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First Family Audiobook

First Family

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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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    phyllis san bernardino, CA, United States 07-24-12
    phyllis san bernardino, CA, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic AudioBook"
    What did you love best about First Family?

    The characters and action was first rate.


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

    The dirty details of politics.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

    All so good, cant pick just one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It wowed me. I have listened to it several times.


    Any additional comments?

    Each time I hear it, a new aspect comes to my attention.

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    Carolyn Traasdahl Boulder City, NV, US 07-14-12
    Carolyn Traasdahl Boulder City, NV, US 07-14-12
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    What made the experience of listening to First Family the most enjoyable?

    David Baldacci is one of my favorite authors. He always spins a good yarn and this one didn't disappoint.


    What other book might you compare First Family to and why?

    Maybe "Absolute Power". Because it was also about the first family but a very different story.


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    Florida Mom 06-11-12
    Florida Mom 06-11-12

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    "Good Story - Captures you right in & a good ending"
    Would you listen to First Family again? Why?

    Yes! It's easy to determine who the characters are, it's a thriller as in you want to know what is going to happen next, and the writing, readers and characters made this one of my favorites.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    He was spot on - very good.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this one, highly.

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    Constant viewer 04-29-12
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    "Sloppy writing, terrible sound effects"

    Baldacci is a pro who knows how to cook up an intricate plot and keep the narrative ticking away like a bomb. BUT this book reads like a first draft, complete with cliches and grammatical errors, poor character development and stilted dialogue. I can't help but think that if he had taken another six months to work over the plot and character elements and goose his writing style, this could have been a stunning thriller.

    The performance is another issue. McLarty's voice has range, but his delivery can be oddly stiff. He is not the problem, however. The faux suspenseful background music was horrible and intrusive. Even worse were the appalling sound effects--like the machine gun spatter--that accompanied the most dramatic scenes. Not just unnecessary but ridiculous, bordering on grotesque. I've never encountered this before in an audiobook and I pray I never do again!

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    Amazon Customer 01-01-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Loved Performance, not so great a story"

    I am a huge Baldacci fan and a fan of Michelle and Shawn (Sean, Shaun, whichever). I love Ron McLarty's narration. Not a fan of the story. The premise of the story was interesting, I just don't think it was written in the best way possible. Not his best work, but a great addition to the Michelle and Shawn story.

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    Amazon Customer 09-26-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Mysterious Enigma"

    I love a mystery. . .but in this story, it's mystery after mystery after mystery. Characters are continually being shocked by something the reader isn't told of. By the time you're halfway through the book, you really have NO idea what's going on and are starting not to care. Normally I listen as often as I can, finishing a 12 hour book in about week. This one? Not so much.

    By the time the mystery is revealed, you've forgotten what was relevant and what wasn't.

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    Tina Gainesville, GA, United States 04-08-11
    Tina Gainesville, GA, United States 04-08-11
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    "Best Book I've listened to ."

    I read a lot plus I listen to one to two books a month and I think this is the best book I have listened to. I have read all the books in this series and enjoed them all. The funny thing is I happen to pick the first one in this series because audible had first listens on sale. Im so glad I did. My advice is listen to them in order or you spoil it.

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    03-27-11
    03-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Wrong Narrator"

    When reading a series, the authors should not be allowed to change narrators. In the case of this book in particular Michelle goes from being a strong individual with issues to a weak one. The overall tone of the narrator more than the words changes the character, and not in a good way. Next book in the series better be narrated by Scott Brick or I'll be passing.

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    Susan Moab, UT, United States 11-11-10
    Susan Moab, UT, United States 11-11-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't put it down"

    Fascinating- couldn't figure out Sam's motivation until the very end. Listened 12 min. twice a day for a month and a half back and forth to work and had no trouble remembering what had happened or transpired. In the spellbinding parts, (and there were many) I was annoyed that I had to work inbetween the story bits. Well written and very enjoyable.

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 09-25-10
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 09-25-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Good But Not Great"

    There is no debate about how great a writer David Baldacci is or how wonderful a narrator Ron McLarty is (even tho I have missed Scott Brick). This story was entertaining but not quite as believeable as his other stories have been. Sean and Michelle jet back and forth along the southeastern coast running from one crisis to another and yet still have time to consider a romantic relationship? And all during that time a manipulating b---- of a First Lady is sabotaging their investigation that she hired them to conduct? In addition, they are the only ones to have enough sense to put the pieces together to be fed to a reporter who publishes the story just after the election? I expect more.

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