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Matthew

Hanford, US | Member Since 2014

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3275)
    Performance
    (2923)
    Story
    (2908)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Beware of some vulgarity"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Speaks the Nightbird?

    There was unnecessary vulgarity that was not relevant to the storyline. There was no need for several of the explicit scenes, which narrowed the book's appeal and made it totally inappropriate for younger readers.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I enjoyed the mystery in an interesting time period and setting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10467)
    Performance
    (9818)
    Story
    (9846)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Addictive!"
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    Performance
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    Brandon Sanderson's writing is addictive. The worlds he creates are rich in detail and contain engaging characters. I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks since joining audible.com 13 years ago, and Sanderson is the best sci fi I've heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Christians Believe

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    In these classic essays, which began as talks on the BBC during World War II, Lewis creatively and simply explains the basic tenets of Christianity. Taken from the core section of Mere Christianity, this book provides an accessible way for people to discover these timeless truths. For those looking to remind themselves of what they hold true, or those looking for a snapshot of Christianity, this book is a wonderful introduction to the faith.

    Sylvia says: "Christianity? Find out why in 45 minutes!"
    "Great Description of Christianity"
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    Performance
    Story

    C.S. Lewis proves you don't need to leave your intellect at the door to embrace Christianity. This book provides a great overview of the meaning of faith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William Forstchen
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (65)

    After their New York Times best-selling series on the American Civil War, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen now turn to the events leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and examine how different decisions might have profoundly changed the history that unfolded.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "History with a twist"
    "Not What I Expected"
    Overall

    The novel follows 3 main characters: an American Naval Intelligence Officer, a British spy, and a Japanese pilot. I enjoyed the history and character development, but I did not expect it to end with the Japanese doing MORE damage to Pearl Harbor than what was actually done. Definitely leaves you on a down note.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2522)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (556)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Outstanding Book!"
    Overall

    This was my first Jeffrey Archer book, and it definitely didn't disappoint. Fascinating plot along with great narration...highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2991)
    Performance
    (1529)
    Story
    (1554)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Connie says: "Enhanced version seems to correct audio defects"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I read the reviews and expected more from this book. The first half of the book was facinating, but the storyline spiraled into total stupidity. All that hedonism and "Thou art god, I am god" nonsense ruins the second half of the book.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9223)
    Performance
    (4216)
    Story
    (4277)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Delightful and Enjoyable"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    I cannot believe that Christopher Paolini is only 19 yrs old. He may actually be my favorite author! I wish "Eldest" was available. What a great book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of God: The Bible as Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Walter Wangerin Jr.
    • Narrated By Walter Wangerin Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (81)

    Walter Wangerin, Jr. makes the Bible come alive in detail with The Book of God. Wangerin reveals the humanity and eternal messages behind the text. The Book of God is a sweeping history that covers thousands of years and hundreds of lives, in a myriad of foreign yet familiar cultures. The award-winning Wangerin has produced his magnum opus, a timeless masterpiece that rekindles the imagination and nurtures the spirit.

    Jane says: "The Book of God: The Bible as Novel (Unabridged)"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    This book really brings to life some familiar bibilical stories in a new way. If the King James Version is difficult to understand, this book simplifies the essential stories. It is an outstanding companion to God's Word!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4756)
    Performance
    (2028)
    Story
    (2032)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    Toni says: "Remarkable!"
    "Too Sympathetic for the Terrorist"
    Overall

    A good story that hits home in light of recent events, BUT the author appears to be way too sympathetic to the terrorist who is killing Americans. I understand character development,but Demille paints the picture of a psychopath with an excuse for being a psychopath.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful

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