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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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    TR St. Louis 06-22-09
    TR St. Louis 06-22-09 Member Since 2003

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    "Awful narration"

    The story was probably pretty good, but the narration...UGH! Buy the paperback.

    2 of 2 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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    Harleen Vickers 08-31-08 Member Since 2006
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    "narration disjointed, distracting and disastrous"

    I am a Baldacci fan but as I began this audio version I felt like I was listening to a Mickey Spillane book. The narrating is campy and pitiful. Whatever were the producers thinking? After a couple of hours, I had to stop. I will buy the book and read it. Knowing Baldacci I cannot believe he wrote a book that bad. Please- if you intend to use multiple narrators do NOT have one person speak the line and another say, "she exclaimed" to finish the sentence.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Juan Alhambra, CA, United States 01-31-07
    Juan Alhambra, CA, United States 01-31-07
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    "Interesting narration"

    Those of you that are old enough to remember Old time radio classics like the "Shadow" or "Have gun, will travel", should be familiar with this type of narration. The director here wanted to give this narration a play-like feel. I didn't have a problem with it, but rather enjoyed it. The bottom line is that the "purists" will always want to stick to the norm, but wait,... aren't audiobooks sacrilegious?
    Don't cheat yourself from yet another great book by David Baldacci. This book is filled with drama, surprise, twists, and a promising ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Christer Laholm, SwedenSweden 09-03-09
    Christer Laholm, SwedenSweden 09-03-09
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    "Superb narration"

    The book is very exciting and the narrators are extremely good. Listening to this audio book is similar to listening to a very thrilling radio play!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Brent 10-04-08
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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.

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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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    Ken Kihei, HI, USA 02-21-07
    Ken Kihei, HI, USA 02-21-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Character Voicing is Poor"

    I have listened to more than 200 mystery type audio books over the last 15 years and have enjoyed Baldacci's work including the "Camel Club". This is the first review I have felt compelled to write because the voice talents totally mis-characterized the novel making it painful to listen.

    I listened to the entire audio book and was very disappointed with the voicing of the characters, who are more than 45 years old. The readers voice the characters as if they were in their young teens making them sound like the crew of a Scooby Doo cartoon. At critical points of the story where the heroes are about to engage in combat, the voices where totally out of character, having tough Vietnam-era vets whining and scared that they were going into danger. The voicing makes it impossible to take this novel, about murder at the highest levels of government, seriously as the author intended.

    The style in which the three readers exchange dialogue is very irritating. They quote phrases like "Allen Breathed..." and "Susan exclaimed..."
    rather than simply speaking the lines with appropriate emotional expression.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Redfield 11-24-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Worst audiobook so far"

    The book itself (so far) is fair, though cliched, but the way it is produced is horrible, and I'm struggling to finish it. As others have commented, the main narrator blurts out phrases like "she replied" which he must have read as a long list, totally detached in tone from the lines that precede or follow. It's pretty poorly produced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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