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Matthew

SEATTLE, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • American Elsewhere

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Jackson Bennett
    • Narrated By Graham Winton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (159)

    Some places are too good to be true. Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different....

    Lisa says: "You are entering the twighlight zone"
    "A classic!"
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    Would you listen to American Elsewhere again? Why?

    Well, truth be known, it took me awhile to get through this tour de force as I was travelling and i kept stopping and starting. That said, it is a remarkable, stunning book that will stick with me for awhile.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Elsewhere?

    Where do I start? The introduction to Mother, and the scene with Gene Kelly/Mr.First, are stunning.
    The last few chapters are deep , complex and wrap up many many concepts, but the entire book is littered with sharply wrtten, and performed, scenes and dialogues.


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

    I don't recall listening to him in the past, but I may have. Notwithstanding,


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Any scenes involving Mr. First were amazing. The human trash clean up guys stuff was amazing. Hell, the entire book is amazing! Hard to pull out any one moment.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a stunning book. I can't recommend it enough. It is full on, sometimes over the top, horrific, fantasy, gory, fascinating, complicated, everything but the kitchen sink. An immediate classic.

    I urge you to commit your credits and yourself to this shimmering performance, and to pass it along. You will never be the same after listening to it. Remember, things are never quite as they seem.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • T.I.T.O.R.: In Early July of 1947, Something Crashed in Roswell, New Mexico

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J.M. Surra
    • Narrated By Chris Roman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Sixty-eight years pass. On September 15th, 2015, an incident involving the Roswell wreckage escalates into a massive nuclear exchange between Russia and the United States, leaving five billion dead. Another eighty-three years have passed. It's 2098, and project T.I.T.O.R. is a reality. Hop machines are created by top quantum physicists Ephraim Caine, Jeff Waldron, and Rose Rios. These complex crafts are designed to do one thing: penetrate the time barrier. Time is short.

    Matthew says: "The mother of all abstract conspiracy stories."
    "The mother of all abstract conspiracy stories."
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    Would you listen to T.I.T.O.R. again? Why?

    Unlikely, but i certainly have researched John Titor since listening to this book.


    If you’ve listened to books by J.M. Surra before, how does this one compare?

    There don't appear to be any other in the Audible line up, otherwise I would.


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

    It doesn't appear that I have, but I will certainly look for his work going forward. An excellent performance.


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

    To be honest, it did make me research TITOR , quantum theory , etc. Not so much emotional, but an intellectual response.


    Any additional comments?

    I could have done without the author's somewhat self referential comments before and the after the book. However, the concept, and it's vary nuances, are fascinating, and certainly draw the listener in. I do recommend this offering for a variety of reasons.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Run

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By George Kuch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    What do you do when everyone you know - family, friends, everyone - is trying to kill you? You run.

    Matthew says: "A fascinating story that will grow on you!"
    "A fascinating story that will grow on you!"
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    Where does Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not in the top 15, but certainly a much better work than how it originally started, which I felt was bit slow and disjointed. Ultimately this offering ended up very strong, and held me in suspense for longer than others of this ilk.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a twist, and took long enough to unfold and with enough drama that it held me to very end.


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

    Not that I recall, upon hearing this one I certainly will pay more attention. An outstanding performance to be sure.


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

    I am not sure I would call my responses extreme, but certainly this offering does give the listener reason to pause, to think, to respond and to examine. To that extent then, it did.


    Any additional comments?

    I was captured by this book over time, and like all the good ones we listen to, it sticks with you long after the words have disappeared into the ether. I give this one high marks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Valhalla

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert J. Mrazek
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    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"
    "Bring an extra sweater when you listen to this one"
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    If you could sum up Valhalla in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating
    Dramatic
    Intense


    What did you like best about this story?

    The parallel stories, wrapping history of Vikings, the Final Solution, archeology, and White House intrigue. It sounds messy, but it moves along intelligently and quickly.


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

    I don't recall any, but I will definitely from here on out. Quite simply this is a stunning performance by a true professional. He has to work a variety of intense characters, with a wide range of accents, and he does so with clarity and precision. I can't give him high enough remarks. Certainly now in my personal hall of fame.


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

    Made me research Viking history, which was somewhat moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This book snuck up on me, and by the end of the story it had me wrapped up totally. Lanes' performance brings it to life, and the total package is very compelling. Most highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • CyberStorm

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Matthew Mather
    • Narrated By Tom Taylorson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

    Jan says: "Yes - satisfied a craving"
    "Pack an extra sweater when you listen to this one."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of CyberStorm to be better than the print version?

    Having not experienced both, I can't comment. That said, audio books are always ideal iterations for books of this style.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gosh, where do I start? This is a fascinating dystopian tale, that takes the listener on a ( mostly ) believable, and shockingly real journey from the streets of Manhattan on a fall day to places that have to be heard to be believed.


    What about Tom Taylorson’s performance did you like?

    Taylorson brought certain characters very much to life ( Chuck, in particular ) and deserves full credit for consistentcy and clarity in performing a somewhat complex story in such a compelling and open manner.


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

    It did, actually. Some of the losses of characters, and some of the behaviours people exhibit were shocking. Likewise, Chuck ( again notably ) was witty at times, and certainly provided dark comic relief.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very impressive offering. A fine example of current day, dystopian futurism, framed with honesty and precision. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Voices at CERN

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Franklin Clermont
    • Narrated By Cynthia Wallace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Large Hadron Collider sits deep below ground in Switzerland and France, accelerating protons to near light-speed and smashing them to learn the secrets of the universe. Shannon Fields, senior press relations officer, plays a key role at the CERN research facility in informing the world, in easily understood language, of the great discoveries the giant LHC makes. But there is a looming problem with a new discovery.

    Matthew says: "Another ghost in the maching offering!"
    "Another ghost in the maching offering!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I dont' normally, but this one might well be an exception.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The clarity of the concept and the executional detail are compelling. This book really grows on the listener, until finally you are fully pulled in.


    What aspect of Cynthia Wallace’s performance would you have changed?

    Not the best match of content and reader in my opinion, and she seems to have slowly warmed to the material throughout the course of the performance. Ends up not badly, but I would have chosen a Ray Porter or someone to do this one.


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

    I did, and totally was engrossed.


    Any additional comments?

    This books totally expands and grows on the listener. It is scientifically reasonable enough to not need a large suspension of disbelief, and yet it is sci fi through and through. Very thoughtful and enjoyable, and highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Biblical: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Christopher Galt
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A strange phenomenon is sweeping the globe. People are having visions, seeing angels, experiencing events that defy reality. Bizarre accounts pour in from distant places: a French teenager claims to have witnessed Joan of Arc being burned at the stake; a man in New York dies of malnutrition in a luxurious Central Park apartment; a fundamentalist Christian sect kidnaps and murders a geneticist.

    Kathy says: "I so wanted to love this book!"
    "Audio book of the year !"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone, friend, family or foe! This is truly one of the best audio books I have ever heard. It's content, it's performance,and it's thoughtfulness are universal and moving.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I was not sure how it would resolve until the very end..if it actually resolves at all for that matter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favourites, as it needs to be looked at as entire body of work.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The name says it all, although it would likely be very controversial.


    Any additional comments?

    Ray Porter is stunning in this, and brings this brilliant book to life. I can't recommend it high enough. Get it, listen, and enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Scout

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Eric Tozzi
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Holowid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Change is inevitable. It's heading for Earth at 12,000 miles per hour... and it will land virtually undetected. For Jack McAllister, a young writer who has finally launched a career for himself, it begins tragically: his estranged father, a former NASA engineer, dies suddenly at his home in Merriweather, Indiana, leaving Jack's Alzheimer's-stricken mother a widow. But in the wake of personal heartbreak, he's confronted by an even more astonishing event.

    Matthew says: "An unexpected treat!"
    "An unexpected treat!"
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    Would you listen to The Scout again? Why?

