14 November 2006

The Collectors by David Baldacci

Fiction: Mystery. Audiobook from Hachette Audio. Published in 2006. 12 hours and 46 minutes. Read by LJ Ganser with Aimee Jolson and Richard Mover. Purchased at Audible.com.

Mercy. This has to have been the worst audiobook I've ever listened to in my years of downloading books from Audible.com. I think the story was okay, though it could have used a bit of editing. What really made it torture was the readers -- well, the way the readers were spliced together, I think. It was just horrendous. If you are interested in this one, don't get the audio.

Publisher's summary:
A Supreme Court Justice 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.

Online book shopping:
Powell's: The Collectors
amazon.co.uk: The Collectors
amazon.com: The Collectors
Audible.com: Do yourself a favor and don't buy the unabridged recording from Audible. Here's the abridged that has different readers and might therefore be better: The Collectors

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