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Jerry Morelock

Knoxville, TN United States
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  • 47 Ronin

  • By: Joan D. Vinge
  • Narrated by: Steve Baker
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

A novelization by Joan D. Vinge Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi, the leader of the 47 Ronin, starts the pair on a quest over a shared loss. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring, Boring, Boring

  • By Jerry Morelock on 12-28-17

Boring, Boring, Boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Short and sweet--
The writing is VERY repetitive and often juvenile.
The narrator has a singsong delivery and doesn't offer much distinction with character voices. So far as I can tell, he doesn't completely butcher the Japanese names and vocabulary. He gets an extra star for that.
After about three hours I could no longer tolerate listening.
I have over 650 books in my library.
This is the only book I've ever returned.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Night School

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,265

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Phil on 11-13-16

Shark-Jumping Extravaganza

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I suppose if I had no knowledge of the likelihood of certain things still being operable after 40 years, I might rate the novel four stars. There are other problems, but once the "big reveal" occurs, the story completely deflated, and any sense of urgency became . . . comical.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Probably Jodi Taylor's last book. At least in that one I'll know ahead of time that I'm getting a fantastical tale that's not apt to explode my skull from sudden overpressure.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators, so I can't really point to a favorite. I'll give him credit this time, however, for performing Reacher's voice without a subtle snicker.

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

Laughter.

Any additional comments?

I think Lee Child has run out of Jack Reacher ideas, but I'd really like to see him develop a "plausible" narrative that allows Reacher to go out in the blaze of glory he deserves. It'd be a shame if this miscarriage is Reacher's last hurrah.

  • Staked

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 8
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,524
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,865

When a Druid has lived for 2,000 years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires - make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers - led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus - have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It's time to make a stand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I pine for the pre-SHATTERED days.

  • By RabidReads on 02-03-16

Disappointed and Disinterested

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Obviously, the hell or high water Hearne fans. I purposely waited a few weeks to review this, to get the lay of the land, so to speak, and am surprised by the plethora of very high reviews.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I have several in various stages of completion, among which are Nightwise, Little Big Man, Combat Crew, and The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

Luke Daniels is 24 caret gold--voices, diction; there's really almost nothing NOT to like.

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

Well, if it was me, I'd likely have sent the entire thing back for a rewrite. I lost interest and only managed to finish about two-thirds of the book. Never saw that coming for this series.

Any additional comments?

All good things, I guess--makes me cherish a Patrick O'Brian even more, though.

  • Unintended Consequences

  • By: Marti Green
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 797
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 798

Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. George maintains he didn’t do it. That the body isn’t his little Angelina. But that’s all he’s ever said—no other defense, no other explanation. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his execution is just six weeks away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In the words of Bartok, "I tell you what, Wow!"

  • By Jerrilynn on 07-02-14

Not A Guy Book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-16

What would have made Unintended Consequences better?

Eliminate the fluff, irrelevant meandering, repetition, and derivative, one-dimensional characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Marti Green again?

Almost definitely not.

What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?

Ah, her performance is the only reason I finished the book. She has a most pleasing voice, excellent diction and pronunciation, and very good character expression. I think her talent is wasted narrating books like this--I'd love to hear her narrating some top shelf work, like maybe something by Brandon Sanderson, etc.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yeah--it wasn't 30 hours long.

Any additional comments?

Eliminate the fluff and repetition, and I'd guess there's a fairly decent short story hidden inside somewhere.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,957

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end.

  • By Brian Perry on 07-21-15

I Think This Was Supposed To Be a Comedy

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-16

Would you try another book from Stephen Moss and/or R.C. Bray?

Bray, yes; I've listened to a few books he's narrated already, and he's very good.

Moss I'm not so sure about. If it was a title that didn't jump the shark a dozen times in the first half, perhaps.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Moss again?

If it was really really cheap--like free--maybe.

Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favorite?

Neil (Neal?), probably.

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

Laughter, mostly. I hate to discredit without more examples, but when the "Alien Princess's" robot's? AI's? Alter ego's? meeting with her "subordinate" occurred I'd had enough. Throwing Flash Gordon into a book that begins as a "realistic" near-future tale requires taking a bite I'm afraid would choke me to death.

Any additional comments?

Maybe this book is supposed to be a comedy and I just didn't get the joke. Maybe in a few months I'll try it again with this mindset and see if I can't manage to plow through more than half of it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Map of Bones

  • A Sigma Force Novel, Book 2
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: John Meagher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247

During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior...a treasure that could reshape the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Sigma Force phenomenon

  • By Dawitski on 02-26-10

Meh, Just . . . meh

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-15

The writing is chock full of clichés, and a book that it seems I've already read in one form or another several times already. Overall, Map of Bones is elementary, amateurish, and requires way too much suspension of disbelief, even considering the genre. Perhaps the situation would have improved with a better choice of narrator. Sorry, Mr. Meagher, but I just don't think you're meant to narrate this type of book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Survivor

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,880

Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shakes you to your very core.

  • By T.D. on 09-23-12

Too Much For Me

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-15

And what's too much for me is the suspension of disbelief required . . . no, better to call it shark jumping. It's hard to explain without spoilers, so I'll just say a shark's jumped very early on, and thereafter one after another, ad nauseum. There's enough thriller in this book for five or six books--so much that by story's end I had lost all empathy for the good guys and was just glad it was over.

Scott Brick was great though. This the the second book he's narrated I've listened to, and I haven't been particularly thrilled with either, no fault of his. I'm really looking forward to the day I find something that has the content to be worthy of his narrative ability.

If you like books reminiscent of Schwarzenegger's "Commando", then this'll be right up your alley. Not my cuppa, though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lines of Departure

  • Frontlines, Book 2
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,036

Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system. Humanity is on the ropes, and after years of fighting a two-front war with losing odds, so is Commonwealth Defense Corps officer Andrew Grayson.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • SCIENCE, IT WORKS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-17-15

Want . . . More!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-15

Bravo, bravo! This is well formulated, well written old fashioned military SF at its best. Kloos gives us well conceived and developed characters to care about and an edge of your seat story he whips into breakneck speed. For any fans of Niven, Pournelle, Hubbard (don't laugh), and such, this series is a MUST READ, and I don't think I've ever used this tired cliche before.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,581

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

  • By Pi on 06-21-12

Credible Narration for a Dull, Padded Book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-15

The book itself is very tedious. I hate to say "padding" but spinning and spinning and getting almost nowhere makes it nothing else but.

And with this book, Martin has killed my interest in the series. I waited years to read this book and dragons, hoping that I could read all the series at once. I doubt now I'll read "Dragons" and don't much care if Martin finishes the series or not. Quite frankly, I think the reason Martin's not finished is that he doesn't have a clue as to how to do it.

One more thing--Dotrice does a highly credible job; not great, but not nearly so bad as some reviews suggest, either. The man was closer to ninety years old than eighty when he recorded these last two books, I think, and factoring that he probably rates a five+.

  • The Wrong Stuff

  • The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator
  • By: Truman Smith
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action, suspense, and history

  • By Allan on 03-17-15

Enthralling--A Unique WW2 Military Memoir

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-15

I've never read a WW2 memoir quite like this, at least by a pilot. Humor, pathos, irreverence, deep introspection--it's all here and often in the same paragraph, and sometimes almost in the same sentence. Smith includes several details we've often wondered about but other authors neglect, like just how one handles "nature's call" in a B-17 at thirty-thousand feet.

63 of 64 people found this review helpful