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Matthew

Lithonia, GA, USA

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  • London Bridges

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (163)

    In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant.

    Leslie says: "What a ride!!!"
    "mstar"
    Overall

    Because so many of the reviews of this piece were less than stellar, I ordered it with lowered expectations. Much of the criticism was valid but I still found it to be an enjoyable listen. The main flaw was continuing the Wolf's character. There was no plausible explanation for him evolving into a Super Terrorist. Good fiction still needs a certain amount of believability. I think a new villain performing the same misdeeds would have made the work more credible. I think Mr. Patterson wrote this with the noble intention of giving his loyal readers a sense of closure. In many ways he accomplished this...but in the end I found myself asking the same question that I had after the final episode of Seinfeld, “Did he really have to go there?”

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin: An Alex Hawke Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (314)

    A shadowy figure known as the Dog is believed to be the ruthless terrorist who is systematically and savagely assassinating American diplomats and their families around the globe. As the deadly toll mounts inexorably, Hawke, along with former NYPD cop and Navy SEAL Stokely Jones, is called upon by the U.S. government to launch a search for the assassin behind the murders.

    Matthew says: "made for the movies"
    "made for the movies"
    Overall

    This was my first experience with this writer and narrator. The writing is enthralling and entertaining. The flow feels like one of the great older James Bond movies... Sean Connery of course. The characters are a little clich? but this actually works as positive instead of a negative. There are a few unneeded twists and turns and maybe a few unnecessary characters but the overall strength of the writing makes it all worth while. You will laugh out loud, get mad at the bad guys and cheer for the heroes.

    The narrator instantly became one of my favorites. His deft handling of so many different accents is something I'll look forward to every time I listen to him in the future. You will also find that he had an interesting tendency to maintain the characters speaking voice after the quotation marks ended. I think it added to the performance. It created a kind of faux first person perspective. I will be downloading other works by both this writer and narrator. Count on it.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (264)

    Some mistakes can change your life forever. For Matt Hunter, that mistake came in one terrible moment when his attempt to help a friend and stop a fight resulted in an accidental death. Matt was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. Time that his peers spent in college, Matt endured behind bars.

    Amber says: "Exciting!"
    "Solid as a Brick"
    Overall

    This book is filled with well developed characters whose arrays of virtues and flaws makes you both cheer them and scold them. The story evolves at a pace that is never too hurried or too slow. I mostly listen while commuting. I was so enthralled on one commute that I truly did not remember driving home. Please also note that Scott Brick's narration is often flawless. This performance does not disappoint. His juggling of so many voices often makes me think he must be afflicted (or blessed) with a multiple personality disorder. He is that good.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem for an Assassin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (309)

    If you had to kill three people to save your best friend's life, would you do it? When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

    Matthew says: "An ear full and a mind full"
    "An ear full and a mind full"
    Overall

    Seldom have I ever been so captivated by a work of fiction. The level of detail, the character development and the near-perfect pace made it a joy for both ear and mind. Mr. Eisler has instantly moved to the top my list as an author. Mr. Brick’s narration was also equal to the task by adding just enough and not trying improve a well crafted work. I found myself sitting in the car after reaching my destination just to listen to this wonderful book. I highly recommend it. Take a listen.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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