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Robert J. Morrow

editor, Hamilton Home Review

Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • Wish List

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Locke
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser, Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Be careful what you wish for! When Buddy Pancake and his drinking buddies stumble across the Wish List website, they jokingly post their "impossible" wishes. Imagine their surprise when, one by one, the wishes start coming true! But Buddy and his pals neglected to read the fine print explaining the price they must pay for the wishes they've been granted. Wish List is a compelling, nail-biting, laugh-out-loud thriller in the tradition of Saving Rachel.

    Robert J. Morrow says: "I wish for more"
    "I wish for more"
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    Story

    If you had 4 wishes for anything you wanted, what would you choose?
    Would you be willing to do anything to get those wishes?
    Locke uses his now familiar technique of writing half of a Donovan creed novel as a completely new character. But this time the new guy’s a real turd and because of this Locke is able to take his unique blend of humour and disgust to new levels. I hate to say it though: It became a bit predictable in the second half as soon as Creed got involved.

    The premise is silly, the plot light. But this is true Locke, heating it up just a little more. He addresses subjects that likely have been done before, but not with his flair for the ability to bring out the worst in people. You can’t read this one if you haven’t read at least Lethal Experiment; the second half will be too unbelievable otherwise. It’s a fast read and a refreshing return to normal—Locke’s version—after Now and Then.

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  • A Girl Like You

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Locke
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When Rachel Case goes to the doctor for a routine blood test, scientists are astonished to learn she possesses a gene no one else on earth seems to have - a gene that holds the key to protecting the world from the deadliest pandemic in history. When government operatives kidnap Rachel in order to develop a vaccine, her lover, Donovan Creed, realizes the only way he can find Rachel is to enlist the help of her current husband, Sam.

    Robert J. Morrow says: "Saving the world, one girlfriend at a time"
    "Saving the world, one girlfriend at a time"
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    If your girlfriend’s blood could help save mankind, would you sacrifice her–and all her children–to science? What if the government made the decision for you and kidnapped her? Maybe you’d search out her druggie mother and trade her… or maybe you’d make a deal with the feds to keep her children but let her go. Or maybe you’d just play Rambo and go get her. This is the premise of John Locke’s “A Girl Like You” and for Donovan Creed fans, the girlfriend is Rachel, the psycho girlfriend, former wife, from Saving Rachel. Once again the premise is outrageous but that’s Locke’s brand now and those of us who love Creed’s antics don’t care. At least Donovan’s in this entire book and not just part of it. It’s a fun romp and since Locke has proven he will surprise at every turn, it’s an unpredictable read.

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  • Now & Then: A Donovan Creed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Locke
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow, George Guidall, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When we last encountered Donovan Creed, former CIA assassin and freelance killer, he had successfully stolen billions of dollars from the world's most lethal criminals. Now all he wants is a romantic Florida vacation with the very sexy Rachel - no fire ants, bi-polar girlfriends, rabid squirrels, accident prone homicidal maniacs, hailstorms, hairless cats, gangs, faith healers, or pirates.

    Robert J. Morrow says: "A pirates life for me"
    "A pirates life for me"
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    Maybe Locke was pushing out Donovan Creed novels so fast, he just wasn’t sure where to go next. So he invented a new genre. Now and Then is a story about a modern-day mystery tied into a historic series of events. When other writers have done this, they use flashbacks, or chapter seques but Locke actually leaves the present halfway through (Now) and never returns. the rest of the book is about the cause of the modern day dilemmna back in the days of pirates (Then). And he never comes back to the present.

    Locke himself says he won’t do it again. I guess feedback was not positive. True, this really isn’t a Donovan Creed book and it would have been much better as a standalone with totally new “Now” characters. But those of you who know Locke know that a tactic like that wouldn’t suit his system of kindle sales. Of course, the closer Locke gets to the top of the bestseller lists, the more likely he is to venture away from the Donovan Creed trademark. That’s when he might try something like this again. And I hope he does because I think it proves his talents as a writer. The “Then” portion of this book takes place in the 1700s and is up there with James Patterson’s “Jester”, or any of the prologues in Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels.

    In the audio version, Simon Prebble is perfect for narrating a pirate story. I think he made it for me, and further proved that Locke could quite possibly write anything he puts his mind to. I thoroughly enjoy the Creed books but I’m ready to see what other genres Locke can reinvent. Do it again Locke!

