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Matthew

Torrance, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Big City, Bad Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sean Chercover
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (82)

    Disillusioned newspaper reporter-turned-private detective Ray Dudgeon doesn't want to save the world; he just wants to do an honest job well. But when doing an honest job threatens society's most powerful and corrupt, Ray's odds of survival make for a sucker's bet.

    Eva Gannon says: "Quintessentially Chicago"
    "Don't get out of the car!"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about Big City, Bad Blood?

    This is the second book I've listened to by Sean Chercover and he has a great pace, real-to-life characters, and a flawed protagonist. The sarcasm is a hoot and the situations that Ray Dudgeon gets himself into make for great storytelling.


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

    The plot was realistic - a PI gets himself into the middle of a mob war in Chicago. There is plenty of local flavor that keeps you in the city, while the characters float in and out with their own distinct personalities adding to the plot.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Barrett was an excellent voice for Dudgeon He has a world-weary sarcasm that comes out well on the audiobook. He also captures the other character's voices well so that you can easily track whose involved in the conversation (Chicago cops; uptight feds; Italian Business Men; street pimps; British nurses and Japanese forgers)


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

    Yes, it was hard to break away from the story and get on with the day. However, it always made going for a drive that much more enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to more Dudgeon audiobooks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Beat

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Ex-cop Jim Weir thought he'd seen it all during his years on the force. That is until he saw the body of his sister Annie, brutally used by a monster in human form, then carelessly discarded. He'd never seen such grief ravage the face of his friend and brother-in-law Ray Cruz, a good cop on the Newport Beach Police Department. When Weir learns that the only witness swore the killer made his escape in a Newport Beach squad car, his disbelief turns to confusion and outrage.

    Stacy says: "Spellbinding"
    "Barely got through it"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from T. Jefferson Parker and/or David Colacci?

    I enjoy TJ Parker, but this story was overly wrought.


    What was most disappointing about T. Jefferson Parker’s story?

    Recounting the diary.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was average.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9410)
    Performance
    (8476)
    Story
    (8483)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "A nice circle..."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Narrator did a great job with the southern accents.


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

    Grisham kept up the tension throughout with several plot twists.


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

    Differentiation of the voices and nice cadence throughout.


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

    Retribution in the south.


    Any additional comments?

    How exciting can you make a probate trial? Listen and find out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (619)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    russell says: "He did it again"
    "Welcome back, Rob"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed Rob Lowe's first book and had been waiting to hear this one for the past few months. The title implies it would get a bit more into some of his relationships with women in the early years, however, that is not the case. What I did like about this book is hearing the stories about the craft of acting (my daughter is learning lines in a school play and I related to her the technique that Lowe uses to recall lines); hearing about the commitment he has for his family; his long-term sobriety; and just being a strong professional in his field.


    What other book might you compare Love Life to and why?

    I just listened to Crash and Burn by Artie Lange. This would be the exact opposite. Where Artie let his addiction consume him and had a bleak message, Rob seemed to have brought things under control and was muuuuch more positive.


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

    Yes, and this was probably better than Lowe's first book from a performance standpoint. Lowe really got into his mimicking voices and 'Ohio scream' which was great.


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

    The Sasquatch story was very sweet and hearing about Bernie, as a larger than life character, was nice.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to have heard more about Parks and Rec. The writing was tight and articulate and I look forward to some more stories from Mr. Lowe in the future. It was a terrific audiobook and it was is hard to stop it to get out of the car.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (834)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Wrap it up..."
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    What did you like best about Bad Monkey? What did you like least?

    Great characters, as always. Story could have been wrapped up much sooner.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    In the last third of the story arc, you keep waiting for things to resolve, but the narrative continues.


    Do you think Bad Monkey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, but watching the relationship develop more between the main character and the coroner would be fun to see.


    Any additional comments?

    Hiassen does a great job of tying characters together from each of their environments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Riding the Rap

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (174)

    Now that his mom's gravy train has derailed, gambling, debt-ridden Palm Beach playboy Warren "Chip" Ganz has decided to take somebody rich hostage - with the help of a Bahamian ex-con, a psycho gardener/enforcer, and the beautiful, if underfed, psychic Reverend Dawn. The trouble is, they choose bookmaker Harry Arno as their victim, and Harry can scam with the best.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really, really fun mystery for listening."
    "Smooth as he needs to be"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Riding the Rap to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the reader had a nice cadence and did a great job with the regional accents.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fortunetelling aspect and the touch-and-go relationship between Raylan and Dawn Navarro - very sexy.


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

    nice cadence and did a great job with the regional accents.


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

    No extreme reaction, but I really enjoy the TV series and I have a great mental picture of Givens making his way thru the Florida hoods and hoodlums.


    Any additional comments?

    You can judge a book by how long you want to stay in the car and keep listening - great story and I was sorry to see the story end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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