Oliver Stone and the Camel Club return in #1 bestselling author David Baldacci's most stunning adventure yet.
An attack on the heart of power . . .
In sight of the White House . . .
At a place known as . . .
John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes.
Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister. As he watches the prime minister's motorcade leave the White House that evening, a bomb is detonated in Lafayette Park, an apparent terrorist attack against both leaders. It's in the chaotic aftermath that Stone takes on a new, more urgent assignment: find those responsible for the bombing.
British MI-6 agent Mary Chapman becomes Stone's partner in the search for the unknown attackers. But their opponents are elusive, capable, and increasingly lethal; worst of all, it seems that the park bombing may just have been the opening salvo in their plan. With nowhere else to turn, Stone enlists the help of the only people he knows he can trust: the Camel Club. Yet that may be a big mistake.
In the shadowy worlds of politics and intelligence, there is no one you can really trust. Nothing is really what it seems to be. And Hell's Corner truly lives up to its name. This may be Oliver Stone's and the Camel Club's last stand.
©2010 David Baldacci (P)2010 Hachette Audio
Cut out the sounds of bullets, sirens, traffic. I listen to books to escape. These sounds are stressful. From now on I will check and double check to be certain that the books I buy are narrated by one person and without side effects. I will never buy another book with sound effects. Using different narrators for different parts is downright cheesy. Please stop doing this.
It is hard to tell because of the horrible distraction of the sound effects and multiple voices. I think this story is good, but whenever I hear a change of narrator or siren or bullet, I am knocked out of the story and into real life.
Sometimes I am put off by the words he chooses to emphasize. It feels as if, in an attempt to make his interpretation interesting, he puts emphasis on a word that would not be emphasized in a real conversation. This reminds me of an actor's exercise in reading and is a distraction.
No. Too long and see above.
Near the top. I love Baldacci's books
Oliver Stone. Always. Why? Why not?
I'm not a huge fan of Ron McLarty. Don't think his narration flows as well as others I've listened to, but I listen to him because I like Baldacci's books. I initially hated having a second voice doing the women's lines, but eventually got used to it.
It just held my attention
Please, please, PLEASE stop adding sound effects to audio books. It's stupid and distracting.
I love the John Carr stories the best. This one gives the same great action and adventure. Baldacci has a great plot and flows right through the whole story. He brings back the past and starts into the future.
Baldacci writes it and I immediately read it.
I have not been disappointed yet and I am a critical reader.
This book covers all the bases, it is entertaining. I will watch for the authors of the negative reviews so I can choose the better books. My tastes run to their opposite. I read / listen to books for relaxation and Hell's Corner is great.
I've read (or heard) a lot of books and have always been a fan of David Baldacci's work. However, this has got to be his worst book yet! I'm about 4 hours into the book and I'm not sure I can take any more. The characters are totally flat, the narration is clumsy and the plot is not very suspenseful. There are 2 narrators on this recording, one male and one female. The back and forth between them is stilted and awkward at times. Do yourself a favor and pick a different book.
The switching over to Ms. Cassidy for women's voices is jarring and beyond irritating! Every time it happens, the flow is broken and I find myself removed from the story. It was so bad that on a recent long drive, it was less annoying to listen to talk radio than to lose myself in what might have been a great story. Its hard to be more annoying than Rush Limbaugh but this production has pulled it off.
I assume that this was an experiment. It has failed. NEVER, NEVER do this again. One story. One Narrator!
Being an avid Baldacci fan, I thought I had missed something in my first reading of “Hell’s Corner,” so I waded through this book a second time. The only thing different the second time through was the STUPID gunfire sound effects didn’t scare the wadding out of me. The rampant personal guilt trips...”It’s all my fault that so-and-so is...” were a tad much. This book was very disappointing!
Parts were a bit predictable compared to his other books. The twists were in where was it going next vs who was behind it. That, coupled with the length didn't keep me quite as engaged. The little twist at the end was a surprise though and a nice way to wrap.
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