio book perfect!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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