All the while, "Oliver Stone" and his quirky Camel Club stand by and observe as the genius of their collective perspective begins to connect the dots between these seemingly disparate events--and they realize they must act, and act quickly, before their country falls victim to a silent yet bloody coup.
©2006 Columbus Rose, Ltd; (P)2006 Hachette Audio
I like the story so far but this is by far the worst narration I have experienced within the last 50 books that I have listened to. While listening to this book I found my self so distracted by the chalk board grating voice of the primary narrator that I would forget what was going on in the story. I am a very loyal listener to authors that I like, but I highly recommend you save your money on this one and just read the book.
This is hands-down the most poorly-narrated book I've listened to. I have never understood some publishers' desire to turn a book reading into a 21st century "Amateur Radio Hour". One person narrates while 2 others perform the voices. If the disjointed feel of having both the voice and inflection change mid-sentence isn't bad enough, I have to say that the "voice actors" are about the same caliber as your average adult movie - in other words their talent does NOT carry the story. It's difficult to follow the plot at times because of how hard this book is to listen to.
I'm only about an hour into this one, and about ready to throw into the recycling bin. One main narrator and two voice actors. The narrator has a high-pitched carnival-announcer tone, and the voice actors use essentially the same voices for all characters. It's irritating in a dialogue between two to three characters for the silly narrator to chime in between each sentence with "Leo said", "Tony asked", "Tony asked gruffly", etc., etc. Makes it ridiculously hard to listen to. I liked "The Camel Club" and was hoping to enjoy the next adventure of the Camel Club, but I think I may have to buy the print version. I find it much easier to listen to one person doing everything than this insipid method. Please find a better narrator and re-release the book. Why hire a narrator who can't do different voices? What's Scott Brick up to?
This is not an uninteresting story. However, it is not up to pay for Baldacci. The rag-tag Camel Club is simply not realistic enough to be believable for a thriller novel. It stretches the ability of one to suspend disbelief that Oliver Stone and his group can be some group of super-sleuths. His interfacing with the Secret Service and friend Alex Ford is the height of this unbelievability. I would prefer that Baldacci focus more on his Sean King characters. I feel they are much more believable and interesting.
This is my 24th book I have heard on tape and my 4th Baldacci book. He is an excellent story teller and have enjoyed all of them. However, of all the books on tape this is by far the worst narration I have heard. Having 3 narrators (one male and one female AND one story teller) is very choppy and a HUGE distraction. ONE NARRATOR PLEASE! Of note: the excellent reading of "Stone Cold."
I really enjoyed The Camel Club and I liked the plot twist in The Collectors. It'S good to be with the Club again. However, I have to agree with the reviewers who had a hard time with the narration. I did finally get use to it, but actually laughed out-load during the love scenes,i.e. "You are sooooo sexy." "SHE COOED!" Yikes! I just pray that the next installment has a better narrator(s).
I agree with the other reviews, I haven't gotten past the first few chapters because the narration is not what I expect from audio books and I find it annoying and distracting. I enjoy reading David Baldacci's books, some more than others, but I did enjoy the Camel Club which is why I made this purchase but again, the narration is not acceptable.
The story is rather interesting however, I have tried to listen to this audio book several times, but had to stop after an hour or so, because of the narration of this audio book.
Do not buy this audio book, just go to one of the other Baldacci books and try those. This isn't worth while listening to, you better of reading this one. The audio example does not let you hear the parts where the narration gets very irritating, so don't let get fooled by it.
David Baldacci is one of my favorite writers!
If you are looking for a book that isn't formulaic, this is it. The plot(s) are truly original. Yes, there is more than one plot and they intersect in a unique and fun way that really engaged me once I got past the first couple of chapters. It did take me a little while to get completely reeled in. At times I wondered where the book was going but when everyting fell together it just made perfect sense. Love when I get to the end of the book and feel that the time I invested in listening was worthwhile. This was one of those books that has a truly satisfying ending, wraps up just enough of the loose ends, leaving a couple unwrapped so you know there will be another book to follow. For maximum enjoyment, I recommend that you listen to Baldacci's book "The Camel Club" before you listen to "The Collectors". "The Collectors" appears to be the second book in what will be a great series involving the quirky Camel Club. Hopefully the 3rd book will be out soon.
David Baldacci did it again!!! This book has twist and turns in it that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The ending will leave you dying for the sequel!!!!!
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