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Richard

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  • Bullseye: An Original Will Robie/Camel Club Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
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    (394)
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    (393)

    In this all-new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, worlds collide when government assassin Will Robie is caught in the crossfire with Oliver Stone and the Camel Club. Will Robie is closing in on his next target when he finds himself in the middle of a bank heist - and he's taken hostage alongside Oliver Stone. But is this just a simple bank job, or are the robbers after something even more valuable - and dangerous - than the cash in the vault?

    Kathryn says: "I so miss the Camel Club"
    "Short, Fun Camel Club + Power of Robie"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For anyone who has read Camel Club books, this is a must read. It's short and fairly light, but it's wonderful to have the Camel Club working together again. The Oliver Stone books are the best that Baldacci's ever done. It's got wonderful camaraderie and great characters. Will Robie is also good as a strong, intense man of mystery. Together they are great. If you like King and Maxwell, the Camel Club or Robie books are far better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oliver Stone is the best character Baldacci's ever created. He's an aging, enormously talented U.S. Government assassin who became a basket case when his wife was murdered by the U.S. Government and his daughter taken from him. He hates violence and is a very nice guy, but he eventually broke down and killed the baddies. In Bullseye, this is all untold backstory, but it's his brains and his closeness to his friends that save the day. He is shown to be much smarter than Robie.


    What does Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Baldacci is better than any of his competitors. McLarty is one of the best, but not the very best. But he's very good, adding to the characterizations, making everyone believable. Men sound like men; women sound like women.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    The teaser for the upcoming Robie and Reel book sounded wonderful. Can't wait for it to come out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Dog: A Skin Kadash Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill Cameron
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1)
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    Peter McKrall is at a crossroads - out of work, fighting a klepto habit, and trying to figure out his next move. Life takes an unexpected turn when a search for his niece's stuffed dog leads him to something else entirely: a bullet-riddled corpse. Talking to reporters lands Peter on the local news, which turns out to be a dangerous spotlight. And now Darla, the troubled daughter of the victim, is reaching out to him - but can she be trusted? When a second murder takes place and evidence is planted in his trash, the cops dredge up Peter's painful history.

    Richard says: "A Wonderful Character Novel"
    "A Wonderful Character Novel"
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    What did you love best about Lost Dog?

    What Cameron does with characterization is stunning. Three of his major characters are tremendously flawed: an insane killer, an unemployed kleptomaniac sponging off his sister, and a looney young woman who killed her father when she was a child. You hate them at the beginning of the novel.

    The book begins with a murder told from the point of view of the insane killer. I did not care for the scene, but it kept me reading. Then Peter, the kleptomaniac and the book's main character, is introduced. I disliked him and was tempted to give up on the book. I am glad I did not. He finds himself involved with the murders and you see who he truly is. You see him fall in love. You see him react to and care for the looney girl. You see him become friends with a crusty old cop. You come to understand him, respect him, and you see him grow as a person. Finally, you feel his empathy for the girl and the killer, and because you have seen their lives, you share that empathy with him.

    To build such characters and manipulate the feelings of readers so well is phenomenal. Cameron does a great job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The crusty old cop, police detective Skin Kadash. He's really a minor character, even though the book is called "A Skin Kadash Mystery." However, he's the only really normal person. even though he has interesting character traits.


    What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Berman is exceptional. Each character has a unique voice. Men sound like men. Women sound like women.

    Without him, I wonder if the reader would empathize with the insane murderer and looney girl as much.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In the climactic chapter, Peter (the kleptomaniac) makes a decision that says a lot. I don't want to say more, as it would spoil the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is not perfect. The beginning could have been done better. The woman that Peter falls in love with is too perfect and her character is not fully developed. I suspect that Cameron slighted her to keep the novel from getting too large, and that was a mistake.

    But these problems are minor. The book was a joy to listen to. What Cameron does with his major characters is incredibly impressive and a pleasure to read. Overall it was a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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