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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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Couldn't stop listening

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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classic political intrigue.

it seemed far fetched a few years ago when I first read this. now, well it almost seems like reality writing.

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so good

wasn't expecting the twists and turns. what a great story. actually went for long walks so that I could listen to it....fantastic story for an Audible presentation.

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  • anthony
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Scopesie
  • 03-03-2018

Exactly what I was expecting!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes it is entertaining, and that's the point of these books/audiobooks after all. You don't need to think too hard about the plot or the characters as they are clearly drawn and, basically, pretty straightforward.

What did you like best about this story?

It goes at a great pace, with the next plot development very far away.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

He's the master narrator for this sort of stuff - easy to listen to for a long stretch in the car, for example.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not moved as such, but it is satisfying when the story neatly comes to the final scene, carefully crafted throughout the book.

Any additional comments?

It you like Baldacci, or Scott Brick, then go for this one - they are both on great form.

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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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  • Kenneth
  • 07-01-2018

Excellent read to a fantastic story

The best read book I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. Scott Brick is an excellent narrator and he brought the story to life with all its emotions and twists as only David Baldacci could bring to put to pen and paper.

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  • Jenny Elliott
  • 13-11-2017

Absolute Power

Love all David Baldacci books, this was a good as all the others. This I believe was his first book and it is excellent.

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  • Iain Murray
  • 21-06-2017

reasonably good story.

saw the movie years ago so was looking forward to this. unfortunately this book has an awful narrator. wears you down despite a strong storyline.

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  • Timedout
  • 20-05-2017

Worth a listen but the narrator was annoying

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I wouldn't rave about it but I wouldn't discourage a friend from reading it. It is a non too demanding read with a few decent twists and turns.

What other book might you compare Absolute Power to, and why?

It is a bit like a Grisham style - not very gritty and all fitting into place a bit too neatly.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

I'm sorry but I would consider NOT listening to a book if he was narrating it. His voice sounded too patronizing.

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

No. In the end I wanted to just get to the end of it because I was bored of it.

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  • Ann McKenzie
  • 04-05-2017

excellent

really enjoyed this book could listen to the narrator every day! a must listen to