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Matthew

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  • Mount Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (640)

    Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

    Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.

    Kathy says: "Great grab-you-in-plot!"
    "OK it's them, however...."
    Overall

    Preston and Child do it again..and this time sans Scott Brick. Frankly, I am becoming quite a fan of Colacci, and I feel he does great work here bringing this multifaceted story to life. Lots' of stuff going on here, and not the cleanest of work this team have done, but overall very compelling ( and excellend summer yard work/barbeque/beer drinking listening! my July 4th ribs were done to the sound of this book in our backyard! ) Enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World of Trouble: The Last Policeman, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank's safety is only relative, and his only relative - his sister Nico - isn't safe.

    Matthew says: "The Last Policeman series surprises yet again!"
    "The Last Policeman series surprises yet again!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up World of Trouble in three words, what would they be?

    Clarifying, thoughtful, powerful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Last Policeman is ont of my favourite Audible characters, and he doesn't dissappoint here. Self aware, honest, principle driven. A memorable fictional character.


    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    He owns this series. All of it.


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

    The last sections are amazing, clarifying the series.


    Any additional comments?

    So much to say, so little time and room. All I can say is, if you have tracked this series, this makes it even more worthwhile. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 6th Extinction: Sigma Force, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead - and not just the scientists, but every living thing for 50 square miles is annihilated: every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria. The land is entirely sterile - and the blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past.

    Paula says: "Horrible reade"
    "Sprawls all over the place"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Definitely have to be into Sigma Group, and ( of course ) the deeply detailed Rollins school of thriller writing. That said, it's a pretty rollicking thriller.


    Would you recommend The 6th Extinction to your friends? Why or why not?

    Is this not a duplication of the prompt above? Same answer.


    Did Christian Baskous do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Somewhat. I was torn about his narration. In some ways very compelling, in others, over dramatic and somewhat over done. I miss PJ Fernandez doing the Sigma Group, but this was OK. Not my favourite iteration.


    Did The 6th Extinction inspire you to do anything?

    Finish up the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best offering in the series, but likely not the worst. Recommended with reservations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Proof

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cheryl Colwell
    • Narrated By P.J. Ochlan
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Shrouded in mystery, a precious relic known as Il Testamento, or The Proof, circulated among the early Christians for centuries. Before their deaths, its guardians hid it from their adversaries, leaving only a crude map of its location. For centuries, it lay in darkness. Until now. Reports of its existence have resurfaced, inciting an ancient rivalry between a ruthless group that seeks to destroy it, and a secret association that lusts for its power.

    Matthew says: "If I had only paid more attention...."
    "If I had only paid more attention...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Proof?

    The dogmatic Christian preaching that wound it's way through the book. My own fault however, as I failed to read the publishing company source, which turns out to be a Christian publisher.
    Not that there is anything wrong with that, it's just not what I expected.


    Has The Proof turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    What aspect of P.J. Ochlan’s performance would you have changed?

    Not much. He did a fine job. Good narration, for what it was.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Proof?

    The final scene is gratutitous, IMHO.


    Any additional comments?

    Listener be ware. Evangelical material here! That said, the basic precept of the book, and it's narration, are pretty damn good. I just don't personally need the preaching, but if you are into that, you likely will enjoy this offering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Island: Gideon Crew, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks.

    Poconos says: "Want my money back! Just plain HORRIBLE!"
    "I love it when a grand conspiracy gets continued"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a nice background story, not the best of the series, but not the worst. Mildly entertaining.


    Would you recommend The Lost Island to your friends? Why or why not?

    My friends don't listen to these types of stories, likely to their benefit. That said,if a friend was a Preston/Child fan, I likely would.


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

    Performance was very good, with clear characters and accents. Nothing really to dislike.


    Do you think The Lost Island needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, and it sets it up nicely at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a mediocre extension of the series. Not bad, but not brilliant. Mildly recommended with reservations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Overlord

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The plans of a million years are finally ready for what has always been coming - Armageddon. Finally, the first move is set in motion and the assassinations begin, eliminating the leadership and consolidating military control of the seas and airspace of the world’s most powerful nations. Only one element in the arsenal of the world can possibly give the Earth a fighting chance at survival - a tiny being that has already saved the world once in the Arizona desert is now called upon to outthink his former masters.

    Matthew says: "I think I lost my watch down south..."
    "I think I lost my watch down south..."
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from David L. Golemon and/or Richard Poe?

    Yes, definitely into the Event Group series. The team of Poe and Golemon is ourstanding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Historical references are well researched.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    Oddly, the rogue president and his crowd. An the Russian commander.


    Did Overlord inspire you to do anything?

    Read more Event Group thrillers.


    Any additional comments?

    This series, performed by Poe, is one of my personal favourites on Audible. Well researched, with enough drama and such that it is as realistic as this kind of stuff can be. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Donzerly Light

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ryne Douglas Pearson
    • Narrated By Tim Danko
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    If evil shook your hand, would you know it? Jay Grady wakes up in handcuffs. Sitting at a table in an isolated room. Across from him sits a man who wants Jay to recount his life. Every detail of it. If not, he'll kill him. So begins Jay's reluctant journey to a past he's tried to forget. From his days ruling Wall Street as an impossibly intuitive stock picker, to just a few hours before, when he pumped six bullets into a transient outside a dying Missouri town; a drifter he'd once thought was just an ordinary man. But he was far from ordinary. And Jay came to realize he was not a man at all, but something darker.

