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Publisher's Summary

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so?  

An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power. Full of what it truly feels like to be the person in the Oval Office - the mind-boggling pressure, the heartbreaking decisions, the exhilarating opportunities, the soul-wrenching power - this is the thriller of the decade, confronting the darkest threats that face the world today, with the highest stakes conceivable. 

©2018 James Patterson and Bill Clinton (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Completely wrong narrator

Dennis Quaid’s voice is so annoying I doubt I’ll finish this story. He’s an awful reader and his attempt at various voices should embarrass him.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Narration Dismal

This book had two major flaws. The story concept was not bad but the telling it was disjointed, painful and mean at times. Think back to the playground "I know something you don't know" It was also preachy and bragging. Those issues between me and the authors.
The second problem was the narration. That was unforgivable and that is all on the producers. That is why I returned it. Definitely not worth a credit.

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Dennis Quaid should stick to acting

The gravelly, marbles in mouth diction of Dennis Quaid was really distracting. I found it relieving when he wasn’t reading/speaking certain chapters.

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omg. couldnt even make it through chapter one

I'm going to have to download another version without Dennis Quaid narrating. ugh. I wonder if I can get a refund.

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It sure kept me listening!

I did enjoy this book,I can understand a bit more what a president endures and the tough decisions that have to be made!
Thank you!

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  • tom
  • 2018-07-01

Pretty good ... a little disappointed in the main

I thought narrating could have been better .. story is good .. plausible..details are interesting

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One of the best political thrillers I've read

Who knew that when you mix an author with a penchant for murder mystery with a former President, that you could come up with a political thriller with non-stop action.
I was kind of leery when I saw the book originally, but having read almost all of James Patterson's novels, I decided to give the book a chance, and I'm very glad I did.
Combining Bill Clinton and James Patterson created a spectacular novel with a story line that was fast paced, with a very plausible plot line. (no spoiler alerts here)
A President who wants to do the best for his country, undertakes what he knows to be an almost impossible task, while under constant supervision not only personally but professionally as well.
I started listening to this book while driving home and was so impressed with the characterizations, the narration and the story that I couldn't put it down. I listened to the whole book in one sitting.
Dennis Quaid was the perfect choice for the narrator for the parts he played, with an excellent talent for the accents necessary to develop the story. January LaVoy was another great choice for the female part narration.
You will not regret using a credit on this book.

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Please find another narrator!

I can't even get past chapter two. Dennis Quaid's voice pulls me out of the story so often that I cannot focus on what he's reading. I will most likely return this since I doubt I'll be able to finish it. I will probably purchase the hard copy since the story is intriguing, but I would have preferred to listen on my commute.

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Save your money--at least this version

A good story until the very end. Readers are absolutely appalling, with maybe one exception.

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Review of “the president is Missing” Bad ending

The last chapter of this book was like a lecture and not interesting. The Epilogue that followed was more of the same. If I want a political lecture I will take a class or worse listen to Trump. It made the book end on a bad note in my opinion.

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  • K. Moeller
  • 2018-06-18

Wanted it to be so much better

Other reviews will give you a sense of the low quality narration but that wasn't the worst problem for me. There were a number of points in the book that were, quite simply, utterly unbelievable. There was not much surprise and by the time I got close to the end, I just wanted it to be done. The long, final "speech" was overly long, although I can say I got work done waiting for it to end. I am a fan of DC-based suspense, political books but feel I wasted my credit on this ONE HUNDRED THIRTY CHAPTER book. Patterson's penchant for (what could be considered a shameless attempt to make the book seem more substantive) beginning a new chapter every couple of pages is so frustrating. He starts a new chapter even when there is no change in setting, point of view, or timeline. It totally interrupts the flow of a scene and the overall book. I thought the book's underlying premise was truly frightening to think about but did not have the payoff. And like many later Patterson books, too often secondary characters were not given the attention and respect they deserve.

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  • Miss L
  • Dover, NH, USA
  • 2018-06-07

Dreadful Narration!

Dennis Quaid's narration of this is absolutely appalling! It sounds like its being narrated by an army drill sergeant!
I love James Patterson's writing and I'm intrigued by Bill Clinton's input so I will buy the print edition, but honestly, don't waste your time with the audio version.

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  • Eva Gannon
  • Chicago, Illinois, US
  • 2018-06-24

Like Putting a Cheese Grater In Your Ear

The best I can say about this book is that it's boring. Not at all what one would expect from James Patterson & Bill Clinton. I got half way through, and just can't force myself to finish the book, since that would involve more hours of Dennis Quaid's voice...

...which is like a cheese grater in your ear. He has absolutely no sense of timing, no sense of when to emphasize and when to back off, and he can't do characters at all. But it's the sound of his voice that I just can't stand. Since the book is boring, there's no point to tormenting my ears anymore.

I preordered this book with great anticipation. What a terrible disappointment.

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  • Bettina Hamilton
  • Suwanee, GA United States
  • 2018-06-05

Don't get this book.

Unless you want your ears to bleed, don't get this book. I have never written a bad review like this and am a long time customer. I usually like Dennis Quaid, but audible narrator he is not. It's even worse when he tries other voices and accents. It gave me a panic attack listening to it. I have never returned an audio book but this will be my first. I think the story would be ok if someone else narrated it. I really wanted to like it.

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  • Robert Wadowski
  • Palatine IL
  • 2018-07-11

West Wing meets Tom Clancy

The book felt to me a lot of a fan fiction combining West Wing and Tom Clancy, though the book fails to deliver on either the drama of West Wing or the high paced action of a Tom Clancy novel. It seems as if it is having a crisis of identity. However with that said, it progresses at a steady pace and the narration is on point. I just wish the story was more cohesive. Overall, I think I picked up the book due to name recognition more than substance and I wish it had a little more substance.

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  • M. Thompson
  • 2018-06-11

please re-narrate and re-release.

horrible narration! men sound like women, eomen sound like men and all sound drunk or concussed. strong story line and plot

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  • Ramon
  • 2018-06-24

Horrible Horrible Horrible! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME.

Horrible preachy story. The basic storyline was ok, but those monologues had absolutely no place in the story. They overpowered the story. Horrible narration. Are you serious? It sounded like a little kid was doing impersonations. I usually like when there is an ensemble doing the story, but this just bad. Whomever casted Quaid in this role, has to do some soul-searching. Quaid seems like a nice guy, but not suited for multiple voices. It sounded as immature as you would expect from a little kid trying to do imitations. Horrible overall. I usually like James Patterson stories, but this one was a true misstep. I’m asking for a refund on this one. I really wanted an ex-President to be successful. He was an excellent politician, but the Teflon isn’t working for the fiction writer. Sorry.

48 of 59 people found this review helpful

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  • D. Shatos
  • Washington State
  • 2018-07-11

Compelling

Very realistic and maybe a little too close to current events for comfort. I couldn't wait for the next chapter. Binge listened on a cross country flight today, and was not disappointed. This story was well written, I enjoyed the multiple narrators for the converging storylines.

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  • Edna
  • 2018-07-10

good read

one of the beat books I've "read" in a long time. Dennis Quide did a great job.

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  • Julie
  • San Antonio, TX
  • 2018-07-10

Hooked

I was never a James Patterson fan. His books never appealed to me. I watched him and the President do the late night circuit and figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try.

Boy am I glad that I did! What a fantastic story! Sometimes it was obvious where the story was going, but there were plenty of “oh my God they didn’t!” moments. Great listen!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful