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Dan Murrell

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, US | Member Since 2010

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  • Lost Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Brian Francis Slattery
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In the not-distant-enough future, a man takes a boat trip up the Susquehanna River with his most trusted friend, intent on reuniting with his son. But the man is pursued by an army, and his own harrowing past; and the familiar American landscape has been savaged by war and climate change until it is nearly unrecognizable. Lost Everything is a stunning novel about family and faith, what we are afraid may come to be, and how to wring hope from hopelessness.

    Eoin says: "Great book disguised by imperfect narrator"
    "Don't waste your money!"
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    I will usually always struggle through a book I spent money on. This one is terminal, the narration is poor, at best, the story is very hard to get into, impossible to stay with. I would not recommend.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Devil May Cry: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (370)

    Sin was born a Sumerian god, until he was tricked into Artemis' service as a Dark-Hunter. This immortal has dreamed only of regaining his godhood and seeking revenge on the goddess who betrayed him. But when a beautiful woman, in perilous danger from those he now hunts, suddenly appears in his life, Sin knows that his world will never be the same again.

    Vicki says: "love the story but didn't like the narrator."
    "Save your credit"
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    I listened to book 22 Styx and loved it, so I assumed I would enjoy this. I was lost from the very beginning, and the story line was terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9596)
    Performance
    (8623)
    Story
    (8778)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Hobbit was not as grand as I thought it would be?"
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    I listen to many audible books, the hobbit was one I was looking forward to. I had read the hobbit in High School, and remembered enjoying it immensely. I did not find the Audio version to be that great. The narration and deliverance of the story was phenomenal, I found the story to be choppy and hard to follow. I found myself rewinding, almost as if it were abridged, like I missed something? The narration is worth the listen. I believe some books require much focus and must be read to be fully enjoyed, my opinion only. I was disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2511)
    Performance
    (2279)
    Story
    (2280)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Scary, but not quite as entertaining as hoped."
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    This is an interesting story, I went back an gave the story another star. I did enjoy it, but it seems to lag a bit. The concept of the story is great, it just seemed to miss the mark for me. I got lost in some of it, I wish the Author had looked it over one more time, I think it could have been excellent, and for some it probably will be, it just didn't captivate me, I didn't get completely pulled in it, captivated? I did get a shiver at first, but then the author seems to loose the grip he establishes at the beginning. I would recommend it, there is a great story, but it didn't entertain me as I had hoped for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4078)
    Performance
    (2469)
    Story
    (2501)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Wondefully written, and narrated!"
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    I'm not usually a reader of these types of books, this book has changed what I will listen to.The story helps you to digest the fantasies. I was thoroughly engulfed in the telling of this tale. We all know how narration can make or break a mediocre story, this is an excellent story with many a life lessons weaved throughout the book, but entertaining and exciting as well. The narration is done masterfully, try something different, I forced myself into purchasing this story, but it grabbed me from the first word.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

    Cecil says: "What a sleeper - I could not finish it"
    "Page turner"
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    I am very particular when reading books of this nature, I always find myself saying "WHY don't they just"? The author did an excellent job of making you feel the isolation, cutoff, unable to seek outside help. Mexico can be very scary, I think this book was well thought out, the terror circumstances are believable. The narrator helped make the book enjoyable, the main character, single mom, timid, lonely, forced into a survival situation. This book entertained and captivated my attention, that's what I expect a good book to do, very few times did I wonder why the characters did what they did? Excellent entertainment, good message about how far a person will go to survive. Life can become routine, and an adventure like this will make anyone appreciate the mundane!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9988)
    Performance
    (9179)
    Story
    (9233)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "George should have written one less book!"
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    I have been so captivated by this series of books, they are excellent. The narration by Roy Dotrice is so masterful it adds much to the book. I felt the others were full of story and adventure, this one left me unsatisfied. This book was not of the caliber of the rest of his series, I felt he had nothing to say, and no direction in this one. The others you got the impression he had so much to tell us we couldn't wait to turn the page, this one I felt he lost the intrigue, the fire. I hope he recovers to add to this incredible story, I can't wait to see who winds up being King/Queen and who gets beheaded!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2541)
    Performance
    (2268)
    Story
    (2248)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Marci says: "Expect the Best"
    "Reacher is back, butt kicking and exciting."
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    I love Jack Reacher, he is one of a kind. I felt the last book was not up to par, this one is fast paced and entertaining. The author actually let some of Reacher's human traits come through, just a wee bit, this is Reacher! Those of you who know Reacher from the inception will be glad to know he's back on track, kicking ass and taking names!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7326)
    Performance
    (6476)
    Story
    (6468)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "This is not as exciting as the first book."
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    I felt let down, after reading the first book, Monster Hunters Inc. This one was not as well put together, Earl is one lovable character, but I expected more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18209)
    Performance
    (14281)
    Story
    (14320)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "This is addicting, be prepared."
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    I really enjoyed this book, it pulls you in quickly and completely. This is one of those books, stories, that the narrator can make or break the story. Roy Dotrice MAKES the book come alive, he is masterful. The voice inflection, pitch, accents, tones, he is a wonderful narrator. Buckle up, you will find yourself thinking about this book and the characters as you go through your day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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