    No, not because not worthwhile buy because I don't do that as a rule.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performance was sparkling, the character had some depth to them, and the story moved intelligently.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen J. Holowid – was your favorite?

    The deputy sherriff was cool, but the female TV reporter rocked alot.


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

    The relationship between the hero and his aging mother was very real and I did react to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recently started using Audiofile.com as a resource for finding new audio books. They certainly didn't let me down in this instance. Highly recommended to any listener.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The God Complex: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Murray McDonald
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When Cash Harris visits his father for the first time after a 15 year estrangement, things don't go anywhere near as planned. By the end of the night, he finds himself embroiled in a plot to destabilise the government, his father has been assassinated, and he discovers a shocking truth that would have fundamentally altered his life 15 years earlier.

    Matthew says: "Tricky!"
    "Tricky!"
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    Where does The God Complex: A Thriller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not in the top 10, but maybe the top 25. A tricky, rather interesting and compelling offering, that has several unanticipated plot twists and turns.


    Would you recommend The God Complex: A Thriller to your friends? Why or why not?

    Certainly to other audio book fans.


    What does Adam Verner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Definitely one of the better performances of the years. Brought the characters to life, and owned the story


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

    Not really extreme, but certainly kept my interest, and I did have some chuckles and eyebrow raises.


    Any additional comments?

    This book definitely sneaks up on the listener, and comes with enough wrinkles and twists to keep the story fresh and engaging. Recommended highly

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Iain Rob Wright
    • Narrated By Chris Barnes
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    On a night when it begins snowing in every country of the world, an ordinary group of people gather at a rundown English pub to take shelter from the cold. At first they assume the weather is just some random occurrence, but as the night goes on, strange things happen, and it isn't long before the group begin to realize that something far more sinister is at hand than just the weather. Something that none of them could ever have imagined. By the end of the night, not everyone will make it, and those that do may wish they hadn't.

    Matthew says: "This one will really mess with your head..."
    "This one will really mess with your head..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, heartily so. For some, the accents may be difficult, and the common language abit difficult to understand as well, but for overall interest and content, it is a wonderful story.

    It is difficult to speak of it without revealing plot details, but needless to say, it will leave the listener thinking, deeply.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nigel, for what will become obvious reasons to the listener.


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

    No, so no base line.


    If you could take any character from The Final Winter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Nigel, as noted above.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many layers and movements to this fascinating story. I think it is difficult to comment on it withou revealing details, so all I can tell the prospective listener is to get this book and you will enjoy it as much as I did!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Seeders: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By A. J. Colucci
    • Narrated By Janie Brookshire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    George Brookes is a brilliant but reclusive plant biologist living on a remote Canadian island. After his mysterious death, the heirs to his estate arrive on the island, including his daughter, Isabelle; her teenage children; and Jules Beecher, a friend and pioneer in plant neurobiology. They will be isolated on the frigid island for two weeks, until the next supply boat arrives. As Jules begins investigating the laboratory and scientific papers left by George, he comes to realize that his mentor may have achieved a monumental scientific breakthrough....

    Matthew says: "I think I will go work out in the garden..."
    "I think I will go work out in the garden..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Seeders the most enjoyable?

    Actually does have some rather interesting twists and turns, featuring characters that, while maybe abit too shallow ( at least intially ) turn out to be more complex and this makes the story that much more enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Seeders to and why?

    Triffids, anything to do with Pod People, anything to do with plant/human communication.


    What about Janie Brookshire’s performance did you like?

    I had somewhat of a tough time with her at the start ( and, dare I say, she did as well! ) . However, we both warmed to the task, and I was taken by her work in the last 3rd.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Honey, please cut the lawn?!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very entertaining offering, much more so than I originally thought when I read about it and started listening. Bookshire's teenage girl is excellent, and she brought to life some domestic drama at the start that was truly discomforting.
    Not to be too trite ( but somewhat so ! ) this book does..ahem..grow on you.
    Recommended!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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