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Morgan B. Gainor

Lewisville, NC
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  • Awakened

  • A Novel
  • By: James S. Murray, Darren Wearmouth
  • Narrated by: James S. Murray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

The star of truTV’s hit show Impractical Jokers - alongside veteran sci-fi and horror writer Darren Wearmouth - delivers a chilling and wickedly fun supernatural novel in the vein of The Strain, in which a beautiful new subway line in New York City unearths an ancient dark horror that threatens the city’s utter destruction and the balance of civilization itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but narrator talks really fast

  • By Tatiana on 08-11-18

Story premise awakens narrator puts to sleep...

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Story idea quite intriguing & could be exciting with a good narrator. This one kept putting me to sleep with unexciting & plodding read. Ruined book completely.

  • A Long Time Until Now

  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,746
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,751

A military unit is thrust back into Paleolithic times with only their guns and portable hardware. Ten soldiers on convoy in Afghanistan suddenly find themselves lost in time. Somehow they arrived in Earth's Paleolithic Asia. With no idea how they arrived or how to get back, the shock of the event is severe. They discover groups of the similarly displaced: imperial Romans, Neolithic Europeans, and a small cadre of East Indian peasants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different Than Expected--But an Excellent Listen !

  • By C. Hartmann on 06-11-15

I'm a fool for fantasy adventure like this!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

What made the experience of listening to A Long Time Until Now the most enjoyable?

Believable time travel scenario is tough to pull off but this one pulled me in

What did you like best about this story?

The distinct personalities and individual observations kept the story moving

Which scene was your favorite?

I was knocked over when the military believed their stories

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the cat showed up for Alexander

Any additional comments?

I don't write many reviews but I had so much fun listening to this one I had to throw out a few words. It wasn't too long or too short and it was terrific fun. The detail was nearly believable considering the particular characters involved. Well written and well read.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Sick

  • A Project Eden Thriller
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,738

Daniel Ash wakes after midnight to the cry of his daughter. Just a bad dream, he thinks. She's had them before. Yet he can't help but worry when she cries out again as he pads down the hallway. Stepping through her doorway, he expects to find her sitting up in bed, frightened by a nightmare. But the nightmare is his. It's real. And it's just beginning....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyably addictive story!

  • By Amanda on 12-03-13

Terrific adrenaline charged series!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

If you could sum up Sick in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, intelligent, charged

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ash - the emotional and psychological changes he endures creates the character we need for the following installments

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

Great tone, inflection, pace and pronunciation

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to listen to the entire series in one sitting!!

Any additional comments?

Don't hesitate! If you enjoy action, strong characters combined with an 'end of world' scenario you must purchase these! You will be glad you did.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Assassin's Wife: A Thriller

  • By: Roger Weston
  • Narrated by: Kitty Hendrix
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Drama professor Meg Coles is in a state of shock after her husband is terminated and she barely escapes the killers. Now she is on the run, on the F.B.I.'s most wanted list, and a fugitive of the law and of government assassins. She learns that she knows very little about the man she's been married to for ten years. She must become a criminal to survive and to find out the truth, and she must get answers before the death teams silence her permanently.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story of with a Strong Female Character

  • By Tony on 11-27-14

Not a bad story line

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

Reviewed: 12-19-14

What disappointed you about The Assassin's Wife: A Thriller?

This novel needs much better editing

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

predictable

Would you be willing to try another one of Kitty Hendrix’s performances?

Really bad narration for such a pleasant voice so, No.

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

irritation as too much attention is drawn by the poor writing and bad narration when the story is so promising

Any additional comments?

Pretty disappointed all round

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Temperature: Dead and Rising

  • By: Adam Santo
  • Narrated by: Joanna Withey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

When Sally Mertill is driving a carload of her friends back to Green Mountain Falls after visiting Pike's Peak they careen off the side of the mountain road. With no guardrails, it's not surprising there are no survivors. And yet within two days, a not altogether bad fellow named Bocnic Drewings will call upon the metal drawer where Sally's body awaits autopsy, open it, and lead her on the adventure of a lifetime - well, that's if she would have survived the accident.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Total loss on all levels

  • By Morgan B. Gainor on 06-14-14

Total loss on all levels

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

Reviewed: 06-14-14

What disappointed you about Temperature: Dead and Rising?

Writing, narrator and story. This had to be a first draft - at least I hope so. No editor or even 'intelligent friend' would give an 'OK' to the contents of this effort.

What do you think your next listen will be?

There are hundreds in my library and I often toss a coin. I'm considering James Cook's latest segment of 'Surviving the Dead', titled 'Fire in Winter' as I've enjoyed his efforts.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joanna Withey?

This effort is not worth narrating.

What character would you cut from Temperature: Dead and Rising?

Based on the prose presented I would delete every one. This title requires a complete re-do, including author's consideration.

Any additional comments?

