Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
i like a good espionage book from time to time giving me a break from my favorite historical novels but even though i enjoyed this book and the workings of oliver stones crime solving deductions. there were way to many twists and turns and characters popping up all over the place that i frequently got lost. i guess some would call that a good thing it kept me guessing but it was more confusion than guessing. it was like i would have to stop and ask, what, where, who, how and of course why? usually though after about another ten minutes of listening i would go "oh now i see". this happened several times during this read. the main thing though as much as i like oliver stone and his service to our country, has any one ever been more willing to die for what's right, or blame himself for every agents death he has ever worked with, that got a little old real fast.
the narrator was great.
While I usually enjoy the Camel Club series, this one just couldn't seem to dig its heels in as deeply for me. It began exciting enough and had countless twists and turns. I think perhaps it was the overuse of these that wore me down. It just KEPT twisting, turning around, double backing and retracing it seemed. The narration performance was good. I typically like Baldacci books and am certainly not giving up on him. I was just glad when this one was finally over.
I guess that dedicatd Camel Club fans would not want to miss it.
Come on! How many deadly scrapes can one bunch get into? And how many women can one hero share adventures with without any real sexual tension?
It was fine and I especially liked the way Cassidy handled the voices of the various women characters.
Well, I did stick with it.
I love this series, but have to say this one is the weakest of them so far. I'll read the next one when it comes out, and hope they're back up to where the early ones were.
I struggled to get halfway thru this book because it is soooooo boring! The characters go on and on and on about trivial details. I cannot continue any further, it is slow paced and not the thriller I was hoping for.
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.