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Stone Cold Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,747 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The #1 bestselling author of The Collectors and Simple Genius returns with Stone Cold—an unforgettable novel of revenge, conspiracy, and murder that brings a band of unlikely heroes face-to-face with their greatest threat.

Oliver Stone, the leader of the mysterious group that calls itself the Camel Club, is both feared and respected by those who’ve crossed his path. Keeping a vigilant watch over our leaders in Washington DC, the Camel Club has won over some allies, but it has also earned formidable enemies—including those in power who will do anything to prevent Stone and his friends from uncovering the hidden, secret work of the government.

Annabelle Conroy, an honorary member of the Camel Club, is also the greatest con artist of her generation. She has swindled forty million dollars from casino king Jerry Bagger, the man who murdered her mother. Now he’s hot on her trail with only one goal in mind: Annabelle’s death. But as Stone and the Camel Club circle the wagons to protect Annabelle, a new opponent, who makes Bagger’s menace pale by comparison, suddenly arises.

One by one, men from Stone’s shadowy past are turning up dead. Behind this slaughter stands one man: Harry Finn. To almost all who know him, Finn is a doting father and loving husband who uses his skills behind the scenes to keep our nation safe. But the other face of Harry Finn is that of an unstoppable killer who inevitably sets his lethal bull’s-eye on Oliver Stone. And with Finn, Stone may well have met his match.

As Annabelle and the Camel Club fight for their lives, the twists and turns whipsaw, leading to a finale that is as explosive as it is shattering. And when buried secrets are at last violently resurrected, the members of the Camel Club left standing will be changed forever.

With unrelenting pacing, stunning reversals, and two of the most compelling characters in modern fiction, Stone Cold is David Baldacci writing at his breathtaking best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Baldacci brings an insider's savvy to his tale.”

    New York Times Books Review

  • “He’s hit the jackpot again...Baldacci pushes the pace pedal to the floor and takes the turns on two wheels.”

    New York Daily News

  • “The action is explosive. Readers will barely have time to catch their breath.”

    People

  • “Revenge is a powerful motivator, and as a dominant theme here it makes for an enthralling thriller as Baldacci seamlessly weaves in several plots...Reading Baldacci is like listening to a flawlessly preformed symphony.”

    Forbes

  • “Baldacci does an excellent job of setting the scene and creating complex characters. [A] gripping page turner.”

    Associated Press

  • “Baldacci’s intricately woven plotlines, well-developed characters, fast-paced action, and surprise ending will leave readers satisfied and wanting more. A sequel worthy of its predecessors; highly recommended for all fiction collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Ron McLarty does an excellent job of capturing the personalities and accents of the various characters. Recommended.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Baldacci can do this stuff in his sleep now...Entertaining.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Baldacci...really knows how to spin a yarn, and with McLarty he gets a narrator who adds emotional depth to his characters without slowing down the breathless pace of his prose. McLarty uses his distinctive, almost avuncular delivery to excellent purpose in this action-packed thriller...But his art becomes more apparent as he effectively captures the voices of Annabelle, Finn, and a gallery of other characters, including a bitter elderly Russian woman and a world-weary Irish-American man, providing them all a dimension.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Baldacci’s adept character development coupled with deft narration from Ron McLarty makes for an enjoyable listening experience. Once again, Baldacci creates unique parallel stories that evolve and eventually intertwine. The expert McLarty gives clear and recognizable voices to all the characters. In particular, his consistent accents for the old Russian woman and for the acerbic Irish man capture the story’s emotions and help bring home the plot...Hidden secrets, political espionage, and personal trust all clash in this fast-paced story.”

    AudioFile

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  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Pat Michaels | 2/5/2014

    " The more I read Jesse Stone novels, the more I appreciate the flaws of the character. He makes an easy hero to believe in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Kelly | 1/26/2014

    " I have picked up Robert Parker's books as I find them and really enjoy the Jesse Stone series. I enjoy them so much that I think I will read the first in the series and then read them in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by John | 1/15/2014

    " Another great Parker book. Jesse is quite a popular guy, sex with all the hotties. Seems nice, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Ryan Curell | 12/31/2013

    " Solid Jesse Stone procedural. "

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About the Author
Author David Baldacci

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published three novels for children. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the 2011 International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.