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Matthew S. Hill

Brooklyn, NY
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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 814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

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 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

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 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

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.

  • Adjustment Team

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Mike Vendetti
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This one lost me multiple times.

  • By Matthew S. Hill on 01-18-19

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 883
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 804

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 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

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.

  • The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Ambreen Razia
  • Narrated by: Ambreen Razia
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,859
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,688

You’ve heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl, but what about a Hounslow Girl? Definition of a Hounslow Girl: a young Muslim woman who wears hooped earrings with her headscarf and grapples with traditional values while hustling her way through urban London. The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is a bold and provocative one-person play, written and performed by Ambreen Razia. From the joys of traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, this is a comic story of dreams, aspirations and coming of age, told through the eyes of a 16-year-old British Muslim girl. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Standard coming of age with Islamic slant

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

This is a 1 person play, not a reading from a diary.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I found Ambreen Razia incredible in her interview after the audio play. I think all of the amazing out reach work she does is fantastic and the world is a better place for having her in it.

The performance on the other hand I found exasperating. Between the hyper ventilating and the fast slang I thought I was hanging out with a bunch of young teenage girls who talked non stop at me... while Chained to a wall in hell. I wanted to scream “Slow down and catch your breathe”!