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Camino Island Audiobook

Camino Island

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Publisher's Summary

All trails became dead ends. Tips that had at first seemed urgent now faded away. The waiting game began. Whoever had the manuscripts would want money, and a lot of it. They would surface eventually, but where and when, and how much would they want?

The most daring and devastating heist in literary history targets a high security vault located deep beneath Princeton University. Valued at $25 million (though some would say priceless), the five manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's only novels are amongst the most valuable in the world. After an initial flurry of arrests, both they and the ruthless gang of thieves who took them have vanished without trace. Dealing in stolen books is a dark business, and few are initiated to its arts - which puts Bruce Kable right on the FBI's Rare Asset Recovery Unit's watch list.

A struggling writer burdened by debts, Mercer Mann spent summers on Florida's idyllic Camino Island as a kid, in her grandmother's beach cottage. Now she is being made an offer she can't refuse: to return to the peace of the island, to write her novel - and get close to a certain infamous bookseller, and his interesting collection of manuscripts....

©2017 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2017 Random House Audio

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    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 07/06/2017
    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 07/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "An Island Story Adrift From its Plot"

    I've always liked a good John Grisham; when he's on form with his legal thrillers he's the master of his domain. My impression is that when he strays off his home turf and tries to play away the results are a little more mixed. Camino Island has done nothing to change my mind.

    There's the positive in that I found the characters engaging with the decadent literary clique he creates on the island genuinely enjoyable. The story is interesting and the idea is good but the whole thing never took off for me or got the pulse racing. The heist is by modern thrillers fairly standard Ocean's Eleven fayre without the killer cleverness. The plotting isn't of the highest standard. For example one of the highly professional and experienced thieves who had a criminal record chooses to ignore something he really would have known meant serious trouble.

    The narration by January Lavoy is of her normal high standard. She reads very clearly and at a brisk pace while managing a wide range of character voices. There is one female character on the island that is written as a soft touch to be fair but who ends up coming out as a wet enough blanket to dowse any small house fire!

    Throughout though there was no great feeling of ongoing jeopardy and the main subject seemed often distant or in the background. This meant that while this is fairly enjoyable reading it never builds up any great head of steam or excitement. In all a pleasant rather than exciting or spectacular read that won't stay long in the mind or make it into most people's Grisham top ten list.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Wras 21/06/2017
    Wras 21/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    ""Excellent beginning deplorable ending. ""


    A great start that basically goes nowhere, very frustrating it had a plot that was full of possibility characters that had a great beginning and all just went flat and pointless.

    Not worth the money or the time for a proper review

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Hyde 22/07/2017
    Jessica Hyde 22/07/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Flat ending"

    Well it started well, promising I thought, but slumped. Then it picked up again, again it disappointed at the end.
    I thought so much more would happen with such a good story line, I almost want to rewrite the book myself.
    I've enjoyed the previous books by this author and I have another one I've purchased on Audible. I hope it's better than this one. Watch this space. Jess In Wiltshire

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Street 04/07/2017
    Street 04/07/2017
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    "Disappointing"
    Any additional comments?

    I have 26 Grisham books in my audible library - I thoroughly enjoyed 25 of them but this was a major letdown for me and far below his norm. The story dragged on and the performance was average at best - suffice to say if this was the first of his books I listened to it would have also been the last.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Francis 14/10/2017
    Francis 14/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Boring!"

    A really slow story,with uninspiring and unattractive characters. We gave up after several hours listening, since nothing of any interest ever seems to happen!
    Try one of his other books...

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    Josephine Keen 24/09/2017
    Josephine Keen 24/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Very enjoyable book well read"

    something different from John Grisham.
    A good story from the master. You have to keep listening to find out what happens to the main characters because you become so involved with them .
    very well read.

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    Pj Leicester 19/09/2017
    Pj Leicester 19/09/2017
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    "Not up to standard"

    Not up to JG's usual standard. No dramatic tension and too much backstory. Not recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emilie 06/09/2017
    Emilie 06/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointing"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    There is no one to cheer for or like in this weakest of all Grisham novels. Flat characters, stilted dialogue and an unsatisfying jerky ending. Reads like an overly long high school essay.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    This book reads the way a paint-by-the-numbers pictures looks. Grisham must have needed a top-up on his bank account because he didn't write this for the love of literature. I'd have given it zero stars, but that would look like the category got skipped.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Narrator was good.


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    Paul Bailey 31/08/2017
    Paul Bailey 31/08/2017
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    "Camino Island"

    A little different this one but enjoyable nonetheless. I look forward to Mr Grisham's next novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aw Clarkson 23/08/2017
    Aw Clarkson 23/08/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good but end seemed truncated."
    What made the experience of listening to Camino Island the most enjoyable?

    The story was engaging and I wanted to listen more each time.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately the book ended rather suddenly. I guess this keeps you wanting more. Definitely set up for a sequel .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    29/08/17
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    "Good holiday read"

    A good narrator, clever plot and an interesting end to the story! A holiday read.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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