I really enjoyed The Camel Club and I liked the plot twist in The Collectors. It'S good to be with the Club again. However, I have to agree with the reviewers who had a hard time with the narration. I did finally get use to it, but actually laughed out-load during the love scenes,i.e. "You are sooooo sexy." "SHE COOED!" Yikes! I just pray that the next installment has a better narrator(s).
I enjoyed the story -- the Camel club's conspiracy intertwined with a con game. It is not very believable -- but it is a lot of fun. I wished they had dropped the "he said"/ "she said" with the multiple narrators, but I enjoyed the multiple voices.
Good book with good character voices but the constant intrusion of narrator (with a carnival barker's voice) telling the reader "who said what" was horrible.
If you are looking for a book that isn't formulaic, this is it. The plot(s) are truly original. Yes, there is more than one plot and they intersect in a unique and fun way that really engaged me once I got past the first couple of chapters. It did take me a little while to get completely reeled in. At times I wondered where the book was going but when everyting fell together it just made perfect sense. Love when I get to the end of the book and feel that the time I invested in listening was worthwhile. This was one of those books that has a truly satisfying ending, wraps up just enough of the loose ends, leaving a couple unwrapped so you know there will be another book to follow. For maximum enjoyment, I recommend that you listen to Baldacci's book "The Camel Club" before you listen to "The Collectors". "The Collectors" appears to be the second book in what will be a great series involving the quirky Camel Club. Hopefully the 3rd book will be out soon.
This is not an uninteresting story. However, it is not up to pay for Baldacci. The rag-tag Camel Club is simply not realistic enough to be believable for a thriller novel. It stretches the ability of one to suspend disbelief that Oliver Stone and his group can be some group of super-sleuths. His interfacing with the Secret Service and friend Alex Ford is the height of this unbelievability. I would prefer that Baldacci focus more on his Sean King characters. I feel they are much more believable and interesting.
Persnickety, curmudgeonly, locked into a long daily commute which is mitigated somewhat by listening to great books.
Great old books
Pretty much. Never knew how the story was going to go.
I think it was this book where there is a woman who reads the Annabelle part. Her sections seemed spliced with the male reader. There was clearly a different background ambient sound and very different recording of her voice. I found that distracting. Poor production.
The addition of Annabelle Conroy and Jerry Bagger really give the Camel Club series a new dimension and great character boost. The multiple voice performances are among the best I have heard. I really enjoyed the book and got more immersed in the characters. The eclectic cadre of characters of the Camel Club take whole new depth in this second installment and the main character Oliver Stone takes more depth and shape.
I almost gave up on the Camel Club series after the first book (which friends highly recommended to introduce me to Baldacci) but The Collectors had me ready to jump to book three, Stone Cold, when I finished.
Old Broad with Keyboard
I love Audio books because I don't have time to read the print book. I love Audio books because I can listen to a good book while I do hours of data entry. I love Audio books because I can listen in bed when I can't sleep. Not interested in buying the same story twice in two formats, what a silly idea??
I love the Misfit Four! They make a wonderfully nosy bunch of accidental heros! I really like the quiet way they go about righting wrongs even when they have to deal with bodies. Adding Annabel to the story is a real interesting move that I hope only adds to the excitement. Sometimes, it breaks up the team but I suspect she'll only add spice.
I want the whole series!!!
This is a good book but the multiple narrators are very distracting and cause the story to be very choppy. The main narrator has a grating voice and the female makes every character sound like a phone sex operator. Buy this one at the bookstore. Don't waste an Audible credit.