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Matthew

SEATTLE, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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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
    (1245)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (559)

    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
  • Carpathian: Event Group, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Rumors of the seemingly magical victory that allowed the Exodus of Israelites from Egypt have resonated through the archaeological world for decades. Now evidence has been discovered that explains how the ancient Hebrews destroyed the unstoppable army of Pharaoh - a tribe of warriors who disappeared after the destruction of the City of Jericho, taking with them the most valued treasures of a people without a homeland. Today a treasure of a different kind is unearthed at the lost ruins of Jericho, one that will change the history of God’s Chosen people for all time - the petrified remains of an animal that could not exist.

    Matthew says: "So there really are critters out there!!"
    "So there really are critters out there!!"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Edit. Edit. Edit.A good iteration of the Event Group series, but goodness it seems so stretched out.


    Would you recommend Carpathian to your friends? Why or why not?

    You really need to be into The Event Group to get into this series, so that would dramatically limit exposure. That said, I would , given this context.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes in the Carpathian Mountains are pretty compelling.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Good performance of a book that needs ALOT of EDITING. Seems like the author was throwing everything they had into it to stretch it out, for whatever reason.
    I tolerated it, but did I mention EDITING?
    Still, entertaining, and a good addition to the series.Recommended in context.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Order of Nephilim: A Novel and Work of "Faction"

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Simon Treselyan
    • Narrated By Simon Treselyan
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Sean Lincoln, an ex intelligence agent turned investigative reporter is approached by the beautiful Sarah Scott, a woman with a mysterious past and a story so incredible that if true will not only alter the perception of human history, but the course of humanity’s future.

    Matthew says: "Difficult to even write a witty headline for this"
    "Difficult to even write a witty headline for this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not downloading it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but this trash.


    Did Simon Treselyan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, unfortunately the author is a reasonably good narrator, which is all the more surprising given the trite POS he had to work with.


    What character would you cut from The Order of Nephilim?

    All of them. This book should never have been recorded, or even published.


    Any additional comments?

    Take every single conspiracy theory you know, and I mean ALL of them, throw them all into a disjointed, sprawling mess, and you have this "work". I literally listened to the entire thing from the POV that it just couldn't get any worse, and it proved me wrong...it did!

    And then, when you thought it would thankfully conclude, he leaves the door open for a sequel. Pray that doesn't happen, and avoid this offering like a bad headcold.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (401)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "A long journey to...?"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Boy, you would really have to be into the whole global conspiracy/aliens seeded the planet/nazi submarines in Antartica "thing" for me to recommend this to you. BUT, if you ARE into that kind of thing, then it's not bad.


    What could A. G. Riddle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Within the genre, it is not bad, but requires a GREAT deal of disbelief suspension. EDIT please. Lot's of waste here IMHO.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The WW 1 scenes were impressive.


    Could you see The Atlantis Gene being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Beginning book of what appears to be a trilogy. May continue. Was interesting but abit out there, even for me. Moderately recommended.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The First Apostle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Becker
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    An experienced former covert operative, James Becker draws on his insider’s knowledge of international espionage to pen gripping thrillers. Detective Sergeant Chris Bronson becomes the target of mafia hitmen when he and his wife—a conservator at the British Museum—investigate the death of two friends. But as their search grows, they begin to realize a greater conspiracy growing around them.

    Matthew says: "Let's go get yet another cup of coffee, shall we?"
    "Let's go get yet another cup of coffee, shall we?"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The First Apostle? What did you like least?

    The history, the richly described locations ,and the performance all were greatly appreciated.

    The relatively predictable plot line, some of the characters were just brushstrokes, and the incessant references to going for coffee. My gawd, these people do nothing but drink coffee .


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

    My first foray into James Becker, and not bad. Certainly has the content I appreciate, but the stories do have a formula to them. On balance, if you like these sorts of historical/bibilcal thrillers, I would recommend.


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

    His accents and inflections are genuine, and he does paint a wonderful wordpicture.


    Could you see The First Apostle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It would be on the SyFy channel, and no one of note.


    Any additional comments?

    Not bad. Not brilliant, but a good distraction. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Messiah Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James Becker
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    James Becker’s pulse-pounding debut thriller, The First Apostle, made critics and genre fans alike stand up and take notice. An equally taut sequel, The Messiah Secret follows a young woman and her ex-husband as they seek to solve one of history’s greatest mysteries. On assignment at a lavish English mansion, museum conservator Angela Lewis makes a shocking discovery. Buried in an ancient clay jar is a parchment - a document detailing the life and times of Jesus. This miracle-find also describes the Messiah’s final resting place.

    Matthew says: "Refer to my The Last Apostle review."
    "Refer to my The Last Apostle review."
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Formula driven, but decent for the genre.


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

    Drink less coffee, and abit less formula.


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

    Yes, and they are impressive throughout. He owns this author's material.


    Do you think The Messiah Secret needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. Left alot of unwrapped ends.


    Any additional comments?

    Decent outing, for the genre. Good perfomance. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trident Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Rick Campbell
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The USS Kentucky - a Trident ballistic missile submarine carrying a full complement of 192 nuclear warheads - sets out on a routine cruise. Not long after it reaches the open sea, however, the Kentucky receives a launch order. After receiving that launch order, it is cut off from all counter orders and disappears into the Pacific while it makes the eight-day transit to the launch site. What the Kentucky's crew doesn't know is that those launch orders didn't come from the US government.

