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Shall We Tell the President

Narrated by: Lorelei King
Series: Kane & Abel, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Six days until the killer strikes... 6 days, 13 hours and 37 minutes to go...

At the end of The Prodigal Daughter, Florentyna Kane is elected President - the first woman President of the United States. At 7.30 one evening the FBI learn of a plot to kill her - the 1572nd such threat of the year. At 8.30 five people know all the details. By 9.30 four of them are dead.

FBI agent Mark Andrews alone knows when. He also knows that a senator is involved. He has six days to learn where - and how. Six days to prevent certain death of the President.

©1977 Jeffrey Archer (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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very interesting as always

loved it and wish there were some action sound track. probably two readers female and male voices would make it more authentic.

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This Audible presentation was OK to listen to.<br />

As an audio edition, it was novel to listen to, narration was a bit dry.

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  • s
  • 10-05-13

Good but not his best

I like JA's style of writing. He gets you hooked straight away and with this book it is the same. Not really one of his best stories though, bit predictable and dull but nevertheless enjoyable.

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  • Patsy C
  • 01-16-18

Not up to J A standard

Did not think this book was up to Jeffrey Archers standard and the narration was terrible, the voice just grated. I as determined to finish it to see if it got better and it didn't. It was a eureka moment when at last it finished.

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  • Jennifer F Rice2
  • 12-11-15

A really good thriller

Just as good as when I first read the book nearly 49 years ago. Some of the details have been updated but it's basically the same story. I would thoroughly recommend this book.

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  • Chris Maguire
  • 04-12-19

Not Archer's finest work

After 4 brilliant Jeffery Archer books I was disappointed with Shall We Tell The President. A lot shorter than his other books it lacked the multiple plots and twists of Kane and Abel; Prisoner of Birth etc.

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  • kate
  • 03-23-19

Huge improvement on The Prodigal Daughter

Same narrator but she's learnt how to say the President's name. Wasn't sure I could face this with the grating mispronunciation.

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  • Mary Wehner
  • 11-26-18

Not the standard I have come to expect from Archer

The core plot is OK. Apparently some details have been updated for this version. Could it have been all the product placements ? The way the names and details are fired out without pause and are very hard to follow.
This isn't the standard I have come to expect from Jeffrey Archer. It smacks of a ghost writer or else J. Archer was trying to pad out the story to lengthen it. A lot of boring details have been put in which don't add in any way to the story.
If the story had instead been shortened to 6 hours, it could have held the tension level.
Lorelei King is a good narrator, but since this book is 90% male voices, perhaps a male reader would have come across better. This is not in any way to cast doubt on Lorelei King, as I think she had a good range of voices, even for all the men.
One thing that did make both this and The Prodigal Daughter (also narrated by Lorelei King) tiresome to concentrate on, was the way there wasn't even one breath left between scene change so many times I literally lost the plot.

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  • Dogbatse Kwame Patrick
  • 08-17-18

Not JA’s best

It was good write but certainly not his best. I don’t think the reader’s voice suited the book. As a result the narration was not captivating.

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  • 120131
  • 02-15-18

Gripping from beginning to end

Just could not put this down. Such a nicely written and narrated story, full of suspense and twists and turns.

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  • Mark
  • 06-19-17

Not what I expected

I thought this would pick up where the prodigal daughter left off and in a way it does, but this book isn't about Florentina Kane and her family, it does of course feature her but she plays a bit part.

I bought this book without reading anything about it other than it was part of the Kane and Abel series as I'm sure a lot of others would to.

Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it and I think it stands up as a stand alone story rather than the end of a trilogy.

It's action packed and there is a lot going on to keep you hooked.

My only criticisms are that the end seems a bit rushed, everything was boxed up and a bow put on it very quickly after quite a lot of build up. zit wasn't long enough for me, it seemed to fly by listening to it in the car going to work.
And finally I have nothing against the narrator, she was very good but I feel that the characters would have come across better with a male narrator being as most of the characters are male.

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  • carole
  • 10-28-16

sex

unnecessary sex scenes they did not add too the story or the tension.
Descriptions of Washington were interesting along with the workings of American government.

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  • Andy
  • 12-08-15

Awesome

Great way to finish. Loved it. Been a wonderful series from the beginning. Highly recommended.