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Matthew

SEATTLE, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Ghost Country

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    What Paige Campbell saw when she opened a door into 70 years from now scared the hell out of her. She and her Tangent colleagues brought their terrible discovery to the President and were met with a hail of automatic gunfire after leaving the White House. Only Paige survived.

    M. Clipper says: "Disappointing follow-up to The Breach"
    "The Breach continues"
    Overall

    For fans of The Breach, this is a wonderful ( but short ) continuation. Likely abit difficult for folks who haven't already read ( and enjoyed ) The Breach, it extends the characters, and the story, onwards, whilst leaving the door open for another sequel ( do I hear a series in the making? ).
    Abit of a stretch in terms of rationale perhaps, but overall enjoyable, and worth the credit and the time.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    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
  • Zodiac Station

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tom Harper
    • Narrated By Piers Wehener
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    "An extraordinary thriller set at the frozen edge of the world, perfect for fans of Kate Mosse, Michael Crichton and Dan Brown.In the Arctic Ocean, the US Coast Guard icebreaker Terra Nova batters its way through the pack ice. There shouldn't be anyone near them for hundreds of miles. But then a lone skier, half-dead with cold, emerges out of the snow. His name is Tom Anderson, and he is the only survivor of a disaster at Zodiac Station, a scientific research base deep in the Arctic Circle.

    Christopher says: "surprised at how good this was"
    "Hand my jacket, will you please?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Zodiac Station the most enjoyable?

    The performance by Piers Wehener was truly a highlight, but the overall twists and turns in the story arc was compelling. I really didn't see how the story was to resolve until the very end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zodiac Station?

    The conclusion has so many angles and asymetric ideas, it grabbed me.


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

    His accents and emotions are very impression.


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

    The internal dialogue by our hero is thoughtful and realistic.


    Any additional comments?

    I was moved by this book , which, for a protypical Arctic thriller, is unusual. Very impressive and well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Primeval: An Event Group Thriller, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Thousands of years after giant beasts crossed the land bridge into North America and mysteriously disappeared, a rare journal documenting the truth about the Romanovs' execution emerges, triggering an international competition and leading the Event Group to make a baffling discovery.

    Matthew says: "Somehow...it works!"
    "Somehow...it works!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Primeval to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version...nothing to compare to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of the characters in the series, and the usual drama they need to withstand.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The conclusion is good, but the early set ups in prehistory, Russia and the US were compelling.


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

    Nothing extreme, but certainly did have some chuckles and was entertained.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a sprawling book, combining aspects of the Russian revolution, Sasquatch, the Cold War, Russian gangsters, etc. On the face of it you would think it wouldn't, but it does ( somehow ). I feel this is the best of this series so far ( and, as always, the performance captures the essence of the characters.)
    Highly recommended ( with the caveat that ya kinda gotta like the Event Group.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (157)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Carolyn says: "Book Lovers Nirvana"
    "A female thriller for all listeners"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, maybe not for everyone, but certainly fans of scifi/thrillers with a serious comedic spin. Taylor writes in an almost stream of concious manner, and Zara Ramm brings authenticity and wonderful humour to the narration.
    There is just enough adult themes to temper the humour, and although it does require a bit of a stretched belief model, I do recommend it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Max ( our hero ) is difficult not to cheer for, and engages us all the way. The bad guys are not very well crafted, at least in this first book of what I hope is a long series.


    What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

    Everything. She sparkles. Humour, drama, authenticity, and consistency. What's not to like?


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

    I am not creative enough to get this one nailed.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first of what promises to be a classic series of funny/serious/scifi time travel thrillers, in classic British style. There is a slight "chick lit" aspect to the offering, but it is highly enjoyable for everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and have downloaded the sequel already. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sarah Lotz
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott, Melanie McHugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. Facing global panic, officials are under pressure to find the causes. With terrorist attacks and environmental factors ruled out, there doesn't appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage.

    Lisa says: "Different"
    "Book your ticket now!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If only for the performances alone, I highly recommend this offering. The 2 readers are simply stunning. Even several weeks after listening to it, I think of the characters and the way they were brought to life in the reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Three?

    The conclusion, though somewhat contrived, is truly a revelation. I can anticipate ( and hope for ) a sequel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As above.


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

    True Survivors?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a sprawling, powerful and fascinating book. I can't say enough about the performers . Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Myth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours. September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln.

