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3.00013711778418 out of 53.00013711778418 out of 53.00013711778418 out of 53.00013711778418 out of 53.00013711778418 out of 5 3.00 (14,586 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: L. J. Ganser, Aimee Jolson, Richard Mover Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Camel Club Series Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9781594835834
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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’ Rare Books and Special Collections Division.

Oliver Stone and his Camel Club are soon in a race to stop a man who is determined to auction off America to the highest bidder: Roger Seagraves is selling America to his enemies, one devastating secret at a time. On a local level, Annabelle Conroy, the most gifted con artist of her generation, is becoming a bit of a Robin Hood as she plots a monumental scam against one of the most ruthless businessmen on earth. As the killings on both fronts mount, the Camel Club fights the most deadly foes they have ever faced.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Entertaining …Baldacci wisely tones down the wackiness of the club members, focusing instead on bringing Seagraves to justice while Annabelle works her ingenious scam.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Helped by a beautiful grifter, the ‘Camel Club’—the four-man band of conspiracy theorists—returns to battle a threat to national security. Annabelle Conroy is con-artist extraordinaire…Seagraves and the Camel Club are engaged in a cat-and-mouse game, and Annabelle Conroy is the special guest star.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Baldacci delivers crisp, economical prose and a cast of spies, misfits, and assassins that would make even the most patriotic citizen question the American political system. The best of the characters include gorgeous, gutsy newcomer Annabelle and the wonderfully idiosyncratic Oliver Stone.”

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  • “The multivoiced narration provides needed definition for many of the characters…Aimee Jolson depicts a smooth and confident Conroy, while L. J. Ganser and Richard Mover cover the male characters and the narration…[in this] fast-moving plot.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2006
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 2/17/2014

    " Excellent plot. Fast moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois Deveneau | 2/17/2014

    " I'm liking Baldacci's Camel Club - will need to go back and read them in order! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muriel McLemore | 2/13/2014

    " This book seemed to stand on its own, without reading "Camel Club, #1, which I haven't read yet; however, there is an obvious sequel to this one which I will find and read soon. This was another interesting tale with lots of good guys AND bad guys, as well as the typical twists and turns of a Baldacci novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mum | 2/10/2014

    " An exciting book once it got going. I liked the new characters. I started the next one in the series immediately! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristobal | 2/6/2014

    " it was ok. well, better than the first one at least, but not by much. better in the sense that i didn't have to shell out $20 or $30 for a copy. i instead grabbed a public library edition. "

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

    " I just love David Baldacci. I think he is my guilty pleasure when it comes to books. He does such a wonderful job of character development and plot timing. The first part of this book, I was trying and trying to figure out how the two seemingly disconnected stories were going to tie together, and then BAM. Never saw it coming. The Camel Club is an organization of disenfranchised former (and current) government employees who always seem to be in the thick of things and have a unique combination of skills that help them stay alive while solving dangerous crimes. This is the second installment of their adventures, and I just love every minute of it. Of course, I have to now read the next one to see how the cliffhanger on this one unfolds! I also love Baldacci's pacing (although it has cost me many a late night). His chapters are 3-10 pages, so it is very easy to say, "Well, I'll read just one more!" A great read for anyone who enjoys interesting thrillers with a historical/governmental context and flavor. After reading this, I want to go to the Library of Congress reading room and peruse a book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/31/2014

    " One of the best of his that I've read -- great characters, and it left a little hanging so we can find out what happens in the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darryl Stangry | 1/27/2014

    " Book 2 of the Stone series. Introduces Annabelle Conroy. Government cover ups and more ancillary character development "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TJ | 1/17/2014

    " Quick read. Not the best story. Three different strands, one of which made no sense and didn't really have a place in the book. Overworked characters and plot. Nothing thrilling or new. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 1/13/2014

    " Excellent, again!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 12/30/2013

    " Clearly the lead-in to a series. Started out fine, but the last several chapters were annoying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peeet | 12/26/2013

    " This is a bad book, do not read it. I read "Simple Truth" by Baldacci and really enjoyed it. However, this time I am just happy to have finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 12/16/2013

    " I really do like all of the Baldacci books. Have read more than a handful :) and have enjoyed them immensely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/14/2013

    " I like the Camel Club. Although I must have read this book before, I still had to read to the end to remember all the details and the outcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Di Richardson | 12/4/2013

