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Matthew

SEATTLE, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1462)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    Benjamin says: "Predictable Thriller"
    "Don't outsmart yourself!"
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    Where does Brilliance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15 easily. ( I listen to a book every couple of weeks, and have done so for years, so getting a top 10 slot is difficult.)

    This is a powerful book and is well worth the credits ( and the stellar reviews ).

    Be warned however, that this book clearly is the beginning of a series ( not surprisingly I suppose ) bu that was not evident until far into it.


    What other book might you compare Brilliance to and why?

    Odds against tomorrow. Similar story of "different " people being trapped in society.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The resolution was fast moving and pretty action packed.


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

    Being gifted isn't all good.


    Any additional comments?

    The consensus reviews on this book are compelling,and it does live up to those high standards. I recommend this book highly, with the provisio that the resolution is not neat or pretty, but it's still worth the credit.

    29 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Three Hours to the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By GB Banks
    • Narrated By Duane Sharp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
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    If the government knew one year from today the world would end...would you want to know right now, or only three hours before the asteroid hits? Pro: A year to spend with your family…No more bills!!Con: The people you depend on to keep you safe and grow your food...Do you think they will go to work tomorrow? Would you? The President and all the world leaders knew a year ago. Death from above was coming, and after much study and debate, they realized that there was nothing they could do to stop it.

    Matthew says: "Things seem to be abit out of kilter on this one.."
    "Things seem to be abit out of kilter on this one.."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sure. Most audio books are, this one being no exception. Interesting concept that most of us have thought about at some point in our lives. What do you do when you know the end is coming, and how do others deal as well. It certainly gives the listener pause to consider their own potential response.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Each story arc had it's own uniqueness. Interesting plot device here so it all runs coincidentally. Not one thing to pull out...the story needs to be viewed as an entire package as I see it.


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

    I have not, and I was impressed. Had a Luke Daniel like quality. I want to hear more from him.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Perhaps.


    Any additional comments?

    This one had some religous overtones that were abit off putting at first, but made sense as the story unfolded. On balance, this is a unique, powerful story, maybe abit too "small " for the subject matter at hand, but worthwhile nonetheless. Recommended, with those reservations to be considered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atmosphere

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Laimo
    • Narrated By George Kuch
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Frank Ballaro, police detective, is retiring shortly. Or is he?

    A trail of blood on the curb outside his apartment leads to an alley where two young men have been severely mutilated. But they're not dead. Something keeps them alive. In the hands of one is a strange object, something he holds on to for dear life. Something he calls...atmosphere.

    Matthew says: "Now THIS is a weird one.."
    "Now THIS is a weird one.."
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    What did you love best about Atmosphere?

    The plot didn't clarify itself until well into the story, and it had enough twists and nuance to keep the listener fully engaged.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atmosphere?

    The nightclub scenes were remarkable in their gruesomeness, weirdness and just outright creativity.


    Which character – as performed by George Kuch – was your favorite?

    The bad guys were well written, but our detective hero was rather cool for his outright coolness under very stressful circumstances.


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

    Can't but I did fire through it notwithstanding.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a unique, at times graphic, intense, sci fi/horror/detective story. Nothing quite like it has come along in awhile. I recommend it with all those circumstances understood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frontera

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lewis Shiner
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    After the world's governments collapsed, the corporations took control. Houston's Pulsystems has sent an expedition to the lost Martian colony of Frontera to search for survivors, but Reese, aging hero of the US space program, knows better. The colonists are not only alive; they have discovered a secret so devastating that the new rulers of Earth will stop at nothing to own it.

    Matthew says: "Mars needs women! ( Still ! )"
    "Mars needs women! ( Still ! )"
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    What did you like best about Frontera? What did you like least?

    Best...the performance by both readers but especially Gabrielle. She rocks this book. Goodness, owns the emotions, the intensity ( and there is that! ) and the story.
    Least is the wimpy ending, but that is subjective.


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

    I would for the performances alone.


    What about Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki ’s performance did you like?

    This story is relatively derivative, and is dated in it's technology. That said, these 2 performers bring it to life, and the characters they inhabit ( esp. Gabrielle's ) walk through the listeners lives. Stunningly good.


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

    Nah. Too derivative, and too dated.


    Any additional comments?

    All that said, a wonderful offering. Stefan is Mr. Mars, and his companion seems to be along for the journey. If you like Mars oriented SciFi with amazing reading, get this. Highly recommended, for the genre!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Singularity

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steven James
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When his friend is murdered, illusionist Jevin Banks is determined to find out what really happened. Drawn into a web of conspiracy and top-secret research on human consciousness, Jevin won't stop digging until the truth is revealed. Soon he uncovers a dark secret - one that could change the very fabric of human life on the planet. Bristling with mystery, suspense, and intrigue, Singularity is the second riveting book in The Jevin Banks Experience.

    Matthew says: "Welcome to the Jevin Banks Experience!"
    "Welcome to the Jevin Banks Experience!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Singularity to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read it. Not applicable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Our favourite magican/amateur sleuth Mr. Banks is remarkably well written and brought to life by the inimitable Mr. Ferrone. Well rounded, complex and unforgettable.


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

    Ferrone is one of my favourite performers, Like all the greats, he gets into the very soul of the characters, and doesn't just read them, but lives them.


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

    Logistically impossible, but I would, all things considered.


    Any additional comments?

    Look, this series, this performer, and this character are all unique, fun and very much alive. Grab this, spend the credit, and you will enjoy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The United States is ready to make a triumphant return to the moon, striking out boldly into the solar system in an attempt to regain the confidence of the heady days of the Apollo program. But a shocking discovery at Shackleton Crater brings the first Prometheus mission to an abrupt halt. Remote robots have uncovered human skeletal remains - and forensic analysis at NASA reveals the corpse to be over 700 million years old.

    Kenton says: "Remedial"
    "If i hear Frozen one more time..."
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    What would have made Legacy better?

    Better editing. I think this book was written by a machine. Golemon appears to have mechanized his writing style. Constant overuse of expressions such as "cursed ", and, esp. "frozen" ( froze their blood, froze in place, froze when they saw , etc. etc. ) made this offering almost unlistenable.

    The story lines are now predictable.SPOILER ALERT : No one in the Event Group will ever be harmed it appears, aside from age related issues.

    That said, don't be someone from another country who gets involved with this team. Bad things will happen!


    Would you be willing to try another book from David L. Golemon? Why or why not?

    I am done with this series after this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing jumped out. The monsters were sort of cool.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at the author for the slipshod effort. Poe does his usual high quality presentation, but even he can't put lipstick on this pig.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you are a diehard Event Group fan, I recommend avoiding this offering.

    4 of 5 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
    (1044)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (995)

    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.

    6 of 8 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
    (156)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    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 5 people found this review helpful
  • Whisper of the Seventh Thunder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Larry Brooks
    • Narrated By John McLain
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    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
    (17)
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    (17)
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    (17)

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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