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Matt

Fiction lover, wannabe writer. lost of flights with my new job. Audible is PERFECT to keep me up the books I want to read.

north grafton, MA, United States

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  • 169 titles in library
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  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2174)
    Performance
    (1906)
    Story
    (1909)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    crazybatcow says: "Without the lectures, it's a decent action novel"
    "I was worried for a bit"
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    I had listened to “Patient Zero” three times before downloading this one. As the book started and there was a Unicorn I began to worry. It was all for not. The second half of the book really ramps up and bypasses anything the first Ledger book had to offer. The twins make the story for me and the end kicked me in the gut. I downloaded the 3rd Ledger book today & hope it’s half as good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1107)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Best Of The Joe Ledger Series !!!"
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    I've been a huge fan of this series since Patient Zero. Maberry's writing is amazing, and Ray Potter brings Joe to life with such sarcasm and gravity. I've always had trouble deciding if Patient Zero, Dragon Factory, or King Of Plagues was my favorite, but now there is no more debate. Code Zero is the best!

    I will not include any spoilers, but if you have listened to / read the previous books get ready to be blown away by how Maberry brings it to the next level.

    It some series (Reacher comes to mind) the author ups the stakes in unrealistic ways, and tries to "one up" himself. Maberry certainly ups the stakes, but keeps it on the level of realism of the previous books.

    I love the structure of this one as well. Characters are introduced in the same time frame of Patient Zero and travel parallel to the other Ledger books until the story lines merge in present day.

    For me, Ray Porter's narration is as important as Maberry's writing. It's a match made in action/horror heaven.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3083)
    Performance
    (2771)
    Story
    (2781)

    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..."
    "I loved "14" this is Terrible"
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    I've really tried to listen to this. I've started it 4 different time, and gave up each time. The narration is TERRIBLE. Having multiple readers is never a good idea, but the way they have done it in this book takes you out of the story every time they switch, and it's WAY TO OFTEN. I loved Cline's novel "14" LOVED IT, but this is sadly something else entirely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (2332)
    Performance
    (1210)
    Story
    (1204)

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "As a wanabe writer this book is a MUST."
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    I've listed to this book a dozen times, no exaggeration. The insight into King's mind is priceless. If you pay attention you catch him talking about things and people that were direct inspirations for people events, and places in his books. His personal stories are fascinating, and the actual writing advice is spot on. A must have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From a Buick 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By James Rebhorn, Bruce Davison, Becky Ann Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (266)

    Stephen King's first full-length solo novel since Dreamcatcher, the long-awaited From a Buick 8 is "nearly flawless and one terrific entertainment," says Publishers Weekly. A strange car acts as a conduit between our world and some other...and the boogeyman of this creepy story is our collective fascination with deadly things.

    J M says: "Essence of Stephen King"
    "Another Strong Book from King"
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    Not what I would consider in King's "top tier" but a very good book all the same. The narrators were excellent, and the story was steady if not sensational. King's horror is toned down in this one, but that is not a bad thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15674)
    Performance
    (12975)
    Story
    (13610)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "The Worst Writing Ever"
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    I think a really horny 6th grader wrote this. I have never ready (didn't finish) such a poorly written book. I only gave it 1 star because 0 stars was not an option. Terrible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2393)
    Performance
    (2044)
    Story
    (2034)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "The logical leaps Reacher makes..."
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    ...Are getting a bit far fetched. Understanding the blinking code is just silly. This is one of the weakest Reacher books. it took six chapters for painful detail and description to get to a single relevant but of information.
    Dick Hill is still a great reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of the Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (417)

    This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

    Leslie says: "Amazing Novel, Excellent Narration"
    "Don Winslow is becoming one of my favorites"
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    This is a much heavier read than Savages, or The Dawn Patrol but it is excellent. There is a sprawling cast and plenty going on. Add Ray Porter as the narrator and you have a 5 star review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6735)
    Performance
    (5961)
    Story
    (6017)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "King's Best finally gets the proper treatment"
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    Stephen King's masterpiece finally gets a proper UNABRIDGED audiobook. This is a MUST HAVE for any King fan.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18188)
    Performance
    (16184)
    Story
    (16143)

    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"
    "KING DELIVERS ONCE AGAIN"
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    The premise of this story could have gone very wrong in the wrong hands, but King gives it the ...well... Stephen King treatment. The narration & the pacing were perfect & the story is one of Kings best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Learning to Swim

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sara J. Henry
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (159)

    When she witnesses a small child tumbling from a ferry into Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. Harrowing moments later, she bobs to the surface, pulling a terrified little boy with her. As the ferry disappears into the distance, she begins a bone-chilling swim nearly a mile to shore towing a tiny passenger. Surprisingly, he speaks only French. He'll acknowledge that his name is Paul; otherwise, he's resolutely mute.

    Howard says: "A Worthwhile Suspense/Mystery"
    "Good Voice, lots of filler"
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    SPOILERS: This was a decent story, I liked the idea, but the execution was off. They found the boy's family much too fast & then dragged out the obvious twist at the end. could have been an effective short story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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