To Kill the President

Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
Series: Maggie Costello, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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A blockbuster thriller from number one Sunday Times best-selling author Sam Bourne, in which Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president.

The unthinkable has happened….

The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford 'Mac' McNamara.

When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the president comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes.

Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the president - and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the president and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant - or commit treason against her commander in chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

©2017 Sam Bourne (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Bourne has proved he can more than rub shoulders with the likes of John Le Carre and Robert Harris." ( Mirror)
"An intelligent, finely crafted mystery that brilliantly channels the anxieties of our time." ( The New York Times)
"A strikingly fresh thriller…ingeniously realized." ( Sunday Times)

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Scaringly relevant!!

This fiction book could be written about the
sitting president. It is both a commentary about the chaos that seems to encircle the current administration and a capitivating action driven story!

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  • Gadget Freak
  • 09-05-17

An interesting - and plausible - story.

What did you like most about To Kill the President?

A plausible and interesting story.

What didn’t you like about Jennifer Woodward’s performance?

Her attempts to "voice" the various characters was, to my ears, strained and irritating. Your experinece may differ.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Rather it made me think.

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  • Marco Marini
  • 01-19-19

gripping

couldn't put it down, great narrator, story a bit out there but really really entertaining

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  • Allan D Lauder
  • 09-18-18

Relevant and well thought out but a liitle fetched

Great read and a good book, a little far fetched towards the end but couldn't put it down, I shall read more from this author

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  • Rob E
  • 08-27-18

Brilliant book.

The story had lots of twists and turns. It made politics thrilling, exciting and would highly recommend.

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  • Peter Davidson
  • 08-13-18

Super story

A totally believable tale especially in today's American political climate. My first book by these authors, it won't be my last.

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  • Laura
  • 08-02-18

A good read!

The only thing that I found distracting was the narrators attempt of different accents. Really enjoyed this audiobook though!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-18

Dire

Weak story. Awful narrator. Worst Irish accent I have ever heard. Disappointing. I expected much better from this story.

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  • Steve Hocking
  • 12-01-17

Great story

Great story. It could almost be true. Not a fan of the narration. The voice is grating.

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  • Margaret
  • 09-05-17

CHANGE THE NARRATOR. NOW.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A narrator of intelligence and ability.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Unable to form an opinion. The female narrator was excruciating, managed less that 2 hours before giving up disgusted. Will continue in book form. Infact, bought 3 copies. No one to irritate me, but myself.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jennifer Woodward’s performances?

NEVER.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To Kill the President?

THE NARRATOR.

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Excellent novel killed by horrible rendition, like listening to an high school girl over acting a script. Never heard an American narrate anything so poor. You'll be irritated beyond belief, if you love the English language.

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  • Mr. R. Cullen
  • 09-24-19

Decent plot but quite wooden

Firstly, the narration is a challenge you must overcome to get to the end of this book. Read the other comments...

The plot itself, isn’t too bad. Clumsy and heavy handed (particularly the obvious Trump references) at times but some fairly pleasing weaving of different strands at others.

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  • Brian
  • 01-05-20

A good story

I struggled a little at first but after the first couple of chapters managed to get into it.
I found the narrator excellent.
Of course, tjis story is relevant given the current president of the United States and one can only hope that he suffers the same fate as the president in this story. however, I would have loved it had the book carried on a little longer and given us some indication of what happened, was the impeachment process successful and what punishment was meted out if and when found guilty.
I enjoyed the character of Maggie although her story became a little bogged down from time to time.
the existence of Rosemary was very interesting and I particularly enjoyed the twist at the end of the story when Maggie visited Stewart again and we discovered she had been talking to him and he was talking to her from his grave.
having given this somewhat cursory critique I have to add that I have always subscribed to the saying that those you can, do and those who cannot become critics.
I have always despised those who refuse to go and see a new play or read a new book simply because some horses rear end of a critic decides whether or not it is good or bad.
Watching a play or reading a book are completely subjective and each person should feel free to decide for themselves.
at least they will have made up their own sinds and not simply accepted the opinion of one of the aforesaid horses Rear ends.

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  • Robert Barwick
  • 11-26-17

Demented fantasy

Jonathan Freedland, establishment shill that he is, has projected the nightmare fantasy of mainstream liberals that Trump is evil incarnate, and therefore his assassination is justified. Although the hero makes a token effort to stop the assassination, nevertheless the reader/listener is effectively incited to want the killing to succeed, in the way we wish Hitler had been assassinated. Freedland doesn't even try to disguise his presidential character is Trump. The author's political commentary, including his vicious attacks on the anti-war UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is virtually the opposite of Trump but nevertheless also a political outsider, show he is not a normal author, but has an agenda, which is to defend the establishment. Therefore I regard the intention behind this book as dangerous.
That said, it gets humorous in parts. For instance, the assassin reassures himself that only conspiracy nuts will think the assassination is a conspiracy, when in fact that is exactly what it is! Freedland is on record ridiculing JFK conspiracy theorists, yet he can only make his assination story credible by making it a conspiracy.
Otherwise, the narration is excellent.