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Absolute Power Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio; Abridged edition edition (15 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405051582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405051583
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.4 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,584,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Accomplished and amazing - one of the hottest reads around' (DAILY MAIL) 'Baldacci's prose is fluent and amazing... this book is sure to make a killing' (THE TIMES) 'A high-octane legal thriller. An almost Shakespearian study in the nature of evil - horror in its purest form' (SPECTATOR) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Macmillan Audio Books is delighted to welcome the backlist of one of the world's greatest storytellers

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By A Customer on 3 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book because I enjoyed the Clint Eastwood film based on it. If you know the film, be prepared for many changes - for the better. The film is excellent, but the book is soooo much better. I agree with many other reviewers - it's hard to put the darn thing down. Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
Bought this book from a charity shop (sorry Amazon) last week and I couldn't put it down. I hadn't realised it was his first book. If this is the quality of his first, I can't wait to get started on his others. Some people have said that it stretched credibility a bit, which is probably true, but then that's partly why we read fiction. We're often happy to accept something a little OTT if it's done well and is exciting, and this book certainly is. Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
Here we have a book where the President of the United States is the bad guy.....and the criminal is the man of honor. This book is a thriller with political intrigue and takes place mostly around the Metro D.C. area.

The book starts with an aging burglar, Luther, breaking into a billionaire's well protected mansion. He is suprised, but not caught by none other than the President of the good ol'USA. Who happens to be with the billionaire's young wife. Luther who is hidden in a safe with a two-way mirror, watches as the President starts to beat on the young woman. The woman in an act of self preservation, grabs a letter opener and stabs the President. The ensuing struggle and yell from the President, brings the very effective Secret Service Agents into the room. Where they shoot and kill her.

The scheming Chief of Staff hatches a quick course of action to start a cover up. But no one is aware of Luther who has watched the whole horrid affair. The story begins to pick up speed when Luther decides he has do what is right and set things straight.

You can tell this is Mr. Baldacci's first book. But worth the read. I read Total Control first, and find that book of a much higher quality. I think he will only improve with each book he writes. There were parts in this book where I just had to read one more section before I put it down.
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By A Customer on 8 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
Having read The Last Man Standing and finding it to be a reasonably enjoyable read I stared this book with lowish expectations. Soon into the book I realised that I had seen the film of the book and my expeectations fell even further. However I wasdelightfully surprised at how good this book was. I thouroughly enjoyed it , found it accomplised , well paced and far better than the film. Absolute Power - Absolutely worth reading
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"Absolute Power" illustrates what it is I like best about David Baldacci's books: the perfect balance and blend of action and storyline. Rare is the storyteller that can capture the attention of my military fiction loving - action-craving husband, and at the same time provide enough compelling plot and character development to have me turning pages long into the night.

With the exception of his "Camel Club" series (if you haven't read them - run - go - find them now), "Absolute Power" is my favorite Baldacci book. Set in our nation's capitol, the story begins with an unspeakable act committed by a man at the pinnacle of Washington power. His entourage thinks - if only briefly - that they have matters under control. Only moments pass before they come to the horrendous conclusion that a silent witness to the crime now has in his possession the means to destroy them all.

As always, Baldacci's characters are complicated. The traditional "bad guy" turns out not to be so bad after all; and, the one looked up to by millions, lacks even the most basic modicum of decency,morality and conscience.

There is a little love story thrown in, perhaps to provide a moment or two for a reader to catch a quick breath.

"Absolute Power" was made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood. Seldom does a movie live up to the book and this one was no exception. However, I paid to see it years ago, and I felt like it was worth the money. You can catch it now - every once in awhile - on late night cable
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this, despite quite a few spelling errors (dozen or more I would think).

Yes, I has its flaws - but with the various factions trying to either find out the truth - or prevent it from getting out - it was a complex plot.

Main complaint is the last couple of pages. Although all the loose ends have been tied up I don't understand what those pages are meant to achieve (you'll understand if you read it). You could "rip them out" and the book still stands.

But I got it for £1.19 (at the time) and I was engrossed by it, so it was decent entertainment.
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Format: Paperback
I was initially drawn into reading this book because I recently read the superb Last Man Standing by the same author, having read this one I can see it was not simply a one off. This book was unusual in the respect that there was not one main character but several who were all crucial, as you enter the last third you wonder how it can all be resolved and that it what makes it so exciting, I read it in only a few days and found it stunning. His style is compulsive and his characters eminently believable, just in case someone is reading this who liked the movie...it is totally different after about two hundred pages so its all new!
I look forward to reading the rest of Mr Baldacci's books as there are few authors aside from Ludlum that I am hooked by as easily as him!
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