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Set in an alternative reality where "All the President's men" do not get caught at Watergate, this "shockingly believable" novel presents the frightening scenario of what could happen if a powerful but paranoid American chief executive goes out of control.

©1980, 2013 Michael Kurland and Barton Whaley (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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I guess we can still kick Richard Nixon around!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd probably condense it a little bit. There's almost too many characters and too much going on. While it all does eventually coalesce at the end, sometimes the roads you have to go down get very long and winding.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Kurland and S. W. Barton again?

I might. It's a solid story, just needs some tweaking.

Which character – as performed by Bryan Reid – was your favorite?

Reid does a great Nixon- sorry, "The President". While there are many people who can imitate him, Reid manages to do much more than that, managing to get just the right emotion from the character as he rises to power.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Definitely. I'm a big fan of alternate history, and I think condensing the book down to a movie could really make it something special.

Any additional comments?

The scary part of this book is seeing how easy some of the events could happen, how one little change to history makes a world of difference. It also shows how quickly power can corrupt someone, and does a good job of reminding us how the path to hell is littered with good intentions. Reid does a great job of bringing the characters to life, and I would definitely read another book narrated by him.

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Loved It! Truly Amazing!

If you could sum up The Last President in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining! Engaging! Imaginative!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last President?

The last 10 or 12 chapters were fantastic because of how the story develops. I cannot describe them here because it would spoil the book for others. Quite a ride!

What about Bryan Reid’s performance did you like?

Everything! Bryan Reid consistently invented creative voices for countless convincing characters through out the book.The precision with which he switched characters during heated debates was riveting and gave this book an energy and life that was palpable. Although my favorite character was Edward St Ives, who was the perfect mix of slime, sarcasm and southern charm, Mr Reid's "impersonation" of Richard Nixon was FLAWLESS! It was eerie how well he achieved every subtle nuance of Richard Nixon's personality through his speech patterns and pauses. This was beyond narration! I have no idea how he achieved this but.... BRAVO!!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I would have loved to! It was hard to put down!

Any additional comments?

This book has tremendous appeal as an audio book. This is one of those stories better told than read. Very, Very enjoyable listen!!! I highly recommend it as one for any Audible listener's library!

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