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Matt Z

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  • Ender’s World

  • Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game
  • By: Orson Scott Card (editor)
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir, Janis Ian, Arthur Morey, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is a science fiction classic. In Ender’s World almost two dozen writers offer new perspectives on the 1985 novel, along with insights gleaned from other Ender stories that fit within the Ender’s Game chronology. In addition, military strategists Colonel Tom Ruby and Captain John Schmitt offer insight into the human-Formic war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just let Stefan Rudnicki read... Seriously.

  • By Matt Z on 04-02-13

Just let Stefan Rudnicki read... Seriously.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-13

I've read and listened to the entire Ender cannon... So, when another book comes up I have to read it, if only to "complete" the series. If you love all things Ender this is a must and a repeat listen. My biggest complaint is too many readers, or the lack of Rudnicki's narration.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • The Gate Thief

  • Mithermages, Book 2
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,502

Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh.

  • By Benjamin on 04-04-13

Not Ender

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

To a friend, no because I keep my nerdery close to the vest. But to a fantasy fan, YES!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like the coolness of Stone. He's a nice guy with a consistent personality. I also like Wad/Loki. Loki is a tragic, smart, awful creature...

Which scene was your favorite?

When Danny drops the goons in the ocean. It was a glimpse into his potential abuse of power. I liked the emergence and abruptness of the act.

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

Yep, I bing listen when I have been waiting for the story to continue.

Any additional comments?

Whatever you think of OSC, his offbeat politics, etc. He's a great story teller. This series is well worth a listen.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,734

Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn's command, the Republic has one last hope: sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn's terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C'baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Exhilarating, Excellent Book-Loved it!

  • By Dr. Joe on 08-31-16

Red Eyes Smiling on an Interdictor Star Destroyer

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-13

If you could sum up Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command in three words, what would they be?

New Republic Birth

What did you like best about this story?

This was an excellent conclusion to the trilogy. I'm saddened by the fact that the new movies are going to develop independently from this time line... But read away! If you love Luke like I love Luke, this is the book for you.

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

Marc is the voice of the extended universe, on of the best narrators period.

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

Nooope, just a solid 5 stars.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Born Standing Up

  • A Comic's Life
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Steve Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,018

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Andrew on 11-30-07

Great but Short (Not Martin)

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-13

I have a deep and abiding love of Disneyland, so does Steve Martin. If you like his comedy styling, close up magic, 5 string banjos, and anecdotal stories read by a legendary comedian then credits ahoy!!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,621

William de Worde, the accidental editor of Discworld's first newspaper, just wants to get to the truth. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it's only the third edition. Browse more novels of Discworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best I 've listened to yet!

  • By Margaret on 01-06-09

Ankh-Morpork, a city of Steampunky goodness.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-13

Its turtles all the way down... Well only one in this case but you get the point. I love stories about Ankh-Morpork, I love Terry Pratchett. they are great audiobooks and should be a part of any Audible library. The nice aspect of the Discworld books or the series is this, you don't have to read the book chronologically. It helps to be familiar with the cannon, but it is in no way necessary. So don't be dissuaded by the large number of volumes in the series. cherry pick, listen, and enjoy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Chasing the Prophecy

  • Beyonders, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Mull
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196

Jason and Rachel were not born in Lyrian. They did not grow up in Lyrian. But after all of the battles and losses, the triumphs and adventures, and most of all, the friendships forged in this fantastical world, Lyrian has become home to them in a way they never could have imagined. And so, armed now with the prophecy of a dying oracle, they have gone on their separate quests - each surrounded by brave and powerful allies - knowing that the chance for success is slim. But Jason and Rachel are ready at last to become the heroes Lyrian needs, no matter the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect closing to an amazing story

  • By momof6 on 04-02-13

Waiting for the story to grab me...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-13

What made the experience of listening to Chasing the Prophecy the most enjoyable?

I'm compulsive about story arch's, if I start a series I have to finish it at all costs. The problem is that I'm not entirely sure I like this series or if I'm just being silly. With that said any book that has a magical portal in the old Hippo enclosure of Hoogle Zoo... So the most enjoyable part of this book and the series is the olfactory memories of a putrid Hippo inclosure in Salt Lake.

What did you like best about this story?

The strong modern take on fantasy.

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

Not a huge fan of Bobb, I prefer more Mid-Atlantic if not British readers. My first pick would have been Stefan Rudnicki, if we were staying with an American.

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

Noooope.

Any additional comments?

Give it a chance, not the best book around but a strong showing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ptolemy's Gate

  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,663
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829

Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional book, fantastic listen

  • By Thomas on 01-25-06

Bravest author in the WORLD

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Ptolemy's Gate to be better than the print version?

No, but they are peers.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ptolemy's Gate?

Well, there are many. Just know this, Stroud is the bravest most honest writer of this age. He is kind and fair to his characters. I love his work more than just about any other.

Which scene was your favorite?

The hashashin assassins is a priceless bit of Barti art.

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

Both, time and again.

Any additional comments?

A must for any serious listener.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,497
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,121

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

The Bible for Nerds

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It depends, how nerdy are they, for example do they know what YYZ is? if so, yes. If they understand manna, sure. Do they have a favorite Kaiju, yep. If they love political drama, no.

What did you like best about this story?

How serious it takes itself, and how more irony it takes to take itself so seriously. A dork Tautology.

Which scene was your favorite?

The description of the hair removing shower.

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

Yep, I did.

Any additional comments?

Share and enjoy.

  • The Golem's Eye

  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,967
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006

Two years have passed since young apprentice magician Nathaniel became famous by foiling the ruthless Simon Lovelace. Now 14, Nathaniel is ambitiously climbing the ranks of the magicians' government. The Prime Minister himself has placed Nathaniel in charge of capturing the Resistance, a group of unruly commoners working to undermine the magicians' empire. But after several failed attempts, Nathaniel is forced to admit he can't do it alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great fun

  • By Richard on 09-27-04

Tears of supernal joy.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-13

If you could sum up The Golem's Eye in three words, what would they be?

Closer to perfection than most other books, ever. Simon Jones is the voice of my dreams. Jonathan Stroud is an unmitigated genius.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Barti, one of my favorites of all time, if not ever.

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

Everything. I would listen to Simon read the phone book.

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

I did, have, and will again.

Any additional comments?

Buy it!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!

  • More Magical Tales from the Author of 'God, No!'
  • By: Penn Jillette
  • Narrated by: Penn Jillette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163

Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, he curses

  • By Marc on 11-16-12

F-Bombs Ahoy!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Sure, I love logic and the idea of religion as a tautology, but Dawkins doesn't need to curse to prove a point. I full understand that this is Penn's MO, I just feel that I could and would consider his arguments more fully, like those of Hitch's or Sam Harris's, is he learned to speak.

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

Nope Penn is funny and smart.

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

He love of the topic, years of experience, and passion.

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

No, who wants to watch Penn 30 feet tall? Isn't he big enough?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful