This was a great follow-up to "The Collectors". I thouroughly enjoyed "The Camel Club" as well. This is a great trilogy and I hope to see further writings about the wonderful Camel Club group. Oliver Stone is a great character and the cast of characters he associates with and their scrapes with danger and excitement are fully fascinating. Great listens and they pass so quickly, even unabridged.
If you liked the earlier stories involving the Camel Club, you will enjoy this one too. It continues on where the last book ended with Jerry Bagger and adds more twists and turns in another plot line. As usual, the pace is fast and there is a lot going on. The character development is not as deep in previous stores, but adequate for the story.
It discloses the story of Oliver Stone and fills in many mysteries from previous stoies.
A good "escape" book if you are looking to be entertained.
I actually give this book a 3.5 out of 5 because of the dialogue. In the early part of the book, I almost sacked it because I thought the dialogue was kind of cheesy and contrived. I eventually kind of got over it and it turned out pretty decent. I say I "kind of got over it" because, obviously from this review, I never "really" got over it. Again, it was a good book as long as you can get by some of the dialogue.
I was also disappointed with this book. I can't find any valid reason for anyone giving this book a 5-star rating!
The Positives: There is a decent plot and several story lines here that are interesting and very creative.
The Negatives: The dialogue is so campy and cliche' it's hard to listen to at times.
This is my second Baldacci novel. I first listened to "Simple Genius". It was not very good. The story absolutely falls apart, so I was reluctant to try another.
This one had such good reviews, I figured Simple Genius was possibly a bad-apple in a potentially good basket.
The story holds together this time, but Baldacci simply cannot write intelligent, interesting dialogue - it's painful.
It wasn't a total waste of time, but I'd have to recommmend passing on this one unless you absolutely love Baldacci.
Absolutly the best novel I have ever read. I highly recommend to all. I think the target market is 25 to 75 year old males but I beleive women will also enjoy. Class all the way. Should be a classic, it really is that good.
Wow! What a fun listen. Could hardly stop, but had to to work and sleep! I think that this is the best Camel Club book yet. But where is Oliver?
This turned out to be my least favorite of the Camel Club series. Don't get me wrong, it was okay but the two plot lines seemed sort of forced at the end. As if Baldacci felt like he'd painted himself into a corner and he needed to find a neat way out. Also, I didn't come away caring as much about the characters as I did in the previous two novels. It seemed like Baldacci phoned this one in. If there's another Camel Club novel up Baldacci's sleeve let's hope he gives it a better effort.
The narration was top notch. McClarty did a fantastic job with the voice inflections of the characters.
Overall I don't feel like I wasted my time listening to this novel but I do feel a little let down. Baldacci can do so much better.
I was disappointed. The story was predictable and formulaic. The characters were one dimensional stereotypes with the depth of a cartoon. Although I understand the requirement for suspension of disbelief as it applies to a thriller, Baldacci goes too far with his septuagenarian hero tuning into a twenty something killing machine at will.
I must differ from the many rave reviews of this audiobook. Cardboard characters, two unrelated and contrived plotlines that never meet, stilted dialogue, overworked cliches, and improbable feats by men aged sixty-plus made this one of the most painful listens I have ever experienced. I perservered bacause I was hoping that something would redeem to story, but in the end there wasn't really much of a story. One star for the narrator who tried his best.