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The President Is Missing

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Publisher's 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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  • 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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  • Hoheria
  • 12-02-19

OK story, beyond dreadful narration

The female narrators were actually very good. As was one of the males. But one .... the one playing the voice of the president (Dennis Quaid?) was unbelievably bad. His interpretation of a female voice could only be described as a caricature. On the up side the story was interesting.

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  • Etai Margolin
  • 31-01-19

Narration by Quaid is just too painful to listen to

Book is good, narration is terrible. Ended up buying it on Kindle, just couldn't make it past chapter 5 on audio :(

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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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  • FrankstMal
  • 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.

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  • Simon
  • 05-06-18

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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  • Mich
  • 08-06-18

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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  • Philip
  • 08-06-18

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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  • Craig
  • 11-06-18

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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  • 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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  • Ruth
  • 06-10-18

Talk, talk, talk

Well I'm half way through and waiting for something to happen other than a lot of talking.
I note reviewers that compliment the narration but it's awful. Quaid forgets whether his gravelly voice is president or narrator so it gets used for both , and following the thread is difficult. Quaid is trying to do all the other accents which are so poor in places I can't even understand what he is saying. Others have described some accents as Sergei the meerkat and they are so right, this is rather amusing at first but then just annoying.

The 'story' is so cliche. This is not an intelligent or intellectual book and the story could be told in a couple of chapters instead of a hundred! One minute the villain is bringing America to its knees and the next a snivelling, sobbing 'teenager', then back to telling world leaders (all 3 of them!) how and why he is going to bring down America as though he has them in the palm of his hand. This all once he has been captured and handcuffed within half a chapter of being introduced to the story when the President decides to pop out of the White House on his own to meet him at a sports event!

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  • R Sauntry
  • Sevenoaks
  • 12-08-18

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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  • Michael
  • 11-06-18

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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  • Juliet
  • 09-06-18

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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  • Yasir
  • 05-06-18

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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  • Paul
  • 15-06-18

MUST HAVE BEEN HARD TO WRITE BECAUSE ...

This book must have been hard to write because it sure is hard to listen to. I like James Patterson andI don't mind Bill Clinton but, this is the most boring and tedious book I have listened to,. I was going to buy itas an eBook as well but, I am glad I didn't. Overly long, very slow, and dull. Too much narrative justifications and reasons for each action, almost like out is trying to combine an education on what deliberations a President goes through with a novel. It does not work. Very disappointing purchase.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-09-19

I loved this book

I enjoyed the fast pace of this book. The narration was excellent. I particularly enjoyed hearing President Clintons narrative to conclude this audible book. I highly recommend you listen.

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  • Graham Herbert
  • 23-06-19

Interesting

The traitor was a bit obvious too early in the story but continued to try and point to an innocent one ... Politics in the states is definitely close to a blood sport and with current rubbish that has been going on under Trump this story brings home that this book is too close to the truth of it to be called a work of fiction but hopefully, it still is ... the final speech reminded me of a George M Cohan Broadway show waving a flag ...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-19

Very good book!

I liked this book very much, if you enjoy mystery, I assure you, you will like this book.

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  • Ryan Harrison
  • 03-04-19

good performances can't save a mediocre story

this book starts strong but trsils off before getting lost in its own mess. the assassin may be the sillest character written in a long time.

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  • Jack
  • 15-09-18

Great book!!!

Great book with thrilling story line to that will keep you gripped to the end.
Also best narration I’ve heard for a audio book to date.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-18

Boring

I’m a fan of James Patterson and normally love his book. This book however, was a big struggle. It is very slow and boring. Not recommended.

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  • Simsyx4
  • 16-07-18

Worth a read

I’m not normally into political books but thought I would give this a go. I loved all the characters and the subplots and the twist and turns worth a read/listen!

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  • alicia
  • 14-07-18

excellent

a really well written book. I hope there is more collaboration between these two great people.

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  • Kerrie
  • 10-07-18

I liked it!

I read some good reviews so decided to give this one a go. As an Aussie, I don't buy into the belief that America is the best country in the world but I do love stories of American politics. I thought the story was a good one but little slow to get started. Once the story got going, it was hard not to keep listening. I had an inkling of how it might end but that did not spoil my enjoyment of the story. I loved the President's speech at the end .... a world to aspire to. Nothing wrong with a bit of idealism. Having Bill Clinton read the whole speech again was maybe a bit of overkill but I not so much that it bothered me. I liked listening to him.