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Matthew

FORT COLLINS, CO, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Between Two Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Christopher Buehlman
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    The year is 1348. Thomas, a disgraced knight, has found a young girl alone in a dead Norman village. An orphan of the Black Death, and an almost unnerving picture of innocence, she tells Thomas that plague is only part of a larger cataclysm - that the fallen angels under Lucifer are rising in a second war on heaven, and that the world of men has fallen behind the lines of conflict. Is it delirium or is it faith? She believes she has seen the angels of God. She believes the righteous dead speak to her in dreams. And now she has convinced the faithless Thomas to shepherd her across a depraved landscape to Avignon.

    Tango says: "Mesmerizing Knight Errant Tale"
    "Wow! An unexpected surprise!"
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    The story of a fallen knight looking for redemption and an innocent child he must protect. Set in the time of the Black Plague, Buehlman captures the horror, the disgust, the putrescence of that setting in exquisite detail. The author delivers the aspects of redemption and innocence to perfection with a thrilling finale. The is the first book I've listened to by this author and I'm looking forward to diving into his other works.
    Definitely recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Music

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Vergil's innovative experiment restructuring the cells of a common virus becomes a nightmare when, in order to save his research, Vergil injects the entire culture into his bloodstream.

    thepoet says: "Fascinating, Fast Paced, & one hell of a Mind*^ck"
    "Half full/Half empty"
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    The first half of this book was very engrossing and captivating. The second half - not so much. The story works well when its about the main character: Vergil. You're interested in his plight and his fate. Once that is determined, the story meanders about to various other characters that I just couldn't really care about.

    The narrator also does not speak clearly into the microphone at a few points in the book making you have to turn up the audio very high just to hear him. In his defense, this was recorded many, many years ago when audiobook recording was not at the best. The narrator does not have a vast range of voices either: alternating from gruff, gravely to a high-pitched attempt at female voices which just doesn't work.

    An interesting premise and great first half of the book, but not one that I could recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8853)
    Performance
    (8109)
    Story
    (8159)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Wow! Wow! Wow!"
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    This is easily one of the best audio books I have listened to in a long time. The story of a young 16 year old girl who is dying of cancer and yet finds joyous love in all the misery and heartache she has endured. Incredibly emotional. You will laugh out loud. You will cry.

    The narrator is exquisite and perfect to bring about the voice and personality of Hazel. I cannot say enough great things about this book. Just get it and listen to it. Period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4573)
    Performance
    (2342)
    Story
    (2377)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "GET THIS BOOK!!!"
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    An absolute must-listen. A truly inspiring story that has made me have a new love for running; and certainly convinced me that humans are "born to run". Everyone needs to listen to this book and then take its advice: running and eating healthy. I truly believe it would reduce the obesity and unhealthiness in the American population.
    Very humorous at times, wonderful and interesting characters, a fantastic finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1060)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "Everyone wants this!"
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    Everyone wishes they could have done something over again in their life to correct a mistake or make the right choice, or even to see if another choice would have led down a better path in life. Ursula gets that ability in this excellent novel. Ursula is a young girl who gets to do life over and over again until she gets it exactly right. Of course, the ultimate point of the story is whether or not it's possible to get it exactly right or if you are doomed to infinite repetition.
    Very powerful, very emotional.
    Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olympos

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Beneath the gaze of the gods, the mighty armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and glorious combat, scrupulously following the text set forth in Homer's timeless narrative. But that was before 21st-century scholar Thomas Hockenberry stirred the bloody brew, causing an enraged Achilles to join forces with his archenemy, Hector, and turn his murderous wrath on Zeus and the entire pantheon of divine manipulators; before the swift and terrible mechanical creatures that catered for centuries to the pitiful idle remnants of Earth's human race began massing in the millions, to exterminate rather than serve.

