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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

Critic Reviews

"[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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    5 out of 5 stars

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.

58 of 60 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-23-15

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.

96 of 101 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Pavel
  • Czech Republic
  • 01-30-11

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.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Patti
  • Valencia, CA, United States
  • 07-26-10

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!

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Five Stars for the first two-thirds.

First of all, Scott Brick's performance of this book is stellar. One of the best I've heard. Combine that with the first two-thirds of the storyline, and more than once I found myself smiling and thinking, "What a GREAT book! I LOVE this book." The characters were well developed and the scenes were described in such a way that I was there in the room with the characters, experiencing horror, shock, amusement, amazement, and all of the dialog and reactions to the given situations right with the characters. Everything about this book was brilliant, including the oral delivery.

But then, the author started to fail me. I wanted to say to David Baldacci, "Sometimes LESS is MORE." The bigger than life story spun out of control into the realm of complete unbelievability. It got so out of his control that he started to explain what was happening through characters recounting events to others, rather than having us live through them with the characters as before.

After so much of the book being edge-of-my-seat exciting, I felt like the author was trying too hard to add every imaginable bit of action into an already heavy plot instead of continuing to work through to a conclusion that would tie it all up. It just became a hot mess, and while the loose ends were tied up, it was done hurriedly as if to meet deadline.

My disappointment resulted in the decline from a five-star book to a three-star rating. Such a shame. I hope his later works haven't followed the same path and I will try this author again based alone on the first two-thirds. Given all this, it was worth it. Especially Scott Brick's performance.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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!

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Too much detailed sex

The story itself was intense and kept you engaged. However that being said there was just way too much descriptive sex. It was totally unnecessary and didn't add to the story just took away from it. I'm not a prude but this went over board what was comfortable. The sex scenes seem pornagraphic.

42 of 46 people found this review helpful

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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.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Needed an editor and a different narrator

Pros:
Terrific plot. Balducci involves the President in murder and only stretches my credulity to the NEAR-breaking point.

Characters: Some of them are interesting and have depth and believability.

I liked discovering the differences between the book and the movie (which I thought was terrific.)

Cons:
Length. This book desperately needed an editor. The pace of the story is excruciatingly slow and some of the setups and scenes were painfully and unnecessarily drawn out, repetitive or repetitive and repetitive. How many times must a character sit and think about him or herself in angst-filled detail? Just about the time the pace would pick up and the story would begin to advance ... stop... more thinking.

Scott Brick: He made a too-long story longer by the pacing of his narration. He read so slowly at times (especially the boring times) that I was tempted to speed up my IPod. I also really get distracted by his "gushy", overly dramatic, catch-in-the-throat style for reading almost every scene.

Too many oh-come-on-now! moments: It starts when the President's Chief of Staff has sex with him while he's passed out drunk. Um... has Balducci never heard the expression "whisky d--k"? That's only the first example.

It's only OK.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 12-08-12

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.

30 of 35 people found this review helpful