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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The President Is Missing by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson, read by Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, Jeremy Davidson, and Mozhan Marno, with an extract read by Bill Clinton.

The President is missing.

The world is in shock.

But the reason he’s missing is much worse than anyone can imagine.

With details only a President could know, and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver.

©2018 James Patterson and Bill Clinton (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"The dream team delivers big time...Clinton’s insider secrets and Patterson’s storytelling genius make this the political thriller of the decade." (Lee Child) 

"I felt like I was right along with the characters for the shocking twists and turns you’ll never guess are coming. Patterson and Clinton have created a truly unique character in their ‘missing’ President. The President Is Missing puts the listener inside the White House and inside the mind of a President grappling with extraordinary circumstances." (Dennis Quaid)

"Yes, The President Is Missing is fiction - it’s a thriller - but James Patterson and I have come up with three of the most frightening days in the history of the presidency. And it could really happen...These days, the seemingly impossible can happen. And it happens so fast. I believe that readers will not soon forget President Jonathan Duncan and his story." (Bill Clinton)

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what a let down

So un-James Patterson.

I forced myself to listen to the long-winded dribble and by chapter 88 when I picked up the phrase "now slow is slowly" I could not have agreed more. We finally got a bit of motion by chapter 100 or so and when the nail-biting (yeah sure) problem is solved in chapter 112 I sigh with relief that it is close to finishing. Incredible characters

Don't waste your time on this very boring tale. It could be set up and solved in 6 chapters and still not have lost any of the story.

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Annoying

Arrived at Chapter 9, how I haven’t already returned this.
If I wanted a play I would go to to theatre.
The narrator changing every 2 minutes is beyond annoying, just read the book. I will probably return this and buy on Kindle.

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  • Simon
  • 06-05-18

For a Star Turn it's Hit and Miss

A thriller co-written by President Clinton is something very worth investigating and in truth this is a long way from the worst audiobook I've ever listened to. There is a decent enough story in here about cyber-terrorism and as I work in the industry I think there is some good technical detail in the plot but also some rather glaring exaggerations. I really enjoyed the opening though like the title it eventually proves to be mis-direction. I liked some of the build-up but the story was oddly-paced, starting well, slowing in the middle and then wrapping rapidly to a fairly uninspiring conclusion.

The writing style and realisation of the potential for getting the inside scoop isn't great. There is some good detail about process and structure of the US government but nothing you won't find elsewhere. Anyone hoping that Clinton would reveal great detail about the inner working of the Whitehouse is in for a disappointment. In addition Patterson seems to feel the need to additionally explain lots of the blatantly obvious about what characters are thinking or trying to communicate. Once I noticed it happening it tended to jounce the narrative around and meant for an uneven ride.

The cast chosen for this is of course top class. Dennis Quaid who played Bill Clinton in the 2010 TV movie "The Special Relationship" assumes the lead and gives an excellent rasping rendition of President Jonathan Duncan. Unfortunately there's a huge difference between playing a single character and being a lead narrator. Here he is required to voice many of the supporting characters and his efforts there vary from fair to genuinely painful, especially when called on to perform some of the female and accented characters. January LaVoy gives us her lusciously smooth delivery but has the misfortune of relating the story of possibly one of the most stereotypical female assassins ever inflicted on the fictional world.

In the end I was mildly entertained by the whole thing but finished it with a sense of disappointment. My overall impression is that the writer can't have guided President Clinton very well. the lead, President Jonathan Duncan, was a bit too predictably noble and selfless and seemed to spend rather too much time pondering meaningful philosophical thoughts at a time of crisis. There is a clear subtext from Clinton trying to emphasise how difficult it is being President and at times it felt like self-justification.

I sound very critical and maybe it's because I expected a lot more from this. Forgetting who was involved and just concentrating on the story it's an entertaining enough read and it's good to pass the time but I can't agree with President Clinton's suggestion that it's a story that will live long in the memory.

