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The President Is Missing

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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The President Is Missing by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson, read by Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, Jeremy Davidson, and Mozhan Marno, with an extract read by Bill Clinton.

The President is missing.

The world is in shock.

But the reason he’s missing is much worse than anyone can imagine.

With details only a President could know, and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver.

©2018 James Patterson and Bill Clinton (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"The dream team delivers big time...Clinton’s insider secrets and Patterson’s storytelling genius make this the political thriller of the decade." (Lee Child) 

"I felt like I was right along with the characters for the shocking twists and turns you’ll never guess are coming. Patterson and Clinton have created a truly unique character in their ‘missing’ President. The President Is Missing puts the listener inside the White House and inside the mind of a President grappling with extraordinary circumstances." (Dennis Quaid)

"Yes, The President Is Missing is fiction - it’s a thriller - but James Patterson and I have come up with three of the most frightening days in the history of the presidency. And it could really happen...These days, the seemingly impossible can happen. And it happens so fast. I believe that readers will not soon forget President Jonathan Duncan and his story." (Bill Clinton)

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For a Star Turn it's Hit and Miss

A thriller co-written by President Clinton is something very worth investigating and in truth this is a long way from the worst audiobook I've ever listened to. There is a decent enough story in here about cyber-terrorism and as I work in the industry I think there is some good technical detail in the plot but also some rather glaring exaggerations. I really enjoyed the opening though like the title it eventually proves to be mis-direction. I liked some of the build-up but the story was oddly-paced, starting well, slowing in the middle and then wrapping rapidly to a fairly uninspiring conclusion.

The writing style and realisation of the potential for getting the inside scoop isn't great. There is some good detail about process and structure of the US government but nothing you won't find elsewhere. Anyone hoping that Clinton would reveal great detail about the inner working of the Whitehouse is in for a disappointment. In addition Patterson seems to feel the need to additionally explain lots of the blatantly obvious about what characters are thinking or trying to communicate. Once I noticed it happening it tended to jounce the narrative around and meant for an uneven ride.

The cast chosen for this is of course top class. Dennis Quaid who played Bill Clinton in the 2010 TV movie "The Special Relationship" assumes the lead and gives an excellent rasping rendition of President Jonathan Duncan. Unfortunately there's a huge difference between playing a single character and being a lead narrator. Here he is required to voice many of the supporting characters and his efforts there vary from fair to genuinely painful, especially when called on to perform some of the female and accented characters. January LaVoy gives us her lusciously smooth delivery but has the misfortune of relating the story of possibly one of the most stereotypical female assassins ever inflicted on the fictional world.

In the end I was mildly entertained by the whole thing but finished it with a sense of disappointment. My overall impression is that the writer can't have guided President Clinton very well. the lead, President Jonathan Duncan, was a bit too predictably noble and selfless and seemed to spend rather too much time pondering meaningful philosophical thoughts at a time of crisis. There is a clear subtext from Clinton trying to emphasise how difficult it is being President and at times it felt like self-justification.

I sound very critical and maybe it's because I expected a lot more from this. Forgetting who was involved and just concentrating on the story it's an entertaining enough read and it's good to pass the time but I can't agree with President Clinton's suggestion that it's a story that will live long in the memory.

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Enjoyable!!!

I truly enjoyed the political intrigue. I did not want to put it down. Brilliantly written. There were long speeches in between but in context of the Presidency, it was apt.

Thank you.

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Good thriller worth a go<br />

Not sure on some of the technical details but putting that aside the book is a good listen. A good political thriller well written, no surprise with James Patterson.

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Boring

I stopped listening after 4 hours, it is just so boring. The story (as far as there is one) is tedious, dull, and the narration does not help either. I am very disappointed.

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  • Bradley
  • Bishop's Stortford, Herts, United Kingdom
  • 12-06-18

Good story

Good story that is very believe-able and based the worlds dependance on computers, enjoyable

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Had potential but did not deliver

[Spoiler towards the end of review] Could have worked but fell short on pretty much every level. Not terrible just reliant on celebrity for its appeal. If this had been a debut novel it would have been largely ignored I think. Hoped to be pleasantly surprised but that didn’t happen. The preaching speech at the end was the final nail...

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Poor, formulaic and boring

A bad book. Constant reminders of key points as though written for people with an inability to retain information. Did not enjoy

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Go Clinton!

Fast paced, well written with sustained momentum in a plot well above Patterson's usual standards. Clinton's weighty contribution is clear. The American patriotism was inevitable but doesn't lessen a thoroughly good read.

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Comical Narration

The narrator spoiled what would otherwise have been a good audiobook. Some of the accents were quite comical. In particular the Russian sounded like a cross between Sergei the meerkat and Yoda, and the German sounded more French than German at times.

Although quite funny at first, it became quite jarring and ruined my overall enjoyment of the book.

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Bill Clinton had 2 terms in office for making political speeches

This was in my wish list for months and I was so looking forward to it. It was terrible. What little action it has was drowned out by the political speech-making. Bill Clinton has had a long political career as well as being in demand for lucrative public speaking he does not need to hijack fiction to give yet more speeches. This was dreadful. I only finished it because I never want to be tempted to go back to it and try again.


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  • kris
  • 23-06-18

what a let down

So un-James Patterson.

I forced myself to listen to the long-winded dribble and by chapter 88 when I picked up the phrase "now slow is slowly" I could not have agreed more. We finally got a bit of motion by chapter 100 or so and when the nail-biting (yeah sure) problem is solved in chapter 112 I sigh with relief that it is close to finishing. Incredible characters

Don't waste your time on this very boring tale. It could be set up and solved in 6 chapters and still not have lost any of the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-18

The President is missing, a compelling read

Loved it, but it can be a struggle if one is not politically astute... Bill..

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  • Penny Lambert
  • 16-08-18

A Scary Read

I think this is one of James Patterson’s best. It is scary because it is possible.

This is a new world & we need to create a much better ‘back up’.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-18

I kind of expected more

I struggled so badly to finish this book. Oh it took forever for something to happen. I am really disappointed with this book. unfortunately, I would not recommend it

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  • Malcolm Hart
  • 18-07-18

A pity their editor lost the blue pencil.

Overblown and full of way too much trivial detail. Do we really need to hear every way a password can be entered for attempt after attempt. The plot is barely believable. The US president turns into a superhero again, but of course has the obligatory flaws. Overall pretty boring. The narration was flat, monotone, and just slow. Maybe, if you really want to try it, try using 1.5 speed.

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  • PANKAJ DESAI
  • 14-07-18

Sensationaism Well Presented

Loved the sensationalism. Good fiction. The authors capitalize on the current day threat of cyber attacks and convert it into a thrilling story. I won't be surprised if a Hollywood movie is created from this. But after all fiction is a fiction with no messages to take. The performance is absolutely superb.

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  • Marisia Robus
  • 14-07-18

Enjoyable

I haven't read a James Patterson in a long time, and enjoyed this one, The narrators were really irritating, but I enjoyed Pres Cllinton delivering the speech at the end, nice to hear him again!
The middle was a bit boring and not much happened, but I suppose that is how politics are ... lots of boring parts.
The end was not what I expected at all! Great twist.

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  • chris
  • 24-06-18

Annoying

Arrived at Chapter 9, how I haven’t already returned this.
If I wanted a play I would go to to theatre.
The narrator changing every 2 minutes is beyond annoying, just read the book. I will probably return this and buy on Kindle.