    " I just read this book within the last two months - been reading more of his stuff! I like it! Shouldn't there be a newish one out with these same characters - the Vegas guy coming after the con woman? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pygmy | 11/21/2013

    " Piece of poo writing-- couldn't get excited for or against any of the characters in the first couple of chapters, which makes this supposed thriller/suspense an utter failure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Biggs | 11/20/2013

    " Chotto are in some parts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valrae | 8/20/2013

    " As all D. Balducci books are, pretty violent. I really like all his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Schutt | 7/30/2013

    " I read some reviews of this book before reading and some people couldn't get through it without quiting. I thought the story was wonderful. It kept me interested the whole time and had plenty of plot twists to keep me going. Definitely a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 7/9/2013

    " Went in with low expectations...thought it would be just a "beach read"...good escapism...I'm in for another of his. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 6/10/2013

    " Me least favorite of the three but still awesome. 3.5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 12/2/2012

    " A nice solid thriller that kept my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Gaskins | 11/26/2012

    " Awesome book! It will keep you on the edge! Second book I ready on my new Ipad and downloaded the third book in the series- Stone Cold!~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Morey | 11/22/2012

    " Another great book by Baldacci. I love the characters from the Camel Club "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharron | 9/3/2012

    " I was a little disappointed that the storyline involving the charaters from the Camel Club namely Alex Ford and his love interest wasn't carried on in this book considering they became honourary members in the previous book. Apart from that, I found this an enjoyable read all in all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana Boeing | 9/2/2012

    " i find the characters engaging -sean connory as oliver stone what do you think? looking forward to the next book in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aman | 3/20/2012

    " This book was really good. The only bad thing about it was it was white rudest times. However it was still amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 3/5/2012

    " I like Baldaccis writing style, and light weight action novels so this one was as enjoyable as the first book about the camel club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Hauser | 7/27/2011

    " My first read of Baldaci. Good enough to give him another try. It really picked up half way. Not as impressed as the Vince Flynn books or the master Tom Clancy. At times seemed more like a mystery then suspense spy thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 7/12/2011

    " Great of course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 7/3/2011

    " It was a good book, but started out incredibly slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blanche | 6/22/2011

    " Another fun pulp read, this one with a few more twists and turns. If you're a fan of crime novels a lá Castle, you'll probably enjoy this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/9/2011

    " The story was good, but the readers were awful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mum | 6/2/2011

    " An exciting book once it got going. I liked the new characters. I started the next one in the series immediately! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peeet | 5/31/2011

    " This is a bad book, do not read it. I read "Simple Truth" by Baldacci and really enjoyed it. However, this time I am just happy to have finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margery | 5/28/2011

    " Classic Baldacci with concurrent story lines intersecting late in the book.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 5/25/2011

    " Keeps you interested for sure. Many intertwining plots. Set in DC so if you know DC and for that matter the Library of Congress it makes it much more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/15/2011

    " Another good read from Baldacci and the Camel Club members. I expected him to complete each characters story but it appears he left one unresolved, Annabelle. I suspect she will pop up in another book in the future "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 5/5/2011

    " I was looking for mindless entertainment on a plane ride, and that is exactly what I found. Baldacci's character development and writing are both fine, but there was nothing to distinguish this book from the multitude of others. A month later, I can't even remember much about the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 5/2/2011

    " Good book. These Camel Club series really wakes ones eyes up to the amount of information the government has on us. I know it is a fictional book, but by virtue of listening and watching the mainstream media you come to realize the fictional content of the book is not so fictional after all. ^mm "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denorris | 4/29/2011

    " Be sure to read the Camel Club first and the third in the series afterward "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 4/20/2011

    " I couldn't really get into this book and I quit reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 4/17/2011

    " Fun and fast paced. Oliver Stone / John Carr is the sort of hero American audiences tend to like. Baldacci renders believable characters who make incredible situations seem plausible. "

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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 Narrators

L. J. Ganser is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has recorded over 450 titles recorded to date. Prized for versatility, he has narrated projects ranging from preschool picture books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures in both science and science fiction, to Arctic Circle high-school basketball stories.

Richard Mover is an actor and director living in New York City. His audiobook narration includes The Collectors by David Baldacci, as well as the voice of Burton Kaplan in Jimmy Breslin’s The Good Rat.