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Matthew S. Hill

Brooklyn, NY
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  • The Ploughmen

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Zupan
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 582

At the center of this searing fever-dream of a novel are two men - a killer awaiting trial and a troubled young deputy - sitting across fromeach other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: JohnGload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration; and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great language and performance

  • By Villarreal on 11-06-17

How is such a marvelous book possibly a first novel!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I am absolutely floored by how great this book is! I highly recommend it to everyone!
The story is dark, but not hopeless.
If you liked “Dead Man Walking” or Stephen King’s “Green Mile” or “Shawshank Redemption”, you will love this book.

The Narration by Jim Meskimen is masterful.

  • Boy's Life

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Feast for the Senses!

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-13-14

One of my ten all time favorite books!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

This book is a fantastic journey through a short time in this boys life. It starts off feeling a bit hokey, but turns darker in the blink of an eye.

I can not recommend this book enough!

Robert McCammon is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.

George Newbern is a great Narrator. He acts out the parts beautifully.

  • Chico

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

"Chico", a story by Robert McCammon, was first published in his short fiction collection Blue World.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! This short story was great!

  • By Matthew S. Hill on 09-15-18

Wow! This short story was great!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Rarely do I write reviews for any short stories, but this story was absolutely great. It really touched something in me.
This was the first thing of Robert McCammon I’ve listened to and oh boy! He hit it out of the park.

Bronson Pinchot is a master actor/ narrator.

  • The Dawn Patrol

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,106

Every morning Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water. But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don Winslow always surprises me

  • By Hannah on 09-08-15

Surf Noir!!! This book is FANTASTIC!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Don Winslow is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. His writing is comfortable and detailed. You don’t have to work to understand the point he’s trying to get across.
His books are all character and story driven. The reading leaves you feeling like you just ate your favorite type of comfort foods prepared expertly.

Boone Daniels P.I. and company are all great new and original characters. This story has some great twists while Boone’s personality is crystal clear and unflinching. He lives by a code . Can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

Ray Porter as always is an absolute pro!

  • The Winter of Frankie Machine

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807

Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine

  • By Lance in Surf City on 10-30-10

I absolutely loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I do not love every story about gangsters ever written. In fact I don’t love some of the most popular ones... but “The Winter Of Frankie Machine” I absolutely loved!
Between an intriguing plot, fantastic character development and expert narration, this story is perfect.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone... and if you like gangster tales that’s just another selling point.

Beautifully read by Dennis Boutsikaris.

Amazingly written by Don Winslow. Now I’m off and running to read/ listen to his catalog.

  • The Abominable

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Verna Wilder on 04-15-15

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 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

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 29,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,270

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Roger on 06-30-18

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 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,152

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.