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The First Lady

Narrated by: Deborah McBride
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In James Patterson's new stand-alone thriller, one secret can bring down a government when the president's affair to remember becomes a nightmare he wishes he could forget.

Sally Grissom is a top secret service agent in charge of the Presidential Protection team. She knows that something is amiss when she is summoned to a private meeting with the president and his chief of staff without any witnesses. But she couldn't have predicted that she'd be forced to take on an investigation surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the first lady - with strict orders to keep it a secret. 

The first lady's absence comes in the wake of the scandalous, public revelation of the president's affair, so at first, it seems as though she is simply cutting off all contact as she recuperates at a horse farm in Virginia. What begins as an innocent respite quickly reveals itself as a twisted case when the White House receives a ransom note along with the first lady's finger.

©2018 James Patterson and Brendan DuBois (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Decent plot destroyed by terrible narration

My first question is: does anyone, say an editor, at Audible listen to books before they are released? About the 12th time the narrator called the Potomac River the "POT-uh-mac" I started wondering if they knew anything about our country. There was very little inflection and frankly sounded like she just wanted to get it over with, and made me feel the same way. There were also other mispronunciations, and sentences tended to run together. Being this is Audible, I expected a good performance. Story line was interesting, but I won't be hearing the rest of it.

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Terrible pronunciation

Potomac, Arapaho. Both completely mispronounced over and over.
Did Patterson hire the “discount” narrator?
Very irritating. The plot is unimaginative so far. And the action is jumbled. This one will be returned unless it gets better.

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Excellent book but a poor reading.

I enjoyed the book except that the reader was very distracting with all of the mispronounced words.

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Embarrassingly awful narration

Potomac = Pot uh mac
Pasta = past uh
Pancho = Pan cho vill uh
Maryland = Mary Land

I don’t know how the editors allowed this narration to get through quality control (I assume there’s quality control). Does anyone really not know how to pronounce this many commonly known and used words/names? It really took away from the story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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GREAT story, dull narration...

Needed a less robotic narration, could've been a nail biter but came across as boring.

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Good fun

Overall a good, fun book. But the narrator, although good at performance and delivery, has a strange deficit in the pronunciation of common American landmarks or history book words. The mispronounciation consistently and regularly, kept taking me out of the story.

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Surprise twist at the end...

Great story. Your reader doesn't know how to pronounce certain names, what a disappoint. Potomac was PAH tumack, not Puh TOH mick. The brred of horse was an issue, and a few others.

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Good characters

Compelling plot line. I like white house intrigue stories, does not disappoint, another good Patterson novel.

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g ood book

Great book very good storyline and I look forward to the next James Patterson novel

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One of the best in years!

I have read Patterson for years and this one is one of his best. From start to finish the reader’s attention is held and never let go. Wonderfully written...wonderfully Patterson!

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