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The Collectors Audiobook
The Collectors
Written by: 
David Baldacci
Narrated by: 
LJ Ganser
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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    David Buffalo, WY, USA 10-14-07
    David Buffalo, WY, USA 10-14-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Bad Narration"

    This has to be the absolute worst narration I've ever had the displeasure to experience.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Mesa, AZ, United States 06-19-07
    Jared Mesa, AZ, United States 06-19-07 Member Since 2009
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    "Not near as good"

    I really enjoyed the Camel Club and have recommended it highly so I was excited for the return of the characters. However, this story gets annoying at times and doesn't seem to flow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-28-07
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    "Camel Club II"

    Excellent followup to Camel Club. Enjoy the listen. Cannot wait for the third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Essex Junction, VT, United States 04-07-07
    Chris Essex Junction, VT, United States 04-07-07 Member Since 2002
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    "The Collectors (unabridged)"

    I've found David Baldacci's books to be engaging and great for long car rides. My low rating does NOT reflect on the book itself, but rather on the narrators. I may have high standards (e.g.,Scott Brick & Patricia Kalember) but this narration just didn't work. Having a primary male narrator with other voices is distracting. The female character would speak and the male narrator would add, "she said with a sigh." I tried twice to listen to this book but this back-and-forth reading style was so fragmented that I have chosen to buy the actual book and read it myself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Wittenberg ATLANTA, GA, US 04-06-07
    Bob Wittenberg ATLANTA, GA, US 04-06-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than the Camel Club!"

    Great follow-on to a fantastic book! Really can't wait for the Camel Club to come back and see what happens!!! The ending left me wanting the next book now! Come on David, write fast!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BRUCE 03-29-07
    BRUCE 03-29-07
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    "Poorly written"

    I will listen to audio books that I would not be willing to read. Despite my high tolerance for bad writing in audio books, this ranks as one of the most poorly written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Westlake, TX, USA 03-12-07
    Amy Westlake, TX, USA 03-12-07
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    "Fascinating Cliffhanger"

    Great extension of the Camel Club characters. Two separate stories are weaved throughout the text until one character crosses over into the other story.

    Agent Alex Ford isn't used very much which is a shame as his character in the first installment was pretty good.

    Main story wraps up pretty good, but secondary story is cut off abruptly leaving the anticipation that a third installment of the Camel Club is forthcoming.

    Narration on this one is much better as multiple readers are used.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Laguna Beach, CA, USA 03-11-07
    Alex Laguna Beach, CA, USA 03-11-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous!"

    Typical Baldacci, great characters and good plots. Always a favorite and never disapoints. A good sequal to the Camel Club.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Eileen Surprise, AZ, USA 03-05-07
    Mary Eileen Surprise, AZ, USA 03-05-07
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    "Characters Galore"

    I loved this book. It was as good as The Camel Club,
    first in this series.
    The characters are well developed and not the usual fare in mystery fiction.
    It is very entertaining. The plot is very good and moves at pretty good pace.
    I hope there is a third and fourth book using these characters. I recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Kihei, HI, USA 02-21-07
    Ken Kihei, HI, USA 02-21-07 Member Since 2009
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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 2 people found this review helpful

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