Sorry to be so negative but I expect, at the very least, reasonable writing and a narrator who knows how to properly pronounce everyday words.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Collapse

  • New America, Book 1
  • By: Richard Stephenson
  • Narrated by: David Gilmore
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

America is falling, ready to join the Roman Empire as a distant memory in the annals of history. The year is 2027. Tired and desperate, the American people are deep in the middle of The Second Great Depression. The Florida coastline is in ruins from the most powerful hurricane on record; a second just like it is bearing down on the state of Texas. For the first time in history, the Middle East has united as one and amassed the most formidable army the world has seen since the Third Reich.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible readers ruin any book

  • By Morgan B. Gainor on 03-06-14

Terrible readers ruin any book

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

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

More feeling, more action, and nearly any reader

Has Collapse turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What didn’t you like about David Gilmore’s performance?

Hesitant, unprepared, pausing in the wrong places, no emotion, no flow - complete disappointment and totally distracting from content. I was alternatively irritated and put to sleep.

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

A poor reader distracts from content and prevents listener from becoming involved in the story. It's tough to say what redeeming characteristics the book actually offered.

Any additional comments?

Please allow specific reader reviews to prevent this situation. The authors should also be aware of this disservice to their efforts.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Rough Draft

  • By: Dan Dawkins, Michael Robertson Jr.
  • Narrated by: Lucas Kitchen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

When three of the world's most prominent horror writers are viciously blackmailed, they are left with no choice but to abandon their comfortable lifestyles and take up seclusion in a tiny cabin in the mountains of Colorado, just on the outskirts of a mysteriously deserted mining town. As the three trapped writers work together, struggling to understand and meet the demands of their blackmailers, they soon realize that they aren't alone. There's something else out there in the woods with them...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By Nancy on 01-16-18

Apt title. Intriguing concept, inept narrator....

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

Reviewed: 01-31-14

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

Educated narrator, experienced writer, intelligent follow through - any of these would have helped this book. While the concept actually had promise, the author seems to have stopped working beyond this point. The narrator was totally unequipped for reading more than short sentences and completely savaged pronunciation of common words. This premise had possibility. Too bad.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am currently touring horror, with mighty hopes

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lucas Kitchen?

There are many terrific narrators out there who could even pull this off - to a point.

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

I would not recommend this book to anyone. It needs to return to the rejection pile and possibly be pulled apart and completely re-imagined. From there the author could attempt a new effort.

Any additional comments?

This is a book I would return. I have purchased (thousands?) from Audible and some have been flops while most are terrific 'reads'. I listen to multiple genre but often dip into horror in hopes of finding the rare new book that really chills.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Battle: Trinity

  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

A mysterious virus emerges after a meteor lands near a remote village in Peru. Authorities brought in to investigate discover the horrific virus not only kills, but it reanimates its victims, turning them into the walking dead. Believing they have contained the outbreak, samples of the contagion are brought to the United States via infected military and other victims. The virus breaks boundaries and the infection spreads, initiating the ground invasion of the War against the Undead. The war begins as the numbers of the undead increase and civil unrest begins.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I could...

  • By Dan on 08-01-12

Please fire the narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-22-12

What would have made Zombie Battle: Trinity better?

An editor, a plot, anything original and something exciting

Would you recommend Zombie Battle: Trinity to your friends? Why or why not?

Nope. There are many better Zombie novels

Would you be willing to try another one of Andrew B. Wehrlen’s performances?

Nope. He sounds as if he is seeing the material for the first time and isn't sure where the sentences break or end

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zombie Battle: Trinity?

Oh my goodness..too many to list

Any additional comments?

It's not that difficult to write better material. The waste of time saddens me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,034
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,046

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done story

  • By Linda B on 08-28-12

A terrifying, frustrating situation

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

Reviewed: 09-15-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Pines to be better than the print version?

Wouldn't know

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Kept getting kicked back

Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

Burke

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What lengths to hide a town?

Any additional comments?

Wow! This novel really had me going. I was so angry at one point I put the novel down (overnight). I was completely taken in and I usually work everything out.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Talulla Rising

  • By: Glen Duncan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

The woman is Talulla Demetriou. She's grieving for her werewolf lover, Jake, whose violent death has left her alone with her own sublime monstrousness. On the run, pursued by the hunters of WOCOP (World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena), she must find a place to give birth to Jake's child in secret. The birth, under a full moon at a remote Alaska lodge, leaves Talulla ravaged, but with her infant son in her arms she believes the worst is over - until the windows crash in, and she discovers that the worst has only just begun.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worst. Narration. Ever.

  • By ZenMuppet on 09-21-13

No fairy tale monsters here

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

Reviewed: 08-12-12

What made the experience of listening to Talulla Rising the most enjoyable?

Action and character development

Who was your favorite character and why?

Talulla herself, who grows and develops embracing her personal faults and strengths as she continues forward

What three words best describe Penelope Rawlins’s voice?

not my favorite

Who was the most memorable character of Talulla Rising and why?

Mystery surrounding Marco pricks at the memory

Any additional comments?

How could the monsters be portrayed so clearly without the language, personal desires and actions that some of the previous listeners complain of? We are listening to philosophic ruminations of a monster, after all. This novel is not represented as a fairy tale or a story to make us imagine ourselves transformed. I certainly cringed at some passages but enjoyed the story too much to be sidetracked. I was more disappointed with the faulty pronunciation of certain words. I got used to the reader and have no problem dealing with issues of accents and such when the story is superior.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful