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Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Hachette Book Group Audio Length: Series:The King and Maxwell Series Release Date: April 2009 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781600245466

Publisher Description

Following the instant #1 New York Times bestsellers Split Second, Hour Game, and Simple Genius, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in David Baldacci's most heart-pounding thriller to date . . .

FIRST FAMILY

A daring kidnapping turns a children's birthday party at Camp David, the presidential retreat, into a national security nightmare.

Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell don't want to get involved. But years ago Sean King saved the First Lady's husband, then a senator, from political disaster. Now the president's wife presses Sean and Michelle into a desperate search to rescue a kidnapped child. 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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  • “Plenty of intense action drives bestseller Baldacci’s stellar fourth novel to feature former Secret Service agents Michelle Maxwell and Sean King…Baldacci excels at making the improbable believable…Careful plotting and confidant depictions of national security procedures make this a thinking man’s thriller.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “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

Awards

  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Very enjoyable thriller. A page turner to the very end......... "

    - Spednic, 2/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A bit out of the realm of believe-ability---actually, way out of the realm. However, I love this series and the characters. "

    - Eydie, 2/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Another exciting book by David Baldacci!! I love all of his books, especially the King and Maxwell series. I hope there will be more in this series. "

    - Carolyn, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very enjoyable for what it is. "

    - Worth, 2/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Book 4 in the Sean King/Michelle Maxwell series. I'm a Baldacci fan, but his King/Maxwell series is not one of my favorites. While this book is a quick, fun summer read, I don't consider it one of Baldacci's better efforts. Way too much suspension of disbelief, some areas of lame prose I generally don't find with Baldacci, some predictable revelations, and a superfluous subplot about Michelle's childhood and her mother's death. It's one of those entertaining mind-candy books you read only once. "

    - Nanosynergy, 2/3/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Like most of Baldacci's books, this is a page-turner. The plot is well-developed and it keeps your interest throughout the book. "

    - Cathy, 1/30/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Far-fetched detective page-turner, good airplane book. "

    - Dennis, 1/30/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Plot within a plot within a plot. A fun read with lots to tickle your brain. "

    - Meakin, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Entertaining enough but not great "

    - Amber, 1/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " As always, kept my interest to the end. "

    - Ruth, 1/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great addition to the Sean King & Michelle Maxwell storyline. Highly recommend reading if you have read their others. "

    - Tara, 12/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " A violent novel without much complexity or depth.. "

    - Alma, 12/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The President of the United States has a hidden past. Can the First Lady keep it under wraps? This book started out very slow, but by the middle it picked up and although there were no surprises in the story I found it hard to put down. Quick, easy summer read. "

    - Liz, 12/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A fun beach read that held my interest. "

    - Pat, 12/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I enjoyed this book just as well as the others in the series. The author keeps you guessing right up until the end. "

    - Janet, 12/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It's Baldacci, of course, but I didn't enjoy this one as much as others, especially the Camel Club ones. "

    - Victoria, 12/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " A good read-grips and holds the attention-from the capture of the little girl to the sorry revelations about the Firdst Lady anf her fixation with power. "

    - zenbren, 12/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " So far so good ... "

    - Cloakndagger, 11/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I would have given this book 4 stars for originality and its absolute "readableness" but unfortunately the author rushes to a conclusion and one gets the feeling that he was thinking "enough already!". But nonetheless, a good read. "

    - Minnie, 10/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I'm listening to this one on cd..in my car. "

    - Carol, 9/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good book filled with intrigue. Enjoy Baldacci's writing. "

    - Jan, 7/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Your basic airport novel murder mystery. If three and a half stars were an option I would do that. A good example of what it is, engaging, a "page-turner." "

    - Rainbowgardener, 7/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " fast read. little confusion between Michelle's family situation and the reasoning behind Sam Quarry's actions. Guessing game. Little off. "

    - Ropajo, 5/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was a really good book and well worth reading. "

    - Mike, 3/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Baldacci's "First Family" is a great ride. Philandering President w a cover all bets wife. Pure mind candy. "

    - Jay, 12/22/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Baldacci never dissappoints me. Two good stories in one book. "

    - Kv, 12/12/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " this is the best of the SEAN KING AND MICHELLE MAXWELL novels. it invovles the kidnapping of the president's niece. very gripping and intricate. GOOD FICTION "

    - Joyce, 10/30/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved the story as I do most of his books. Intrigue in DC..I am sure it was not ALL fiction. "

    - Adelaide, 10/10/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Lots of twists and turns. It kept me guessing throughout. I liked the characters that were also from a previous book. Good thriller. "

    - Jeannie, 9/3/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Liked it a lot- very suspenseful at times but also some of the surprise plot twists are telegraphed a little too early and too transparently . A real good yarn nonetheless "

    - Shruts, 8/16/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good story but sort of unbelievable. "

    - Burt, 6/25/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Nice quick vacation read. Good series, but such a convoluted plot with an easily deduced secret was a little bit of a letdown. "

    - Chris, 4/25/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " David Baldacci makes a political setting appealing, interesting, and exciting, even to someone like me. "

    - Pam, 4/9/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved this book. There was politics, romance, and ethical questions. In my opinion this isthe best book by Baldacci "

    - Kami, 12/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really like David Baldacci--hard to put down! This is a continuation of the Michelle and Sean stories. This time someone has kidnapped the First Lady's neice, murdered her sister-in-law and tried to kill Michelle. Lots of action, good writing--a great summer read "

    - Linda, 6/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This was a book that is easy and fast to read. The ending and plot were very easy to figure out from the early part of the book. "

    - Susan, 6/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Love baldacci books! This is the storyline that follows king and Maxwell, two former secret service agents. Baldacci is a smart writer and always ties ends together nicely. #bookaday "

    - Karen, 6/3/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " quite intriguing with lots of twists and turns. Aperfect kickoff to summer! "

    - Gastoryteller, 5/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I hope our First family never become like this one. "

    - April, 5/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Your basic poorly-edited, clichè, boy-aimed detective novel. Meh. Good for numbing your brain on holidays. "

    - Jill, 5/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " My first by this author, and while I'm not usually a fan of action and some of his main characters annoyed me by seeming unrealistic, i really enjoyed the twists and turns, the thrilling plot line and fast-paced writing. "

    - Michelle, 5/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Although I was pretty sure I figured out what was going on almost immediately, the characters in this story and their inter relationships continued to keep me very interested. The plot was excellent and if you like Baldacci, you definitely won't be disappointed with this thriller. "

    - Shirl, 5/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was a very interesting book that kept my attention. I liked the mystery and development of characters. Very little romance and no fantasy - which I normally love - but still very good. "

    - Veronique, 5/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Enjoyed this - started off slow but was really worth finishing. Will definitely look out for more "

    - Therese, 5/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The President of the United States has a hidden past. Can the First Lady keep it under wraps? This book started out very slow, but by the middle it picked up and although there were no surprises in the story I found it hard to put down. Quick, easy summer read. "

    - Liz, 5/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " If you love suspense, this is a must read. From the very beginning it's a page turner. "

    - Adrienne, 5/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " good story which keeps moving. satisfying ending. "

    - Angela, 5/3/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I like David Baldacci's novels because they are face-paced and interesting. First Family was no exception. This one had more than one twist. "

    - Tequila, 5/3/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really love the characters that David Baldacci has created in Michelle Maxwell and Sean King, but I didn't enjoy this story line as much as I did Simple Genius. "

    - Lydia, 5/1/2011

About the Author

David Baldacci is one of the world’s favorite storytellers and a global bestselling author, with twenty-one of his novels making the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. In 2011 he was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. He is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning nine Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.