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First Family

King and Maxwell, Book 4
Narrated by: Ron McLarty
Series: King and Maxwell, Book 4
Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (238 ratings)

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Summary

David Baldacci's First Family is the fourth gripping New York Times best seller in the King and Maxwell series.

'When she turned the page and her gaze flickered over the date on top, it was as though the lightning outside had somehow grounded right into her. 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.

David Baldacci's smash-hit series continues with The Sixth Man and King and Maxwell.

©2017 David Baldacci (P)2009 Hachette Audio

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Gripping

This was a really good listen. Perhaps not His best , but definitely worth buying. I meant to read a chapter or two to begin with but after twenty three chapters managed to put the light out. That's what I call gripping!

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Hmmm debatable

Firstly the story, as I have recently discovered Shaun and Michelle and as I'm listening to the stories in order everything from previous books is fresh in my mind. There was a few small discrepancies in the history used from the other books in this one. However ignoring that the plot was as usual excellent.

Now we come to the narration, the new narrator gave their characters a twist. Especially Michelle became a harsher person. They didn't have the depth that they have shown in the other books by the harshness of their voices.

On top of that when doing a voice of a small part person it was Fred Flintstone.

I felt conflicted throughout the book as to which character they were, I much preferred the original personas I had built in my mind.

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skips and jumps all over the place.

story itself isnt at great as the previous books. the performance and the narration is cringe worthy. refund please

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Poor audio spoiled this

Story is good and narrator and effects good but too many problems with audio quality repeating/skipping like an old cassette case. Audible should not charge full-price for this.

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Disappointing Performance

Disappointing performance being a different performer to the previous two books in the series.

Easy going storyline.

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Brilliant !!!!

Ron McLarty is one of the best narrators out there, another awesome book by David Baldacci, keeps you guessing till the end :)

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Slow starting but good overall

A bit of a slow start with the plot setup, but a good read nonetheless. The reading was good too.

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Great for this genre

Well crafted storyline with enough action and unanswered questions to keep my attention throughout. I like the way Baldacci doesn't waste words on pointless descriptive pieces that don't really go anywhere. He doesn't 'showboat' either.

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Team King and Maxwell are winners

Once again Baldacci has written a rocking and rolling Shaun and Michelle story. Fictional yes,but.....!

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Fantastic

Great storyline. Good work by the author.
First Family is a must read. very captivating

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  • 01-01-20

Great story but glitches & over dramatisation

Story was great as ever but the files have loads of glitches throughout the story and the production company has seriously tried too hard with the dramatisation. Talk about overkill with the misplaced music and incorrect bullet sounds. Meh, if I didn't want to support the author I would return it. Don't waste your time, rather just read the book yourself.