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Publisher's Summary

Set at the heart of political power in Washington, DC, Absolute Power was the novel which launched David Baldacci's career as a worldwide best seller of thrilling fiction. The movie, starring Clint Eastwood, was a major box office success across the world.

In a heavily guarded mansion in the Virginian countryside, professional burglar and break-in artist Luther Whitney is trapped behind a one-way mirror. What he witnesses destroys his faith in not only justice but all he holds dear.

What follows is an unthinkable abuse of power and a criminal conspiracy, as a breathtaking cover-up is set in motion by those appointed to work for one of the most important people in the world - the president of the United States.

©2016 David Baldacci (P)2010 Hachette Audio US

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good read

had me going right to the end and then some. I'd recommend this book without hesitation.

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Omg Awesome

1st 2 chapters Allittle slow. but the rest rivioting couldnt stop listening love it. Awesome

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  • Jen
  • 06-04-2022

Fantastic!

I read this 20 or so years ago and loved listening to the audible version! Got me back into walking! Time goes by so fast when walking and listening. So exciting & a great thriller! I love his books!!

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Could not stop listening…

This is my first book of his and I absolutely loved it. Keep me wondering what was next the whole way through. Can’t wait to start the next one!

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Enthralling

It was just as enthralling the third time I heard it, after reading it on one occasion.

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fantastic

fantastic plot .At first i thought I wouldn't be able to listen to this-
too political but then it was murder and the pace was fast and I didn't want it to end .Love the characters and it was sad funny and thrilling all rolled into one.fantastic David Baldaci i want to see the movie.

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Amazing read

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jumped straight into the thick of the plot immediately. Would recommend

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Alright story spoiled by the narrator

I’ve heard more exciting eulogies. Great for falling to sleep to.
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once I became used to the narrator I found him to be OK to listen to. story was soooooo good I had to keep going for a walk to listen to more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-2021

Sullivans final moment

i loved the final moment Mr Sulivan shared with Presiden Allen. it was the apex of the story for me as he was able to decipher his wifes killer which shows how intelligent he was.

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  • 26-10-2016

Nice listen.

This was the book that began david baldacci's writing career and you can see why he is one of the best at what he does. Great action thrillers. I was so happy to see that audible finally had this book to download. Scott does another great job of narrating this book. If you want a good listen then this is the book for you.

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  • Stella Clarkson
  • 26-10-2016

un-put-downable

If you could sum up Absolute Power in three words, what would they be?

Suspense, rivetting, superb

Who was your favorite character and why?

Luther - a caring, good, bad guy

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Everything.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. I couldn't wait to get back to it, every time I had to take a break.

Any additional comments?

The best book I have listened to for a long time.

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  • clifford
  • 31-01-2018

dull slow lacks action more of a love story

so slow it is tedious over indulgent and little happens for.long periods don't waste your time.on this love story lacks action

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  • Mr Glenn Lloyd
  • 12-06-2017

Good story but...

Scott bricks narration was excellent as always and the story was good, however the daughter of Luther Whitney was so irritating that I almost gave up on the book every time she entered the story. I also could have done without the flag waving and orchestra at the end. A real shame.

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  • John O'Hara
  • 08-09-2021

Brilliant

I've read many of david Baldacci 's books, and decided to give this a once over. The book is well narrated and paced nicely to keep you coming back for more. Possibly one of the best books I've listened to / read of all time 👍

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  • Shaun
  • 29-01-2021

Ludicrous plot

A ludicrous plot, full of holes, with bungling Secret Service and police officers. Totally unbelievable. Scott Brick did his best with the material given to him.

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  • GFL
  • 14-05-2020

A gripping tale

My first book by this author. Excellent in every respect. I shall be seeking more.

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  • K A Crispe
  • 12-11-2019

One of the best..

I’ve read numerous David Baldacci books and I was already a big fan but this is definitely one of his best!

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  • mywallmum
  • 22-09-2019

gripped from beginning to end

loved this tale, got twists and turns, and a little shocker right at he beginning to get you into it,

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  • MR K Boucher
  • 28-07-2019

Absolute Power

I have never read any of this authors books. I really enjoyed it. Slowly I will read them all ... good job.

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