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Matthew

SEATTLE, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 171 reviews
  • 203 ratings
  • 360 titles in library
  • 62 purchased in 2014
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  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1462)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (823)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Yurgel says: "Oh my god"
    "It roars"
    Overall

    Really worth it, although looonnnng. Scott B. does a good job on this one, brining each character to life. Wasn't sure where this story as going to go, and it did go far. Perhaps abit drawn out, it still held me, and I recommend it.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (261)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Be careful next time you go to the country fair!"
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    If you could sum up Revival in three words, what would they be?

    Complex
    Spooky
    Odd


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    Of course. He is often a brilliant creative mind, and continues to produce wildly varying material at a prolific rate. His 11-22-63 novel continues to be one of my all time favourite audio books.


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

    Several, and he continues to impress. In contrast to several other reviewers of this book ( whom I respect BTW ) I think this is an outstanding effort by Morse. His laconic approach does capture the tone, and the spirit, of this first person story , accurately and completely.


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

    Something Happened.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, I vary from what appears to be the majority opinion on this offering, and endorse this book completely. Rich, with a broad, and yet highly detailed palate, King does indeed offer his/Jamie ( one and the same person? ) thoughts on childhood, family, church, carnival life, rock and roll, teenage growing up, aging, and many more.
    The "horror" aspect if more to be found in the lack of it's explicitness, until the last quarter or so. Indeed, it does get messy, and graphic, at the end, so fans of such things are fufilled.

    David Morse owns the characters, bringing them to life in an odd, yet honest manner.

    Highly recommended, with the caveat that I am not a massive King fan, and as such do not have the background to compare this to other works. As a standalone, it shines.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fluency

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jennifer Foehner Wells
    • Narrated By Susanna Burney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960's. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it. Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it's an adventure she can't refuse.

    Striker says: "Great Concept, Loved the Story... I Want More!"
    "Time to learn a new language!"
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    If you could sum up Fluency in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating
    Rich
    Engaging


    What other book might you compare Fluency to and why?

    This was a unique take. Maybe some of Ben Bova's or Alistair Reynolds work. Why unique? Well, the proantagonist is a female, which is unusual in speculative fiction, generally speaking. Her take on the story line was certainly unusual as well.


    Which character – as performed by Susanna Burney – was your favorite?

    The alien was unique, and well crafted. A difficult character to bring to life, and she did it well.


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

    Not extreme, but it certainly made me think about some of the issues raised in the back story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those stories that really does both grow on you, and sticks with you. It is also seems to set up a sequel, which would definitely be welcome. It was a credit well worth spending, and as long as you are into alien oriented scifi, I recommend this with no hesitation.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Jacob Underwood is a contract employee of the Special Services Section, a shadow department in the faceless multinational corporation DBG. Jacob is not a businessman...he is a hired assassin...and his job is to neutralize problems deemed unacceptable by the corporation. Jacob is not like other employees, nor is he like other people. Suffering from Cotard's syndrome - a real condition that causes people to believe they are dead - Jacob perceives himself as nothing but a Shell with no emotion...

    D says: "Engaging"
    "My spark and container enjoyed this book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Spark to be better than the print version?

    Never read it. Frankly, not sure why audible asks this question.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spark?

    The resolution is touching, and very unexpected.


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

    Many, and this is one of his finest. He fully captures the principle character, and brings him to life ( such as that is !) . Easily one of his best best.


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

    Life, or something like it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic offering. At times violent, and at times somewhat creepy, it is an adult book that is consistent with other offering from Twelve. I highly recommend this book to ANY audible listener, not just scific/thriller fans.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Whisper of the Seventh Thunder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Larry Brooks
    • Narrated By John McLain
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Whisper of the Seventh Thunder is a thriller ripped from today's headlines with roots into what many believe might be the coming apocalypse. When Gabriel Stone's devout wife dies in an unlikely airline disaster, he finishes the novel she had warned him not to write. The book goes inside and behind the Bible's Book of Revelation to reveal startling connections to covert operations that are, quite unknown to Stone, about to tear the world's political landscape to shreds.

    Matthew says: "Fascinating Listen"
    "Fascinating Listen"
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    Would you listen to Whisper of the Seventh Thunder again? Why?

    I don't listen to audio books again, but this one i might consider, as there is a lot of details that can get lost in translation.


    What other book might you compare Whisper of the Seventh Thunder to and why?

    Any of the dystopian/religous conspiracy/secret knowledge genre of books, of which there seems to be an ever growing number. This one is unique from a number of perspectives, not the least of which is the POV of the author/narrator.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The resolution is impressive, and very unexpected.


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

    Actually all of it is. The POV is so compelling, that linked with the original concept,


    Any additional comments?

    This is a unique dystopian/nominally religous oriented story, with many twists. Well performed, and far different from most other offerings in this category. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • T.I.T.O.R.: In Early July of 1947, Something Crashed in Roswell, New Mexico

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J.M. Surra
    • Narrated By Chris Roman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Sixty-eight years pass. On September 15th, 2015, an incident involving the Roswell wreckage escalates into a massive nuclear exchange between Russia and the United States, leaving five billion dead. Another eighty-three years have passed. It's 2098, and project T.I.T.O.R. is a reality. Hop machines are created by top quantum physicists Ephraim Caine, Jeff Waldron, and Rose Rios. These complex crafts are designed to do one thing: penetrate the time barrier. Time is short.

    Matthew says: "The mother of all abstract conspiracy stories."
    "The mother of all abstract conspiracy stories."
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    Would you listen to T.I.T.O.R. again? Why?

    Unlikely, but i certainly have researched John Titor since listening to this book.


    If you’ve listened to books by J.M. Surra before, how does this one compare?

