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Matthew Kelley

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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 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

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 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feel the bite of the Spider!

  • By Matthew Kelley on 09-07-18

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 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

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 10,574
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,711
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,669

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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

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 21,460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,576
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,489

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Golden Man

  • By: Kenneth Robeson
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

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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  • The Devil's Punchbowl

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 23 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676

As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Thriller

  • By Brad on 10-01-13

If William Faulkner wrote Crime Thrillers

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

This is another crime thriller from Greg Iles featuring Natchez Mississippi native son, Penn Gage. At the time of this novel Penn is now the mayor of Natchez. The book tilts on a story involving riverboat gambling, dogfighting, and city politics. What makes the story stand out is the way Iles writes about Natchez itself. The story drips with Southern atmosphere and detail in a way that might even make William Faulkner smile. Because of some of the subject matter, this one may be a tough read for some. On the other hand, readers of something like Faulkner's Sanctuary will understand how Iles crafts his novelistic love letters to the South while plumbing the depths of man's capacity for depravity. Is this always an easy novel? No, but it is a powerful one. Dick Hill's audio performance is good. It is kept from being excellent by his tendency to mutter some of the dialogue. Recommended with the caveat that the subject matter may be difficult for some readers, particularly animal lovers.

  • Savage Season

  • A Hap and Leonard Novel #1
  • By: Joe R. Lansdale
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 364

Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best friends, yet they couldn't be more different. Hap is an east Texas white boy with a weakness for Texas women. Leonard is a black, gay Vietnam vet. Together, they stir up more commotion than a fire storm. But that's just the way they like it. So when as ex-flame of Hap's returns promising a huge score, Hap lets Leonard in on the scam, and that's when things get interesting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hap and Leonard, a series you shouldn't miss out

  • By Matthew Ortiz on 07-27-14

New to Hap and Leonard, but I am glad to meet them

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

This series was recommended to me by a buddy. Boy, I am glad he did. Hap and Leonard may be a mismatch in some ways (no spoilers from me) but their friendship is terrific. Dialogue crackles and the novel is rich with Texas atmosphere. Lansdale doesn't shy away from the dark underbelly of the human condition, but the friendship between the two leads pierces that same darkness. Though it can be somewhat thematically heavy, the book is also laugh out loud funny. Lansdale propensity to comment on politics and human nature reminds me somewhat of James Lee Burke. This is very well done.