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When she turned the page and her gaze flickered over the date on top, it was as though the lightning outside had somehow grounded right into her. A billion volts of pain, a shriek of anguish you could actually see and feel as it pierced her. 

Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The first lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then-senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them - and the line between friend and foe impossible to define...or defend.

©2009 David Baldacci (P)2009 Hachette

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Narrateur

Scott Brick a lu les 3 premiers livres de cette série et il est incontestablement le maître de la narration. Dommage que les livres suivants ne soient pas lu par lui.

  • Global
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another great story

an exellent story. keeping you on the edge of your seats right to the end

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 24/04/2009

Outstanding as always

Once I started listening to First Family it was almost impossible to put down. I had listened to the whole book in less than two days!! I have listened to every David Baldacci title available through Audible.com. I have enjoyed each and every one. First Family holds it's place with the others!! I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good suspense novel!!

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Armand
  • 30/04/2009

First Family

I have either read or heard on Audible all of David Baldacci"s books and found them all to be enjoyable with the exception his recent "First Family" which I though was terrible. I can't believe it was from the same author who has in the past written thoughtful and thrilling novels. This one is insipid and its hard to believe it was written by the same person. Even though Audible offered a special deal on the book it wasn't worth it.

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas
  • 07/09/2009

Talk About Random

This is one of the worst books that I have listened to. There are incredible errors in the storyline. One minute the characters are doing an act in a certain way and then there is a sentence change and the characters have changed the way again. There are parts of the book that seem like they have been taken from other authors books.
I am listening to it just to see where the storyline goes next.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Carol B.
  • 28/06/2009

Well worth the listen!

Baldacci does not disappoint with this story. The plot is intricate, the characters are well developed and the ending had wonderful twists. Throughout the story, I kept having the feeling that something was not as it seemed but could not put my finger on exactly what it was. As I rushed to keep listening, I was sad to know the story was coming to an end.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Michael
  • 15/12/2009

Not his best, plus annoying sound effects

Only a so-so book and plot. You had to wait till the end to find out what the "big plan" of the bad guy was, but other than not telling you till the end, the drama wasn't there.

What really drove me to write a review was the unneccesary sound effects and music. A decent book doesn't need repetitive music that sounds like it was lifted from a cheap video game to add suspense. Maybe the producers didn't trust the content to stand alone and thought it needed spicing up.

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Chris Manning
  • 23/01/2010

Disappointing

If you're looking for a good thriller, don't bother with this. Poorly written and researched, and mediocre narrator. Instead spend your credits on a Barry Eisler book.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Braam
  • 23/08/2009

Annoying sound effects

The book was great, as expected. My only criticism is around the sound effects of the audiobook. It is the first audiobook that I have listened to that contains gunfire, explosion, lightning and other sound effects. It either implies the listener has no imagination or some sound tech was overzealous and couldn't keep his newly acquired sound clip library in check.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Donny
  • 28/06/2009

David Baldacci delivers again

I like the Sean, and Michelle characters in the book and have listened to all the series since "split second" was out. It is packed with action and drama all the way through.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Frank
  • 11/06/2009

First Family Outstanding Story

First Family will keep you in suspense until the very end. Lots of action and great dialog. I highly recommend this story by Balducci

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • dumbclub
  • 05/06/2009

Improbable, hurried writing, poorly researched.

Throughout this listen, I had the impression that this book was rushed to publication without distillation, reflection or consideration of purpose. I appreciate any book whose author writes about what he knows or at least has researched well enough to be convincing.

However, this commercialized effort by Mr. Baldacci falls flat as he describes places, people, and things that he is obviously unfamiliar with. Antebellum slave plantations in the northeast Alabama hill country? A woman attends her murdered mother's funeral and immediately returns to work with her smart mouthed sidekick who routinely chews out the First Lady without repercussions? And how can an electric generator be battery powered?

It appears that this book was written so fast to fill an annual quota that no consideration was given to plausibility or literacy, but relied heavily on readers' gullibility and fan loyalty.

Hopefully, future efforts by Mr. Baldacci will be better crafted, but I'll be very reluctant to gamble with my time and money on his books again.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas@Marburg
  • 29/06/2009

Ein neuer King-Maxwell-Thriller.... Lesenswert!

