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The Fraternity of the Stone | [David Morrell]

The Fraternity of the Stone

Drew Maclane was a star agent - until the day the killing had to stop. He withdrew, and for six years lived the life of a hermit in a monastery. But someone has tracked him down, leaving a trail of corpses...someone who knows all about him, who knows how to draw him back into that electrifying world where no one is as he seems, and where life's most horrifying and harrowing game is played.
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Publisher's Summary

Drew Maclane was a star agent - until the day the killing had to stop. He withdrew, and for six years lived the life of a hermit in a monastery. But someone has tracked him down, leaving a trail of corpses...someone who knows all about him, who knows how to draw him back into that electrifying world where no one is as he seems, and where life's most horrifying and harrowing game is played.

Cast of performers: George Ralph (narrator), Jean Reed Bahle, Christy L. Beatty, Paul Dreher, II, Dale Hull, Jonathon Hull, Brian K. Johnson, Len Kopka, Gladys Long, Michael Page, and Lowell George Seibel.

©2006 David Morrell; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"As cunningly woven as a spider's web." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Michael Gilroy, CA, United States 10-12-09
    Michael Gilroy, CA, United States 10-12-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Painful to listen to"

    I read the book in the 80's, enjoyed it. Thought I'd revisit it via Audible. The narration really sucks. The cuts between the voices sound artificial. My guess is that the individual characters and narration were all recorded separately, then some ham fisted editor spliced them altogether, removing much needed pauses between them. The individual bits also sound like they were recorded in different rooms. While a small distraction when you hear that in a book every hour or so, it's very bad when it's every few seconds, and between 2 characters supposedly talking in the same room.

    David Morrell should be ticked off and push to get it re-recorded by Scott Brick

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cleaning Commando Fort Bragg, NC 07-27-13
    Cleaning Commando Fort Bragg, NC 07-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't get past the narration!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone on meth! The narrator races through the story like he's being paid to screw it up!


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

    I really enjoyed Morrell's books in the 80's so I tried "Brotherhood of the Rose" on audio. The narration and the voice work made it a horrible listen. So I see that there is no name for a narrator on this book but Ralph's name is presented on the others so I'm thinking "hmmm, maybe the first book was a performance wash since they wouldn't list the reader's name". I then forged on to try this one.

    I was wrong....1 credit wrong! I won't waste money on another and I don't think I can finish this one, the voice work is so terrible.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Ralph’s performances?

    NOT IN A MILLION YEARS!


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

    Anger and disappointment. I've read other reviews so I know I'm not alone in my frustration. Why would you keep compounding your losses?


    Any additional comments?

    Morrell's books were always a lot of fun and a great distraction from everyday life. They are done a great injustice by the audio performances on the two novels I've listened to. As I see George Ralph's name on other Morrell audio novels it cements my decision to not waste another credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 08-31-09
    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 08-31-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Finished listening, but made me nuts!"

    This book's plot got odder and odder and less believable as it plodded on to the finish. The different characters' voices surprised me each time they came on. I was really relieved when the book was over.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Bowling Green, KY, United States 08-26-09
    Daniel Bowling Green, KY, United States 08-26-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Good Story - Terrible Narrator"

    While I enjoyed the storyline and the main character(s) were intriguing, the narrator ruined the experience. Other than the dialogue, which he read reasonably well, he read much too rapidly and mechanically. It reminded me of the voice on my Amazon Kindle and, believe me, that is not a voice you want to listen to for long periods of time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Amherst, MA, United States 10-22-09
    Sarah Amherst, MA, United States 10-22-09
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    "Plot heavy"

    Interesting concept, but the plot was too fast-moving and incident-ridden. Character development and scene description suffered, leaving me with the feeling I'd just read a story board for a TV series. The narrator's rushing through the reading didn't help. Slow down, guys! If we had attention spans of 5 minutes, we wouldn't bother to read books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John TIGARD, OR, United States 08-24-09
    John TIGARD, OR, United States 08-24-09 Member Since 2005
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    "How did this get 4 stars?"

    I'm trying to get through this - I would like to know what happens - but the author keeps dumping us into flashbacks for what seems to be totally irrelevant back story. He may tie it all together, but by the time he does, I'm sure I will have lost interest. Even at one cent per minute (bought it on that special) it wasn't worth purchasing.

    The dialog is terrible. Has this author ever listened to people talk?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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