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Matthew Kelley

NORTHPORT, ALABAMA, United States
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  • The Second Secret: An Action Mystery

  • Mackenzie August, Book 2
  • By: Alan Lee
  • Narrated by: Scott Ellis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Local attorney and femme fatale Ronnie Summers knocks on Mackenzie's door with a case he can't resist, even though he probably should. Her secrets cast him into the deep end, both professionally and romantically, and soon he finds himself mingling with the mafioso. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good read

  • By cosmitron on 09-07-18

Welcome back MacKenzie August!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

This is the second book is this fun new series. MacKenzie is a little bit like Spenser, a little bit like Chuck Norris, and and an all around good guy trying to live a life of honor. This book, like the first is full of witty one liners and MacKenzie is a character you will root for. Plus, some of the secondary characters Mackenzie deals with are both shady and goofy enough to be part of a Carl Hiaasen book. This time, Mackenzie takes a job in part because of his feelings for Ronnie Summers, a woman he is clearly in love with, but who just may be more screwed up than a seven layer burrito from Taco Bell. She's an accomplished, bright professional with a complicated personal life and parental issues. Scott Ellis does a superb job with the narration. My fingers are crossed that Audible will give us the other books in the series and that Mr. Ellis will return to read them.

  • The Shakespeare Requirement

  • By: Julie Schumacher
  • Narrated by: Julie Schumacher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Now is the fall of his discontent, as Jason Fitger, newly appointed chair of the English Department of Payne University, takes arms against a sea of troubles, personal and institutional. His ex-wife is sleeping with the dean who must approve whatever modest initiatives he undertakes. The fearsome department secretary Fran clearly runs the show (when not taking in rescue parrots and dogs) and holds plenty of secrets she's not sharing. The lavishly funded Econ Department keeps siphoning off English's meager resources and has taken aim at its remaining office space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to read at first. But a pleasure in the end

  • By X. Zu on 10-23-18

Riotous Academic Satire

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Julie Schumacher has done it again. In this followup to her novel Dear Committee, Ms. Schumacher once again sets her sights on skewering the academic world. God, this is a funny book. I've been teaching at the University level in one capacity or another for 20 years now, and this one is so true it hurts! Satire does not get better or funnier than this. I sincerely hope we get more of Jay Fitger and his colleagues at Payne University. I can honestly say that I did not want this book to end. My only complaint is that the book might have been better served with a professional narrator rather than the author, but the book itself is comic gold if you know the academy.

  • Story of the Shadow

  • By: Original Radio Broadcast
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles, Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

For 80 years, fans of radio mystery have thrilled to the mocking tones of The Shadow's sinister laughter and to the daring adventures of radio's greatest crime-fighter. In this sound portrait of The Shadow, produced by David Goldin, his mysterious origins are recalled in recorded interviews by Walter Gibson, who created Lamont Cranston and wrote 283 Shadow novels, and by Ken Roberts, the announcer who introduced The Shadow broadcasts for more than a decade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OTR History + Terrific Episodes = Great Fun

  • By Matthew Kelley on 10-03-18

OTR History + Terrific Episodes = Great Fun

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

This fantastic collection features a lovely history of The Shadow radio program featuring interviews with several of the actors and creators involved plus OTR and pulp historian Anthony Tollin. It also has a few terrific episodes of the old melodrama. This is great stuff, really. At the time of this review, Audible's price on this is a bargain. If you like OTR, grab this one, now!

  • Spider #1 October 1933 (The Spider)

  • By: R.T.M. Scott, RadioArchives.com
  • Narrated by: Nick Santa Maria
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

The Spider, but who was otherwise a faceless phantom. The big mystery of the origins of The Spider magazine is that they were not one, but two, writers named R. T. M. Scott. The first was the father to the second. Reginald Thomas Maitland Scott was one of the most famous writers of the 1920s. His son, Robert Thomas Maitland Scott, was new to the writing world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The first Spider story - and yet somehow lacking

  • By Richard S. Swol on 12-04-18

Feel the bite of the Spider!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

You have to know what you are getting here. The Spider is pure pulp violent melodrama, but it is fun! Nick Santa Maria is terrific! There are also 2 additional short stories.