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  • Craig
  • 06-11-18

Had potential but did not deliver

[Spoiler towards the end of review] Could have worked but fell short on pretty much every level. Not terrible just reliant on celebrity for its appeal. If this had been a debut novel it would have been largely ignored I think. Hoped to be pleasantly surprised but that didn’t happen. The preaching speech at the end was the final nail...

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  • Mich
  • 06-08-18

Enjoyable!!!

I truly enjoyed the political intrigue. I did not want to put it down. Brilliantly written. There were long speeches in between but in context of the Presidency, it was apt.

Thank you.

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  • Bradley
  • 06-12-18

Good story

Good story that is very believe-able and based the worlds dependance on computers, enjoyable

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  • Michael
  • 06-11-18

Boring

I stopped listening after 4 hours, it is just so boring. The story (as far as there is one) is tedious, dull, and the narration does not help either. I am very disappointed.

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  • Andy Griffiths
  • 06-09-18

brilliant

loved it-eell written and well read. gripping from start to finish-sad that it had to end

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  • Philip
  • 06-08-18

Good thriller worth a go<br />

Not sure on some of the technical details but putting that aside the book is a good listen. A good political thriller well written, no surprise with James Patterson.

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  • Clare
  • 06-11-18

Hmm... disappointed!

I was quite excited by the potential of this book, lots of big names involved, but the end result was disappointing. My main issue was that I found the president boring. He spends too much time pondering & lamenting everything and his internal dialogue is largely tedious. The start is also slow and the impeachment saga leaves me feeling like Clinton is unable to separate his personal frustrations with US politics from this fictional writing. If there is a next time, I hope Patterson can use his red pen a bit more!

Also, Dennis Quaid, who I’m very happy to watch on the screen, does not make a great narrator. His voice is too distinctive and lacks variety. I can see the appeal of using a famous actor, but really the professional narrators are much better! So, I fear his performance was the final nail for me, but ultimately the whole thing was hard work.

If there is a 2nd book, I’ll probably give it a go, but only because I hope they can sharpen it up next time... fingers crossed!

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  • Yasir
  • 06-05-18

Comical Narration

The narrator spoiled what would otherwise have been a good audiobook. Some of the accents were quite comical. In particular the Russian sounded like a cross between Sergei the meerkat and Yoda, and the German sounded more French than German at times.

Although quite funny at first, it became quite jarring and ruined my overall enjoyment of the book.

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  • Juliet
  • 06-09-18

Go Clinton!

Fast paced, well written with sustained momentum in a plot well above Patterson's usual standards. Clinton's weighty contribution is clear. The American patriotism was inevitable but doesn't lessen a thoroughly good read.

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  • Paul
  • 06-15-18

MUST HAVE BEEN HARD TO WRITE BECAUSE ...

This book must have been hard to write because it sure is hard to listen to. I like James Patterson andI don't mind Bill Clinton but, this is the most boring and tedious book I have listened to,. I was going to buy itas an eBook as well but, I am glad I didn't. Overly long, very slow, and dull. Too much narrative justifications and reasons for each action, almost like out is trying to combine an education on what deliberations a President goes through with a novel. It does not work. Very disappointing purchase.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-18

Load of dribble

What a load of dribble there is in this story. It is a sickly sweet vision of how Bill Clinton would like the US to be.
The story had moments, but lapsed into self serving dribble. Characters were not finalized satisfactorily for me. Bach - what happened there. And why were we subject to the same 15 mins the speech again at the end of the book - it was hard enough to listen to the first time.

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  • fiona
  • 06-14-18

easy listen

I found the narrator read well but his voice is not super clear so difficult to listen to if there is other noise around, needed much louder volume than usual. the female narrator was good but perhaps an actor with an actual eastern European accent would be a better choice.
Story itself rolled along well and had enough intrigue to be interesting but very "Americans are the best and will save the world" and paternalistic towards other cultures. I could almost picture the movie with a American flag flying at the end.

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