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Matthew

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Ottawa, ON, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Generation Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Evan Wright
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    They were called a generation without heroes. Then they were called upon to be heroes. Within hours of 9/11, America's war on terrorism fell to those like the 23 Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam.

    Brett says: "Politically Neutral??.....Not."
    "Extremely modern, excellent book!"
    Overall

    Not full of the author continuously spouting his political opinion, like many other war books. Extremely real writing from a journalist embedded with the actual troops.

    1 of 4 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
    (1140)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (609)

    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
    (236)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (211)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (512)

    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
    (233)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (214)

    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
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (495)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
    "Extremely current and informative"
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    Very interesting information. Amazing how many jobs can be done extremely well using algorithms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jesse Bering
    • Narrated By Jesse Bering
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    In his eye-opening new book, Perv, the award-winning columnist and psychologist Jesse Bering argues that we are all sexual deviants on one level or another. As Bering takes us into the lives of a woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower, a young man addicted to seductive sneezes, and a pair of deeply affectionate identical twins, among others, he challenges us to move beyond our judgments and attitudes toward "deviant" sex and consider the alternative: What would happen if we rise above our fears and revulsions and accepted our true natures?

    Matthew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to this author on Dan Savage's podcast and was immediately compelled to get the book. It was extremely well-written by a very clever author who is also an excellent narrator. Very interesting, entertaining, and memorable.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Crash and Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Artie Lange, Anthony Bozza
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (85)

    At a high point in his career, Artie Lange performed a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall-and he did it with a pocketful of heroin. In the midst of a deep, self-destructive depression, addicted to heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs, he lashed out at everyone around him-from his cohosts on The Howard Stern Show to celebrity guests and even his longtime friends. Then came his legendary meltdown on-air, with 6 million people listening, after which Lange pulled himself together enough to go to a buddy's bachelor party in Amsterdam.

    Hillary says: "[Narrator Fail] Comic Genius+Depression+Drugs=Mess"
    "Not Narrated by Artie--boring and unpleasant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was a horrible decision to have another narrator read in a monotone instead of having Artie read his own book. I find Artie very funny, mostly because of his tone of voice and comic timing. Both these things are rendered irrelevant of course. This sordid story is not entertaining or well-written, and not at all pleasant to listen to. I'm not interested in listening to a "scared straight" episode. His first book was funny. Get "Too Fat to Fish" instead and skip this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Douglas Rushkoff
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    As both individuals and communities, we have a choice. We can struggle through the onslaught of information and play an eternal game of catch-up. Or we can choose to live in the present: favor eye contact over texting; quality over speed; and human quirks over digital perfection. Rushkoff offers hope for anyone seeking to transcend the false now.

    Jill says: "Interesting points, painful babble."
    "Not even half as interesting as I anticipated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It starts off with extremely smug and totally out-of-touch narration. Just as I was about to abort after the first couple of chapters it became more interesting with a few fascinating real-life facts. It never becomes all that interesting though.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Damocles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By S. G. Redling
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (113)

    When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet - a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns - is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society. But here, it’s the "Earthers" who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it’s up to Meg - a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication - to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers.

    Kathy says: "Swimming against the current!"
    "Interesting premise but tedious dialogue"
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    The ideas in this first contact book are very interesting, and the story is generally good. Unfortunately it verges on the unlistenable sometimes, with constant, tedious, mind-numbing repetition of the dozen-word dialogue that the humans and aliens understand.

    1 of 2 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
    (9821)
    Performance
    (6789)
    Story
    (6796)

    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"
    "Horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Lucky this one was on sale for $2.95, as it's a poorly-written waste of money. The dialogue is incredibly, laughably unrealistic. The author chooses to set this in the modern world, but totally ignores economics by making the only wizard in Chicago struggle to pay rent and only charge $50/hour to find lost keys and other inconsequential things when he's a real wizard with magical powers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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