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Matthew S. Hill

Brooklyn, NY
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  • Punk Avenue

  • Inside the New York City Underground, 1972-1982
  • By: Phil Marcade, Legs McNeil, Debbie Harry
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

From backrooms of Max's and CBGB's to the Tropicana Hotel in Los Angeles and back, Punk Avenue is a tour de force of stories from someone at the heart of the era. With brilliant, often hilarious prose, Phil Marcade relays first-hand tales about spending a Provincetown summer with photographer Nan Goldin and actor-writer Cookie Mueller, having the Ramones play their very first gig at his party, working with Blondie's Debbie Harry on French lyrics for her songs, enjoying Thanksgiving with Johnny Thunders' mother, and starting the beloved NYC punk-blues band The Senders. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is FANTASTIC!

  • By Matthew S. Hill on 02-17-19

This book is FANTASTIC!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

Just got finished reading this fantastic book.
This memoir ends up being a historical account of a scene which was so important in the evolution of what was to become Punk rock. Philippe Marcade’s reminiscing over the bands he liked pre punk, is listening to someone recognizing a movement without knowing it. It was loud and raw and he loved it. He knew this is what he wanted to be a part of. He goes through life pretty optimistically, describing his friends and his relationships with them pretty positively even though they were completely strung out and in bad shape. The devils in the details as you get more from reading between the lines.
You’ll enjoy a sight seeing tour of burned out NYC (I live there, this is the truth), introductions to punk heroes and anti heroes and stories from shows with The Senders, on stage and back.
So interesting, entertaining and thought provoking.
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  • Screwjack

  • By: Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Hunter S. Thompson's notorious Screwjack is as salacious, unsettling, and brutally lyrical as it has been rumored to be since the private printing in 1991 of 300 fine collectors' copies and 26 leather-bound presentation copies. Only the first of the three pieces included here - "Mescalito", published in Thompson's 1990 collection Songs of the Doomed - has been available to the public, making the audio edition of Screwjack a major publishing event.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Better to read it

  • By Michelle Dossey on 05-17-17

Beat poetry. Stream of consciousness.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

Not much of a story. Mostly just beat poetry and stream of conscious muttering and rant.

  • It's So Easy

  • And Other Lies
  • By: Duff McKagan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

In 1984, at the age of 20, Duff McKagan left his native Seattle - partly to pursue music, but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then-decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In LA only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as "Slash." Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns N' Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book just may save a life.

  • By Katrina Hamilton on 10-16-16

This Book Is FANTASTIC!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This Duff McKagan autobiography is absolutely fantastic. Entertaining to the very end. I learned things about him and the bands he’s been in that I didn’t know at all. It’s written very much from his point of view without insisting that it’s the truth (which is a rare gift, while being unintentional). In other words as he’s telling you the story you are completely aware that this is a man telling you his side, the way he saw it and that he’s very aware others may have seen it differently.
As self deprecating as he is a genuine kindness comes through very clearly. His opinions of others, especially those that have selfishly harmed him is of forgiveness and understanding. His self awareness and short comings only serves to make him more likable.
Also the first quarter if the book is a little jumping back and forth with stories and I like that a lot. I personally think and talk that way, so I found it super easy and fun to listen to.

  • Baal

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

Baal was Robert McCammon's first novel, a debut that would lead to some of the finest popular fiction of our time. This deluxe new audio edition from Subterranean Press will give McCammon's many fans both newcomers and longtime fans - the opportunity to trace the development of an extraordinarily talented man. The story begins with a horrific rape on the streets of New York City. Nine months after that violation, a most unusual child is born. His name is Jeffrey Harper Raines...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story

  • By Clydene on 12-16-13

Super Interesting!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

Baal is the earliest Book by Robert McCammon. It shows some of that early talent. I absolutely love his later books. Putting him up there with some of the greatest writers of all time.

I kept thinking of the “Fearless Vampire Hunters” movie.

  • Where the Evidence Lies

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Allan Robertson
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

A small jet with only one pilot onboard crashes into the Atlantic Ocean. Local authorities are unsure whether the cause of the crash is a bomb or a violent storm. The case seems like it will be an easy one to solve for former NYPD Homicide Detective Lincoln Rhyme to solve. The evidence is inside the cockpit, but there is one problem. The wreckage sits at the bottom of the Puerto Rican Trench, the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean that stretches to 28,000 feet. The plane can't be raised.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Trudy Owens on 09-27-17

It was okay.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

Not great !
Sort of good!
Absolutely fine and okay.

I usually find Jeffery Deaver very enjoyable.

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  • Adjustment Team

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Mike Vendetti
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Society runs smoothly because a secret team adjusts it, stepping in occasionally to bring about changes by adjusting people and their attitudes unbeknownst to them. As you can imagine timing is of the utmost importance, because if one individual is not adjusted, that sets the whole thing out of balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • short story intro to PKD's mind

  • By docrizvi on 02-10-19

This one lost me multiple times.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I really wanted to like it. I was open to go on the ride, but it just didn’t go where I needed it to. A roller coaster threatening over and over to start the climb to a high drop, but never going there and not paying off.

  • The Haunted

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 824

The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very dark, Very Good!

  • By Jason on 05-24-12

Really good, totally enjoyable and engaging, but...

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I liked the story and the narration, but I have absolutely loved Bentley Little books and this is not one of those.

  • Piper in the Woods

  • By: Phillip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiss
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

An army doctor on Earth is puzzled by a soldier who returns from asteroid Y-3 claiming he's a plant. As more men and women on the asteroid claim they're plants, the doctor decides to travel to the asteroid to solve the enigma. During his investigation, he discovers the soldiers believe they have been turned into plants by natives in the asteroid's woods called Pipers. The doctor goes into the woods in search of the Pipers and discovers a strange young woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a good one.

  • By Matthew S. Hill on 01-18-19

This is a good one.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I wouldn’t say it was the greatest story in the world, but it is good and holds your interest the whole time.

  • Human Is

  • By: Phillip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Mike Vendetti
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Lester Herrick, human of the future, he is by our standards rather inhuman. When Lester returns from a trip to Rexor IV a changed man, the divorce is off, and Mrs. Herrick enjoys her wedded bliss until the authorities suspect Lester isn't Lester.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Short Story By PKD

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 03-06-15

I really liked this one!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

Phillip K. Dick can be hit or miss for me. I always believe he doesn’t go far enough, that he’s way to restrained.

This story I thought was absolutely great. It worked for me in all the right ways.

  • The Auctioneer

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Joan Samson
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

In the isolated farming community of Harlowe, New Hampshire, John Moore and his wife, Mim, work the land that has been in his family for generations. But from the moment the charismatic Perly Dinsmore arrives in town and starts soliciting donations for his auctions, things begin slowly and insidiously to change in Harlowe. As the auctioneer carries out his terrible, inscrutable plan, the Moores and their neighbors will find themselves gradually but inexorably stripped of their freedom, their possessions, and perhaps even their lives.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Auctioneer

  • By Deedra on 09-29-18

The story was great! Every character brought a strong feeling, mostly fury!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I hated the villains and felt absolute pity for the victims. That’s the mark of a great story. Something that brings forth so much feeling.