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Absolute Power Audiobook

Absolute Power

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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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    Christian Vienna, IL, USA 06-16-10
    Christian Vienna, IL, USA 06-16-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good listen"

    This book was like the movie in the fact that the characters were named the same - oh and the title was the same. This book is MUCH better than the movie. 4 stars from me is like 5 from someone else. I really enjoyed the book and looked forward to listening to it - which is a good measure for me.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Wells 01-03-10
    S. Wells 01-03-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolute Power Corrupting Absolutely"

    This is up to this author's usual well written literary standards, with a good reader, plot, and story. It is, unfortunately, entirely believable, given our recent (and known long past) political history. Hopefully, this plot will always be (have been) fictional; though something tells me that there is more to the fiction than fiction, either now, or in the past or future.

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Marcel D. 09-05-16
    Marcel D. 09-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Predicable and tedious"
    What disappointed you about Absolute Power?

    The author's unimaginative descriptions of things, events, situations. To the author's point - this was his first published book and it is revealed in it's elementary style.


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    The product endorsement/placement of Lexus automobiles.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    No. The narration was horrible. The attempt by the reader to mimic the various voices of the plot was ineffective.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 07-29-16
    Anne 07-29-16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Buchta Dallas TX 07-16-16
    D. Buchta Dallas TX 07-16-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Never wrote a review before"
    If you could sum up Absolute Power in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Exciting, Gripping


    Any additional comments?

    My first Baldacci novel narrated by one of my favorites- Scott Brick. He is superb for these type of books. I do not hesitate one bit in recommending this book for all to enjoy. I won't go into the story and detailing scenes and characters...Read it, you won't be disappointed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 05-25-15
    Tammy 05-25-15 Member Since 2017
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.


    3 of 4 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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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