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Matthew

SEATTLE, WA, United States | Member Since 2017

2008
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  • 335 reviews
  • 367 ratings
  • 374 titles in library
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  • Assassin's Gambit: Time Assassins, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By R. Kyle Hannah
    • Narrated By Rick McVey
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Pulled forward in time by the Guild of a distant future, Assassin 101 is tasked with tracking down a rogue agent before he can return to his time. What he finds is a web of espionage bent on destruction and domination, and a family secret makes the assassin doubt his own future.  

    Matthew says: "About time to end this series"
    "About time to end this series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As Assasin 101 would say, it's about time to end this. Confusing plotting, lacking the historical interest of the first book in the series and featuring characters that it's difficult to care about.
    Unfortunately, I can't recommend this offering, notwithstanding the overall concept is compelling in many ways.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hellbent: An Orphan X Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2932)
    Performance
    (2778)
    Story
    (2766)

    Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

    Wayne says: "Easily earns 5 stars!"
    "Another brick in the Orphan X wall"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a combination these are. Brick and Hurwitz. Scott is more discrete than he has been in the recent past, and brings consistency and life to the characters. The story is rollicking, fun and intense all at the same time. Overall, this is the best book of the series to date, and comes highly recommended!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conservation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Flynn
    • Narrated By Simon Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    In 2034, the Universal Mining Agency launched a ship full of eager potential colonists. Conservation provides its passengers with everything they need as it sets off for their new home on a distant, habitable planet. As the decades go by, the optimism and hope that surrounded its launch dissipate, and certain members of agency staff begin to have their doubts about the project. Conservation was meant to be a microcosm of humanity, minus the cruelty and ill health. Society has degraded into a violent, fascist regime built on slavery and famine, but this time, things were to be different.

    Matthew says: "Not sure quiet where to go with this."
    "Not sure quiet where to go with this."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Good: Simon Wright does his usual, highly professional and unique job of bringing this book to life. He employs unique, sometimes highly passionate voices and emotions to the story.
    The Challenge: Not quite sure where the author wanted to take this story. There were several plot arcs, and they all didn't align as well as the listener would have hoped. Still, some of the concepts were unique and thoughtful.
    The Truth: I received my copy in exchange for this independent review. I can recommend this offering, with the caveats offered here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forged in Fire: Destiny's Crucible, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Olan Thorensen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1549)
    Performance
    (1458)
    Story
    (1451)

    Joseph Colsco has survived what many would not have - cast naked on an alien planet amidst humans speaking an unknown language and with a different culture and history. Now, known to the people of Caedellium as Yozef Kolsko, he has risen out of despair to prominence and finds himself a central figure in the culmination of a struggle against an imperialist power bent on subjugation. The clans of the Island of Caedellium must gird themselves for what is to come.

    Joe Ibrahim says: "Excellent story & narration."
    "Book 4 just as great as the previous 3!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wow. Just Wow. What a truly great series. A fantastic combination of author and performer, who together literally breathe life into the epic tale of Joseph Koltho. I can't say enough good things about this series. Ther are no flaws, no hiccups, it is simply one of the best series I have ever listened to. Most highly recommended, but listen to the SERIES in ORDER!
    ( I kindof hope there are more sequels, but if not, this is a fine ending! )

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden Island

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    On the precipice of a cliff, contemplating suicide, dishonorably discharged US Army Ranger Rowan Baer is invited to provide security to a research team visiting the most dangerous island in the world - North Sentinel Island in the Sea of Bengal. Seeking redemption, he accepts. Living among Amazon rainforest tribes, eccentric Israeli anthropologist Talia Mayer is recruited to study the island's elusive inhabitants - the Sentinelese - who have resided on the tropical island since the dawn of mankind.

    Matthew says: "Not the best from Mr.Robinson"
    "Not the best from Mr.Robinson"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Having listened to several of Mr. Robinson's offerings, this one looked interesting. Upon conclusion and review, it is not nearly as good as some of these others IMHO.

    Conceptually it works, but the devil is always in the details, and there is the challenge. Gratuitous references, random violence that does not move the story forward, and at times overly dramatic reading all combine to make this a difficult listen. The story does pose some interesting concepts, to be fair, but they are not clearly made and take far too long to reveal.

