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Publisher's Summary

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so?  

An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power. Full of what it truly feels like to be the person in the Oval Office - the mind-boggling pressure, the heartbreaking decisions, the exhilarating opportunities, the soul-wrenching power - this is the thriller of the decade, confronting the darkest threats that face the world today, with the highest stakes conceivable. 

©2018 Bill Clinton and James Patterson (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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not the best, but i still couldn't put it down

first off, i liked it, this review is mostly negatives but they are individual issues, as a whole it was an enjoyable story. First off this is not the story I thought it was. The title, and tagline suggest it is a search for the missing president, the president is instead the protagonist and narrator. The Big Problem was credible, and political thrillers can be forgiven if they over simplify and exaggerate the threat at times. But the plot felt like a series of red herrings. So that the resolution felt a little flat. The payoff was barely earned, with a deus ex machina to reward the heroes' noble but ultimately fruitless labor. The character of the president feels like the most basic power fantasy, he never makes a real mistake, he has all the answers all the time and has Sherlock level deductuve power. Even his illness, an attempt to give him a flaw, fails to matter at all to the plot. The assassin is a stock lady assassin with her super human killer skills, stoic cynical personality, and sympathetic sob story motives. A bit disappointing and no climactic showdown, perhaps innovative? Or realistic? but felt narratively empty. But it was an interesting glimpse into the mind of a president, especially one so dramatically remembered. The speech at the end is an odd touch, but like other political thrillers the author is permitted to do some moralizing and speculation. And I liked it. The next president should hire Patterson as a speech writer (or maybe Bill) The speculation fails slightly as the book fails to address the real problem with governmental cyber security, that of attracting the top talent. waving it away as inevitable without acknowledging the root causes. I would recommend this book to fans of the genre or the President but with a nod to the weaknesses in the plot

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fantastic

loved it! Dennis Quaid love his voice. I love both James Patterson and the former President Bill Clinton.

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fantastical to the extreme


excellent plot, lamentable execution. probably best suited for big screen. I will never again read neither of these authors

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Wordy

Basically, the book had an interesting and compelling plot. My suggestions would be to have women narrate the women’s dialogue. It becomes almost comical when the actor playing the president breaks into a woman’s voice. Also might suggest that the actors practice reading their parts more before recording. Many parts sounded like someone reading those lines for the very first time.
The story itself was a bit too wordy...so much description before explaining something. That got old.

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plot is missing

narrator was the best part of the listening experience. Plot was too predictable. Clinton keep your day job.

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Disappointing Narration. <br /><br />

The cocept and the "weapon" were fascinating and all too believable. The tone of the book seemed angry. I was very disappointed in Mr. Quaid's narration. I like him as an as actor, but he needs to stick to one character at a time. The other narators were much better to listen to, at least to my ears.

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The story was good - the performance was terrible

The only real complaint I have about this book was Dennis Quaid's voice- he should not narrate books. Very distracting and took away from the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed with story.

Found story lacking clarity. Embellishment of speech at end.
Otherwise enjoyed & listened to entire 7 hrs. Plus.

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Disappointing

I expected so much more. My friends from Arkansas gave me permission to quit at the mid way point... and I did.

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a little thin

The narration was good. I thought the story was a little bit thin. I didn't struggle to finish it but I wouldn't listen to it again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful