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Matthew

Atlanta, GA United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Power Play

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    When a band of backwoods hunters crash a corporate retreat in the wilderness, executives find themselves held hostage by men who will do anything to get the largest ransom in history. The corporate big shots hadn't wanted junior exec Jake Landry there. But now he's the only one who can save them.

    Art says: "I really wanted to give it four stars!"
    "Disappointing in two ways..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
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    I bought Power Play after enjoying Finder’s Killer Instinct. Sadly, my latest read was disappointing. The tale would have been better suited to a short story format, as it doesn’t succeed in being grand in either vision or execution. So, at least it could have been shorter. The story is entertaining enough I suppose, but I was never caught off-guard, never surprised, never teased, never moved. The characters felt more like caricatures. The intriguing setting was tragically wasted. The details of the aerospace industry remained tangential window-dressing.

    As for the performance, Mr. Boutsikaris read the narrative sections well, and offered due diligence for most of the characters. The female characters, however, came off as shallow and unlikeable. Throughout the book, I kept finding myself reciting a line of dialog out loud with a different inflection, and thinking, “If he had read it that way she’d sound strong and intelligent instead of snide and pathetic.”

    Overall, I wish I had used my credit on something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2913)
    Performance
    (2240)
    Story
    (2232)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    Chris - Audible says: "Believe the hype"
    "Surprisingly good."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Frankly, I didn’t expect that much from this book. I’m glad I gave it a shot, though. I knew Lowe was intelligent, and I knew he’s an actor I very much enjoy (especially in The West Wing), but I didn’t know how good a writer he is.

    He crafts lush sentences forming compelling stories with beautiful emotion. I suspect he could put together a well-told biography of even the most pedestrian of lives, but his life’s remarkable story makes this an autobiography not to be missed. I was sad when it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32469)
    Performance
    (23799)
    Story
    (24123)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Unpredictable plot with a daring ending"
    Overall

    I expected the story to be predictable and simplistic since it was written for less experienced readers. I was pleased, though, that, aside from the age of the protagonist and the straight-forward writing style, this book could easily be marketed for adult readers. The plot is engaging and the ending is bold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1954)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1198)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "Tantilising"
    Overall

    This book is a lovely intersection among science, history, biography, and short story. I find myself wishing we knew of more elements so that this tome could be longer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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