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matthew

PORTLAND, OR, United States

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  • A Pale Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (181)

    Late on a spring night in 1920, five boys cross the Yorkshire dales to the ruins of Fountains Abbey, intent on raising the Devil. Instead, they stumble over the Devil himself, sitting there watching them. Terrified, they run for their lives, leaving behind a book on alchemy stolen from their schoolmaster. The next morning, a body is discovered in the cloisters of the abbey--a man swathed in a hooded cloak and wearing a gas mask.

    Marie says: "A wild ride"
    "...Kinda boreing"
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    I bought this book purely because it was on sale for $5. I read the description and it talked about kids in a grave yard and raising the devil. It sounded intriguing. Unfortunatly that's about the first half hour of the book. The rest is a quite boring detective story with uninteresting characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (276)

    John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

    M. Mott says: "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    "Not sure how I feel about this one"
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    FYI.. might be a little spoiler in this review, but I wish there had been before I bought the book.

    After reading other reviews I expected the bad narrator, and that's what I got. As long as you go in expecting that then it's not THAT bad lol. I thought the story sounded interesting and was going to get the next 2 books in the series if I liked this one, but now I'm not so sure. The book went in a supernatural direction that I wasn't expecting and I wasn't really looking for that kind of story so it was a little disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Mike Borris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (309)

    This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

    Kwinsee says: "Surprise change"
    "I don't get what the big deal is.."
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    I'm a little confused at why this book is so popular. I've heard about it a lot and it was on sale so I thought I'd give it a try. If you're about to lead an army into battle, this is the book for you... if not, then what's the point?

    The music at the end is nice though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3469)
    Performance
    (1911)
    Story
    (1918)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Great book!"
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    This book was full of excitement and didn't seem to slow down at all. It was a great story and I enjoyed the narrator as well. Definitely recommend it. I know it's one of Dean Koontz's older books, but if you've never read any of his books before, this is a great place to get hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2911)
    Performance
    (2694)
    Story
    (2695)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Bella McGuire says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Stephen King seems to be losing his edge"
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    After reading 11/22/63 by King I was a little reluctant on buying another one of his books because it seems like he stopped writing thriller books. Unfortunately this one is exactly the same. Don't get me wrong, he is excellent with the English language and it was an entertaining book to listen to, but it didn't feel like Stephen King. There really isn't much excitement at all until the end. If you're a fan of Stephen King, go ahead and listen to the book, but don't expect a thriller at all!!!!

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (2742)
    Performance
    (2594)
    Story
    (2599)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "I have a feeling the movie will be better."
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    I haven't heard about this book until I started seeing the trailer for the film. The movie looks like it's going to be great but I was kind of disappointing by the book. As some of the other reviewers stated, it's really more of a collection of short stories rather then one story. You can get the idea of what happened but there's not really a solid timeline to follow. Some people may like this unconventional way of storytelling but it just isn't for me.

    That being said, the actors did an excellent job in this version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3894)
    Performance
    (3319)
    Story
    (3316)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "great listen"
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    I didn't know this author before listening to this book so I was a bit skeptical, but I really enjoyed it. It is a great story and very well read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (70)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    MysteryL says: "Innocent until proven guilty"
    "great listen"
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    I hadn't heard of this author before so I was a bit skeptical, but I really enjoyed this book all the way to the end. Very well written and read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1403)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (980)

    Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

    A User says: "Reality, always more interesting than fiction."
    "Not as much alien as I would have liked"
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    I enjoyed this book, it is full of a lot of very interesting information. Reading it while at work I kept finding my self looking up references and doing a little research to get more info on some of the subjects about the military. I was kind of hoping to get more info about aliens, which was a little disappointing, but if you are a military history buff, you will love this book. The last chapter was by far my favorite!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17239)
    Performance
    (15312)
    Story
    (15265)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Stephen King love story"
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    I felt like this was more of a love story then a story about the assassination of Kennedy or anything like that. I was kind of disappointed that the majority of the story was about the relationship between two characters rather then the main character trying to reach his goal. Didn't feel like a Stephen King novel to me...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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