I've found David Baldacci's books to be engaging and great for long car rides. My low rating does NOT reflect on the book itself, but rather on the narrators. I may have high standards (e.g.,Scott Brick & Patricia Kalember) but this narration just didn't work. Having a primary male narrator with other voices is distracting. The female character would speak and the male narrator would add, "she said with a sigh." I tried twice to listen to this book but this back-and-forth reading style was so fragmented that I have chosen to buy the actual book and read it myself!
Great follow-on to a fantastic book! Really can't wait for the Camel Club to come back and see what happens!!! The ending left me wanting the next book now! Come on David, write fast!
Great extension of the Camel Club characters. Two separate stories are weaved throughout the text until one character crosses over into the other story.
Agent Alex Ford isn't used very much which is a shame as his character in the first installment was pretty good.
Main story wraps up pretty good, but secondary story is cut off abruptly leaving the anticipation that a third installment of the Camel Club is forthcoming.
Narration on this one is much better as multiple readers are used.
Typical Baldacci, great characters and good plots. Always a favorite and never disapoints. A good sequal to the Camel Club.
I loved this book. It was as good as The Camel Club,
first in this series.
The characters are well developed and not the usual fare in mystery fiction.
It is very entertaining. The plot is very good and moves at pretty good pace.
I hope there is a third and fourth book using these characters. I recommend it highly.
I have listened to more than 200 mystery type audio books over the last 15 years and have enjoyed Baldacci's work including the "Camel Club". This is the first review I have felt compelled to write because the voice talents totally mis-characterized the novel making it painful to listen.
I listened to the entire audio book and was very disappointed with the voicing of the characters, who are more than 45 years old. The readers voice the characters as if they were in their young teens making them sound like the crew of a Scooby Doo cartoon. At critical points of the story where the heroes are about to engage in combat, the voices where totally out of character, having tough Vietnam-era vets whining and scared that they were going into danger. The voicing makes it impossible to take this novel, about murder at the highest levels of government, seriously as the author intended.
The style in which the three readers exchange dialogue is very irritating. They quote phrases like "Allen Breathed..." and "Susan exclaimed..."
rather than simply speaking the lines with appropriate emotional expression.
I loved the narration of multiple characters, it makes it much easier to put a visual image to the character. All in all, I thought the book with multiple plots was fantastic. Always kept me guessing who the murderer was.
I enjoy the Camel Club story line and really liked “The Camel Club”. “The Collectors” is a pretty good story (not as good as the original) but the narration was horrible. The female voice was distracting and had no affect. In future books, I would stick to one narrator doing all voices and be more true to the original Camel Club.
I really enjoyed this book. This, the second installment in the Camel Club series, is well worth the listen. I was a bit surprised when I first heard the three different narrators, but when you get into it, it really works well. The narrators are excellent and the plot twists and turns are superb. "Oliver Stone" has become my new favorite super hero. He is calm, cool and very clever. I can't wait for the next installment. Buy it and LOVE IT!!!!!