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Matthew Kelley

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  • The Adventures of Barry & Joe

  • Obama and Biden's Bromantic Battle for the Soul of America
  • By: Adam Reid
  • Narrated by: Adam Reid, Ron Butler, Jonathan Davis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Moments after the inauguration of our 45th president, best friends Barack Obama and Joe Biden were escorted to a secret lab run by the world’s greatest scientists. They were asked to take off all their clothes and hold very still in a fetal position until they felt a painful tingling sensation. Then they vanished. They would awake to find themselves apart, and inside their younger bodies and driven to find each other, and to change history for the better. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a Crazy, Fun Ride

  • By Matthew Kelley on 04-09-19

This is a Crazy, Fun Ride

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

This is less of a novel and more of a series of vignettes with a narrative through stream. At times tedious, for the most part this is a fun and funny romp that lampoons time travel, classic science fiction, Zombies, the Apocalypse, and modern politics. Sound impossible? it isn't. This book is consistently funny and there are moments where you will laugh HARD. I am dinging the evaluation of the story itself because one section goes on WAY too long. (No spoilers. You'll know). Push on through that, because the book as a whole is well worth the journey. Prepare to laugh.

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  • Hope Never Dies

  • By: Andrew Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 502

Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident. To unravel the mystery, "Amtrak Joe" re-teams with the only man he's ever fully trusted - Obama. Together they'll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America's opioid epidemic. Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fan fiction - and a cathartic listen for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, you will smile, laugh, cry, cheer, & applaud!

  • By Delores O. on 07-12-18

Forget Your Politics, and Enjoy this Fun Ride!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

If you like funny, breezy mysteries with terrific characters, this book is for you. I am so glad I listened to the Audible version of this because while the book itself is whimsical, listening to Joe Barrett's Biden impersonation as narrator, or the way he cleverly matches Obama's speech cadence is an absolutely hoot. If you can't check your politics at the door, your milage may vary, but truthfully, it isn't super partisan. This is a fun book!

  • Only to Sleep

  • A Philip Marlowe Novel
  • By: Lawrence Osborne
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. And Philip Marlowe - now in his 72nd year - is living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers, with a case that has his name written all over it. For Marlowe, this is his last roll of the dice, his swan song. His mission is to investigate the death of Donald Zinn - supposedly drowned off his yacht, and leaving behind a much younger and now very rich wife. But is Zinn actually alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant resurrection of greatest detective in US fiction

  • By R. G. Shalhoub on 07-28-18

Pale Imitation

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Ray Porter does his normal marvelous job as narrator. I really wish his performances of Chandler's original novels were available via Audible here in the U.S. As for the book itself, if you want to listen as a 70 plus year old Marlowe muses that the world has passed him by, this is your book. Osborne falls in love with the sound of his own authorial voice on the page and gives us a plot that goes nowhere and a narrative that comes across as ponderous even at a brisk 250 pages. Marlowe repeatedly talks about how pointless his investigation is and how he should just give up and go home. I won't spoil it except to say that you'll wish you did to. There are a few flashes of Marlowe being Marlowe and a clever literary reference here and there which earn this 2 stars instead of one. This one makes the other recent Marlowe novel THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE look like an instant classic. Wow, what a waste.

  • The Black-Eyed Blonde

  • A Philip Marlowe Novel
  • By: Benjamin Black
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 128

Raymond Chandler's incomparable private eye is back, pulled by a seductive young heiress into the most difficult and dangerous case of his career. "It was one of those summer Tuesday afternoons when you begin to wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk had the look of something that knows it's being watched. Traffic trickled by in the street below, and there were a few pedestrians, too, men in hats going nowhere."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • You are not Raymond Chandler

  • By Jim McCool on 06-05-15

Marlowe Lives!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Dennis Boutsikaris performs Marlowe's first person narrative well. For a good part of the book, I felt I was spending time with an old friend. To be clear, the author does not write like Raymond Chandler, but Marlowe behaves about as you'd expect. The problem with the book is that there is a lot of buildup for a climax that doesn't work. Longtime fans familiar with characters from other Chandler novels are likely to be bothered by it as well, but I won't spoil the ending. This is a book that was pleasant, until it wasn't. The problem is, it could have been so much more!

  • 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 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

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
  • Riotous Academic Satire

  • By Matthew Kelley 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.

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  • 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
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

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 13,947
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,785
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,741

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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