  • The Land of Always Night

  • By: Kenneth Robeson
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, David Marantz, Jay Snyder, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Doc battles a chalk-white faced villain named Ool who can kill with the touch of a finger and possesses a strange pair of dark goggles. The battle against the villain leads to a lost civilization hidden deep in the earth where Doc and his fabulous five face an otherworldly challenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Doc and his crew face an underground civilization

  • By Richard S. Swol on 04-09-18

Thrilling pulp well pefromed

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This is another in the all too brief line of Doc Savage performances that Audible studios did. The Land of Always Night is a classic pulp adventure featuring Doc Savage and his men. Well performed, this audiobook combines modern production values with the feel of old time radio for a terrific combination. I really wish Audible would consider doing more of these and those of The Shadow by Walter Gibson writing as Maxwell Grant.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,958
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,986
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,941

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Best Thriller in Years!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

This should be the big thriller of the summer. Heck, it should be the thriller of the year. This is easily the best book I've read from Patterson in years. Plus, it is full of details that I'm guessing the former President provided. Unlike many contemporary thrillers, this one feels plausible and all too real. I'd also like to say, I thought Dennis Quaid's performance as the President was terrific. I've seen several people complaining about it and I don't get the hate. One of his female voices was a bit weak, but that's a small price to pay for how good it sounds otherwise. Honestly, I realize Clinton and Patterson probably won't write another, but I'd listen to a sequel right now. This would also be a fantastic film. No matter your personal political convictions, this is a terrific thriller. Well done, gentlemen.

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  • Sophomore Slump

  • Mackenzie August, Book 1
  • By: Alan Lee
  • Narrated by: Scott Ellis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Mackenzie is a private investigator, and the first client at his new office is a knock out. Trouble is, she's also the Sheriff. A dangerous criminal has moved into Mackenzie's hometown, and to help identify him the Sheriff wants Mackenzie to accept a job teaching at an inner city high school. He'll be a bull in a china shop, so to speak. A china shop full of angry gang members.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun mystery thriller.

  • By cosmitron on 04-24-18

Welcome to the Party Mackenzie Ellis!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Sophomore Slump is a really good time. Mackenzie August is a former cop, and a P.I. who is sometimes an English teacher. He lives with his father and is raising his two year son. This book was fast paced and very funny. I laughed out loud several times. Fans of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series would be wise to check this out. Scott Ellis gave a wonderful audio performance of the book. His delivery was well suited to August's smart aleck, yet earnest attitude. I see that Amazon has the other books on kindle. Here's hoping that Audible and Mr. Ellis get back in the recording booth for the rest. There is one technical issue with the file, as a few lines get repeated, but this did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. What a treat!

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,217
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,123

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Reasoned analysis and Honesty about mistakes

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Comey's book is compelling. It is also, contrary to media reports, nonpartisan. In fact, neither candidate for President in the last election comes off looking good, but it is a damning indictment of the present occupant. Moreover, his discussion of ethics, history and our national traditions is stirring. Your mileage may vary, of course. Many will not be able to listen or read it because of their own beliefs. However, if you are willing to take it at face value, it is a rather interesting and pointed discussion of where we are as a country, and how we got here.

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  • Rebuttal

  • By: Jyotsna Hariharan
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, Nina Mehta
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

All Alex Dassan needs to do is win second place in the debate team finals. The second place prize is a trip to the Nottingshire Retreat in London, where she'll have a chance to take a class with her writing idol, Mary Noelle Simmons. Alex knows that once she meets Mary, then her life will fall into place and her dreams of becoming a writer will be possible (and less scary). Nothing is going to stand in Alex's way - especially not a dad who's never home and a mom who left to go "find herself" in India.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come for the story, stay for the performances

  • By Matthew Kelley on 04-10-18

Come for the story, stay for the performances

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

This is a fun coming of age story performed with great aplomb by the cast. At under 2 hours, this is one you will want to listen to all at once. Absolutely delightful! One technical issue to be aware of. For some reason, the book would not play in my audible player. It worked fine once i downloaded it in iTunes, but it has been years since I had to do that with a book in Audible.

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  • The Golden Man

  • By: Kenneth Robeson
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

A golden man rises miraculously from the sea with the power to peer into the future and challenge the Man of Bronze. Doc Savage and his crew follow the mystery man's fabulous trail from South America to New York where they uncover his dark sanctuary - and come face-to-face with an evil cult of blackmail and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Performance of Another Classic Doc Savage

  • By Matthew Kelley on 04-09-18

Nice Performance of Another Classic Doc Savage

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Marc Vietor does a nice job with this one. The story is not one of my personal favorites in the Doc Savage series, but it is still fun. Doc and his men uncover a secret cult! How much more pulpy can you get? I do wish Audible would do more of these with a multi voiced cast. Still, I am thrilled to see these productions of these classic adventures. My fingers are crossed there are more recordings from this series and Walter Gibson's The Shadow as well.

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