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Matthew

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Ottawa, ON, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Dexter by Design

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (632)

    After a joyous honeymoon in Paris, Dexter is feeling pretty normal. But when a corpse is found displayed on a Miami beach, Dexter realizes another killer is on the loose.

    Russell says: "Is there a such thing as 'too graphic'?"
    "Poorly written, terrible dialogue"
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    Performance
    Story

    The TV show is MUCH better. This is a very poorly written book. The ending is ridiculous. Waste of a credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (1962)
    Story
    (1968)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Extraordinarily witty!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an extremely well written book. Although I haven't enjoyed some of Wil Wheaton's narration in other books, this one is absolutely perfect for him. No wonder that this book has become a classic for scifi geeks!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • President Me: The America That's in My Head

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    In President Me, Carolla shares his vision for a different, better America free from big issues like big government down to small problems like hotel alarm clock placement. Running on an anti-narcissism platform, President Carolla calls for a return to the values of an earlier time when stew and casserole were on every dinner table and there were no “service dogs” on airplanes. President Me hits right at the heart of what makes our country really annoying, and offers a plan to make all of our lives, but mostly Adam’s, much better.

    Matthew says: "Quite entertaining, but repetitive..."
    "Quite entertaining, but repetitive..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The only problem for me was that, as an avid Adam Carolla daily podcast listener, I'd heard 99.5% of the stories in this book several times. Though there was very little new, Adam's delivery is always entertaining.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1976)
    Performance
    (1403)
    Story
    (1418)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "Very interesting & entertaining!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Much better-than-average scifi writing. Fascinating premise in this series. Looking forward to reading the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notes from the Internet Apocalypse: The Internet Apocalypse Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Wayne Gladstone
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

    George says: "A beautiful story"
    "Terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Almost unlistenable. The premise is interesting, and the take on it in a "South Park" episode was extremely amusing. This book is the opposite. The writing is bizarre and unfunny. Not recommended at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1417)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1279)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Extremely interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very enjoyable. A very entertaining presentation of a potentially very dry topic. Definitely recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bryan Bishop, Adam Carolla (foreword)
    • Narrated By Bryan Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    At 30 years old Bryan Bishop’s life was right on track: as the sidekick on The Adam Carolla Show, his career was taking off and, newly engaged, his personal life was soaring to new heights. Then he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Suddenly Bryan’s promising future was looking at a troubling schedule of radiation and chemotherapy. But having found refuge in comedy, "Bald Bryan" recounts his alternately heartbreaking and hysterical experience of cancer treatment and recovery.

    Jim Dean says: "Damn funny. Especially considering the subject."
    "Occasionally funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    More often tedious though. I'm a fan of the Adam Carolla show, and I like Bald Bryan's contributions. I found myself skipping a lot of chapters in this book though when they became just too ponderous to listen to. I think it would be more interesting to someone who was going through cancer or a similar illness. I wish the author the best though, and I look forward to hearing him on the Adam Carolla show for many more years.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1720)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1147)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Absolutely fascinating!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very thought provoking. Extremely interesting premise. There are a couple of minor annoying flaws in the story (like many Canadian authors, this one feels compelled to make totally unnecessary local references--he must repeat the name "Mike Harris" (a Conservative Ontario premier from around 2000 who was much-hated by people with government-funded jobs because of cutbacks that massive numbers of non-government funded people deemed totally necessary) at least a dozen times--quite tiresome). All in all, though, an excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Siegfried Knappe, Ted Brusaw
    • Narrated By John Wray
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (282)

    A German soldier during World War II offers an inside look at the Nazi war machine, using his wartime diaries to describe how a ruthless psychopath motivated an entire generation of ordinary Germans to carry out his monstrous schemes.

    Erik says: "An incredible true story"
    "Mostly boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author wisely leads with the most exciting part of the story, his time in Hitler's bunker at the end of the war. Otherwise this book is quite tedious. Many chapters, that detail what the author had for lunch on a particular day in school, were very uninteresting. The ending, when he's in a Russian prisoner camp for 4 years, is also quite boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (595)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a really great story. Extremely compelling. The narrator's Bill-Clinton-Esque sound and poorly done female voices was a little annoying, but in general a great, very interesting book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Chrissy Stockton, Sarah Heuer
    • Narrated By Theresa McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (327)

    A popular question in philosophy is "How do I know I exist?" That seems really boring, though. How about, "How can I use logic to get over my ex?" If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations - you don't need to be spoon fed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you're already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys.

    John B. Hayes says: "The Worst Example of Critical Thinking I've Seen"
    "Annoying!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good thing this book was free! The narration is very annoying, and the story was an uninteresting look at the details of the author's tedious life. It had a promising start offering a modern look at philosophy, but quickly went downhill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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