The Collectors

Version: Unabridged
Author: David Baldacci
Narrator: L.J. Ganser , Aimee Jolson
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Published In: December 2015
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 42 minutes
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Overview

While a gifted con artist plots against the most ruthless businessman in the world, the Camel Club must stop a renegade CIA agent from selling American secrets to the highest bidder in this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller.

The assassination of the speaker of the House has rocked the nation. And the Camel Club has found a chilling connection with another death: that of the director of the Library of Congress's Rare Books and Special Collections Division.

The club's unofficial leader, a man who calls himself Oliver Stone, discovers that someone is selling America to its enemies one secret at a time. Then Annabelle Conroy, the greatest con artist of her generation, comes to town and joins forces with the Camel Club for her own reasons. And Stone will need all the help she can give, because the two murders are hurtling the Camel Club into a world of espionage that is bringing America to its knees.

Reviews (13)

Written by Kelsie Hanson on June 1st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

As opposed to many of the other reviews, I liked the different narrators for male and female voices and I didn't have any trouble distinguishing the voices for each character. This whole series is a great thriller series with interesting characters. I highly recommend them but definitely try to read them in order if you can.

Written by Jean Varner on November 1st, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Interesting ... the story line moved quickly ... it kept my interest. I enjoyed the book. Despite having read all 3 books in the Camel Club Series in hardcover listening to it was a pleasure.

The Collectors

Written by Werner from Tigard, OR on November 1st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

having read most of David's books, listening to them on discs enhances the stories, and brings them to life. This book, as well others are very entertaining. I can hardly wait for the next three books(audios) in the series to arrive. It helps to read(hear) them in sequence, as most writers refer to charactors and events presented in previous books. I strongly recommend the Camel Club series. DB is very creative.

Collection of Narrators Fall Short

Written by Mandi Scott Chestler from Lake Oswego, OR on February 16th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is a botched production of good suspense novel. Why the absurd narration? The main narrator was annoying, the female narrator used the same voice for every woman in the story, as did the second male narrator with all his charactors. The result was a collection of voice amateurs messing up a decent David Baldacci yarn. The high note of The Collectors was the introduction of a great new charactor in Annabelle. The producers of this audiobook should have stuck with Jonathan Davis, the excellent narrator of The Camel Club.

The Collectors

Written by Anonymous on October 6th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good book, once all the characters were introduced. Unfortunately, it took 2 CDs for this to occur. By the 3rd CD the story has you. I couldn't wait to get back in the car.

At His Best

Written by Shane Nixon from Whitsett, NC on June 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Love me some Camel Club. These characters are so real, so well defined, so personal . . . and now Annabelle? LOVE it. Another hit in this series. GREAT narration, wonderful story, even an ending that makes you wonder if we won't hear from darling Annabelle again. GREAT read.

The Collectors

Written by Bruce Curson on May 6th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Having read the previous two reviews, I actually enjoyed 'The Collectors' better than 'The Camel Club'. I look forward to listening to 'Stone Cold' which picks up the story line of The Collectors. I do agree with the reviews that the narration was annoying. Actually, the multiple voices were not as bad as the main narrator who followed the other voices' dialogue with "he said with remorse" or "she exclaimed excitedly". It would have been far less annoying if the same voice followed their own dialogue with the "he said" or "she exclaimed" descriptives. Towards the end of the book, I finally got use to these awkward changes in voice that occured in the same sentence ... mainly because the story line was so good.

Good but not as good as Camel Club

Written by Anonymous from Washington, DC on December 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I am giving this book only 4 stars because the first book in this series (The Camel Club) was so good that I kept comparing this book unfairly to the wonderful character development in the first book. Also,this was the first tiime I ever experienced three narrators and I couldn't decide if I liked the technique or if it distracted me. All in all though, I enjoyed this book and was not disappointed by finding out once again that Baldacci is an excellent mystery writer.

Good listen

Written by Amit Chatterjee on December 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A good promising start to the novel gets you hooked. At times it seems to drift a little, jumping plots. You wonder if these plots will collide, and the middle drags a little. However, the finish is good.

Annoying Narrator

Written by Southern Wisconsin on November 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This narrator sounds like he has an attitude. Also this was the first book I have heard where they use more than one reader, which results indifferent characters with the same voice - especially when all the women in the story had the same voice - and it becomes confusing, The story was good, although a little drawn out. I am certainly looking forward to the next installment.

Author Details

Author Details

Baldacci, David

David Baldacci was born in Virginia, in 1960, where he currently resides. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. Mr. Baldacci practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., as both a trial and corporate attorney.

David Baldacci has published seventeen novels: Absolute Power, Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth, Saving Faith, Wish You Well, Last Man Standing, The Christmas Train, Split Second, Hour Game, The Camel Club, The Collectors, Simple Genius, Stone Cold, and The Whole Truth; and in his young adult series, Freddy and the French Fries: Fries Alive! and Freddy and the French Fries: The Adventures of Silas Finklebean. He has also published a novella for the Dutch entitled Office Hours, written for Holland's Year 2000 "Month of the Thriller." Baldacci authored a short story, "The Mighty Johns," as part of a mystery anthology published in 2002.

