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Matthew

SEATTLE, WA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Devil's Ark

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Stephen Bywater
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Twelve years after fighting in Mesopotamia in the Great War, Harry Ward returns to the land where he lost his faith, his mind and almost his life. Haunted by bloody visions of bayonets, shrapnel and shells, he takes up the offer of a simple job, working as a photographer on an archaeological dig outside of Mosul. As the dig progresses, Ward begins to realise that what they have uncovered is no ordinary temple; it holds a terrible secret. Now flashbacks are the least of his problems...and he must face a new kind of terror.

    Matthew says: "Please do your ancient biblical homework first !"
    "Please do your ancient biblical homework first !"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Devil's Ark the most enjoyable?

    The combination of the sparkling performance by Daniel Weyman which brings to life the crafty writing of Stephen Bywater. A classic matchup in the matking!

    The characters jump off the page ( orally! ) and the skillful dialogue, and suspense with moments of terror, are at once scary and exciting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil's Ark?

    There are many moments, but frankly the epilogue is the most thought provoking IMHO.


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

    Everything. This is one of those books that works best in an audio environment.


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

    Closing up the tomb at the end was scary as hell.


    Any additional comments?

    This book came highly recommended, and I am very glad I followed up on downloading it. Right from the first words, it grabs the listener, and does not let go.

    The performer is very notable for his use of accents, singing, and overall authenticity. He does not just read the words, he lives the book for, and with, the listener.

    One of the best of the year. Get it and enjoy it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Skynoise: A Time Travel Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ernie Lindsey
    • Narrated By Rebecca Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    To Helen Weils, best-selling author and respected academic, history is a realm of observable facts, each one carefully weighed and inspected. So when she encounters Chip Sledd, a conspiracy theorist who insists there's an unimaginable connection between the disappearance of the colonists in 1587 and the strange noises in the sky, she's quick to dismiss his theories as the irrational ramblings of a lunatic.

    S says: "Great read"
    "Did you hear something ??"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most highly. Very entertaining time travel/ historical thriller with a bit of romance thrown in. Clearly well researched and done with panache and style. Entertaining is the best reason to listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Our male hero, without a doubt. Courage and guile make his character complete.


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

    She does in many ways. Clearly activates the many characters, and does so with a light dexterious touch.


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

    Not much of a movie buff these days, but maybe " Voices from the past"


    Any additional comments?

    My only major beef with this offering is the wimpy aspects of the female lead character. Whiny and not the sharpest knife in the drawer at time, which was mildly annoying. That said, this is a fine offering, and I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Gospel: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ian Caldwell
    • Narrated By Jack Davenport
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (275)

    In 2004, as Pope John Paul II's reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. The same night a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son.

    Pamela Rees says: "Wow. Just wow."
    "Quite the journey"
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    Would you try another book from Ian Caldwell and/or Jack Davenport?

    Definitely. This is a very good offering, although it get's off the track and somewhat preachy at times.


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

    Difficult to say without spoiler.


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

    One of my first from him, but definitely not the last. Very good with accents, and with tone and atmosphere. Moving him into my top 10 list.


    Could you see The Fifth Gospel being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I am not a good judge of such things, so will pass on this question.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fascinating, but flawed, listen. Lots of detail, and it can get mired down in that at times, but the concept and the performance overcome this. Worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Patriot Threat: Cotton Malone

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (124)

    In an innovative new approach, Macmillan Audio and Steve Berry have produced an expanded, annotated writer’s cut audiobook edition of The Patriot Threat. The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Secrets that call in to question decades of tax collecting. There is a surprising truth to this possibility—a truth wholly entertained by Steve Berry, a top-ten New York Times best-selling writer, in his new thriller, The Patriot Threat.

    Brian Certain says: "Can not tell you how much I LOVE this format"
    "Check the bills in your pocket....NOW !"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I sure would. The Berry/Bick team have hit it again! Not the best either have done by any stretch, but a classic ,well researched and unique offering which captures the best of both performers


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Patriot Threat?

    Some of the Croatia scenes are memorable.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Hah good question. Malone is an all time fave but in this one its Stephanie Nell, as always, that works best for me.


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

    I almost did!


    Any additional comments?

    All good, classic Berry/Brick, but could they stop using the word " DEVOID". as frequently as they do? My only irritatiion, but a real one.


    Steve?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel P. Douglas
    • Narrated By Jim Morris
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    When former FBI agent William Harrison begins receiving mysterious postcards with the signature "Echo Tango", he's alerted to a cover-up beyond anything he ever thought possible.

    His informant turns out to be a guilt-ridden ex-operative in the Saint Mary Project, an ultra-secret program engaged in alien contact. The organization is wiping out loose ends, and Echo Tango thinks Harrison is the man he needs to stop it.

    Blue Dragonfly says: "UFOs, Conspiracies and Fun story"
    "The setup...the middle...and...ahem...the end."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending is notable being arbitrary, incomplete and almost trite. The book fairly rocks along ( and it is a rather long book, so get ready ) but boy, the ending is weak.


    If you’ve listened to books by Daniel P. Douglas before, how does this one compare?

    No, so no comparisons available.


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

    The characters are breathing creations. Morris does excellent work here, and is the highlight of this offering.


    Was Truth Insurrected worth the listening time?

    Aside from the ending, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a sprawling audiobook, with a wide variety of characters, plotlines and concepts. It all stumbles to what I felt was a rushed ending, but on balance, this offering is still worth the investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Find

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Rainer Rey
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The nation is safe. Its people are surviving. But at what cost and for how long? Piecing together the remnants of a defunct psychic research program, a brilliant but heinous antiterrorist group searches for unique candidates, employing a government black ops force to hunt and enlist individuals predisposed to psychic abilities.

