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Morrison Mckenzie

Potter in NC. Intense books allow for creative freedom. Busy hands+distracted brain=free forms.

NC | Member Since 2004

ratings
161
REVIEWS
8
FOLLOWING
1
FOLLOWERS
1
HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • A Nail Through The Heart: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    Poke Rafferty was writing offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored when Bangkok stole his heart. Now the American expat is assembling a new family with Rose, the former go-go dancer he wants to marry, and Miaow, the tiny, streetwise urchin he wants to adopt. But trouble in the guise of good intentions comes calling just when everything is beginning to work out.

    Richard Delman says: "Ever been to Bangkok?"
    "I'd love to sit and talk with Mr.Tim Hallinan"
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    Would you listen to A Nail Through The Heart again? Why?

    Not likely unless its many years from now. I have a tendency to remember good novels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Protagonist is probably more wonderful than life but you can't help but really like this guy.


    What does Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The best performers are story tellers that do not intrude on the story they tell.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. It's best to anticipate the next "chapter."


    Any additional comments?

    A great combination of writer and narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (725)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Too Much"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not at all sure. There is violence and there is thuggery. I only managed an hour of the book so I won't try to judge the whole book--but--all I heard in the first hour was the thuggery.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something that doesn't say the human race has fallen in the shitter.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bronson Pinchot’s performances?

    Juries out on this.


    What character would you cut from Dead Six?

    Jeeze that's a tough call. If I heard one that I might possible identify with I'd keep that one.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5787)
    Performance
    (5360)
    Story
    (5380)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Is it time??"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Maybe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Nope


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    I'm stepping way out on a limb with this. Mr. King has always been one of my favorite of all authors. But--it may be time to consider retirement. This book (and I'm only half way through part 2) SUCKS!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stark's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (456)

    To seize the moon from foreign powers--and keep his men alive - Sergeant Ethan Stark must choose which orders to obey - and which to ignore.

    Greg says: "Heavy-handed"
    "Not my Navy"
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    Any additional comments?

    I spent my military service without ever meeting the brainless leaders inferred to by Mr. Campbell. His forward nailed the problem with this book--He was venting his feelings about his superiors rather than focusing on his story. Sorry, I couldn't bring myself to finish the book after the first hour. I have too much respect for our Military.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Half of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Zeisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In this intense, fascinating story, Burke follows the lives of three young Louisiana men, each of whom finds himself in desperate circumstances. There's Avery Broussard, the last survivor of a family of once-prosperous land owners, who has a weakness for alcohol; J.P. Winfield, a poor singer and guitar player who rises to fame as a country music star, only to be destroyed by drug addiction; and Toussaint Boudreaux, a black longshoreman who moonlights as a heavyweight boxer.

    Morrison Mckenzie says: "Not a feel good story"
    "Not a feel good story"
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    Any additional comments?

    Half of Paradise, James Lee Burke
    So you think you’ve had a rough life? You’re upset with what fate has handed you? Or maybe you’re feeling guilty about how good your life is and can’t forgive yourself for being so happy?
    Then this book is for you. “Half of Paradise” is a very well written and extremely dark anthology of tragic people making tragic decisions on a tragic course to destruction.
    Mr. Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series is one of my favorites, a great writer telling great stories. Maybe it was just my mood (or perhaps my story) but this book, “Half of Paradise” depressed the hell out of me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1624)
    Performance
    (1507)
    Story
    (1512)

    Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

    Dennis says: "Another 5 STAR Book!"
    "Admiral Geary--The Hen Pecked Savior of Humanity"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not likely. The first books were fantastic but now our protagonist has become a wimp--no self esteem--no trust in his own decisions--and a wife that is a bitchy captain on his flag ship. If you have any self respect left in your marriage leave this one alone.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Campbell? Why or why not?

    Based on the start of the "lost fleet" series I hope Mr. Campbell can get back to telling his story and leave his personal laundry problems behind. He is a good writer, but something pushed him off his path with this book.


    Did Guardian inspire you to do anything?

    Complain


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Watcher: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    The author of the Looking for Trouble travel book series, Poke Rafferty is ready to settle down in Bangkok with his fiance, Rose, and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow. But trouble isn't ready to let him go; it's back in Poke's life with a vengeance, in the guise of his long-estranged father, Frank, the last person he ever wanted to see again. And Frank hasn't come empty-handed, arriving with a box of rubies, a wad of fraudulent identity papers, and one of the most dangerous gangsters in China in hot pursuit.

    David says: "Immersive"
    "Mr Bevine and Mr Hallinan"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fourth Watcher the most enjoyable?

    There is something about Mr. Bevine's interpretation of Mr. Hallinan's words that makes Poke Rafferty, an over-the-top character, appear to be a believable super human. Definitely a fantastic combination.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (506)

    C.J. Box’s Open Season is a rare debut mystery that “immediately sets itself apart from the crowd” (Booklist). This thrilling novel stars Joe Pickett, a game warden in Wyoming who finds his life in danger after he looks into a murder investigation and discovers a conspiracy involving an oil pipeline and its threat to an endangered species.

    Bob says: "The start of an adventure!"
    "Mr. Box--the Writer"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Well written; well performed.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Mostly. It was somewhat predictable.


    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    Very Engaged


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Joe is warm and powerful. The girls are beautiful small people, especially Sheridan.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many cliches you can use to describe formidable writers of novels. I don't remember the best of them but if you do--apply them to Mr. Box and his stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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