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Matthew S. Hill

Brooklyn, NY
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  • The Abominable

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 29 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 462

The year is 1924 and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine, high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers - a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American - find a way to take their shot at the top.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great detail

  • By David Shear on 10-30-13

Your fear of heights will be tested!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

The Abominable: Dan Simmons
Dan Simmons is not the type of writer who you read to get a fast kick or fiction fix. His work is unedited and long. His descriptions are detailed and defined. When he tells a story, he makes you feel it in every way.
In this one I felt extreme fear of heights and light headed. I can see the view peering down from a satellite at the earth, like dangling over a crevasse where the ice looks like glass.
This is historical fiction not one of Dan Simmons many fine Horror stories. This is a story of climbing Mt. Everest, corpses, Yeti’s, Nazi’s, unrequited love, Ice and snow, vultures and understanding that rope in the 1920’s seriously left something to be desired.
I greatly enjoyed it!

In “The Terror” a book about two ships trapped in the ice. I felt frozen cold and hungry all the time. I loved “The Terror”. Also historical fiction.

  • The Neighbor

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

The year is 1967. Malcolm Pomerantz is twelve, geeky and socially awkward, while his seriously bright sister, Amalia, is spirited and beautiful. Each is the other's best friend, united by a boundless interest in the world beyond their dysfunctional parents' unhappy home. But even the troubled Pomerantz household will seem to be a haven compared to the house next door, after an enigmatic and very secretive new neighbor takes up residence in the darkest hours of the night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Missed Mister Koontz

  • By HELLOthere on 06-18-17

Great short story! Very creepy!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Dean Koontz has a way of writing from a very lonely point of view. In this case it really serves to build up the creep factor!
I enjoyed this story very much!

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,856

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Capturing story, but it got a bit silly

  • By flywatt on 07-03-18

Absolutely Fantastic!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

This book has all the right elements. Each character is well developed and most are actually pretty like-able.
It was going along like any of the great Stephen King’s stories and then...

SPOILER ALERT: STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE REINTRODUCTION OF A CHARACTER FROM OTHER STEPHEN KING BOOKS ( NOT the Man In Black).

Holly Gibney from the Bill Hodges Trilogy is brought in and the book goes from an A to an A+++. I loved those books and her character and she is as amazing as ever.

A must read for my constant reader family everywhere.

Oh and as usual Will Patton is flawless.

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  • Roots

  • The Saga of an American Family
  • By: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,082
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,036

Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive! DO NOT WIKI THIS BOOK!

  • By avoidthelloyd on 09-17-14

Roots, one of the greatest stories ever told.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

You will be dragged through history while reading / listening to this fantastic book.
You will find your heart soaring and crashing repeatedly as you make your way through this epic tale of one mans family through the generations.

This should be required reading.

Avery Brooks narrative was perfection.

  • Infamous Killers from the Past

  • Murderers and Outlaws of the 1800s, Volume 1
  • By: Brian Lee Tucker
  • Narrated by: Michael Goodrick
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Over a century before the public coined the term "serial killer" to describe prolific killer Ted Bundy, there were serial killers who made Bundy seem mild in comparison. In Infamous Killers from the Past, author Brian lee Tucker has assembled 15 profiles of some of the most prolific and vicious killers that ever lived - and were killing long before the term "serial killer" existed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator hijacked the book.

  • By Matthew S. Hill on 04-17-18

Narrator hijacked the book.

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

The narration of “Infamous killers from the past vol 1” is like listening to your overly excited weird kid brother (who just learned about serial killers and has braces) tell you everything he knows about this book and trying to read passages aloud. Lots of spit, bad pronunciation, funny stop starts as he desperately tries to catch his breath without actually pausing for a second for fear that you’ll lose interest.
The information may have been good and informative, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the narrator as a child talking too much, too fast and it really took me out of it.
Information gets 2 stars
Narrator gets 1 star for weird reading, but another star for conjuring up weird creative imagery in me.

  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,581

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite novels, ever

  • By Calliope on 11-24-14

Beautifully Written, Classic Thriller!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

I totally understand why Stephen King loves this story... it builds up tension and the details although vast lead the main character into feeling more and more disturbed. Every bit of the story is designed to create an uncomfortable feeling and it totally works.

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,411

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

That was a great short story!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

Hit all the right spots.
Good character development, back story and plot.
I was impressed and will check into this author because of it.

  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,699

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer

  • By Mel on 06-04-13

Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

I loved this story!
It is the perfect combination of beauty and grit, sorrow and heartache.
The telling of three generations of a family that are striving for an unattainable happiness that has either passed them or was never truly there. They’ve all been robbed of something much more valuable then riches.
This is what it is to be human.

Thank you Phillip Meyer for creating this story that will someday be a classic right up there with Steinbeck’s “East Of Eden” and “The Grapes Of Wraith”. I also place it on the shelf next to Cormac McCarthy’s “Child Of God”, “The Road” and James Lee Burke’s “Two For Texas”.

Will Patton is one of my absolute favorite Narrators and this is him at his best.
Kate Mulgrew is a Powerhouse Narrator (check her performance out in a number of Joe Hill books).
Scott Shepherd I will be following and paying much closer attention to as he captured all of the nuances of the character beautifully.
Clifton Collins Jr. should be proud of his performance. He was dead on.

Thank you again, from a new fan!

  • Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed contains a dozen short works by John Irving, beginning with three memoirs, including an account of Mr. Irving’s dinner with President Ronald Reagan at the White House. The longest of the memoirs, The Imaginary Girlfriend,” is the core of this collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just love all of John Irving's work and his comm

  • By susan grillo on 06-11-18

Pretentious: attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

First off. I like some John Irving novels, some very much, But this was like watching the greatest Magician show you a trick and then explain how it’s done and then make you feel stupid for not having figured it out, while at the same time telling you how brilliant he was for coming up with such an amazing trick.

Some of the shorts were good, some okay and some long winded and self serving to show you how we’ll read the author is.

Joe Barrett is great, but could not save you from the self grandiosity of Irving’s s writers notes.

  • Mr. Paradise

  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Robert Forster
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Roommates Kelly and Chloe are enjoying their lives and their downtown Detroit loft just fine. Kelly is a Victoria's Secret catalog model. Chloe is an escort, until she decides to ditch her varied clientele in favor of a steady gig as girlfriend to eighty-four-year-old retired lawyer Tony Paradiso, a.k.a. Mr. Paradise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the typical E.L.; still great

  • By Duke on 02-21-04

It’s a straight reading and really hard to get into.

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

I love Elmore Leonard and maybe this story would have been great, but Robert Forster read the story straight. Not differentiating any of the characters with accents or tones. It became hard to tell what was going on or who was talking.
Robert Forster should do True Crime stories only and maybe leave fictional narration to the actors who love to act.