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First Family

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, Book 4
Narrated by: Ron McLarty
Series: King and Maxwell (abridged), Book 4
Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Here is the heart-racing follow-up to the international best seller Simple Genius.

When she turned the page and her gaze flickered over the date on top, it was as though the lightening outside had somehow grounded right into her. It felt like 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 Columbus Rose, Ltd (P)2009 Hachette US

Critic Reviews

"Baldacci's careful plotting and confidant depictions of national security procedures make this a thinking man's thriller." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Ron McLarty is the perfect choice to present Baldacci's latest thriller. His clear, strong voice shifts effortlessly among the story's varying passages of sadness, anger, and irony. His facility with multiple characters of both genders and many ages, races, and regional accents enables the listener easily to keep track of everyone." ( AudioFile)

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Great story destroyed by stupid sound effects

I have purchased an audiobook to listen to the story as written by the author not utterly ruined by sound effects that are distracting or confusing and utterly patronising . Please stop ruining the authors work and my enjoyment of an audiobook by trying to make it something it is not. Deeply dissatisfied with Audible not the author or performer.

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Awesome

Yet another great book, I can't wait for the next in the series. Next week I think.

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  • Margaret
  • 05-09-2010

Rainy Afternoon Listening

Found that I just wanted to keep on listening as the rain fell outside. A story that is light in structure and a little predictable, but well read and kept me engaged to the end.

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  • Rod
  • 13-02-2012

Entertained until the end

The story line was unexpected but the narrator was effective and with the use of the sound effects it was enthralling. Clearly the authors knowledge of the Secret Service and other law agencies makes this story captivating. Baldacci style is very enjoyable which will encourage me to listen to more of his books.

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  • Jeff
  • 22-04-2010

Return to form for Baldacci?

Like many others I have listened to True Blue and found it to be too implausible and cliche ridden. Ostensibly written before True Blue, First Family rocks you from the first page and continues apace. The plot moves so rapidly that, and is woven so intricatley, that you could easily forget that it is a "series" book that renews the reader's relationship with Sean King and Michelle Maxwell.
It seems to me that David Baldacci's books are most enjoyable when the central character (hero or villain) is a misunderstood loner with real old fashioned values. It works for him in First Family and the narrator just adds to what would be a pulsating read.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 07-01-2018

Beware your sins will find you out.

Another highly entertains and enjoyable listen/read . Again plenty of action and thrills with a surprise ending in more ways than one . A must

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  • Shushu
  • 01-04-2016

Disappointing

Have always enjoyed Baldacci but this was just too juvenile for me! Will not be buying another of his works.