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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
    (674)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (419)

    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"
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    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
  • Zodiac Station

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tom Harper
    • Narrated By Piers Wehener
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    "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.

    Madeleine says: "Good plot, interestingly told"
    "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.

    0 of 0 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
    (640)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (441)

    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."
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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
    (77)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (167)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    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
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    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 3 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
    (57)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    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........"
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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
  • From the Corner of His Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (423)

    Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.

    Ric says: "Great Book"
    "What book has everyone been reading??!!"
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    I'm sitting here, having just finished listening to this red herring, and I'm wondering just what book all of these writers of the glorious reviews were reading. This is a totally ridiculous book from start to finish. The plot was so unrealistic as to be laughable. No reasonable explanation whatever in regards to why the protagonist was hunting down Bart- "Oh, I said the name Bartholomew in my sleep? Well I better hunt this person down because he is surely trying to kill me!" What an absolutely stupid premise - surely not worthy of the time it took to write.

    The writer of this piece of flak is surely not the same that has authored the Odd Thomas stories, unless this was written in the sixth grade.

    Save your money for something else.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paths to Otherwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James P. Hogan
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In the early 21st century, the nations of the world hurtle toward war, and this time it looks like there is no escape from the ultimate planet-wrecking, mutually genocidal cataclysm. But in this nightmarish world without a future, a handful of dedicated scientists may have found a way out, for they have discovered a universe vaster than anything previously imagined.

    Matthew says: "Train Wreck at keyboard speed..."
    "Train Wreck at keyboard speed..."
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    This is the first book I've read/listened to by this author. Never again. I couldn't even get through the second hour. Absolutely no character interest at all. NONE.
    It reads like a ten year old explaining what he did at school today.
    Mr. Hogan should write installation instructions for assemble yourself furniture - he'd be good at it, because his plots and story lines are very similar.
    One of the worst I've come across.

    Then... to make it an even more eventful listen, they have hired a narrator who sounds like he's never had a conversation before... stilted, stumbles over dialog.... half the time he sounded like radio DJ not a story teller...

    This is BAD...... don't waste your money..

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (585)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "Just a very bad narrative..."
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    Listening to this was like listening to a very badly read audio of a very bad 50's B sci fi movie. Pass on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1127)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (601)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Chris says: "Bleak but Fascinating"
    "This might have been an interesting read....."
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    ...if it only had a plot. The more audio books I listen to, the more it makes me wonder just how little it takes to get published.
    This was a rambling mess - a series non-sensical violent scenes cobbled together with characters inexplicably changing personalities mid-stream.
    This is a testament to violence for violences sake - no story, no plot, shallow characterizations and painfully stupid dialog.
    "what about the gun?"
    "what gun?"
    "That gun"
    "Oh, this gun?"
    "Yeah, that gun".
    "I don't know"
    "What do you mean you don't know?"
    "I mean, I don't know."

    Don't waste a credit on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spymasters: A Men at War Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    It is summer 1943. Two of the Allies’ most important plans are at grave risk: Operation Overlord’s invasion of France and the Manhattan Project’s race to build the atomic bomb. A furious President Roosevelt turns to OSS spy chief Wild Bill Donovan — and Donovan turns to Dick Canidy and his teams behind enemy lines. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them....

    Michael says: "Spymasters"
    "A waste of time...."
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    ..and credits. The writer needs to find a plot before trying to make it a book. The story was dull, rambling and had no real ending. This was a part of a series? Unbelievable that anyone would spend the time or money to publish such rubbish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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