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Matthew

Hudson, OH, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2803)
    Performance
    (2517)
    Story
    (2531)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Made it through, but barely"
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    What disappointed you about Ex-Heroes?

    Just overall, not very good - it's hard to point to anything objective. There just wasn't any point where it really had my interest.


    Has Ex-Heroes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not sure - maybe I just don't like zombies.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Republic of Thieves: Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1100)

    After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

    David says: "A transition and a preface"
    "Absolutely fantastic - just keeps getting better."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Few books transcend their genre - the turns of phrase and dialogue make the book sparkle.


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

    Great reader - it's hard to imagine these books with anyone else reading them.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2608)
    Performance
    (2448)
    Story
    (2440)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Great ending to a top-notch trilogy!"
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    What did you love best about Warbound?

    Good characters, excellent plot pacing, and a truly outstanding performance by Bronson Pinchot.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Each character was distinct, and Pinchot obviously put real work into bringing them to life.


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

    This trilogy is BEGGING to be made into a set of films. Marvel should come begging for the film rights!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (942)

    In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

    Tango says: "Your ears are in for a real treat"
    "Too dark - just couldn't stick with it."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Too dark - just couldn't stick with it. The Wool trilogy was intense and amazing, but I'd forgotten what a relief it was to get out of those silos...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (339)

    Bobby Dollar is an angel - a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own - pride, anger, even lust. But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions.

    Kenneth says: "I'll Read another Bobby Dollar Book"
    "Ok, but not great"
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    Any additional comments?

    Tad Williams has written better. Whether or not fair, in this genre his work unfortunately pales compared to Jim Butcher / The Dresden Files.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5195)
    Performance
    (4824)
    Story
    (4820)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Would give it 6 stars if I could"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Days?

    Tons of them.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    James Marsters is back - what a relief after Book 13!


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to believe, but the author keeps raising the bar - best one yet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1512)
    Performance
    (1254)
    Story
    (1264)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "If you've run out of Dresden books..."
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    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good voicing for the story - he adds a harshness to Sandman Slim that suits the character.


    Any additional comments?

    Gritty anti-hero; good but not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Kings: Magister Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    The young peasant woman Kamala has proven strong and determined enough to claim the most powerful Magister sorcery for herself-but now the Magisters hunt her for killing one of their own. Her only hope of survival lies in the northern Protectorates, where spells are warped by a curse called the Wrath that even the Magisters fear. Originally intended to protect the lands of men from creatures known only as souleaters, the Wrath appears to be weakening-and the threat of this ancient enemy is once more falling across the land.

    Terri says: "Dark and Enigmatic ... Yet Powerful and Willful"
    "Disappointed - fantasy "chick flick""
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader was fine - the books just weren't that good. I'm usually receptive to feminist issues, but they were overplayed and the books lacked enough else to support their weight.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was fine. However, given the overplaying of feminist issues in the books overall, the choice of a femal narrator only exacerbated the problem.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I had stuck with the author's prior books...

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10606)
    Performance
    (7526)
    Story
    (7530)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Good book - story gets much better as series goes"
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    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Marsters is a good narrator, but his style as Dresden takes a while to get used to - it sounds rushed at first, but grows on you.


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

    The series starts out more flip; gets more substantial and is worth investing in.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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