    Morrell says: "Painful and Confusing"
    "Torn from today's headlines...or making them!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Lincoln Myth in three words, what would they be?

    Convuluted
    Fast moving
    Clever


    What did you like best about this story?

    Berry does his usual amazing deep history dive, and takes the listened on a complex journey through Mormon and US Civil War and founding fathers history. In some ways, I feel like I was in a classroom, albeit one populated with the usual cast of Cotton Malone etc.


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

    As usual, SB brings the book to life, with his typical bombast and drama. In some parts he may be abit over the top, but his take on the Profet was in particularly powerful.


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

    Actually I came close. Yes, given the opportunity


    Any additional comments?

    How many times can you include the 11 dollar word " devoid " in a novel? At least 4, it turns out!

    So I happened to like this offering by Stevie B alot, but I can also agree with other critics who note the bombast, the preachiness at the end, and the never ending drama between Cotton Malone and Catherina Vitt. PuhLease....let this be!!!! As a fictional plot carrying device, it really is losing it's cache.
    I also think that President Danny Daniels needs to step away gracefully now.

    All this said, if you are a Cotton Malone/Berry/Brick fan, you will definitely enjoy this one. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kraken Project: Wyman Ford, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy", a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the Internet.

    webtraverser says: "Computer Professionals Beware"
    "Not his best outing..but hey, we all mess up!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A Preston fanatic, or someone of similar ilk.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Preston again?

    Sure. Preston misses the mark here on several fronts, but hey, not eveything works. Let's give him a break here. ( That said, this book is rather childish and predictable.)


    What about Scott Sowers’s performance did you like?

    All of it.He is a professional.


    What character would you cut from The Kraken Project?

    Dorothy.


    Any additional comments?

    OK I admit this was not ideal, but it passed the time. Maybe not worth a credit, but I enjoyed some of it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Our Yesterdays

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cristin Terrill
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    "You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present - imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called "the doctor" while war rages outside.

    Shaunel says: "Surprising GREAT read!"
    "Pardon me...do you have the correct time?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would, with the rather large caveat that that person would need to be into a thriller/time travel/mystery offering, and not everyhone is.


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

    No I have not. This was my first introduction to this author, and it was a moderately good first taste. That said, there is a definite need for a more aggressive editing process. There is some awkward dialogue, scene setting, and confusing( at least to me ) movement between the various charcters.

    On balance, however, damn fine.


    Which character – as performed by Meredith Mitchell – was your favorite?

    No one stood out, but most of them were strong. The main 3 characters, both versions, were well crafted.


    Was All Our Yesterdays worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    As previously noted, it's more than abit messy, with some confusing story mixing in the final 3rd. That said, this is a fascinating story, and worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animosity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Newman
    • Narrated By James Fouhey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Andrew Holland is a best-selling horror writer. While none of Andy's neighbors has any interest in reading his macabre books, they're pleased to have a celebrity author living among them. Then, one morning, Andy finds the body of a child several hundred feet from his front door. A little girl who has been raped and murdered. And everything changes on Poinsettia Lane. Andy's neighbors turn on him. Their animosity is subtle at first: a dirty look from across the street, a friendly wave that is not reciprocated.

    E. says: "A powerful story enhanced by a talented narrator"
    "Are you neighbours really your friends???"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Animosity?

    The building, terrifying slide into the eventual horrific resolution , with sparking charcter development and darn scary action.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Animosity?

    The resolution scene at the end is amazingly intense.


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

    Fouhey took awhile to get warmed up to the characters and scenes it sounded to me, but once he did he was remarkable. Owned the principal characters, and moved easily between characters and situations.


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

    Watch your neighbours, they are watching you!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a remarkable, terrifying, powerful book. I downloaded it on the recommendation of other listeners, and am glad I did. If psychographic terror is up your alley, I highly endorse this offering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (804)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Joe Ledger continues to roll.."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Code Zero?

    The performance of Ray Porter is always remarkable. The story meanders in places, and takes a huge leap to get into , but Joe L , and Porter as him, are tour de force.


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

    Predictable. Fact that Joe L is still upright and functioning is always amazing.


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

    Yes, as many as I can, and I will again. Porter has replaced Scott Brick as my favourite performer on Audible. He brings everything he touches to life.


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

    Ledger's self reflection is always interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    This continues the series in a dramatic, predictably violent but thoughtful manner. I recommend it highly, if for nothing else for the performance of Porter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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