    Jeffrey says: "Satisfying High Tension Thriller!"
    "Alot of suspension going on here...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Trident Deception? What did you like least?

    Christine, the National Security Adivsor, was a compelling character. The submariner commanders were well drawn as well.

    Didn't quite get the "bad guys" esp. their motivation. Maybe just me, but unclear.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rick Campbell? Why or why not?

    Sure. He really needs a good editor, as there was alot of "filler" here, but the essence was well done. Needs a great deal of tightening up, an some of the resolutions were a weee bit of a stretch of disbelief.
    On balance, I would listen to his work again.


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

    Audio books based on thrillers ( esp. sub stories, a well defined genre ) are prime territory for Peter's skills in bringing a consistent voice to this story. Pacing, accents, all were well done.


    Do you think The Trident Deception needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Asked and answered, as the legal trade say.


    Any additional comments?

    Abit long, with help needed in editing, and with some serious stretches of believablity. That said, a solid offering, and worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. T. Brannan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The fate of the whole human race is at stake in the stunning new action thriller from the author of Origin. An extraordinary discovery in the Sahara desert will turn history on its head.... A series of unexplained phenomena create shockwaves across the globe - a huge religious statue moves its arm, and there's a spate of floods and earthquakes. Many think it's the end of the world.... Investigative journalist Alyssa Durham receives a call from an old friend claiming that these phenomena may not be entirely natural, but when he is assassinated in front of her, she finds herself on the run for her life.

    Matthew says: "Man, sometimes things just go wrong!"
    "Man, sometimes things just go wrong!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Extinction the most enjoyable?

    It's a rollicking story, with a great deal of twists and turns, but the performance by Jonathan Keeble is the clear winner. Outstanding , defining job on this read.


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

    Was never sure about the resolution of this story, and can honestly say I am still shaking my head about the ending.


    What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

    Every word of it. Amazing. This is a tour de force by Jonathan. It is worth the credit simply to listen to this performance. Charcters, accents, literally moving.


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

    If I had the time I would.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the better audio books I have heard in sometime, and a fantastic performance by Keeble. You NEED to spend the credit on this offering!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (942)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Sterling Okura says: "Entertaining Physics SciFi"
    "That whole "future techy" thing will to ya!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Well, if they were into this sort of speculative/action thrillers. It's not a book for everyone?


    Would you recommend Influx to your friends? Why or why not?

    As above.


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

    Yes, Gurner is one of the best Audible performers, and he does an outstanding job on this one. Top 10 of his work, without a doubt. In general, Audilbe performers are getting better, and Jeff is one of the best. He does Suarez well.


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

    The last 1/4, with lots of action and resolutions, was damn interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book grows on you.Lots going on, and some complext story lines that weave around. Admittedly there is alot of action, and some of it is abit gratuitous. That said, i enjoyed it greatly,although it is abit light , it is enjoyable. Recommended.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Keepers of the Library

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By David Doersch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    England, 1775: An ambitious American pushes his expedition onward despite dire warnings from the locals. But what Benjamin Franklin discovers on the Isle of Wight isn't just superstition. It's a secret with the power to save the world - or destroy it. In less than 400 days, most of the world's population will be dead. Nobody knows why, only when: February 9, 2027.

    Matthew says: "Pay attention to those old books in the basement!"
    "Pay attention to those old books in the basement!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Keepers of the Library in three words, what would they be?

    Dynamic
    Historical
    Fascinating


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keepers of the Library?

    The Benjamin Franklin secret society dinner, and the result of that epic scene, was rather compelling. Drew a fascinating image of the scene, and the dialogue therein.


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

    Yes I have, and he is turning into on of my favourite performers. His accents, pacing, and consistency make for a rich listening experience. In his top performances, without a doubt.


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

    The Authors of the Future


    Any additional comments?

    This one is classic Cooper. Historical references, larger than life characters, and enough action, , suspense and intrigue to catch and retain the listeners attention. I got hooked on this one, and I do recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Furnace

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Timothy S. Johnston
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Kyle Tanner is about to die. Alone, floating in a vacsuit only a few million kilometers from a massive, uncaring sun, he has barely enough time or juice to get out a distress signal before either his oxygen runs out or he succumbs to the radiation. When the CCF sent investigator Kyle Tanner to SOLEX One, a solar energy harvester past Mercury, he thought it would be an open-and-shut murder case. Not the worst Tanner has ever seen, but the deeper he delves, the more nightmarish it becomes.

    Matthew says: "Is it hot in here, or is it just me?"
    "Is it hot in here, or is it just me?"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Furnace the most enjoyable?

    Almost all of it. This is a very good offering. Started out abit slow, but had a good build, and resolution, as well as intrigue. Didn't get bogged down in alot of scientific jargon.


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

    Yes. Was never sure about most of the plot line resolutions until the very end. Fascinating wind up and definitely left the door open for well deserved sequel.


    What does Bernard Setaro Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A very, very good reading of this story. Brought all the characters to life, and had enough space ( pardon the pun ) to breathe nuance and real emotion into the characters.

    Made the listener care, which is the true sign of success.


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

    Far too long for that sort of thing, but in theory, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this offering. Clearly somewhat of a scifi opera, but with gritty characters and realistic situations ( for the most part.)


    Spend the credit, and enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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