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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

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"[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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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 11-01-11

Whoa! Absolute Power? Right!

This novel makes me trite. I wanna keep writing... "This is really really good!" Okay, so Baldacci deserves a bunch more.

Um, characters? Okay... I can't figure out why the lead guy tolerates the girls he does. But... but... if he didn't this whole thing would have come apart and so they become like a crazy glue that holds my cart together as it twists all around this story track. The thing's got more wrinkles than Joan River's neck. And they all work to focus on an entirely satisfying ending. Understand, you know who dunnit from the first chapter. You know what every character contributes. And yet... yet... Baldacci makes you want to want to keep going. Imagine, this was a FIRST NOVEL! Holy S**T!

Oh, BTW, I've had a low tolerance for Scott Brick's performance in the past. Yeah, I'm alone.. right. But usually his overbearing sense of foreboding is so damned portentous and yet here... well.. he's a genius. Okay... he's bringing me around.

If you haven't read Absolute Power.. and you enjoy thrillers..... What's wrong with you?

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • Andre
  • Ithaca, NY, United States
  • 11-20-10

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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A good read.

As are most of Baldacci's books, this is a good one and if you've seen the movie, it's interesting seeing how they extracted the movie from the book. It's not a great book, but it keeps your interest. It's well read too. A bit longer than it needs to be ... but that's a quibble. If you are looking for a fast paced novel with a high body count -- and at least one really evil bad guy at the center -- and you don't mind that the plot is predictable, it's a good read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wow

Great book! While we saw the movie years ago, this book captured your attention from moment one. The level of detail and intrigue made me anxious as to when I would have the opportunity to get back and listen again! I hated to stop! Sorry it is over, Baldacci never lets you down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Absolute Power...Absolute Read!

This is an excellent novel by David Baldacci. I read it many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it; however, with the excellent narration by Scott Brick, I was able to enjoy it in a whole new way! This book is suspenseful from its opening chapter as it intricately combines sex, law, business, politics and murder! I highly recommend!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • Smithsburg, MD, United States
  • 06-06-11

Narrator

I loved the book. I could not listen to Scott Brick, He is my least favorite narrator. So I had to read the book the old fashioned way.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Ugly, felt sick listening to beginning.

Nasty, murderous, potty-mouthed immoral people. I have to deal with those types in real life...I want lovely, admirable, unselfish people of integrity, villains optional, and an intricate twisty plot for my entertainment. I want to be uplifted, not sickened. Perhaps informed in something I did not know. I did not get that. I am not returning this for credit as I want to do this review.

I only listened to the beginning. Horrible.

Repulsive. If you are not a voyeur or psychopath, avoid this story.

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Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

This was the first David Baldacci book I ever read. Read it in paperback way back in the early 1990's and fell totally in love with the person who could create such a fascinating work of fiction. I still have the paperback version and have read it a couple more times. When I saw the book available as an ebook at Audible.com I just couldn't resist buying it.

The character of the president is very believable. His Chief of Staff is a bit weaker than I remembered her being. The two Secret Service agents are spot on what we would visualize them to be. The two main characters are perfect. Baldacci could not have sketched these two more perfectly, especially Luther's daughter and her feelings toward her father; but the really interesting character for me and the one that I held my breath when the end came for him and whose death I had to rationalize to myself was that of Luther, the burglar with a conscience.

I highly recommend this book. The senseless act that initiated the actions in this story could happen given the characters we have elected to the While House beginning with Bill Clinton.

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Good story

But the sing-song narration was off-putting. The writing is really good and I will read more from Mr Baldacci.