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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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    John Olathe, KS, USA 12-21-06
    John Olathe, KS, USA 12-21-06
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    Not great. I had to stop listening to it so I wouldn't ruin the ending try it again when I'm not so busy. Couldn't keep up with the charactors. Are the Camel Club the good guys or the bad guys in this book?

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    Chris Dardenne Prairie, MO, United States 12-13-06
    Chris Dardenne Prairie, MO, United States 12-13-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Intertainment"

    Like all of David's audible books (I've listened to all available at Audible) this was very entertaining. Started a bit slow (seems to be his way) but had an exciting ending...you just have to get through the slow start.

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    John Jersey City, NJ, USA 12-04-06
    John Jersey City, NJ, USA 12-04-06
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    "The Collectors"

    Excellent Plot. The 2nd edition of the Camel Club was great and look I forward with great anticipation to the next installment. I like any book that can put images into my head and this book did.

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    Marc Worley San Diego, CA USA 11-26-06
    Marc Worley San Diego, CA USA 11-26-06 Member Since 2010
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    "Bad narration"

    I gave up half way thru the book simply due to the constant switching of narrators. Very distracting. If you can handle that aspect, the story is intriguing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Redfield 11-24-06 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Jeff Novi, MI, USA 11-10-06
    Jeff Novi, MI, USA 11-10-06 Member Since 2007
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    "Save Your Credit"

    I was disappointed with this book. As others have said, the narration is very distracting (the character reader will say a line in this low whisper, then the narrator will suddenly shout out: "Oliver said." Very grating).

    Baldacci's never been known as a stylist, and his writing here is typically bland. What usually saves him are his characters and plot twists. But here, the characters emerge more wooden than in the Camel Club, and the plot twists defy belief. Skip it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 11-05-06
    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 11-05-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Looking forward to another novel in this series!"

    Unlike other reviewers, I was pretty much neutral on the multiple narrators. It just didn't make any difference to me. I guess the story was simply good enough to quash any negative reactions to it. Historically I've not been a fan of the industry's stabs at multiple narration.

    This novel was great. There's two distinct plot lines at work here. Fantastic pacing and plotting. I listened with rapt attention throughtout. The abrupt ending frustrated me at first but as I thought about it, there can only be one explanation. Baldacci's planning another novel in this series. There's just no other way to resolve the loose end. I'm certainly looking forward to it. I'd also like to see Hollywood pick this up. This series reads like it was intended for the silver screen.

    Highly recommended.

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    Frances 11-04-06
    Frances 11-04-06
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    "Thorougly enjoyable"

    Insult intelligence! It's only a story and a good one at that. The narration was wonderful, especially the female voice. This was the first book my son listened to and he was in awe and he usually likes SF. He wanted to listen to more books with 2 or 3 narrators. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants an enjoyable listen. I give this book 5 stars because it was worth a second listen on a long trip because of the humor and mystery.

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    Ce Sea 06-22-09
    Ce Sea 06-22-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Narration"

    The narration of this book is great-made the whole book.

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    Michael Hixson, TN, USA 09-03-07
    Michael Hixson, TN, USA 09-03-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Solid Baldacci"

    Baldacci always delivers both a good story and significant character development.

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