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Matthew Laun

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  • 21 reviews
  • 369 ratings
  • 634 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3345)
    Performance
    (2529)
    Story
    (2539)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Regardless of the structure, each story is great."
    Overall

    The nice thing about this book is that each story is very different, in a different genre and narrative voice. If you have a wide range of tastes in types of fiction, you'll love this. Historical, comical, detective, science fiction, post-apocolyptical, there are samples of each. The connections between the stories are clever, but nothing to get hung up on. If you have a poor memory, then picking up the thread of the earlier stories might be difficult for you. I had no problem with it, despite the fact that my listening was broken up into may small sessions. I also believe the narrators are some of the best in the business and enjoyed the all-star cast.

    32 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloomsday Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (377)

    Michael Forsythe is contacted by his former lover, Bridget, a New York Irish Mob boss, whose fiancé he killed. Bridget, calling from Dublin, says that her 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. Michael's choice is to fly to Dublin and help her find the girl, or be executed at the hands of Bridget's goons, who are holding him at gunpoint. He agrees to nothing, but is soon on the way to Dublin, leaving the first two of many dead bodies in his wake.

    Johnnie Walker says: "SIX STARS ******"
    "Great pulp fiction, and perfect narration"
    Overall

    I loved the first two in this series, "Dead I Well May Be" and "Dead Yard". If you enjoy a good story of swearing, drinking, lusting, and killing, you should love this. This third book (and I'm about 75% done) is even more over the top with it's cliff hangers and close calls than the first two, which may be fitting for a swan song. Logic, realism and character depth? Hell no! But grit, blood, lust and revenge. Yeah, more of that please. Oh, and the narration fits the first person tale perfectly. Ya wee shite!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (404)

    In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

    Rebecca says: "A more mature Michael..."
    "Great pulp fiction, and perfect narration"
    Overall

    I loved this book. Started it right after I finished "Dead I Well May Be" and am nearly done with "Bloomsday Dead" now. If you like swearing, drinking, killing, lusting tales of revenge and mayhem, you'll love this. Plus, the narrator fits the main character perfect, and it's written in the first person.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (581)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Excellent pulp fiction, perfect narration"
    Overall

    I loved this book, and finished it's sequel "Dead Yard" and am nearly done with "Bloomsday Dead". If you like swearing, drinking, killing, lusting tales of revenge and mayhem, you'll love this. Plus, the narrator fits the main character perfect, and it's written in the first person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (472)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Fantastic Hard Boiled Action"
    Overall

    I loved the combination of mobsters and hospitals. The writing is very old school noir detective style, but with modern sensibilities regarding language, drug use, etc. The audio production was great, with echo effects in a dark shark tank, nice lead in/out music. Great audio book. Fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Pretty Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (400)

    All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of the Borders Trilogy, tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons; beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, he sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

    Gene says: "A Super-Listen"
    "Rare combination of good writing and narration"
    Overall

    This is a great romantic story of youth, the West, Mexico, love, friendship and death. The narration is perfectly suited to the story in a way that's rarely found in audio books. Anyone who's every wanted to walk away from things, into an unknown, would enjoy this remarkable story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (563)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Narrator-shmarrator, the book just isn't as good"
    Overall

    I rate this on par with Broken Angles. If you liked that title, I'm certain you'll like this. I still prefer the first title, Altered Carbon, for it's more traditional film-noir style dectective plot and wish the author had stuck with that rather than going into more military routes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10929)
    Performance
    (6125)
    Story
    (6174)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Took a while to get into this"
    Overall

    I'm glad I came back to this title. I left it about 25% through. I found a lot of the exposition to be tedious. The title character's religious history didn't seem relevant, even in the end. When I finished another title, I came back to this, and became very engaged. By the end of the book I was a big fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Ray Lonnen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (295)

    Michael Robotham's Suspect, hailed as "a lightning-paced debut" by Entertainment Weekly, was an international best seller that raised the bar for thrillers. Now two characters from that acclaimed novel, Detective Vincent Ruiz and psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, return for the electrifying Lost. When Detective Ruiz is pulled from the Thames, he has a bullet in his leg, a photograph of a missing (and presumed dead) girl in his pocket, and absolutely no memory of what happened.

    Lauren says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Great dectective mystery, great narration"
    Overall

    If books like "The Da Vinci Code" and the like have you groaning because of over-the-top coincidences, near-misses, and impossible get-a-ways, then try listening to this realistic, but exciting, mystery of a missing child, lost memories, diamond ransoms, sewer explorations, and snipers. The narration was very well done, believable and sympathetic.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2325)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (496)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "Good Characters, Lame Paranoia Plot"
    Overall

    I liked the characters, and the trappings of the Harlequins, but the "Big Brother is watching you" editorials kept repeating over and over again, without anything interesting to add to what we already know about modern privacy issues. Skipping past them kept me going and I enjoyed it enough, though I wouldn't pay retail for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Lyman says: "the camel club"
    "Very poor writing, even for espionage fluff"
    Overall

    Some of the dialog was of the oldest cliches. Even the title concept, a club? An ex-assassin and a few geeks holding meetings like 8 year olds? Plus. the sections in which the author editorializes about US Middle East policies, come up again and again with the same basic tune. I found myself skipping ahead 5 minutes when I got to an annoying section, and listening to the end not because I cared what happened, but because I was fascinated at what outlandish crp came next. Like looking at a highway accident.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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