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The Five | [Robert McCammon]

The Five

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 The McCammon Corporation (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    vagabond gypsy 10-20-14

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    "former punk rock band member loves this book!"
    What did you love best about The Five?

    The writer, whose other books are excellent yet nothing like this one, truly either knows what being in a band on the road is like, or really did his homework. He had it down. So real, yet with that mystery woven through - "get the bad guy" twist - to keep the reader on the edge of the seat. It will be interesting for those "outside" the business and relatable for those on the inside. Enjoy!


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    Mark MALDEN, MA, United States 08-01-14
    Mark MALDEN, MA, United States 08-01-14
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    "Good but slow at times"
    What made the experience of listening to The Five the most enjoyable?

    It was a good story. Kinda wanted to see how it ended.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The killer...a good fruitcake always makes for a good story.


    What about Nick Landrum’s performance did you like?

    He's easy on the ears


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    Joshua Kring 06-20-14 Member Since 2013

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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    "If you've never read McCammon, don't start here!"
    Where does The Five rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle. It wasn't great, but it wasn't awful either.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert McCammon before, how does this one compare?

    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)


    Which character – as performed by Nick Landrum – was your favorite?

    I'm not a huge fan of Nick Landrum.


    Any additional comments?

    My Favorite McCammon book is 'Speaks the Night Bird'. I haven't listened to the audio version yet.

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    Danette Stankovich Monessen, PA United States 03-11-14
    Danette Stankovich Monessen, PA United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    ""The Five" Gets Five (stars)"

    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".

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    Mark SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 02-03-14
    Mark SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "McCammon bombs this time...and not in a good way"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was The Five worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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