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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,314 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9781600240515
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#1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci returns with 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 known as the Camel Club, is both feared and respected by those who have 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: to kill her. 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 to keep our nation safe. But the other face of Harry Finn is that of an unstoppable killer who has set his lethal bull’s-eye on Oliver Stone. 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. 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 at his breathtaking best.

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  • The author brings back Oliver Stone, with his old friends and older enemies. 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. A whiny rare books expert and a bitter gangster round out the colorful cast. Hidden secrets, political espionage, and personal trust all clash in this fast-paced story. M.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08]
  • Baldacci may not be a literary stylist, but he 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 that finds the Camel Club members attacked by three tough customers seeking revenge... Aged baritones ofer no great challenge to McLarty's talent, yet his subtle shifts are admirable, from the toughtful, slightly rough-edged Stone to the rougher-edged Bagger to Gray's sneeringly perfect locution. 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 Russan woman and a world-weary Irish-American man, providing them all a dimension not always on the page.
  • Baldacci weaves the strands of his plot flawlessly, with an attention to detail and character that set this book above the normal run of Washington thriller. McLarty, the actor-author who grew up in East Providence, assists with a fine set of accents (his Irish brogue for Annabelle's father, Paddy, is particularly good) that let listeners easily distinguish among the many characters.
  • 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 plotsReading 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 plotHidden secrets, political espionage, and personal trust all clash in this fast-paced story.”

    AudioFile

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 2/16/2014

    " Just a fun read, especially for those who are followers of Baldacci's "Camel Club." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/15/2014

    " Read this on a short business trip. Very good "Camel Club" book. I think the Camel Club series is the best stuff he has done since "The Winner". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bbb | 2/9/2014

    " I'm a sucker for spies stories, I read this one in 24 hours, bought it at the airport before a 5 hrs. flight, I couldn't put it down. It's one of those books that as you read them it seems you are watching a film, I'll be reading more of Oliver Stones' Camel Club, too bad I started on the 3rd book of the series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichol | 2/5/2014

    " I had to read Stone Cold because The Collectors leaves you knowing that the Camel Club isn't finished yet. Although I enjoyed the story, it wasn't quite as thrilling as Collectors. Still, it is a very enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwenny | 2/2/2014

    " Spannend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/1/2014

    " The 3rd in the Camel Club series. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debi Gerbasi | 1/24/2014

    " I love the Camel Club series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pegrose797 | 1/18/2014

    " I like this author and I find him easy to read. This is not one of his best books, but definitely kept my attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 12/22/2013

    " A good no-brainer of a read. I read it every morning at the gym, but it'd be a good beach read, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georganne Neely | 12/10/2013

    " excellent!!!! love this series!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Niles | 12/5/2013

    " Baldacci did a great job with this book, you're not sure if the "good guys" are going to win or who really are the "good guys". Once you sort out who the good ones really are, it's tense whether they are actually going to come out ahead.......actaully I'm still not sure if they did! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanean | 11/24/2013

    " Very good. At first I missed his cohorts (they were there but not a lot). It seemed like a shorter story but maybe not. Lots of action and suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathe | 11/16/2013

    " A fun read with Oliver Stone and his Camel Club. The characters are always great and you can usually count on Balducci for a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christiana Moffa | 11/3/2013

    " The Camel Club continues with its endeavors in this book, which also introduces a seeming villain who will turn out as a total surprise in the end. Add in a little former KBG action, and it's a superb, thrilling read over a glass of wine in the evenings!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 9/14/2013

    " I recommend reading The Camel Club and The Collectors before reading this book - like the other two books, this book is full of suspense and intrigue. Would definitely recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helene | 7/30/2013

    " Another solid audiobook - perfect for commuting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodie Waldron-shevlin | 7/28/2013

    " my mom originally gave this book to my ex husband but he wasnt interested so i started reading it....i never was a big fan of reading but this was my first book by David Baldacci & i was instantly hooked! i now own All of his books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominique | 3/8/2013

    " Outstanding Camel club Series! I love John Carr/Oliver Stone character! I just got the newest installment, Hell's Corner, and will be listening to it over the next two days1 Love this series and the characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/6/2013

    " Very violent in comparison to his other Camel Club Books, and the story isn't as gripping. It's still an above average read, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 woody | 2/18/2013

    " Former friends from Oliver Stone's past are turning up dead and an enemy of his will do anything to keep him from uncovering the truth behind several government secrets. Stone and Annabelle Conroy fight to keep themselves and the Camel Club safe. Good book, my favorite in the series so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Howard | 1/20/2013

    " Fast paced. Great continuation of the story of Oliver Stone (John Carr) and the misuse of justice by persons within the government. One man's fight for the truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oldesq | 7/14/2012

    " This return to the fun characters of the Camel Club mixes the covert ops business with family ties. In this breezy action-packed read, Baldacci often has too many balls in the air and the ending is too pat but nonetheless a great beach read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 6/12/2012

    " This was also a bday present from my husband. My birthday is mid-may and we got married mid-June and I still managed to blow thru both The Collectors and Stone Cold while finishing up last minute wedding plans - now that's some good reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maree | 5/5/2012

    " An edge-of-your-seat triller of the calibur we've come to expect from Baldacci. Neatly continues the Camel Club series with an unexpected plot twist. Breathtaking! I couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Academicsupport | 4/4/2012

    " Another suspenseful episode for the Camel Club and Oliver Stone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manisha | 3/9/2012

    " Love the story and the characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stutteringhand | 12/26/2011

    " This was my first by David Baldacci. I thougjt it was a great read--didn't want to put it down. I loved the plot, characters and the Camel Club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Hoener | 12/2/2011

    " Quick fast paced read... fun for what it is... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Bargeron | 11/28/2011

    " Favorite Baldacci book yet, I'm starting from the beginning now so hopefully I'll be able to develop Stone a little better. It should be an interesting perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Knight | 11/27/2011

    " Enthalling! The Camel Club is once again an entertaining group. Oliver Stone is an unlikely Superhero of fiction tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/30/2011

    " Read this one in 3 days. Baldacci has me hooked "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/24/2011

    " Had to skip the second book but I think it was okay. I hope the US government doesn't really have this much sneakiness going on behind the scenes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 6/23/2011

    " Third book with same characters. Still fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fan | 6/15/2011

    " I read this on hard cover, and David never fail with his camel club gang. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mum | 6/6/2011

    " Exciting. I found it hard to like Harry.He starts out too perfect and ends up too collapsible. Loved the ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 6/3/2011

    " Love Baldacci's work -- especially this current series about the "Camel Club." As with most of his novels, this one is a fast paced, fairly quick read.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/29/2011

    " Darker than the previous Camel Club episodes, this one was even faster moving, with a terrific story line. The auxiliary members add to the enjoyment. I've found all the books in this series unputdownable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 5/25/2011

    " This is the third book in the series. I enjoyed it. It is in the vein of the Bourne Identity spy movies. It is great for listening to in the car because it is action packed and keeps your attention. Looking forward to books #4 and #5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ncsherman | 5/23/2011

    " My first David Baldacci book, too. Really liked him and will read more of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 5/20/2011

    " Good mystery and the ending left me with questions enough for a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 5/8/2011

    " I think I'm really liking the Camel Club! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/2/2011

    " Awesome book. Follows right where Book 2 in the series leaves off. I highly recommend reading the entire Camel Club series by Baldacci. 8) "

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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.