Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow Matthew

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Matthew

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Matthew

madmatter23

Annapolis, MD, United States | Member Since 2009

ratings
254
REVIEWS
9
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1
HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • A Fire Upon the Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (358)

    A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function.

    Noah says: "What a wild, wacky, awesome book!"
    "Full of scintillating ideas."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It isn't often that I encounter a scifi book with entirely novel ideas, but Vernon Vinge seems to have imagined a universe that is truly unique. The setting, plot, and characters converge to create an all-engulfing experience that took me out of this world and into another. It's an adventure worth taking.

    There is a reason that this book is considered to be one of the top 100 scifi books of all time.


    0 of 0 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
    (11123)
    Performance
    (8012)
    Story
    (8013)

    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"
    "The Dresden Files are just plain fun."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    As far sci-fi series go, this ranks among my favorites. Each book is short, simple, and incredibly entertaining. There's a little magic, mystery, sex, and violence-- all in the right measure.

    I wouldn't call the book masterful, but I can say that I tore through the series at speed, and that I don't regret a minute of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5457)
    Performance
    (4637)
    Story
    (4636)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Least favorite so far"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    An impotent Harry Dresden lacks much of the gusto that makes him so entertaining. I may just be a sucker for feel-good, hero adventures, but this book seemed to be missing the magic of its predecessors (please forgive that terrible pun).


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (1032)
    Story
    (1044)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    FanB14 says: "Humorous YA for Adults"
    "Pleasantly surprised."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    Given that this book is considered to be part of the Young Adult genre, I began listening to it with the expectation that it would be a simple, uncomplicated read. I was pleased to find that it had great emotional depth.

    This book slowly stirred my thoughts and memories to provide a profound and cathartic experience. That could just be a matter of personality, but I would definitely recommend it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    No one fictional or factual embodies the Jazz Age as completely as F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jay Gatsby. First published in 1925, this legendary novel continues to enthrall generations as it serves as a lens to view our not so distant past. Many of our notions about that period are taken from the pages of this book. Bathtub gin, flappers, and house parties that last all week enliven Fitzgerald's classic tale.

    Kevin says: "Excellent work and even better reader"
    "Clearly a masterpiece."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Great Gatsby?

    Fitzgerald's beautiful writing style is simply unparalleled. You can easily get lost in the depths of a single metaphor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eric: Discworld #9

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (284)

    From Terry Pratchett's famed Discworld series. 14-year-old Eric is the first ever demonology hacker. Fortunately, he doesn't succeed in raising any devils, but he does raise Rincewind (the most incompetent wizard in the universe) and the Luggage (the world's most dangerous travel accessory).

    Glen Phipps says: "Good things in small packages."
    "The Discworld Series gradually loses its novelty."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The jokes and descriptions that made the early Discworld books so charming begin to lose their appeal after repeated reuse. For me, Eric was the last blow.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1678)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (731)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "A book that can swallow you up."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Shadow of the Wind?

    The character development was excellent, and the plot had great depth. I found myself easily identifying with the protagonist and caring about the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danielle. No comparison.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17660)
    Performance
    (13518)
    Story
    (13463)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Definitely made me laugh out loud."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    If you like 30 Rock, you'll love this. Tina Fey made me laugh out loud repeatedly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3445)
    Performance
    (1840)
    Story
    (1852)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Good read, not great."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book was full of interesting and novel ideas and it was performed well, but it simply wasn't a page turner. It's fun and worth listening to, but I wouldn't say that I loved it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The imagined future world.


    Do you think The Windup Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.