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Matthew McLelland

As an active / outdoor guy, I love listening to audiobooks while trail running, hiking, etc.

Lookout Mountain, TN | Member Since 2010

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  • 18 reviews
  • 87 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • The Silent Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (361)

    It isn't easy to steal warheads from the heart of Russia's nuclear complex in Mayak. It requires a great deal of money, coordination, ingenuity, and sleight-of-hand, and just a touch of luck. But if you're determined enough, anything is possible.

    David Kirby says: ""The Faithful Spy", ver. 2.0"
    "Great Book / Great Reader"
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    If you could sum up The Silent Man in three words, what would they be?

    Guidall Is Awesome


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

    Not necessarily - lots of detail that has to be explained. But that's why I'm listening to an unabridged book and not watching the movie version


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite scene


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes - unfortunately, there are radical Islamics in the real world


    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, but very good nonetheless and in the same genre

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2792)
    Performance
    (1912)
    Story
    (1904)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Weak Story - Full of holes"
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    Perhaps - Dick Hill is a great reader and often redeems a poorly written story with his reading. The writer, however, could have done a better job with making aspects of this more believable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Daniel Silva - The Heist


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His ability to capture the "soul" of the different characters is uncanny.


    What character would you cut from First to Kill?

    Too many Bridgestone brothers


    Any additional comments?

    Doubtful I'll read another Peterson book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Fall: A Prelude to Hidden Order

    • UNABRIDGED (34 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    A prelude to Hidden Order, Brad Thor's most recent pulse-pounding Scot Harvath thriller.

    Matthew McLelland says: "Deceptive - don't buy if you've already read"
    "Deceptive - don't buy if you've already read"
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    What would have made Free Fall better?

    I thought this was a short prelude to the book - which I did read and enjoyed. However, it's simply the first 20 or so pages of the book. Essentially a movie trailer. This is described as something that was written in addition to the book.


    Has Free Fall turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Armand Schultz’s performance did you like?

    Great reader


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

    not relavent


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (950)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Fantastic Spy Novel - and I'm very picky"
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    Where does Red Sparrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's different from other spy novels in that the main character isn't a butt-kicking agent (Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, Brad Thor's Scot Harvath, Ludlum's Jason Bourne, etc) - seems to be more real than those book. Fantastic plot - a real page turner


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Sparrow?

    The turning of the Russian agent


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Bobb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first Jeremy Book - I like him and his ability to do all the Russian accents


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

    Sex, Seduction, Spies, Secrecy, Scandal


    Any additional comments?

    My only "complaint" is the author's ending most chapters with a very specific recipe from food that was eaten. I wasn't sure what this was all about - it never really came together and for some reason I found it annoying after awhile. The author must be some sort of major foodie - I can't imagine any other reason these recipes are listed (you have to read / listen to the book to understand)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1318)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (690)

    When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

    Joseph says: "VERY WELL DONE"
    "Terrible book - main character unimpressive"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plot? The underlying premise here is so weak and unrealistic for the 21st century - it was insulting at times how ridiculous the plot was


    What could Brad Meltzer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The main character was perhaps the biggest wimp / baby / man-child you could possibly imagine. He's supposed to be 30, not 12.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I do like Scott Brick - a great reader I've admired for years


    What character would you cut from The Inner Circle?

    the main character - but then the story would fall apart


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps some of his other books are better, but it was a chore to get through this one. I think Brick saved the book - I would have abandoned this earlier if not for him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Absolute Power

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (501)

    In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.

    Patti says: "Loved the book and the characters"
    "The main character whines too much"
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    What did you like best about Absolute Power? What did you like least?

    Scott Brick - the reader. Great story line


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Murder / who-done-it. The main character is terrible.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Generally I like Scott Brick


    Do you think Absolute Power needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Again, the main character is a baby - not because of any particular decision, but overall he whines quite a bit and makes shallow, impetueous decisions. I did not like his character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Order

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (833)

    Action-packed from the start, Hidden Order demonstrates yet again why Brad Thor is the "master of thrillers". A string of high-profile kidnappings has Washington, D.C., in a frenzy. When the victims begin turning up dead, frenzy turns to panic. And when the ransom demand is finally made public, panic will turn to terror. In Brad Thor's riveting new thriller, the stakes have never been higher, nor the lines between good and evil so hard to discern.

    LL says: "Big let down"
    "OK - definitely not his best"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes - but only because I've read all of his other Scot Harvath books. Definitely not my favorite


    Has Hidden Order turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't really have one (never really understood why Audible asks this question


    Could you see Hidden Order being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Have read all of Brad Thor's books - I think he's losing his touch as his last 3 books haven't been as good as earlier ones in the series (which started in 2002). I think Thor is a great writer - but he's off his game. If you've read his other books, then of course you must read (listen) to Hidden Order as it's pretty good. Hopefully his next one is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English Girl: Gabriel Allon, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (887)

    Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.…

    Janels says: "Gabriel's story takes huge strides"
    "Best Allon book to date"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. If you like spy adventures - Allon, and this book, are one of the best (thus far)


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Gabriel Allon, of course


    Any additional comments?

    If you like this series, you will most likely find this to be your favorite.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (294)

    Now Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history.

    Steven says: "great book, horrible audio"
    "Not my favorite Allon book - but OK"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes - if you like Silva and want to read the entire Gabriel Allon Series. No - if this is his only book you plan to read by him.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Daniel Silva? Why or why not?

    Absolutely


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This guy is TERRIBLE. But, I've been listening to some great readers lately (I'll listen to anything read by George Guidall - who incidently, read Daniel Silva's most recent book). The audio quality is terrible and the reader sounds like a robot. He isn't the worst reader I've ever heard, but he's pretty close. I would expect the author to force the publisher to have this book re-read / re-published.


    Did Prince of Fire inspire you to do anything?

    Learn more about Israeli history / Palestine


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12478)
    Performance
    (4868)
    Story
    (4905)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "The. Most. Incredible. Book. Ever. Written"
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    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    There is no way to properly answer this question - the storyline, the reader, the rich period detail, Follet's research - it's like asking me to pick my favorite child.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    His ability to keep so many characters so different in this 40 hour book


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

    Yes, but I can't give that away in a review


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the most incredible books ever written - which is odd given how different it is from the spy thrillers I normally listen to. This is the only book I've ever listened to 3 times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (954)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Great First Harvath Book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yup - if you like black ops / spy thrillers


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

    no, but that's only because I've listened to all of Brad Thor's books and am re-listening to this first one for the second time. Thor gets better over time


    Which character – as performed by Armand Schultz – was your favorite?

    Scot Harvath


    Did The Lions of Lucerne inspire you to do anything?

    Ski more often


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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