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Matt Carothers

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, US | Member Since 2001

  • 5 reviews
  • 151 ratings
  • 818 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Armageddon's Children: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity.

    R. Jones says: "The start of something really good"

    I really didn't like this book at all. I found the plot shallow and formulaic. Characters embarked on a quest ... a young boy discovered his magic powers ... blah, blah, blah. I've read it all before. Also, the book's pace suffered from many long and uninteresting flashbacks, and the ending left me scratching my head. Nothing got resolved. Brooks left every single sub plot hanging. I understand it's the first book in a series and the larger plot lines won't conclude until the last book finishes, but this was ridiculous. All in all, I felt quite disappointed, and I will not purchase the next book in the series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Surface Detail: A Culture Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right, she will need the help of the Culture....

    Sarah says: "Excellent story, excellent narration"
    "If you like Alastair Reynolds or Peter F. Hamilton"

    ... you'll love this. I picked this up because Reynolds lists Banks as one of his inspirations, and I was not disappointed! The narrator is excellent too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

    Matt Carothers says: "Thank you, Joe Abercrombie!"
    "Thank you, Joe Abercrombie!"

    Are you tired of stereotypes? Have you read too many books about kids trekking down a road discovering their magical powers and somehow triumphing against overwhelming evil odds in the end? Are you tired of shallow, predictable heroes and villains? If so, you need to read this book. Actually, you need to read all Abercrombie's other books first, and then read this one.

    Abercrombie throws out all the tired old cliches in fantasy and writes an ironically titled book with no heroes and no villains - just people. This book has main characters on both sides of a conflict, and none of them are clearly right or wrong. There isn't a happy ending, and everyone's problems don't work themselves out. It's dark, and it's brilliant.

    Michael Page is a good narrator. He voices Gorst particularly well. He only seems bad here in comparison to Steven Pacey, who is some kind of genetically engineered government narration super weapon. The narration will throw off fans of the first three books because the accents for some familiar characters have changed, but it's not that serious.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with the Golden Torc: Secret Histories, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Stuart Blinder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. Protected by the secret weapon received at birth by all members of the Drood family - a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor - Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup.

    Loren says: "entertaining"
    "Needs a different narrator"

    Great story, but the narrator just isn't appropriate for the material. It isn't that he's a bad narrator. It's just that he sounds like he's reading for a Disney cartoon instead of a hard-bitten supernatural detective novel. He totally fails to capture Green's dry wit, and his female voices sound like a Monty Python skit.

    I still recommend buying this book, and I will definitely get the rest of the series. I just hope the reading gets better with the change of narrators in book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "The devil's in the details ..."

    ... and John Twelve Hawks misses a lot of them. The plot was interesting enough to keep me listening, but the author's mistakes kept taking me out of the story. He claims to live "off the grid," and I believe him, because he doesn't seem to understand much of the technology about which he writes. Motorcycle riders will also wince at certain parts, as one of the main characters is an avid biker, and it's pretty clear that the Mr. Twelve Hawks has never been on one in his life. He could learn a great deal from an author such as George R. R. Martin, whose research is meticulous and whose stories aren't marred by small errors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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