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The Collectors Audiobook

The Collectors

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Mark 11-16-06
    Mark 11-16-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Good Plot, lousy narration"

    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).

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-03-06 Member Since 2016
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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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    Vida T. Yancy 01-10-09
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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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Book and Movie Lover Austin 11-05-06
    Book and Movie Lover Austin 11-05-06 Member Since 2015
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    FinanceBuzz Loganville, GA 12-18-07
    FinanceBuzz Loganville, GA 12-18-07 Member Since 2015

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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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    Stephen WORCESTER, MA, United States 03-17-16
    Stephen WORCESTER, MA, United States 03-17-16 Member Since 2014

    Persnickety, curmudgeonly, locked into a long daily commute which is mitigated somewhat by listening to great books.

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    "Better than the first Camel Club"
    If you could sum up The Collectors in three words, what would they be?

    Great old books


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Pretty much. Never knew how the story was going to go.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it was this book where there is a woman who reads the Annabelle part. Her sections seemed spliced with the male reader. There was clearly a different background ambient sound and very different recording of her voice. I found that distracting. Poor production.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J Tyler 09-18-15
    J Tyler 09-18-15
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    "Great story and vocal performance"

    The addition of Annabelle Conroy and Jerry Bagger really give the Camel Club series a new dimension and great character boost. The multiple voice performances are among the best I have heard. I really enjoyed the book and got more immersed in the characters. The eclectic cadre of characters of the Camel Club take whole new depth in this second installment and the main character Oliver Stone takes more depth and shape.

    I almost gave up on the Camel Club series after the first book (which friends highly recommended to introduce me to Baldacci) but The Collectors had me ready to jump to book three, Stone Cold, when I finished.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 06-20-13
    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 06-20-13 Member Since 2006

    Old Broad with Keyboard

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    "Another Action Packed Adventure"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Collectors to be better than the print version?

    I love Audio books because I don't have time to read the print book. I love Audio books because I can listen to a good book while I do hours of data entry. I love Audio books because I can listen in bed when I can't sleep. Not interested in buying the same story twice in two formats, what a silly idea??


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the Misfit Four! They make a wonderfully nosy bunch of accidental heros! I really like the quiet way they go about righting wrongs even when they have to deal with bodies. Adding Annabel to the story is a real interesting move that I hope only adds to the excitement. Sometimes, it breaks up the team but I suspect she'll only add spice.


    Any additional comments?

    I want the whole series!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 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 2010
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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