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Matthew Kelley

I teach American Literature and am the proud daddy of a 2 year old.

NORTHPORT, ALABAMA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Forgotten Man: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (223)

    Los Angeles, 3:58 a.m.: Elvis Cole receives the phone call he's been waiting for since childhood. Responding to a gunshot, the LAPD has found an injured man in an alleyway. He has told the officer on the scene that he is looking for his son, Elvis Cole. Minutes later, the man is dead.

    David says: "Crais's reliable craft"
    "Crais Does it Again!!"
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    If you could sum up The Forgotten Man in three words, what would they be?

    Loss, Identity, and Family


    What did you like best about this story?

    This one probes Elvis Cole's background and personal psychology. It lends an added richness to the character. Some will complain that Elvis isn't quite as funny here as he usually is but, it makes sense given the context.


    What about James Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I thought his performance brought a kind of gravitas and force to the story that fit the prose quite nicely.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I couldn't quite manage to do that, but I wanted to.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book. My only complaint is that sometimes Lucy Chanier really gets on my nerves. Part of me wishes Crais would write her out of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17870)
    Performance
    (13716)
    Story
    (13661)

    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"
    "Get this book, now!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    The fact that Tina Fey was reading/performing her own material.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    She was funny, and just a bit sassier than I expected.


    Any additional comments?

    If you need to laugh, do yourself a favor and get this audiobook. However, I would not recommend trying to drink while you listen. You'll be laughing too hard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (980)
    Story
    (992)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "Beautiful Performance of a Powerful Novel"
    Overall
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    Where does Fahrenheit 451 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This performance of Bradbury's classic novel deserves to be listened to and savored. It is a favorite of mine.


    Any additional comments?

    The ideas in the book are as relevant today as when it was written. Listen to the book and then look at the world around us. Bradbury's prose moves over you like beautiful music or a great poem. Hurt's performance brings the beauty of this language to life in a way that helps you appreciate the majesty of the book in a new way. If you read it in high school and didn't enjoy it, give this performance a try!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Brandman, Robert B. Parker (creator)
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    Autumn in Paradise, Massachusetts, is usually an idyllic time - but not this year. A Hollywood movie company has come to town, and brought with it a huge cast, crew, and a troubled star. Marisol Hinton is very beautiful, reasonably talented, and scared out of her wits that her estranged husband's jealousy might take a dangerous turn. When she becomes the subject of a death threat, Jesse and the rest of the Paradise police department go on high alert.

    Barbara says: "Jesse's in good hands"
    "Great performance of an average story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice the most enjoyable?

    James Naughton's performance is perfect. Rich and rewarding. If we can't have Tom Selleck read these then Naughton's performances are the next best thing.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Brandman does good characterizations but his plotting in the story could use some work. We only get one of these a year so a bit more imagination would be nice. I'd like to see Sunny Randall return to the series as well.


    Have you listened to any of James Naughton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. he does his usually super job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of Jesse Stone, this one is worth your time. If you are new to the series you should start with one of the books written by Robert B. Parker himself because his plots are better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chance: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Burt Reynolds
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Big-time Boston hoodlum Julius Ventura wants to find his only daughter's missing husband - at least that's how he puts it to Spenser and Hawk, even though its pretty clear that Julius isn't telling the whole truth. Or maybe not any part of the truth. Something about the case appeals to Spenser's passion for justice, and he launches an odyssey that takes the tough-but-tender duo with their penchant for literary allusions into the netherworld of organized crime.

    bebe says: "story good - reader bad"
    "A pleasure from start to finish"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Chance again? Why?

    Burt Reynolds performance. He seems to understand the cadence of Parker's writing in a way other audiobook readers don't.


    Which character ??? as performed by Burt Reynolds ??? was your favorite?

    Spenser.


    Any additional comments?

    What a pity the publisher decided to go with Joe M. as the reader on the majority of the series. Reynolds reading Parker is a true treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sentry: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (239)

    Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Dru’s uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want it — and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.

    S. Harvey says: "Vintage Crais"
    "I dare you to try to stop listening to this!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The pacing is fantastic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe Pike is a force of nature and here Crais unleashes him!


    Any additional comments?

    My wife and I listened to this on a road trip and absolutely loved it! We were sorry to come to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fantastic Tales of Ray Bradbury

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    Bradbury's rich, evocative prose stands in perfect contrast to his dark atmospheres and fantastic settings. These 14 spellbinding stories, including "The Illustrated Man," demonstrate why Ray Bradbury has been called "America's finest living fantasist."

    Thomas says: "Wonderful"
    "A True Pleasure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that Bradbury selected the stories to be featured and reads them himself is a fantastic treat!


    Any additional comments?

    Any fan of Bradbury will enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Brandman
    • Narrated By Robert B. Parker, James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    Paradise, Massachusetts, is preparing for the summer tourist season when a string of car thefts disturbs what is usually a quiet time in town. In a sudden escalation of violence, the thefts become murder, and chief of police Jesse Stone finds himself facing one of the toughest cases of his career. Pressure from the town politicians only increases when another crime wave puts residents on edge. Jesse confronts a personal dilemma as well: a burgeoning relationship with a young PR executive, whose plans to turn Paradise into a summertime concert destination may have her running afoul of the law.

    Stephen says: "NOT Parker"
    "A Worthy Entry in the Series"
    Overall
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    Which character ??? as performed by James Naughton ??? was your favorite?

    Jesse Stone


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The humor was nice, The tone was right. To those worried that this wouldn't work in the wake of Parker's death, give it a listen. You won't be sorry. I look forward to the next entry in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Naughton sounds like he is having fun with the book and that adds to the pleasure of the listening experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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