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When she turned the page and her gaze flickered over the date on top, it was as though the lightning 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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    5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding as always

Once I started listening to First Family it was almost impossible to put down. I had listened to the whole book in less than two days!! I have listened to every David Baldacci title available through Audible.com. I have enjoyed each and every one. First Family holds it's place with the others!! I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good suspense novel!!

93 of 101 people found this review helpful

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  • Armand
  • Glenville, NC, United States
  • 04-30-09

First Family

I have either read or heard on Audible all of David Baldacci"s books and found them all to be enjoyable with the exception his recent "First Family" which I though was terrible. I can't believe it was from the same author who has in the past written thoughtful and thrilling novels. This one is insipid and its hard to believe it was written by the same person. Even though Audible offered a special deal on the book it wasn't worth it.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Talk About Random

This is one of the worst books that I have listened to. There are incredible errors in the storyline. One minute the characters are doing an act in a certain way and then there is a sentence change and the characters have changed the way again. There are parts of the book that seem like they have been taken from other authors books.
I am listening to it just to see where the storyline goes next.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Well worth the listen!

Baldacci does not disappoint with this story. The plot is intricate, the characters are well developed and the ending had wonderful twists. Throughout the story, I kept having the feeling that something was not as it seemed but could not put my finger on exactly what it was. As I rushed to keep listening, I was sad to know the story was coming to an end.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Michael
  • Gilroy, CA, United States
  • 12-15-09

Not his best, plus annoying sound effects

Only a so-so book and plot. You had to wait till the end to find out what the "big plan" of the bad guy was, but other than not telling you till the end, the drama wasn't there.

What really drove me to write a review was the unneccesary sound effects and music. A decent book doesn't need repetitive music that sounds like it was lifted from a cheap video game to add suspense. Maybe the producers didn't trust the content to stand alone and thought it needed spicing up.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Disappointing

If you're looking for a good thriller, don't bother with this. Poorly written and researched, and mediocre narrator. Instead spend your credits on a Barry Eisler book.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Braam
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • 08-23-09

Annoying sound effects

The book was great, as expected. My only criticism is around the sound effects of the audiobook. It is the first audiobook that I have listened to that contains gunfire, explosion, lightning and other sound effects. It either implies the listener has no imagination or some sound tech was overzealous and couldn't keep his newly acquired sound clip library in check.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Donny
  • Rolla, Macau
  • 06-28-09

David Baldacci delivers again

I like the Sean, and Michelle characters in the book and have listened to all the series since "split second" was out. It is packed with action and drama all the way through.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

First Family Outstanding Story

First Family will keep you in suspense until the very end. Lots of action and great dialog. I highly recommend this story by Balducci

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Improbable, hurried writing, poorly researched.

Throughout this listen, I had the impression that this book was rushed to publication without distillation, reflection or consideration of purpose. I appreciate any book whose author writes about what he knows or at least has researched well enough to be convincing.

However, this commercialized effort by Mr. Baldacci falls flat as he describes places, people, and things that he is obviously unfamiliar with. Antebellum slave plantations in the northeast Alabama hill country? A woman attends her murdered mother's funeral and immediately returns to work with her smart mouthed sidekick who routinely chews out the First Lady without repercussions? And how can an electric generator be battery powered?

It appears that this book was written so fast to fill an annual quota that no consideration was given to plausibility or literacy, but relied heavily on readers' gullibility and fan loyalty.

Hopefully, future efforts by Mr. Baldacci will be better crafted, but I'll be very reluctant to gamble with my time and money on his books again.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful