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Matt

Manchester, NH, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 22 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 363 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015
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  • Split Infinity: Apprentice Adept Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (577)

    On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay in Phaze, a world totally ruled by magic. Soon he learned that his alternate self had already been murdered, and that he was next. On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games. On Phaze, he must master magic to survive. And if he used any magic at all, his friends were determined to kill him at once!

    Jerry says: "Favorite Piers Anthony Series"
    "This book just wasn't for me"
    Overall

    engaging characters are everything to me,

    unfortunately this book just doesn't have that

    i think everyone knows what are interesting characters and mehh.... characters

    and unfortunately this book has mehh..... characters

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy of an Enemy: Lost Tales of Power, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vincent Trigili
    • Narrated By Jack de Golia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Vydor was on a fast track to the highest-ranking position in the Imperial Navy’s security forces and was recently assigned to the senior staff of the flagship of the Navy, the Dragon Claw. All he wanted to do his entire life was to serve his god, the Emperor, and given his phenomenal performance during his training in the Naval Academy, it seemed he would be able to do just that.

    Lynz says: "So good i brought it twice!"
    "Its a 2.5 Star Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm very perplexed at all these high ratings.

    If anyone listens to many autobooks like myself, you'll find this piece to be very amateurish in writing and in execution.

    nothing at all gets fleshed out and none of the character dialog or actions seem believable in the slightest.

    Dont get me wrong this writer certainly shows potential, you can see glimmers of it in how he tries to present, the execution just comes off very very poorly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    Overall
    (4545)
    Performance
    (4082)
    Story
    (4079)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Please dont believe the reviews"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    im really scratching my head as to why this is getting so many five star reviews

    all the "gripping, intriguing, engaging" just isn't there.

    it actually does start out well with intrigue and a little mystery.

    but shortly into the book, that all gets thrown out the window, and we get another basic, "oh we have to survive from the dead and reach this point"

    which actually left me kinda disappointing. and it sort of just ended, there was no conclusion. after i was just like "thats it?"

    its not a bad book by any stretch. but its just a simple fun read with not as much depth as you'd hope.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • If Not for the Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dane St. John
    • Narrated By David DeBoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    AltaMira Pharmaceuticals releases Vigorex, a drug that allows people to sleep and experience R.E.M. while they're awake. A colorful cast of characters begin to take the drug, which if not taken properly will have hazardous consequences. But each of these people has undergone a deeply traumatic episode in their formative years, which will affect them in differing ways; murder, arson, kidnapping, vigilantism, among other crimes, will characterize their nightly personalities and send them crashing into one another.

    Maika says: "Captivating... you'll stay up late listening!"
    "Dont be fooled by reviews"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was told 2 things by the reviews on multiple sites

    1. intriguing plot
    2. engaging characters

    it was neither.



    i would buy it as its a fun interesting listen to help pass the time, but please don't hold high expectations as I did based on the reviews.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6410)
    Performance
    (3622)
    Story
    (3681)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Why are people giving this five stars?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    *worst writing style ive ever come across
    heres an example of one of his sentences:

    He knows that when he gets to the place on CSV-5 where the bottom corner of the billboard is obscured by the pseudo-Gothic stained-glass arches of the local Reverend Wayne's Pearly Gates franchise, it's time for him to get over into the right lanes where the retards and the bimbo boxes poke along, random, indecisive, looking at each passing franchise's driveway like they don't know if it's a threat or a promise"

    ^^this is what you'll be listening to



    *people say this book is funny, (didnt laugh once)

    im 4 hours into this book and i have to say its the worst audio ive ever listened to.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5058)
    Performance
    (3286)
    Story
    (3320)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Ingwe says: "Give it a chance"
    "bad bad bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    i was forcing myself to listen to this story in the hope to get my moneys worth

    it was so bad i couldn't finish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Thorns

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (714)

    Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

    Door says: "It sticks in your head."
    "horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    confusing as hell, i listened to it for an hour and hated it

    ended up just stopping there.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2209)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (820)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "horrible conclusion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    the mystery kept me interested even with the shallow characters

    however this book had a horrible concept and the ending was terrible, especially the second hlaf

    would not recommending, its like reading a mystery plot then discovering the killer was just a drunk guy who had to many beers that night.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7036)
    Performance
    (6492)
    Story
    (6492)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "not bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    way better then ghost story

    had some nice twists

    good to see harry progressing as a character and in magic

    however it will be hard to keep the books interesting if he tones the scale down and just makes another mystery in his town with some side villian

    now that we've gotten the full scale of major characters, how will he keep the next 7 books from not going backwards to boring sideplots?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes Die: The First of the Acts of Caine

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Matthew Stover
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (434)

    Renowned throughout the land of Ankhana as the Blade of Tyshalle, Caine has killed his share of monarchs and commoners, villains and heroes. He is relentless, unstoppable, simply the best there is at what he does. At home on Earth, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a superstar whose adventures in Ankhana command an audience of billions.

    Douglas says: "Finally, an epic worthy of Stefan Rudnicki"
    "The Opposite of what people say in reivew"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Based on the reviews I expected a masterpiece.

    What I got was an average story with a interesting plot. Buy this if you want to pass the time.

    However the story moves at a good pace and there was hardly a dull moment.

    But all these "best book i've ever read" and "epic story" you have to wonder how low these other readers standards are.

    Some things to keep in mind about the Main Character

    Caine being described as a complete badass is very overrated, all his actions scenes were terrible. He was honestly not that impressive. So if you read the description and are hoping for him to kick some ass you will be disappointed. He rarely had any action scenes. And the ones he was in he just got beat up and outclassed.

    He's also described as being a jerk and heartless killer, in a way he was but at the same time he just a nice guy who was trying to save his wife.

    ^^these were just minor gimps is his character that really bothered me when reading this book, i was expecting him to be a lot cooler.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3313)
    Performance
    (2930)
    Story
    (2932)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Meh."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First couple hours it was difficult to pay attention. A lot of boring details are put into the book which makes it drag in places.

    Emotion felt forced and I found myself not caring.

    Story was also uneventful but gives you just enough to stay somewhat interested.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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