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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The King and Maxwell Series Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781600245497
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Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, back from their harrowing and near-fatal adventure in the blockbuster #1 bestseller Simple Genius, return in a mesmerizing new thriller. 

When a daring kidnapping turns a child’s birthday party at Camp David into a national security nightmare, the First Lady enlists the services of King and Maxwell to bring the child back safely. The FBI doesn't want them interfering, but King is the one person the First Lady trusts. With Michelle still battling her own demons, and forces aligned on all sides against her and Sean, the two are pushed to the limit. In the race to save an innocent victim, the line between friend and foe will become impossible to define—or defend.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 2/19/2014

    " Probably the best of the King/ Maxwell series, but that's not saying a lot. Camel Club series is better. This series always seems to get bogged down with implausability and sappiness. First half is solid, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Staci | 2/19/2014

    " I liked this book and the plot line but I listened to it on tape (for when I'm exercising) and I hated the narrator's voice for the women. It came off childish and whining for every one of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tulara | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting mystery - kept my interest - a President's niece is kidnapped - what is the real story? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernadette | 2/16/2014

    " Loved it ! I have become a David Baldacci fan for life !! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 2/10/2014

    " A good read, but a bit predictable and far fetched at points. Enjoyable but not the best. I had heard rave reviews and it didn't quite seem to match up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 2/8/2014

    " What a twisted tale; I loved it. Baldacci continues the saga of Michelle Maxwell and Sean King and actually gives them a life before the Secret Service, so this book has some character development that plays into the next book in the series, The Sixth Man. There really is no way for me to describe the action and intrigue in First Family without giving away clues to the ending so please let me just say to buckle up and enjoy the ride! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nell | 1/30/2014

    " A real page turner. Just so happened the book, re: a US President, who was a womanizer before becoming president seems to corespond to the present day "political affairs". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie Kolb | 1/28/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. Kept my interest the entire time, and I had a hard time putting it down. It took a month to read, but only because my life got busy, not because the book wasn't interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/19/2014

    " Suspenseful audio book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 1/18/2014

    " REALLY REALLY GOOD! I love these characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana Seaver | 1/11/2014

    " This book got better towards the end, but overall I thought it was too slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 1/1/2014

    " I enjoy all of his books. He can't write fast enough for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 11/4/2013

    " Very convoluted plot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 9/20/2013

    " I enjoy reading local authors. I did not realize this was the 4th book in a series. Even without reading the other books I was able to keep up. Good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie | 8/24/2013

    " Not entirely realistic but entertaining. There are actually two mystery threads in First Family. Baldacci does a good job of keeping the reader interested in his fully developed characters. He seldom disappoints. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Niles | 7/8/2013

    " One of Baldacci's better suspense novels. Held my attention right up to the very last page. Not a newer one of his but one terrific story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Jennings | 7/3/2013

    " Couldnt put it down. Kept moving - no lulls!! Another good one Mr. Baldacci!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juline | 6/20/2013

    " Loved it. Kept me reading until the wee hours of the night!! Good, clean thriller with a great storyline. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathryn | 4/17/2013

    " This book came recommended, but I felt it was very predictable and not very exciting. Chapters were short and the writing minimal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana J | 2/19/2013

    " Have never read this author before but found I could not put the book down once I started, wanting to know what was going to happen next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwenny | 1/28/2013

    " 't was moeilijk om het boek neer te leggen, zal zeker nog van deze schrijver lezen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Essie | 1/24/2013

    " very dissappointed in this book. Too many far fetched ideas for me amoung too many story lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 11/30/2012

    " Fine book but not great. Easy to read and keeps you intrigued like most Baldacci novels but the plot was so unbelievable as to be not entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marielle | 9/11/2012

    " Mijn eerste boek van Baldacci. Het viel niet tegen, spannend en prima vermaak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela Walter | 7/24/2012

    " Sean King/Michelle Maxwell book 3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliana | 7/19/2012

    " Baldacci is generally a great storyteller, but this one fell short for me. Not as good as other Baldacci books I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 5/12/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book. If anyone is open for an easy to read and can't put down book this is it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Godfrey | 5/1/2012

    " Pretty quick read. Enough twists and turns to make it interesting but it still is a bit predictable, which isn't all bad. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Mullican | 1/18/2012

    " I love the entire King & Maxwell series. Very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 aldr6870 | 11/29/2011

    " This is an interesting spin on the lives of a fictional US President, First Lady, and their extended family. Interesting reading FBI, Secret Service, and lots of hidden secrets to uncover "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TeriC | 10/21/2011

    " Wow, this was an exciting book! And a look at just how evil people can be even if they are the President and First Lady. What an imagination Baldacci has. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Merrin | 8/14/2011

    " Good read, but took awhile to get through. Interesting plot keeps you reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/29/2011

    " Beautiful story and totally different side of David Baldacci. I would recommend it highly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 6/28/2011

    " Good read for summer. A little sad but worth reading. About a widower and his children and a lighthouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 6/27/2011

    " Wonderful story about a family and its struggles with illness and death. David Baldacci usually writes mystery books, but a great job with this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 6/27/2011

    " This book if very different from Baldacci's other books. It reminds me of a Nicholas Sparks tear jeaker. Although the story started out depressing and slow, it grabbed me about a third of the way through. Good story about family relationships and redemption. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 6/26/2011

    " If you read "The Last Song" by Nicholas Sparks you will see similarities with the basic plot: a fractured family spends the summer at a beach house dealing with grief. However, there are quite a few hair pin turns and twists in this particular story I certainly did not expect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace | 6/26/2011

    " really sappy - a totally brainless Summer book - not even brain-candy - don't even know why I'm listening to this - maybe it's like a "rest" in music, a kind of place-holder "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 6/26/2011

    " I kept looking at the cover. . .who wrote this book? Nicholas Sparks, right? No David Baldacci! Well, it's an ok beach read. I think I prefer Baldacci thrillers set in old town Alexandria, but this one will take you painlessly through a few hours of summer relaxation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 6/25/2011

    " Wow! May be one of my new all time favorites. Fantastic change Mr. Baldacci! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 6/22/2011

    " Nice, easy to listen to audiobook about a family dealing with death, loss and going on with life. A love story without sex scenes, no bad language, a different kind of storyline by David Baldacci. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 6/22/2011

    " This book is making me cry already! But it is good so far.
    I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK EVEN THOUGH IT WAS SAD. IT MADE YOU APPRECIATE YOUR LIFE A LITTLE MORE AS IT GOES ON AND IT MAKES YOU APPRECIATE THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU. IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY THOUGH. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 6/21/2011

    " This is unusual for Mr Baldacci. It is a love story and well worth
    reading. The story is really good and it is well written.
    Put this on your list for the summer but beware this is a real
    tear jerker "

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About the Author
Author David Baldacci

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published three novels for children. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the 2011 International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

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 eight 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.