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Matthew

MOSCOW, IDAHO, United States

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  • METAtropolis: Cascadia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and others
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (465)

    This sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. And the End of Days seems nearer than ever.

    Stephen says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
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    Story

    Some of these stories are good, some not so much. But overall an interesting read. If you are a dyed in the wool sci-fi fan, you may want to pass on this series. Most of these stories don't rate as sci-fi, and are primarily intended as thought-provokers with underlying social commentary.
    If you are seeking good science based sci-fy I would suggest not spending the time (or credits).

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angelmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (277)

    Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.

    Maine Colonial says: "A cure for the modern cynic"
    "Wow. I think the author had a breakdown..."
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    This started out with great promise, and the story was interesting enough to have my attention all the way. But about two thirds of the way through it suddenly had characters doing 180 degree spins in character, and the original plot disappeared for at least a dozen chapters, replaced by some kind of rambling psycho-James-bond kinda thing. Totally weird. I honestly think the author had a mental event while writing this.

    Would definitely not recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valhalla

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert J. Mrazek
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    In remote, icy Greenland, ex-Air Force General Steven Macaulay helps lead an expedition to recover a lost World War II plane. Encased in ice below is a find that will astonish the world - a perfectly-preserved Viking ship, buried for nearly a thousand years, along with the frozen corpses of nine crewmen. Assembling the foremost Viking scholars, Macaulay tasks the gorgeous Lexy Vaughan to translate the ship’s markings - until her work is cut short when her colleagues are murdered.

    Matthew says: "Bring an extra sweater when you listen to this one"
    "Still can't get my head around it..."
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    This book started with such promise, that I thought I'd settle into a good listen. Unfortunately the author's ability to craft a believable plot doesn't measure up to his writing ability. Very well written, but the plot is just to unbelievable for me. I can get into good sci-fi, mystery and even spy novels, but not Norse cults of Oden that secretly have members at the seats of power, even within the FBI. Sorry, this one is just too far fetched !

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Black Order: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (302)

    High in Nepal, a monastery erupts with savagery and madness. Deep in a German mine, abomination wears the innocent face of a child. Hidden in the jungles of Africa, experiments rooted in a dark past have found fertile ground again.

    Barry says: "Absorbing and Intense"
    "Worse than a bad "B" movie from the 60's"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This started out with some promise, and had me interested early. Unfortunately, it was all down hill after the first few hours. Terribly trite dialogue, very poor characters, and a plot based on a technology not very well developed or explained. Oh yeah, and there's Nazis too.
    The only thing missing was a skimpy dressed blonde breaking a heel while running from the aliens!
    Save your credits for something worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1102)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (980)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "My first Silva"
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    novel. I'm pleased I listened. Story had me a bit confused at first, but after a bit things began to settle. Unique story line. Could have spent a bit more time with the characters - there was little there beyond the dialog. If you appreciate good character development, where you feel you know the people involved, you'll be disappointed for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (650)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "77 Shadow St, up the hill and a few dimensions...."
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    away.

    Not DK's best, but interesting none the less. As they say on these interwebs ..."meh..."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac Station

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tom Harper
    • Narrated By Piers Wehener
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    "An extraordinary thriller set at the frozen edge of the world, perfect for fans of Kate Mosse, Michael Crichton and Dan Brown.In the Arctic Ocean, the US Coast Guard icebreaker Terra Nova batters its way through the pack ice. There shouldn't be anyone near them for hundreds of miles. But then a lone skier, half-dead with cold, emerges out of the snow. His name is Tom Anderson, and he is the only survivor of a disaster at Zodiac Station, a scientific research base deep in the Arctic Circle.

    Christopher says: "surprised at how good this was"
    "Finally, a listen that kept me listening...."
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    Best listen of the summer! Excellent story, well written, and superb narration. Keeps you wondering until the very end. Well worth the credits.

    Please Audible, find more of these gems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (536)

    On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as The Long Walk. If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying.

    Bill says: "The Amazing, Darker Side of Stephen King"
    "Bachman should have stayed dead."
    Overall
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    A seriously meaningless story. Don't waste your time on this. King is obviously trying to maximize income at the expense of his integrity - there is no other reasonable explanation for why he would soil his reputation with such claptrap.

    A very BAD story, poorly written.

    Extremely disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael Cunningham
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (97)

    It’s November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up at the sky; there he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. Barrett doesn’t believe in visions - or in God - but he can’t deny what he’s seen. At the same time, in the not-quite-gentrified Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett’s older brother, a struggling musician, is trying - and failing - to write a wedding song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill.

    Matthew says: "Most boring book I've listened to.."
    "Most boring book I've listened to.."
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    The writing was well done, if somewhat pathetic in the attempt to be hip and in the know, but I'm still trying to figure out what the point was. Very boring and extremely disappointing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dig

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Siemsen
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (185)

    A mysterious woven metal artifact is found at a paleontological dig in Africa. Mystified experts, confounded by the impossible timeline they get from traditional dating methods, call upon a stubborn young man with a unique talent. Matthew Turner's gift is also his curse: When he touches any object, his awareness is flooded with the thoughts and feelings of those who touched it before him. It is a talent that many covet, some fear, and almost no one understands.

    Jan says: "So I liked it, in a random sorta way..."
    "Please stop digging!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well, some have said it better in their reviews, but this could have been a very good book. Again, another teen fantasy masquerading as a novel.

    Others have covered the overall tone and style of this book, so I won't go there. I found this book tiresome about half-way through, and found too many glitches in the storyline to be too enthusiastic. The author goes to great lengths to explain to us about the main character's ability - then cheats his way to the end. Biggest glitch here is that the metal-cloth found thirty feet below ground was able to communicate to our hero-phychic through the trace-emotions left by its owner. He was able to see/feel the experiences of the original owner - except in this story all of those experiences hadn't happened to the owner at the time the piece of cloth was discarded! Whoops!

    Don't bother with this one.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The First Bird, Episode 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    The South American Boreal: one of the last truly unexplored jungles on our planet. In its dark heart is an ancient crater basin, sealed in by a living cage, making it a time capsule for an ancient, deadly ecosystem. Matt Kearns, Carla Nero and a team of scientist explorers have found their way in. In the crater's sunken interior are creatures from a primordial nightmare. Dangers lurk in every treetop, under every rock or loom monstrously over them. It is a place where mankind is out of time.

    Matthew says: "Absolutely Ridiculous........"
    "Absolutely Ridiculous........"
    Overall
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    This entire set of three volumes could have easily been in one, not too long, volume. But, marketing wins in the end, I guess.
    Well, to get right to it - the story here is mundane, obviously written for the mid-teen market, and not very interesting. The author attempts to wow us with technical facts constantly quipped by the characters, but comes off as stupid when in the context of one scientist speaking to another.
    The ending of this story was so idiotic, I laughed out loud.
    I am getting tired of these books. They sound interesting in the promo, but then I start listening, and find they are written for YA audiences, and in reality are just pulp-junk.

    Please label books intended for 14 year old girls, so the rest of us can avoid!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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