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The Last President

By: Michael Kurland,S. W. Barton
Narrated by: Bryan Reid
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Publisher's Summary

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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Good timing.

What a fun book to listen to during these tense three days of vote counting.

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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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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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Enthralling Trumpian Prognostication

I found this alternate history of Nixon's second term unrestrained by Watergate to be frighteningly fascinating. While I thought that the turn against his Vice President to be unrealistic, perhaps Pence might feel differently. The characterization of Nixon (and the great voice actor portraying him) were a highlight.

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Corruption seems to permeate through our Govt

I enjoyed this book. Puts a light on what seems to be going through our own government at the moment. Complete disregard for it's people, Constitution and the problems caused by our Congress and President.

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Strong Start

This AH novel started strong, but somewhere around half way through it lost steam and the characters shifted from complex to cardboard. I did finish the novel, but with its obsessive focus on Washington D.C. to the exclusion of how any non-political people reacted to events lost my interest. The grammar and structure are excellent, the pacing was very good, but the characters were boring and predictable after the second chapter. Thank goodness the Audible performance made it easier to finish.

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Bad, just very, very bad

What to say, this novel jumps around like a kid hopped up on Sugar, introduces characters and then introduces more and more and more and did I mention its boring?

just avoid this one

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WOW, what a ride!

The Last President is a fantastic triller and worth the listen. The narrator is somewhat mechanical but does a good Nixon, and the story is worth putting up with him for. I was disappointed in very end, too Hollywood-esq for my taste but one can't have everything.

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Terrible

The narration was terrible. The story was unimaginative. Audible would do everyone a favor by deleting this title from its platform.

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Given the choice again I would avoid.

I made it about a half hour into the book and just could not do it anymore. Between the lame impressions and voices and a story that just went nowhere quickly I couldn't listen any longer.
I will have to check out other of the author's works to see if this is an aberration or his standard fare.