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.
Several listeners have complained about the narration. Since I read these comments, I was more aware of the use of three readers. This is a good book and I was not distracted by the narration at all. Actually, I found it very refreshing. Don't let the negative comments about the narration discourage you from listening to this story.
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.
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.
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!!!
Retired systems analyst; Lover of music, art, travel, technology, birds, Caribbean, scuba; Favorite audiobook genres: mystery, biography, travel, humor, fiction
Originally I did not buy this book although I always read new David Baldacci's books, but I was scared off by the bad reviews. Because I enjoy the Camel Club so much, I decided to try it and found that the narration does not hurt the story for me at all. I really enjoyed it.
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 book, much ballyhooed as the return of a great author, is an annoying production--both from the supposedly clever plot line to the grating narration. The characters are such caricatures that they insult the intelligence of the reader. I tried twice to continue this novel, thinking it might get better, but it failed to do so.
I like the Baldacci books and have listed to 2 others on Audible, but the narrator on this one is not good at all. The inflections are off, and it is just distracting. It is hard to enjoy the story when the narration is so poor. I should have listened to the sample before choosing. If I had, I would have downloaded it to my Kindle instead.