    Can't recommend this one, unfortunately. I wanted to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Code: Ancient Origins Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James D. Prescott
    • Narrated By Gary Tiedemann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    Geophysicist Jack Greer believes he may finally have found the resting place of the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago. A few miles off the Yucatán coast, Jack and a team of scientists tow an aging drilling platform over the impact crater with the aim of securing a sample. But buried deep beneath the earth lies a shocking discovery that threatens to shatter everything we think we know about the origins of our species.

    AudioBook Reviewer says: "the story is solid and entertaining"
    "A sprawling series starter"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Interesting concept ( albeit somewhat derivative ) with some well-defined characters, and leaves enough unresolved issues that the sequel(s) are something to perhaps look forward to.
    That said, I wasn't totally taken in by this story. Not sure why, as it has all the earmarks of stories I generally would follow, but something in the combination of narrator and writer seemed to be missing. Maybe a bit too much a stretch in terms of story development?

    It's OK and is generally entertaining, but the reader is alerted that it is the first in what looks to be a long series, so many story arcs are left open-ended.

    Modestly recommended.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Myriad Resistance

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John D. Mimms
    • Narrated By Jason Belisha
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Three months ago, a cosmic storm entered Earth's atmosphere, mystifying scientists with its unprecedented side effect: Those who have died and chosen not to cross over are suddenly palpable and can interact with the living. The "Impals" are embraced by their loved ones but persecuted by those who fear them. The government's solution is to send them "back" using the Tesla Gate - which could destroy the soul.

    Keli says: "Good continuation "
    "Welcome to Shredder 2.0"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As this series descends deeper and deeper into a defense of Christianity, I lose patience. Yet, some of the concepts ( which, admittedly, are more than a bit wild ) are fun, and the characters are growing in complexity and relationships.
    I don't think this would be a good freestanding offering, but as a continuance of the series, it's ok.
    The new reader ( Belisha ) is actually growing on me, although I sure miss his predecessor.

    On balance, recommended with the caveats noted above.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Commune: Commune, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joshua Gayou
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1619)
    Performance
    (1551)
    Story
    (1545)

    For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

    iggy says: "Plausible "
    "Start of a wonderful new EOT series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    3 letters...RCB. RC Bray absolutely crushes this performance. Just when you think he can't bring anything more to a performance. He does.
    The performance alone is worth the credit, but the characters are equally strong. Jake, Billy, etc. all come to life and breathe with you in this strong opening of a promising dystopian series.
    Quibbling a bit about the never-ending drama our heroes seem to confront, but that is to be expected I suppose.

    Highly recommended, both for the genre and the performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tesla Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John D. Mimms
    • Narrated By Jake Urry
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Thomas Pendleton loves his wife, Ann, and six-year-old son, Seth, more than anything, but his job often makes him an absent husband and father. One day, after Thomas leaves on a business trip, his wife and son are killed in a car accident. When a cosmic storm enters Earth's atmosphere, scientists are baffled by its composition and origins, but not nearly as much as they are by the storm's side effect: Anyone who has died and chosen not to cross over is suddenly visible.

    trixie says: "The Tesla Gate"
    "Creepy and interesting, but waiting for other shoe"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First off, let me say that Jake Urry is SO good in this production. He owns this story, and it is a shame that the sequels do not feature his amazing, rumbling tones.

    The story requires quite a large amount of "suspension of disbelief" to be sure. It has complexities, compelling characters, and strong story arcs. All that said, I have this nagging feeling, somewhere, somehow, that there is a religious/evangelical aspect looming in the background ( which is fine, it's just mildly off-putting to know it is there, without actually being expressed.)

    Maybe it is just me, and normal cynicism, but there you have it. A strong offering notwithstanding.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Gift of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jerry Merritt
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3926)
    Performance
    (3722)
    Story
    (3714)

    When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

    Amazon Customer says: "Time Travel for those who don't like Time Travel"
    "Magnificent!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    One of the best ever, not just year! An EPIC, sprawling, complex, fascinating and powerful piece, brilliantly brought to life by Christopher Lane in his best performance to date.
    I can't say enough about this offering.
    It touches all your senses, it touches all of life and is truly a work that defies definition.

    Get it and I KNOW you will enjoy it. Most highly recommended book of the year so far.

    33 of 35 people found this review helpful

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