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Morrell

Dallas, PA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Five

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    The Five features a rock band skirting the margins of success while touring the American Southwest. Life on the road, however, takes a strange turn when they encounter an Iraq War veteran. Soon thereafter, violence descends on the group, and their lives are tuned to a terrifying pitch.

    Sean Dustman says: "This story flows like a river"
    "Stop SINGING!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Nick Landrum?

    I love Robert McCammon's as an author. I anxiously await the book "Baal" on audio. I read some of the review prior to ordering "The Five", and for the first time, didn't pay attention to some of the in depth comments.

    McCammon rambles in this novel. On and on it seems. I always loved his turn of a phrase, but in this case, it was all filling and no turkey. But by far, the worst...and I mean what stopped me DEAD in my tracks, was the narrator SINGING...yes, singing in the worst voice you can imagine...some of the songs in story. If you want the listener to be drawn in by the dynamic rock group, and real buy into the persona...don't hire Uncle Larry to belt out the tunes. Total buzz kill. Literally made me snap the plugs for my ear and contemplate just deleting the story.

    Onward to Baal. At least I know there is no music in that tome.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Stephen King - Joyland


    What didn’t you like about Nick Landrum’s performance?

    Zero. Zip. Nothing. Take singing lessons or just DON'T sing. Thanks for ruining what little was there.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I felt like someone just picked my pocket...or that feeling you get when you put twenty bucks in a slot machine and get nothing for the trouble.


    Any additional comments?

    Next time there is music involved, read the lyrics...or hire a band.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Myth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (319)

    New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours. September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln.

    Morrell says: "Painful and Confusing"
    "Painful and Confusing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Lincoln Myth better?

    A story and an ending.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Berry again?

    I've listened to most of his books and enjoyed the Cotton Malone character. This last offering may be the last. I will be hard pressed to select a book by this author in the future.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have Scott Brick change the inflections. Mix it up a bit.


    What character would you cut from The Lincoln Myth?

    I used to like Cotton Malone. In this book, however i'd have to say that none impressed me.


    Any additional comments?

    I was extremely displeased by the lack of any substance with this story. The concept of th states secession from the United States was interesting..but only that. The long and drawn out segments and passages from th book of mormon, the letters from public officials and such had me several times with my finger over the delete button. I kept waiting for it to get better and actually hung in to the end of the book. I wish I would have hit the delete button when I had the first inkling of what might be down the road.

    I don't write many reviews. And at this present moment I am extremely busy with work. The fact that I took time from my schedule to pen these words should say enough about how bad I thought it was.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2054)
    Performance
    (1733)
    Story
    (1725)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "Skunked!"
    Overall
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I loved all of Nelson DeMille's books up until this point. I'm about three hours into this one right now and just ready to turn it off. In a nutshell...give the witty dialog a break. We get it. You're clever. I can't look beyond this over indulgence and get into the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything David Baldacci writes. The "Racketeer" was by far one of his best.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    It's not 20 shades of grey. Stop with the breathy words.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Panther?

    Most of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't write these reviews often. Only when I feel like someone stole my lunch money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What the Night Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (743)

    In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

    sadee poulsen says: "Koontz is back!"
    "Bang. End of the book."
    Overall

    Although i have listened to or read all of Dean Koontz's book's, this was one of my least favorite. I loved the plot and enjoyed the story. The ending was almost like he looked at his watch, counted the pages, wanted an early dinner and decided to wrap it up. The ending was VERY disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (761)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Yurgel says: "Oh my god"
    "Painful!!"
    Overall

    I love Douglas Preston/Lee Childs collaborations..and in fact, buy them without even reading reviews or premise. Put aside Scott Bricks delivery of lines...each one sounding like a dying breath. The bottom line is that the book is just dull. I love archaeological books. I love Indian artifacts and I really enjoy the supernatural twist. This book just didn't hold my attention.The characters were contrived and predictable and the real meat of the story is delivered in the last couple chapters...way long after I was only half listening to Scott breath down my neck. Strike one for the dynamic duo of supernatural/historical thrillers. Don't disappoint me again gentleman.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Three: Dead and Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (376)

    As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor's first, failed attempt to build the perfect human. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless vision and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator.

    William says: "Frustrating"
    "Really?"
    Overall

    Despite seeing the single stars....after thoroughly enjoying the first two books i was compelled to buy the third...and after reading...final episode. The book can best be summed up this way: Someone said, Hey Dean...you have to finish the trilogy. And he did...in about an hour and a half. The characters, the NEW race, are breaking down...we get it. But the author goes on and on AND on with silly descriptions about their ridiculous unraveling. The dialog between the two lead detectives is TOO cute and self effacing. At one point I thought if I heard one more bad pun or reference i was going to throw my I pod out the window. The description and antics of the dwarf made me cringe every time he became an active part of the dialog. And in the end...the book itself didn't end with a bang nor even a whimper...it just dissolved.

    I know...I know...you bought the first two and are thinking the same as I had. DON'T do it. Save your money. The book was crap. If there ws something LESS than one star I would have used that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelology

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Danielle Trussoni
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now, at 23, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans.

    Angela says: "Very Pleasant Divine Suprise"
    "I want my time back!"
    Overall

    Painful. Confusing. Anticlimactic. Predictable!!!

    It's not often I write a review. I just hope I can help other save their cash. Buy something else!!!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3499)
    Performance
    (1436)
    Story
    (1458)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "I am boring!"
    Overall

    This was without a doubt the worse book I have ever purchased. It drolled on and on and on. Three hours in and the guy found a dog. Be still my heart! The guy works at "a plant" yet he is able to analyze blood, viruses and bacteria! Puhlease!

    I found it absolutely ridiculous that faced with endless vampire attacks and possible complete desolation that Neville still has trouble dealing with sexual urges brought on by taunting female vampires.

    The book was a total disappointment. I would have been better served buying a cereal box and reading it cover to cover. SAVE YOUR MONEY! I only wish I could give it a half of a star.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful

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