Gewohnte Baldacci-Qualität! Der vierte Thriller aus der King-Maxwell-Reihe. Vielleicht nicht ganz so gut, wie die ersten beiden, doch nach dem teilweise etwas schwächeren dritten Teil wieder ein klasse Buch!

Wieder einmal gelingt es Baldacci den „hörenden Leser" schnell in seinen Bann zu ziehen und ihn mit den Schicksalen der verschiedenen Protagonisten unterschiedlicher, zunächst scheinbar unverbunden nebeneinander stehender Handlungsstränge mit fiebern zu lassen.

Ein besonders gelungener Schachzug diesmal:
Baldacci schafft es den Leser in Zwiespalt gegenüber dem eigentlichen „Bösewicht" der Story zu bringen. Natürlich müsste man ihn verurteilen, negative Gefühle gegen ihn hegen, doch fast muss man sich auf seine Seite schlagen. Und will man doch, dass die „Guten" in Baldaccis Thriller nicht zu Schaden kommen, so wünscht man sich trotzdem fast, dass besagter „Bösewicht" sein Ziel erreicht. Eine pikante Zwickmühle, der sich der Leser nur schwer entziehen kann.

Am Ende gelingt es Baldacci geschickt, die scheinbar zunächst völlig unverbundenen Handlungsstränge eng mit einander zu verweben und daraus ein rundes und schlüssiges „Gesamtpaket" zu machen. Da verzeiht man sogar, dass zumindest einer dieser Handlungsstränge gerade zu Beginn auch ein paar Längen hat.

Auch der Sprecher macht seine Sache nicht schlecht. Man kann ihm gut zuhören. Doch trotz der durchaus guten Leistung, kommt er an Scott Brick, welcher einen Großteil von Baldaccis Büchern liest, nicht heran. Für die nächsten Bücher würde ich mir also wieder den „Star-Sprecher" wünschen.

FAZIT: Klasse Buch, wenn auch nicht der beste Baldacci, dennoch ganz weit vorne unter all seinen Titeln. Lesen!!!

P.S. Wer die anderen Bücher der King-Maxwell-Reihe noch nicht kennt, dem empfehle ich zunächst die Vorgänger zu lesen. Besonders aber der 3. Teil ist wichtig für Teil 4!

1. Split Second - Im Bruchteil der Sekunde
2. Hour Game - Mit jedem Schlag der Stunde
3. Simple Genius - Im Takt des Todes

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • knigsecker123
  • 20/05/2010

einfach nur toll

Nach kurzer Zeit gelingt es Baldacci bereits den Hörer emotional zu fesseln. Wirklich gelungen der Schwenk von "Gut" zu "Böse" und danach noch dazu ein Finale zu bringen, welches als Zuhörer akzeptiert werden kann. Für mich eines der besten Bücher von Baldacci. Fesseld bis zum Schluß und 5 Sterne sicher wert. Ron McLarty hat seine Sache auch wirklich sehr gut gemacht und dem ganzen noch zusätzlich Leben gegeben. Einzig störend in diesem Buch waren die vielen, meiner Meinung nach unnötigen Audioeinschaltungen, vor allem wenn man es beim Autofahren hört.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • benala
  • 26/03/2010

Spannend

Wer diese Themen mag, wird Spass haben mit dem Hörbuch. Aber nicht zu viele Bücher von David Baldacci in kurzer Zeit, dann könnte es nerven.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Keith Fulcher
  • 22/08/2009

Baldacci does not disappoint

Baldacci does not disappoint with yet another Sean King and Michele Maxwell thriller.Plot: First Family is David Baldacci's follow-up to Simple Genius. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are summoned by Pam Dutton to instruct them on their next case. Before they can meet with her, however, they notice two men running from the scene firing their guns. As they investigate the house they notice Pam is dead, but, Willa, her eldest daughter, is missing. Subplots are plenty as Michelle, who is still struggling to come to terms about her mother's death, returns home to be with her father.David Baldacci has once again delivered a novel that will captivate its readers....