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First Family [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

David Baldacci , Ron McLarty
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Book Description

March 1 2010 King & Maxwell Series
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 . . .


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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"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. Music and sound effects, used liberally in the opening sequences, trail off as the story progresses, becoming less frequent and lower in volume with each chapter. Too bad-their use enhances the story."—AudioFile

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David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at and his foundation at

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
If you liked Simple Genius, you'll find that First Family has many of the same appeals as well as a return of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. This time Michelle closes in on the source of her childhood trauma . . . despite being ambivalent about finding out. The pair is overloaded with mysteries as the President's niece is kidnapped, the President's sister-in-law is murdered, and Michelle's mother is also killed. From the beginning, you'll follow the kidnappers but their motivation will be a mystery as well until near the end of the book. The book's key theme is the inevitability of justice being done . . . in one way or another.

The story starts pretty slowly but picks up speed around the middle. A good editor could have carved this book down by 150 pages, and it would have been a four-star novel. The remaining weakness is that Mr. Baldacci likes to exaggerate his characters just a little bit too much. As a result, they don't ring true in most cases. That makes it hard to live within the story as opposed to read about the characters. I thought that the mystery of Michelle's mother's death was pretty well done while the rest of the story was unnecessarily ponderous and sluggish. The best character in the book is the intelligent, resourceful, and poised kidnapped niece, Willa Dutton. The villain, Sam Quarry, is pretty entertaining as well for his contradictions. A book populated with more such characters that moved at a faster pace would have been a lot more fun.

Keep digging until you get to the bottom of every mystery!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good listen!! July 26 2009
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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I've been a fan of David Baldacci from the beginning and have read all of his novels. This was the first time I've listened to one. First Family did not disappoint!

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, Secret Service Agents turned private eyes, are contacted by the First Lady - Jane Cox. Her neice has been kidnapped. The FBI is heading up the investigation, but Cox has dealt with King in the past and trusts him. She wants an extra set of eyes looking that report to her alone.

This was an excellent story, told from both the viewpoint of the kidnapper and those looking for him. The reasons behind the kidnapping are slowly and deliciously eked out, keeping my interest piqued. The character development is excellent as is the secondary plot line involving Michelle.

Ron McClarty was the reader and he did a phenomal job of bringing the characters to life. His voice is rich and pleasant to listen to. Each character was easily defined with a different voice. His inflections conveyed the emotions and nuances of the plot extremely well.

I knew I would enjoy the story as I knew the author, but honestly I think I just might listen to the next one as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 2 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Lots of twists and turns
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baldacci--First Family July 1 2014
By skye
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really have enjoyed the whole series of King and Maxwell. I can't wait to read the next one. Thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Consistent Baldacci June 1 2014
By Ron B
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First family continues the well told, and, I assume, unfinished story of King & Maxwell. I read this in paperback when it came out, but have gone back to refresh my memory of the series. Baldacci is one of the few thriller writers who creates stories that can be read more than once and First Family fits squarely in that tradition.

Definitely worth the Kindle purchase.
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