With works such as Swan Song and the historical thriller Mister Slaughter, best-selling author Robert McCammon has proven himself an extraordinarily accomplished storyteller. 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.
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I love epic fiction and really well writen stories and competent narrators. I listen to 2 or 3 audio books a month, sometimes more.
Somewhere in the middle. It wasn't great, but it wasn't awful either.
I've read a lot of McCammon. He's one of my favorite authors. However, the only other audio book by him that I've listened to at this time is 'Swan Song' and it was better (but I enjoyed reading that one more than listening to it)
I'm not a huge fan of Nick Landrum.
My Favorite McCammon book is 'Speaks the Night Bird'. I haven't listened to the audio version yet.
This is an enjoyable book. I got to know the characters and liked some of their "no care" attitudes. The Five is a band with five members - 2 girls and 3 guys. They're like a family. A former soldier thinks that the band blames soldiers for deaths of innocent children. He wants them dead or needs for them to die for his own sanity. I really enjoyed the narration - Nick Landrum even sang some of their songs. I wondered how he could pick out the tune from just a book. Seemed pretty good to me. I liked the concept of hearing what a band does on the road. Also, about how they made money, and what kind of agents they had, etc, because it doesn't seem as exciting as we might think. I'll give it a "High Five".
I am a McCammon fan! I think his "Boy's LIfe" is one of the smartest books ever written (though not on Audible as they only have an abridged version). But this is the first McCammon I've come across that I would advise people to steer clear of, it lacks the brilliance I've come to expect of McCammon's books.
In the other McCammon books it moves with interesting stories and interweaved plots, unfortunately this book drags and as a few of the characters die...well, frankly, I don't care as I haven't really formed a connection with any of them and I'm pretty sure McCammon hasn't either.
Not out to spoil what meager enjoyment there is in the book by giving out too much information but the final shoot out is probably the best part of the book.
I feel the narrator did as good a job as possible considering the material he was working with. I did listen to the end, thinking he might redeem it and make it all worth while...He didin't.
I definitely don't want to turn people off of McCammon's work. "Swan's Song" is brilliant and if audible ever does a unabridged version of "Boy's LIfe", well, it's one of my all time favorite books and you can see just how great a writer McCammon can be.
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