His works have been in numerous worldwide magazines, newspapers, journals, and publications. Baldacci has authored seven original screenplays. His books have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries. All of his books have been national and international bestsellers. Over 60 million copies of Mr. Baldacci's books are in print worldwide.

Castle Rock entertainment made Absolute Power (Warner Books/Grand Central Publishing, 1996) into a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. The novel Absolute Power won Britain's W. H. Smith's Thumping Good Read award for fiction in 1997, and was nominated for a literary award in Italy. Absolute Power was selected for People Magazine's "Page Turner of the Week." Absolute Power won the 1996 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery/Thriller from the Southern Writers Guild.

The paperback version of Total Control (Warner/Grand Central, 1996) was a best-selling favorite of the traveling public for over a year. Total Control won the 1997 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery/Thriller from the Southern Writers Guild.

The Winner's (Warner/Grand Central, 1997) sales topped those of Baldacci's first two novels, no doubt aided by revealing in the novel how to fix the lottery and win a hundred million dollars! The Winner received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, its highest rating.

The Simple Truth (Warner/Grand Central, 1998) was the first of Baldacci's novels in which part of the plot was based upon an actual event. President Clinton selected The Simple Truth as his favorite novel of 1999.

Saving Faith (Warner/Grand Central, 1999) is a novel about how Washington really works, and it reached number one on both the New York Times Bestseller List and the Publisher's Weekly national bestseller list. Saving Faith was selected for People Magazine's "Page Turner of the Week."

Wish You Well (Warner/Grand Central, 2000) is strongly linked to Baldacci's maternal family history. In researching for this book, he spent countless hours talking with his mother, who spent her first seventeen years on the "high rock" and learning its lifelong lessons. Wish You Well received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly and was selected as the inaugural book for All America Reads, a national reading program.

Last Man Standing (Warner/Grand Central, 2001) is an explosive psychological thriller about Web London, a member of the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team, who is desperate to find answers for secret terrors and relief from unbearable guilt. Last Man Standing reached number one on the New York Times Bestseller List.

The Christmas Train (Warner/Grand Central, 2002) is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags for a holiday adventure and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams during the season of miracles. The Christmas Train has quickly become a holiday classic.

Split Second (Warner/Grand Central, 2003) is a compelling, fast-paced political thriller that gives readers an inside look at the work of the Secret Service as it strives to protect America's leaders. As their worlds close in upon them, former agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell team up to seek answer to events that, at first glance, seem to be unrelated disasters. Split Second became a New York Times bestseller on its first day of publication.

Hour Game (Warner/Grand Central, 2004) teams Sean King and Michelle Maxwell from Split Second in a race to prove a man’s innocence in a domestic burglary. They quickly find themselves caught in a chain of murders that once again rocks the quiet hills of Wrightsburg, Virginia. At every turn, King and Maxwell find themselves trying to put the pieces together as the killer is plays the murderous "hour game."

In The Camel Club (Warner/Grand Central, 2005), Baldacci goes beyond the traditional boundaries of fiction, painting a frighteningly vivid portrait of a world that could be our own very soon, and the few people who have a chance to stop the last war the world may ever fight.

In The Collectors (Warner/Grand Central, 2006), Baldacci weaves a brilliant, white-knuckle tale of suspense in which every collectors is searching for one missing prize... the one to die for.

Simple Genius (Warner/Grand Central, 2007) brings back the dynamic team of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell from Split Second and Hour Game. While investigating a dead body found in Babbage Town -- a think-tank and high tech research facility just across the York River from the CIA Training Facility in Camp Peary, Virginia -- King & Maxwell find themselves thrown into the midst of a worldwide race to control information, and at any cost -- even murder.

Stone Cold (Warner/Grand Central, 2007) brings back the unusual group of sleuths, the Camel Club, for another mystery involving Jerry Bagger, Annabelle Conroy, Alex Ford, and a deadly assassin whose identity, like Oliver Stone's, remains veiled in mystery.

The Whole Truth (Grand Central, 2008) represents David's first international thriller, one that presents the all-too-real world of perception management into the forefront of global defense contractor activities.

Freddy and the French Fries: Fries Alive! (Little, Brown & Company, 2005) and Freddy and the French Fries: The Adventures of Silas Finklebean (Little, Brown & Company, 2006) are titles in Baldacci's series for young readers. Find out more about Freddy at his Web site, FreddyandtheFrenchFries.com.

David Baldacci's books have been publicly discussed and/or read by everyone from Howard Stern and Don Imus to Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh, from George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton to Charlie Rose and Larry King.

Baldacci has made many television and radio appearances and has been featured in numerous national and international publications

David contributes to, and is involved in, several philanthropic efforts. His greatest efforts are currently dedicated to his family's own Wish You Well Foundation. The Wish You Well Foundation, established by Michelle and David Baldacci, supports family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Recently the Wish You Well Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch "Feeding Body & Mind". Through Feeding Body & Mind, hundreds of thousands of new and used books have been collected and distributed through area food banks, helping feed both body and mind. For more information, visit WishYouWellFoundation.org and FeedingBodyandMind.com or call 703-476-6032.

David Baldacci serves as a national ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and participates in numerous charities, including the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, the American Cancer Society, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He sits on the boards of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Virginia Commonwealth University. Baldacci also holds various honorary chairs.