    Matthew says: "A decent find of The Find"
    "A decent find of The Find"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not bad...a decent distraction. Was certainly not the best audio book I have experienced recently, but not bad, and the concept was on the unique side.


    If you’ve listened to books by Rainer Rey before, how does this one compare?

    My first by Rainer. I would try this author again, in the correct circumstance.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dina Pearlman?

    Sure. Dina did a fine job keeping the characters well defined and consistent.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    On demand at home.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a reasonably good offering, with a somewhat weak conclusion.Nominally recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy Within

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jason Brenizer
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    February, 1964: Two men die in a squalid alley in a bad neighborhood. New York homicide detective Seamus O'Reilly receives the shock of his life when he looks at the men's identification: J. Edgar Hoover, the famous, tyrannical director of the FBI, and his number-one assistant, Clyde Tolson. O'Reilly teams up with FBI agent Frank Bryce to solve the second high-level assassination in only three months. In November of the previous year, someone had assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

    Matthew says: "A grand conspiracy, and a wonderful find!"
    "A grand conspiracy, and a wonderful find!"
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    If you could sum up The Enemy Within in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating
    Fast
    Thoughtful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The principle FBI investigator Pierce ( sp? ) was complicated and had an interesting background. Worth paying attention to all his details.


    What about Jason Brenizer’s performance did you like?

    Easily his accents. He nails RFK and LBJ, as well as all the other story advancing characters. A fabulous performance!


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

    Yes, and I almost did!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a truly excellent audiobook, with a crackling plot, enough action to keep the listener engaged, and an outstanding performance featuring historical characters. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Descendant

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allison Maruska
    • Narrated By Donald R. Emero
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    When Michelle receives a call from a Richmond historian, she sees the chance for a much-needed adventure. All she has to do is find a century-old key. Three others - a guitarist, an engineer, and a retiree - receive similar calls. Each family possesses a key to a four-lock safe found buried in a Virginia courthouse, though their connection is as mysterious as the safe itself.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Story. Well-written with a Great Cast"
    "Silly"
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    What disappointed you about The Fourth Descendant?

    All of it. Poorly edited, poorly constructed, and lacking a true sense of direction. The premise, and the overall start of the story began well, but it descended into treacle.


    What could Allison Maruska have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Chose another career.


    What three words best describe Donald R. Emero’s performance?

    Look, Donald had a mess to deal with here, so it's unfair characterize his stuff with the crap he had to deal with. On balance he did all do under the limited circumstances.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fourth Descendant?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Not recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Old Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gary Grossman
    • Narrated By P. J. Ochlan
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    In the summer of 1601, Galileo Galilei made a startling discovery in the mountains of Eastern Italy that, if made public, could shatter faith in religion, bring down governments, and lead to worldwide turmoil. For more than 400 years, the secret has been guarded by a small group of incredibly powerful people, willing to do everything in their power to keep these discoveries from being made.

    Blue Dragonfly says: "Great Story with lots of new twists and turns"
    "Surprisingly awesome!"
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    What did you love best about Old Earth?

    The diversity of characters was compelling. Additionally, the concepts and history add layers of interest that holds the listener rapt. At least, this one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Old Earth?

    The last hour or so is full of twists and developments that make the length of the listen well worth it.


    Which character – as performed by P. J. Ochlan – was your favorite?

    Galelio was damn compelling. PJ did a great job with the challenging range of characters and accents overall .


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

    Nothing extreme, but certainly made me research and think about the concepts presented.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great little discovery by a new artist and performer for me. I think you will find this one entertaining, exciting and thoughtful as well. One of the best of 2015 so far. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Emissary

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Rogers
    • Narrated By Jeff Hays
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    On a desperate mission to save his entire race from extinction, Emissary Ruell travels to Earth equipped with his two most powerful bargaining currencies - health and longevity - hoping to convince the most powerful leader in the free world that collaboration can save both of their civilizations. Having no way to communicate directly with humans, Ruell must inhabit President Addison Hale's body to carry out his mission.

    Matthew says: "Fascinating read, from big to little"
    "Fascinating read, from big to little"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Emissary to be better than the print version?

    Only listened to it, so don't really know.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall concept is compelling, to say the least. Certainly the concept has been visited in the past, but not to this level of nuance and complexity.


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

    Yes, and he does a fine job here. Lot's of characters to explore, and he does so with a flourish.


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

    Not extreme, but it was compelling at times. Esp. the conclusion.


    Any additional comments?

    This book spans a wide range of concepts, which at first glance seem unrelated. Yet somehow it is pulled together with style and aplomb. I liked it a lot, and so will you! Recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rewinder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    You will never read Denny Younger's name in any history book, will never know what he's done. But even if you did, you'd never believe it. The world as you know it wouldn't be the same without him. Denny was born into one of the lowest rungs of society, but his bleak fortunes abruptly change when the mysterious Upjohn Institute recruits him to be a Rewinder, a verifier of personal histories. The job at first sounds like it involves researching old books and records, but Denny soon learns it's far from it.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Time travel, alternate history and a nest of parad"
    "Seems like the beginning of a series..or not"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Interesting take on time travel, from a well respected and consistent speculative fiction author. In that context then, I would, with the usual reservations.


    Would you recommend Rewinder to your friends? Why or why not?

    As above. Redundant question.


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

    I have , and the performance here is very good. Not the best, but certainly professional. Some crappy editing and back ground noise which is becoming all too common in Audiobooks performances recently , however.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Decent offering, interesting but slightly derivative idea on time travel, with a solid performance and some interesting twists. Likely a series pending, but stands by itself well.
    Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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