    Genghis Bob says: "Everything but the kitchen sink"
    "Disappointment after Ilium ;("
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    After listening to the excellent book of Ilium, my expectation were high for this sequel. Perhaps too high. The book drags on into meaningless detail. One wonders if an editor was too scared to tell the author what to cut out from the book. It also falters from a lack of a clear distict voice which was the main character in Ilium. Instead, it goes into multiple third-person perspectives to the point at which one starts to not care where the overall stroy is going. The only redeeming part of the book was the area that dealt with the Trojans, the Greeks, Achilles, Zeus, etc. The rest I could have fast forwarded through and not been any wiser as far as plot development.
    I recommended the first book: Ilium. I'd recommend stopping there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ilium

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    From the towering heights of Olympos Mons on Mars, the mighty Zeus and his immortal family of gods, goddesses, and demigods look down upon a momentous battle, observing - and often influencing - the legendary exploits of Paris, Achilles, Hector, Odysseus, and the clashing armies of Greece and Troy. Thomas Hockenberry, former 21st-century professor and Iliad scholar, watches as well. It is Hockenberry's duty to observe and report on the Trojan War's progress to the so-called deities who saw fit to return him from the dead.

    Ryan says: "Achaeans and robots and post-humans, oh my"
    "Superb sci-fi couched in the poem of the Iliad."
    Overall
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    The book mixes futuristic sci-fi with the events that occurred in Homer's poem The Iliad. It does so in such an excellent manner as to make me want to read/study the Iliad again! This audio book also seems to take pieces from Dan Simmon's other excellent works in the Hyperion Cantos. I found myself thinking back to Hyperion many times while listening to this book.
    The narrator is solid as well imparting the perfect cynical tone to the main character.
    Recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Song of Kali

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Blood will curdle in Calcutta. In the most crime-ridden city, nightmares become real and evil is defined by frightening occurrences. When an American family finds themselves encircled by the terrors of this land, lurid events befall them and life takes on a new meaning - death. Winner of the World Fantasy Award, Song of Kali will chill the blood and frighten even the most jaded of horror fans.

    Kim Venatries says: "Dated, but still good fiction"
    "Truly immersive horror!"
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    Excellent listen! Dan Simmons captures the essence and atmosphere of Calcutta expertly. A truly horrific story that seems more truth than fiction. The fate of a particular character seems pre-ordained simply that that character's inclusion into the story which is my only criticism of the plot.
    The narrator is absolutely superb going from American Mid-West, American-New York, to Indian accents with ease.
    A definite recommended listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Abominable: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    The year is 1924 and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine, high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers - a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American - find a way to take their shot at the top.

    Marci says: "Great story, great detail"
    "A huge disappointment."
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    This book was an awful disappointment and made even more so as it was written by one of my favorite authors. The entire plot borders on the ludicrous and preposterous. At what point did Dan Simmons believe it would be a great story to have German Nazis chasing a group of climbers up Everest? A what point did he believe their motivation for chasing said group up Everest was due to compromising polaroids of Adolf Hitler? I would have believed a story about an actual Abominable Snowman over this rubbish.

    The book is also bogged down with mind-numbing minutia of which I could have cared less about. Plus the sheer silliness of some plots points is almost an insult to the listener's intelligence.

    I've loved other Dan Simmons' books such as Hyperion and Carrion Comfort, but this Abominable, well, is simply abominable. Dan Simmons needs to stick with what he knows best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1725)
    Performance
    (1273)
    Story
    (1271)

    When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

    M. Sholund says: "Could not turn it off"
    "Riveting! A must listen!"
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    A blunt, no-holds barred, accounting of a SEAL sniper going through training and actual combat missions. Just listen to this book! You will not be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (379)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "Edge-of-the-seat thriller!!!"
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    A fantastically delicious novel of centering on some truly despicable and vile creatures that the main protagonist refers to as "mind-vampires", people that can invade a person's mind and control their actions.

    What makes this book an absolute must-listen are the performances by Mel Foster and Laural Merlington. These two talented narrators are like chameleons in how well they can change to another voice and inhabit that character, especially Merlington. Her reading of Melanie Fuller is one of the best I've listened to.

    While the story became a bit contrived towards the climax and seemed to fall into plot convenience, it more than makes up for that in an action-packed finale. This will not disappoint!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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