I really enjoyed other books in the Camel Club series. Unfortunately, Hell's Corner was not up to par. While I expect thrillers to be a bit far-fetched, this one was ridiculous. It's like if you took all the cliches from other thrillers, stuck them in a blender, and put them into an overly long book.
As other reviewers noted, there are other things that make this one to avoid. The sound effects definitely detracted from the book. The first time I heard them, I laughed. The next time, I groaned. Horrible!
I didn't mind the switch between voices however. Usually men doing women's voices sound a bit ridiculous, so I prefer a female voice doing the reading. However, there were a few times that I had to listen carefully because I thought some of the female voices sounded like voice a synthesizer. That was pretty bad...
I have no idea how this book has received so many positive reviews, pulling it up to almost an average of 4. Seriously, if all the reviews were legit, there's no way that this book would get more than 3 stars, probably less.
Avoid at all costs.
This book is all over the place. First, Oliver Stone is a spy being sent away to fight the Russians in Mexico. Then, all of a sudden he has been given the authority to investigate the case of the Lafayette park shooting/bombing. I don't get it. And what is up with the Camel Club. The Camel Club reminds me of the Thunderbirds in the movie Iron Eagle. Does the Camel club have matching jackets and a cool club house with bean bags? Don't worry, Oliver Stone and the Camel club will solve the crime. No Chappy!!!!!! If your playing this tape I didn't make it.
I liked some of the Baldacci's books, but this one didn't ring a bell. Too many twists, fights between agencies, 2 presidents, looks like someone cooked from too many cookbooks.
I found this a hard listen.Cassidy's character would say something like" I am coming with you" but McLarty will always finish up the sentence with "She said ". I found this very distracting. I thought Cassidy did a better job with the voices, whereas, with McLarty I couldnt always tell the difference and that made it really hard to follow the conversation at times. Now, to the plot. At times it took off,taking me wih it and then all of a sudden I was bogged down in a mess of verbage and didnt have a clue where all this talk, talk , talk was going. The Stone character seems to hate and blame himself for everything he can think of in his whole life.
So, if you dont have anything else to listen to or do... and a credit you want to blow... OK ...Otherwise, Wait for something better. That's just my opinion, but hey, what the heck do I know.
Ms Cassidy,please,please please never read the part of a British agent again,I love my audio books and have been a long time fan of David Baldacci,sadly this audio is so bad I could not even finish the first part,waste of a good credit.
We were not happy with this book. The female narrator was very annoying and we felt she distracted from the story. The gunfire and sound effects are unnecessary and should be left out. And geez, Murder Mountain again?!! C'mon! That is so played!
Publishers need to not try to turn books into a hacked together version of an old radio drama. Unlike the high quality you get with a big-budget animated film where they can have actors read their lines separately, doing it on a shoestring by just splicing two voices together doesn't cut it. The recording levels here don't match, the ambiance doesn't match, so your brain tells you the two characters aren't having a dialog but reading two scripts in two different places. .
I'm just finishing the first half, it's so painful to listen to that after an hour at a stretch I get annoyed and take a break.
I'll read the reviews next time and if this is what happens with future Baldacci books I'll move on and listen to something else. And now adding to my frustration I can't edit this to be anything other than one run-on paragraph.
Have enjoyed the Camel Club series so much, but this latest installment has been difficult to embrace. Too disjointed somehow, endless plot possibilities spinning, and not enough good character development. I found myself wishing for the end just to be finished.