    Matthew says: "Wasn't sure where this oen was going...but..."
    "Wasn't sure where this oen was going...but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, esp. folks who enjoy somewhat supernatural mysteries. It actually does keep you guessing righ tup to the conclusion.


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

    Yes,it did. I had no idea where the author was going with this until the extreme end, and even when the reveal occurred, there is still enough ambiguity to keep the listener wondering .


    Which character – as performed by Tim Danko – was your favorite?

    Mr. Right was compelling.


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

    Time allowing, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an odd duck, and some listeners may not find the conclusion compelling. I , on the other hand, really enjoyed the concept and the execution of this somewhat supernatural mystery. It grows on you. I think if you give this one a chance you will enjoy it as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Refuge Omnibus Edition: Refuge 1 - 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jeremy Bishop, Jeremy Robinson, Daniel S. Boucher, and others
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Refuge, New Hampshire, is a small town. The kind found on postcards. Their biggest concern is the rowdy summertime revelers making their way up from Massachusetts and New York. And with most of the town's residents in neighboring Ashland, for the Fourth of July fireworks show, Refuge is quieter than usual. That is, until the Baptist church's bell starts ringing - on its own. The bell chimes faster and faster, reaching a frenetic pace, as though rung by the Devil himself. But the bell is just the beginning.

    K. Allenby says: "Brilliant"
    "I am still not so sure about this one..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Refuge Omnibus Edition? What did you like least?

    The books spins off in so many ( sometimes wild directions ) that is it hard to find one point either way. This is an at times violent, jarring book, with a number of direction changes, well developed characters and surreal circumstances.
    I enjoyed it for the most part, but it certainly does sound/feel like it was written by many different authors.


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

    Not sure it could be the same book if it was altered. Maybe edited to be more linear, although I think the point is not to do that. It is also somewhat deriviative of some other " small town/altered realities" books I have listened to.
    That said, it is sort of a "greatest hits' of that genre, and well done as such.


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

    Not that I recall, and he does a fine job here.


    Could you see Refuge Omnibus Edition being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    SyFy with no names.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to give this offering a higher rating, but it spins abit too far out of control for my tastes. May just be mine. It sprawls, it's messy, but it is performed well, and on balance I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secret of the Thorns: Donavan Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tom Haase
    • Narrated By John M. Perry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    We know what happened to the robe of Christ. We think we know what happened to his cross. What really happened to the Crown of Thorns? A controversial thriller set in modern times solving an ancient mystery.

    Matthew says: "Helpful to study biblical history as well!"
    "Helpful to study biblical history as well!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is not a great book per se, but it grows on you. I think developing the principal characters more at the beginning would be helpful, as this is clearly the start of what might be a long series.


    If you’ve listened to books by Tom Haase before, how does this one compare?

    My first. May not be my last, but I wasn't overly impressed.


    What three words best describe John M. Perry’s performance?

    Not bad. Did the best he could with some clunky scenes and sometimes maddeningly juvenile dialogue.


    Could you see Secret of the Thorns being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Shouldn't be. Maybe on SyFy, with no stars.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the debut of a new series, and is well researched, but it never clicked totally for me. Yet, I did finish it, which says something. It is so so, but for fans of biblical history, it is likely better than my rating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Ark

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Stephen Bywater
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Twelve years after fighting in Mesopotamia in the Great War, Harry Ward returns to the land where he lost his faith, his mind and almost his life. Haunted by bloody visions of bayonets, shrapnel and shells, he takes up the offer of a simple job, working as a photographer on an archaeological dig outside of Mosul. As the dig progresses, Ward begins to realise that what they have uncovered is no ordinary temple; it holds a terrible secret. Now flashbacks are the least of his problems...and he must face a new kind of terror.

    Matthew says: "Please do your ancient biblical homework first !"
    "Please do your ancient biblical homework first !"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Devil's Ark the most enjoyable?

    The combination of the sparkling performance by Daniel Weyman which brings to life the crafty writing of Stephen Bywater. A classic matchup in the matking!

    The characters jump off the page ( orally! ) and the skillful dialogue, and suspense with moments of terror, are at once scary and exciting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil's Ark?

    There are many moments, but frankly the epilogue is the most thought provoking IMHO.


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

    Everything. This is one of those books that works best in an audio environment.


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

    Closing up the tomb at the end was scary as hell.


    Any additional comments?

    This book came highly recommended, and I am very glad I followed up on downloading it. Right from the first words, it grabs the listener, and does not let go.

    The performer is very notable for his use of accents, singing, and overall authenticity. He does not just read the words, he lives the book for, and with, the listener.

    One of the best of the year. Get it and enjoy it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Better World: The Brilliance Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (158)

    The brilliants changed everything.

    Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we'd only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person's most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the rest of us.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Simply a solid continuation of a great idea"
    "Continues the Brilliance saga..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Better World to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the book version, but this is outstanding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick Cooper. Survivor and thoughtful ethical character.


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

    Yes, several, and this performance is outstanding.


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

    The beginning of the battle is excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    This continues a fascinating journey by Sakey and Daniels. This is one of the most intriguing new series to come along in some time, and it is most certainly worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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