First Family : King and Maxwell

  • by David Baldacci
  • Narrated by Ron McLarty
  • Series: King and Maxwell
  • 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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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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- Jeff

Disappointing

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

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2009
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.