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  • Lethal Experiment

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Locke
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Donovan Creed, former CIA assassin, is a smart-aleck tough guy who can't resist a noble cause. Despite a ton of baggage and a penchant for call girls, he always finds a way to beat the bad guys. In this sequel to Lethal People, Creed is forced to choose between his thriving contract-killer business, his part in the lethal experiment, and his desire to live a normal life with the beautiful Kathleen Gray and her newly-adopted daughter, Addie. Before that can happen, he has to take care of some lethal business involving a former lover. Lethal Experiment is a breezy and fun page-turner....

    Robert J. Morrow says: "The experiment works!"
    "The experiment works!"
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    When I first discovered John Locke with his first book, Lethal People, I felt i had found a master storyteller for this genre. But I wasn't satisfied with just one book and had to go to Lethal Experiment immediately after. I find it amazing that Locke can continue to develop the Creed character in such surprising ways and keep the reader on edge constantly. I know there are four more books in the series and I'm sure I'll be reviewing them soon also. I thought I'd take a break after and read someone else but the disappointment was palpable; I couldn't wait to get back to Locke and did so immediately. I only hope he can write as fast as I can read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Your Eyes Only

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (84)

    Five short stories find James Bond facing danger from a variety of sources, all of which he escapes through fast thinking and even faster action.

    Rosemary says: "Deceived"
    "like a comfortable glove"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Ian Fleming and/or Simon Vance?

    Fleming is the master of espionage in the sixties. At the height of the cold war, he helped us understand the nuances of international intrigue, while entertaining us simultaneously. These shorts prove that he was a brilliant writer and had the ability to do the above in just a few short pages. Vance is the perfect voice for a british spy. If he has the looks he should try out for the movies!


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

    The British expressions need a British accent otherwise it would just sound silly.


    Did For Your Eyes Only inspire you to do anything?

    It gave me inspiration for some dialogue in the book I am currently writing.


    Any additional comments?

    I had avoided Fleming's shorts all my life and figured with audio, it wasn't such an investment of time (I listen while driving). I wasn't disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6606)
    Performance
    (2913)
    Story
    (2924)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Look out Grisham!"
    Overall

    Connelly has proven that he can go after any subject and excel. If you read "Chasing The Dime" then you already know there's more to Connelly than Harry Bosch. The Lincoln Lawyer shows that John Grisham isn't the only guy who understands the American justice system and all its foibles. The characters are rich, the plot is twisting, and the conclusion is satisfying. Connelly should spend more time exploring his other ideas and let Harry take a rest for a while. Despite enjoying the Bosch tales, I find his skills as a thriller writer are much better expressed with fresh characters and the myriad of subjects he seems wholly capable of encompassing. I loved Chasing the Dime and have meandered through the Bosch pieces since. In this book I realize it was worth the loyalty if not the wait. I'll put up with more Bosch... as long as he has a few more thrillers like Lincoln Lawyer in him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of Me: A Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sidney Sheldon
    • Narrated By Mike O'Malley
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In his eagerly anticipated memoir, America's premier storyteller shares the story of his own life in a frank and revealing book that rivals any of his fictional tales. Sidney Sheldon is truly an entertainment legend: Author of over a dozen best sellers, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, and creator of some of television's greatest hits, he has lived a singularly fascinating life.

    Rhonda says: "DULLLLLLLL"
    "If only everyone's biography was this engrossing!"
    Overall

    Sidney Sheldon should be even more famous than he is. The man has had three or four amazing careers in one lifetime and still comes across as humble as your elderly neighbour down the street. His ability to recall details from 50 years ago is astounding.
    As a writer, I found myself envious; as a reader, I consider myself priveleged to now know how some of his iconic creations came into being. As a creative person, I found the whole thing incredibly inspiring. If you are any of the above you will enjoy the book and the author's own verbal input. The interview is a bit lame but then, she produced so I guess she's allowed.
    Sheldon is an inspiration to any creative soul. If his story hadn't been written the world would be a lesser place. Thank God someone decided to do an audiobook. Now creative types who don't read can also benefit from a life well lived and well presented.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Anthony says: "Most important book of the decade"
    "Thinking Flat"
    Overall

    Initially, the concept of a flat world is engrossing and Friedman's research is indepth though his interpretations are, in some cases, questionable. His grasp of emerging technologies and their impact on our daily lives today (and tomorrow) is inpactful and insightful. The book obsesses a little and the latter half is not as engrossing as the first half, but all-in-all, if you have any association--or interest--with international trade, this is a must read, if for no other reason than to understand your future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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