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Matthew R. Fomby

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  • The Silver Pigs

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    One fine day, A.D. 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, P.I. Falco wants to know why.

    Matthew R. Fomby says: "Wonderful adventure..."
    "Wonderful adventure..."
    Overall

    I do not know why Romans are always portrayed with a British accent, but here the graveled Cockney narration Christian Rodska uses is absolutely superb. I love Audiobooks, and a good narrator can make or break a book, let alone a series. Here, both Mr. Rodska and Ms. Davis blend wonderfully. Marcus Didius Falco’s Rome is enthralling and his investigations through the political nuances of intrigue and deception kept me sitting the car listening well after I should have gone into work (playing on the car’s stereo, not headphones, I am a responsible driver). An interesting and fully fleshed cast of supporting characters helps create a world that is as interesting as it is believable. If only Audible would acquire the rest of the series!!!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10297)
    Performance
    (7740)
    Story
    (7785)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Romance, and rather weak"
    Overall

    I suppose it was ok. I was expecting something of a historical mystery, maybe something like the Da Vinci Code meets the Dresden Files (love Dresden but hated Da Vinci, so perhaps an intelligent Da Vinci Code staring Dresden?), but it was far, far more romance than mystery. It is also one of a series, since the book never wraps anything up.

    The characters seemed a little too shallow. Diana seemed to docile, and far too weak. I am trying to raise a strong willed daughter into a confident woman, and I do not want her falling to pieces when some tall dark stranger comes around. But this is what happens here. The female characters were too weak. The male were too overdone, too out of proportion. I got the impression that Matthew would look like something out of a comic book, physique exagerated to all extremes. He was a stereotype, which is a negative in my opinion.

    My wife, who loves the Outlander books, will likely enjoy this. I was only mildly interested and only finished it out of obligation (I did spend a credit on it). I found the history of the characters somewhat interesting, I would be more interested in Matthew's history and experiences in Palestine for example. That being said, I would not recommend unless you like romance more than history.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Robert Cotler, Christine Ferrari, Kevin McDust
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 12 stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective. They were originally published in the Strand magazine from July 1891 to June 1892.

    Matthew R. Fomby says: "Terrible narration"
    "Terrible narration"
    Overall

    When I saw this for $1.95 I thought this was a steal. It seemed too good to be true, and ultimately it was. I do not know what the issue is, the narrators themselves, or the recording which is halting and interrupted, but do not waste your money. I love the book, but the audiobook is very bad.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tongues of Serpents: Temeraire, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (396)

    A dazzling blend of military history, high-flying fantasy, and edge-of-your-seat adventure, Naomi Novik’s Temeraire novels, set in an alternate Napoleonic era in which intelligent dragons have been harnessed as weapons of war, are more than just perennial bestsellers—they are a worldwide phenomenon. Now, in Tongues of Serpents, Naomi Novik is back, along with the dragon Temeraire and his rider and friend, Capt. Will Laurence.

    Shelly says: "Didn't drop the excitement for me"
    "Good, but where is it going..."
    Overall

    I am conflicted on this review. I liked the book, it was good, but it seemed to have no point. This is not necessarily a bad thing. I like the characters, the setting, and I am content to listen to an "Adventure in the Life of Temeraire" story. That being said, I felt like the previous books were going somewhere, and this one seems to have no ultimate vector. If this is what the author intends, I can live with it, but I noticed a difference in the story. I will see what happens with the next few books, which I still intend on reading/listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2503)
    Performance
    (1623)
    Story
    (1645)

    After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own.... In a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.

    Matthew says: "Great Book, The Narrator Was Alright"
    "Not bad, similar to the previous series..."
    Overall

    I wanted to write because of the negative review of the narrator. He is different, I agree, and I honestly liked Jesse Bernstein better, but he was first and it could simply be loyalty. Nevertheless I do not think the narrator was terrible, just different.

    As for the story, it is not bad. It is more of the same, random run-ins with mythological characters, fight scenes, etc... And since this tends to work, I am not very unhappy. I listen to these before I give them to my kids, and this one, like the previous, will certainly inspire the imagination, which is my goal. If you liked the previous Percy Jackson series, this is more of the same, no more, but certainly no less.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Collaborator of Bethlehem: An Omar Yussef Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Matt Beynon Rees
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The murder of a leader of the Palestinian Martyrs Brigade leads to the arrest of George Saba, a Palestinian Christian accused of collaborating with the Israelis. Omar Yussef, a modest history teacher at a United Nations school in the West Bank, is impelled to investigate the murder to exonerate his former pupil, who he knows is innocent. As he struggles to save George, Omar Yussef is drawn into a complex plot where it is impossible to tell friend from enemy.

    Matthew R. Fomby says: "Makes me miss Palestine..."
    "Makes me miss Palestine..."
    Overall

    Any good story is about characters set in a location. Good Science Fiction is the same as good historical fiction or good fantasy. The story is important, the setting is simply a place where the story occurs. In very good fiction, the setting is as alive as the characters, but does not dominate the characters. This is the case with Omar Yusuf. The story is about an old, somewhat broken man, who still feels that justice matters. The setting is good enough to almost hear the adhan drift through your window, but it is not the focus of the story. Omar Yusuf is. The setting is good enough to feel the land around you, but it is the story that drives the book. I am through books 1 and 2, both are good. I will update on 3 and 4.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Men's Boots: Felix Castor Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (282)

    Before he died, Felix Castor's fellow exorcist John Gittings made several calls asking for help, and if Castor had answered them, John might still be alive. So when a smooth-talking lawyer comes out of nowhere to claim the remains, Castor owes it to John's unhappy ghost and even more unhappy widow to help out.

    Lórien says: "Mike Carey does it again!"
    "Continued good work..."
    Overall

    Another success for Carey. The narration was, as usual, excellent. The story took me a little time to get into, but ended interestingly and left me looking forward to the sequel. I know the book is already out in England, so I would like to see it in the USA.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Night: The Dresden Files, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5105)
    Performance
    (3881)
    Story
    (3893)

    In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too.

    Donna says: "Intrigue in The White Court"
    "Good book, but horrible audible file..."
    Overall

    I was really surprised at how much I liked the Dresden books. They are decently written, but the narration is superb, in my opinion. I was excited when two new books (this and Proven Guilty) came out on Audible. I listened to Proven Guilty in about a week, but when it came to White Night, the file was corrupted in the first 10 minutes. Half of the first chapter was cut out, and then the second chapter has another cut, with some insertion of something further in the book (I assume). This is the second time this has happened to an Audible selection. Considering how much I get from Audible, this is a very good percentage, but still irritating enough to make me comment.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Turn Coat: The Dresden Files, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (5194)
    Performance
    (3883)
    Story
    (3890)

    The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....

    Lisa says: "Worthy Addition To The Series"
    "Excellent story and narration"
    Overall

    I give this four stars, since it is not Jane Austin (Yes, red blooded American males read Jane Austin), but it is very good. I am also surprised and pleased with the narration. I liked Mr. Marsters as an actor, and I hope he continues with the Dresden books in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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