    There don't appear to be any other in the Audible line up, otherwise I would.


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

    It doesn't appear that I have, but I will certainly look for his work going forward. An excellent performance.


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

    To be honest, it did make me research TITOR , quantum theory , etc. Not so much emotional, but an intellectual response.


    Any additional comments?

    I could have done without the author's somewhat self referential comments before and the after the book. However, the concept, and it's vary nuances, are fascinating, and certainly draw the listener in. I do recommend this offering for a variety of reasons.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Run

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By George Kuch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    What do you do when everyone you know - family, friends, everyone - is trying to kill you? You run.

    Matthew says: "A fascinating story that will grow on you!"
    "A fascinating story that will grow on you!"
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    Where does Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not in the top 15, but certainly a much better work than how it originally started, which I felt was bit slow and disjointed. Ultimately this offering ended up very strong, and held me in suspense for longer than others of this ilk.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a twist, and took long enough to unfold and with enough drama that it held me to very end.


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

    Not that I recall, upon hearing this one I certainly will pay more attention. An outstanding performance to be sure.


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

    I am not sure I would call my responses extreme, but certainly this offering does give the listener reason to pause, to think, to respond and to examine. To that extent then, it did.


    Any additional comments?

    I was captured by this book over time, and like all the good ones we listen to, it sticks with you long after the words have disappeared into the ether. I give this one high marks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Valhalla

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert J. Mrazek
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In remote, icy Greenland, ex-Air Force General Steven Macaulay helps lead an expedition to recover a lost World War II plane. Encased in ice below is a find that will astonish the world - a perfectly-preserved Viking ship, buried for nearly a thousand years, along with the frozen corpses of nine crewmen. Assembling the foremost Viking scholars, Macaulay tasks the gorgeous Lexy Vaughan to translate the ship’s markings - until her work is cut short when her colleagues are murdered.

    Matthew says: "Bring an extra sweater when you listen to this one"
    "Bring an extra sweater when you listen to this one"
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    If you could sum up Valhalla in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating
    Dramatic
    Intense


    What did you like best about this story?

    The parallel stories, wrapping history of Vikings, the Final Solution, archeology, and White House intrigue. It sounds messy, but it moves along intelligently and quickly.


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

    I don't recall any, but I will definitely from here on out. Quite simply this is a stunning performance by a true professional. He has to work a variety of intense characters, with a wide range of accents, and he does so with clarity and precision. I can't give him high enough remarks. Certainly now in my personal hall of fame.


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

    Made me research Viking history, which was somewhat moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This book snuck up on me, and by the end of the story it had me wrapped up totally. Lanes' performance brings it to life, and the total package is very compelling. Most highly recommended.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • CyberStorm

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Matthew Mather
    • Narrated By Tom Taylorson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

    Jan says: "Yes - satisfied a craving"
    "Pack an extra sweater when you listen to this one."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of CyberStorm to be better than the print version?

    Having not experienced both, I can't comment. That said, audio books are always ideal iterations for books of this style.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gosh, where do I start? This is a fascinating dystopian tale, that takes the listener on a ( mostly ) believable, and shockingly real journey from the streets of Manhattan on a fall day to places that have to be heard to be believed.


    What about Tom Taylorson’s performance did you like?

    Taylorson brought certain characters very much to life ( Chuck, in particular ) and deserves full credit for consistentcy and clarity in performing a somewhat complex story in such a compelling and open manner.


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

    It did, actually. Some of the losses of characters, and some of the behaviours people exhibit were shocking. Likewise, Chuck ( again notably ) was witty at times, and certainly provided dark comic relief.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very impressive offering. A fine example of current day, dystopian futurism, framed with honesty and precision. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Voices at CERN

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Franklin Clermont
    • Narrated By Cynthia Wallace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Large Hadron Collider sits deep below ground in Switzerland and France, accelerating protons to near light-speed and smashing them to learn the secrets of the universe. Shannon Fields, senior press relations officer, plays a key role at the CERN research facility in informing the world, in easily understood language, of the great discoveries the giant LHC makes. But there is a looming problem with a new discovery.

    Matthew says: "Another ghost in the maching offering!"
    "Another ghost in the maching offering!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I dont' normally, but this one might well be an exception.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The clarity of the concept and the executional detail are compelling. This book really grows on the listener, until finally you are fully pulled in.


    What aspect of Cynthia Wallace’s performance would you have changed?

    Not the best match of content and reader in my opinion, and she seems to have slowly warmed to the material throughout the course of the performance. Ends up not badly, but I would have chosen a Ray Porter or someone to do this one.


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

    I did, and totally was engrossed.


    Any additional comments?

    This books totally expands and grows on the listener. It is scientifically reasonable enough to not need a large suspension of disbelief, and yet it is sci fi through and through. Very thoughtful and enjoyable, and highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Biblical: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Christopher Galt
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A strange phenomenon is sweeping the globe. People are having visions, seeing angels, experiencing events that defy reality. Bizarre accounts pour in from distant places: a French teenager claims to have witnessed Joan of Arc being burned at the stake; a man in New York dies of malnutrition in a luxurious Central Park apartment; a fundamentalist Christian sect kidnaps and murders a geneticist.

    Matthew says: "Audio book of the year !"
    "Audio book of the year !"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone, friend, family or foe! This is truly one of the best audio books I have ever heard. It's content, it's performance,and it's thoughtfulness are universal and moving.


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

    Yes, I was not sure how it would resolve until the very end..if it actually resolves at all for that matter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favourites, as it needs to be looked at as entire body of work.


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

    The name says it all, although it would likely be very controversial.


    Any additional comments?

    Ray Porter is stunning in this, and brings this brilliant book to life. I can't recommend it high enough. Get it, listen, and enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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