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The Collectors | [David Baldacci]

The Collectors

The U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.
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The U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble. In California, a beautiful but capable woman is planning and executing one of the most brilliant cons on record.

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

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    "Fun listen"

    I enjoyed the story -- the Camel club's conspiracy intertwined with a con game. It is not very believable -- but it is a lot of fun. I wished they had dropped the "he said"/ "she said" with the multiple narrators, but I enjoyed the multiple voices.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brent 10-04-08
    Brent 10-04-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Book"

    Several listeners have complained about the narration. Since I read these comments, I was more aware of the use of three readers. This is a good book and I was not distracted by the narration at all. Actually, I found it very refreshing. Don't let the negative comments about the narration discourage you from listening to this story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Loganville, GA, United States 12-18-07
    Derek Loganville, GA, United States 12-18-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Not a big fan of the Stone series"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Vida T. Yancy Shreveport, LA United States 01-10-09
    Vida T. Yancy Shreveport, LA United States 01-10-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Painful narration"

    Good book with good character voices but the constant intrusion of narrator (with a carnival barker's voice) telling the reader "who said what" was horrible.

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    Neil 04-27-12
    Neil 04-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good second in the series"

    While not as good as the first book in the series, this is still a really good story told well.

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    Cill 11-06-08
    Cill 11-06-08

    Retired systems analyst; Lover of music, art, travel, technology, birds, Caribbean, scuba; Favorite audiobook genres: mystery, biography, travel, humor, fiction

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    "Narration Does Not Hurt This Audio Book"

    Originally I did not buy this book although I always read new David Baldacci's books, but I was scared off by the bad reviews. Because I enjoy the Camel Club so much, I decided to try it and found that the narration does not hurt the story for me at all. I really enjoyed it.

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    Book and Movie Lover Austin 11-05-06
    Book and Movie Lover Austin 11-05-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Multiple intersecting plots!"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    PA Law 10-23-06
    PA Law 10-23-06
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    "Not one to collect"

    This book, much ballyhooed as the return of a great author, is an annoying production--both from the supposedly clever plot line to the grating narration. The characters are such caricatures that they insult the intelligence of the reader. I tried twice to continue this novel, thinking it might get better, but it failed to do so.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    C D Salinas, CA, USA 02-16-10
    C D Salinas, CA, USA 02-16-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Get a new narrator"

    I like the Baldacci books and have listed to 2 others on Audible, but the narrator on this one is not good at all. The inflections are off, and it is just distracting. It is hard to enjoy the story when the narration is so poor. I should have listened to the sample before choosing. If I had, I would have downloaded it to my Kindle instead.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Memphis, TN, United States 10-28-09
    Chris Memphis, TN, United States 10-28-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Story - Distracting narration"

    This is a good book but the multiple narrators are very distracting and cause the story to be very choppy. The main narrator has a grating voice and the female makes every character sound like a phone sex operator. Buy this one at the bookstore. Don't waste an Audible credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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