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The First Lady

Narrated by: Deborah McBride
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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A President's affair to remember soon becomes a nightmare he wishes he could forget in James Patterson's gripping new stand-alone thriller. 

As he steps out of his hotel in Atlanta with the love of his life, the last thing President Tucker expects is to be greeted by the flashing cameras of the media. Or for his affair to be revealed to the world. 

The President must act to stop the scandal from spiralling out of control, just weeks before the vote for a second term. But not before he figures out how to keep the First Lady on his side. 

Grace Tucker, however, has other plans.

Betrayed and deeply hurt, she heads for a safe haven outside the capital. But when her security detail loses all trace of her, all hell breaks loose. 

The First Lady is missing. Did she run away? Or is she in more danger than they could have imagined?

©2018 James Patterson (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Great Story.

Great story and was hard to stop listening to. Great suspense and kept me listening.

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keep listening

to start with I did not think I would get through this book, the narration was a bit stilted. but I gave it time and the need to hear what was going to happen next meant I could not stop listening. great story

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  • Simon
  • 16-12-2018

First the President Now the First Lady!

So he's done The President Is Missing with Bill Clinton and now he's done the First Lady is mssing with Brendan Dubois. You might think that Patterson is struggling for ideas. While the book with Clinton really struggled being burdened by constant moralising from the book's president this one is shorter and more concise making it a much easier read. Despite the interesting notion of America's First Lady going missing though this is pretty much cookie-cutter thriller material with pretty one-dimensional characters who act as much for the benefit of the thin plot as any logical motivation.

The narration is clear and precise but more a reading than a real performance, it doesn't always inject urgency where it's needed. So, it's a reasonable read and definitely lacking the turgid parts of that previous book but I think most people will find better value elsewhere including this author's Alex Cross series.

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  • Joan
  • 16-01-2019

Surprising Good Listen

It annoys me that James Patterson has his name emblazoned in huge letters on each of his book covers when he often gets other authors to write his books.
This is a Patterson and DuBois collaboration. To my shame, I’d never heard of DuBois, but he is a successful seasoned author and even won the US version of The Chase Quiz TV programme.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. Firstly, the narrator was superb, and that always makes an essential difference.
Secondly, this was a ripping good story, easy to read but complex enough to keep me gripped.
Well formed characters..... lots of them too, but the plot zipped along and was easy to follow despite the large cast!
This is ideal film material. Well worth a read, and I would certainly listen to more Patterson/DuBois novels. Well done chaps!!

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  • jacky
  • 16-11-2019

Pure crap

She said I said they said we said... Such lazy writing to a very dull story... Wouldn't recommend

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  • A W Dean
  • 28-10-2019

Great Start, Disappointing, Rushed ending.

After a barnstorming beginning I was very disappointed with the ending which felt rushed and incomplete.
Not at all like the other James' books I've read.

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  • AF
  • 24-04-2019

dated attitudes to women, and implausible plot

I wanted to see what all the fuss is about for James Paterson - he's a prolific author, so must be doing something right. However, this wasn't the best test-case. The women's portrayals were incredibly dated - in particular, over and over again, the protagonist took "one look" at her daughter and was so overcome with emotion, she wanted to give up work there and then. This phrase was repeated ad nauseam and does a disservice to all working women. The plot itself was moronic - twists and discoveries were made when the Secret Services decided to actually search the area where the First Lady went missing and look into its ownership - wouldn't they do this the first time? Finally, the narrative perspective switched at random from chapter to chapter in a very uneven way - an unusual style that felt lazy rather than designed. I wasn't a fan.

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  • Donna Pasquill
  • 23-03-2019

Wonderful

The story had plot twists and required me to listen longer than planned. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and will recommend to my friends.

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  • anne
  • 26-01-2019

A compulsive listen.

A very entertaining listen from James Patterson. Written by only himself for a change. As usual, it’s fast and complex with clearly defined characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-2019

Typical James Patterson loved it

I really liked the story but the narrator didn't bring it alive for me. this is one that I will get as a book and read myself

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  • Smallbo
  • 15-01-2019

James Patterson’s back!

I enjoyed this book very much. It is noticeably better than some of JP’s recent offerings when he has ‘written’ with other people

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  • Joy E
  • 15-01-2019

Loved it

A jolly good listen....you can sit there and just go with the story.
An enjoyable couple of afternoons spent with The First Lady