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Matty D

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  • Broken Ice

  • The Nils Shapiro Series, Book 2
  • By: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

Nils Shapiro has been hired to find missing Linnea Engstrom, a teenager from the small northern hockey town of Warroad, Minnestota. Most of Warroad is in Minneapolis for the state high school hockey tournament, and Linnea never returned from last night's game. Linnea's friend Haley Housch is also missing - and soon found dead. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super smart procedural with a touch of sarcasm...

  • By shelley on 06-16-18

Great series!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Listened to this in the hospital waiting for my kid to be born. loved the first one, loved the second one just as much. Matt Goldman has the makings of an epic series with a great character.

  • A Real Gone Guy

  • By: Frank Kane
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

She called herself Denny Lyons ... and she was everything men dreamed of on long, lonely nights ...She had it all, from the white-gold hair that framed her expensive face to the graceful, slender ankles - and all those pleasant extras in-between ...She had everything - including big ideas. She was headed straight for the top and she thought she knew just how to get there ...But she had made one mistake - and someone thought that was one too many...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Noir

  • By Matty D on 01-18-19

Solid Noir

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This is exactly what I was looking for and what I like about noir. There is a compelling main character, a solid female side character and some really interesting tertiary characters. It has all the booze, broads and bang for your buck action and suspense you've come to expect from the genre.

There are a bit too many similar descriptions of female bodies, even for the time I think some people would have thought, "wow a 5th woman with 'ample' breasts and a small waist." It certainly isn't PC but you're not listening to 1950s noir for representation across the board.

It's gritty and hard-boiled and a ton of fun. highly recommended!

  • Beastie Boys Book

  • By: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
  • Narrated by: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, various
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,593
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,404
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,390

A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, an audiobook as unique as the band itself. Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “ADROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers. For more than 30 years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • License to Listen - The Illest Communication

  • By J. Combs on 12-12-18

One of the best audiobooks ever RIP MCA

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

What an incredible ride. yeah at the end it drags for an hour or so, but it doesn't make it unenjoyable just a little less exciting than the previous 11 hours of hijinx, great stories and guest narrators. If ever enjoyed the Beastie buy this book.

  • The Florentine Deception

  • A Novel
  • By: Carey Nachenberg
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

After selling his dorm-room startup for millions and effectively retiring at the age of 25, Alex Fife is eager for a new challenge. When he agrees to clean up an old PC as a favor, he never expects to find the adventure of a lifetime waiting for him inside the machine. But as he rummages through old emails, Alex stumbles upon a startling discovery: The previous owner, a shady antiques smuggler, had been trying to unload a mysterious object known as the Florentine on the black market.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feels like non-fiction, which is terrifying.

  • By Brian on 02-12-16

People like this, huh?

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

This is...this is not good. Bad story, mediocre narration, terrible writing. I mean it's a mess from start to halfway through where I just couldn't take anymore. I'm ok with mediocre fun, but this isn't that. Like if a book is terrible but at least has compelling characters and is fun then cool let's do this (hi Commune II and Illuminae). I don't understand all the positive reviews of this, but hell you do you.

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,017

At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 10 stars!

  • By P. Minor on 07-18-14

Great American Story

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This is perhaps the greatest American novel ever written (Gatsby is my other choice). The tragedy and beauty of small gestures. A family struggling just to live. Dylan Baker is a remarkable narrator. 5 stars all the way around. The only thing I would say is a negative is the stupid harmonica in between chapters. it's annoying, edit that out.

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  • The Westies

  • Inside New York's Irish Mob
  • By: T. J. English
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

It's men like Jimmy Coonan and Mickey Featherstone who gave Hell's Kitchen its name. In the mid-1970s, these two longtime friends take the reins of New York's Irish mob, using brute force to give it hitherto unthinkable power. Jimmy, a charismatic sociopath, is the leader. Mickey, whose memories of Vietnam torture him daily, is his enforcer. Together they make brutality their trademark, butchering bodies or hurling them out the window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TJ English's best. Love his work.

  • By Kevin Armstrong on 09-11-17

Fascinating story of a rough gang

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

It's a really good story with the wrong narrator. It's a book begging for someone with an edge not an English professor that mispronounces names, places, and various other words.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gone to Dust

  • By: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,566
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,562

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence? Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Above Average

  • By wisconsinclark on 11-06-17

Really Well Done

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

The story moves quickly and took me two days to finish. Aside from a protagonist that seems to get laid by every woman that lays eyes on him, the story is humorous, but not laugh out loud funny. its engaging, smart and not too predictable. Minnesota plays well as an atypical setting and a welcome distraction from the normal settings of NY or LA.

MacLeod Andrew's narration is masterful and aside from having to say in a female voice, "I'm cumming!" it's a perfect job.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 160,882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,476
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,312

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Bray makes this!!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I read this book when it came out and while I thought it was good, I did not love it. There are a lot of implausible things that happen, but that's part of the fun of sci-fi. R.C. Bray, makes this audiobook, though. He turns what I thought had some hokey/clunky sequences into hilarious aspects. I think Andy Weir might best if read by someone other than my own voice. Someone else's vision is better than mine.

  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,461

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great Stephen King crime/mystery

  • By Mark on 07-11-13

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I'm not much of a Stephen King fan, finding most of work to be a bit much. However, this was a remarkably beautiful story. Michael Kelly reads it perfectly knowing when to use inflection and when to dubtely change the tone of the story. This is easily one of the top 5 Audible books I've listened to.

  • Heart of a Lion

  • A Lone Cat's Walk Across America
  • By: William Stolzenburg
  • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Late one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. The creature appeared as something out of New England's forgotten past. Beside the road lay a 140-pound mountain lion. Speculations ran wild, the wildest of which figured him a ghostly survivor from a bygone century when lions last roamed the eastern United States. But a more fantastic scenario of facts soon unfolded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story

  • By Hutto on 09-28-16

Really good!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

It is a really fascinating book with a great narrator. Why didn't the book or narrator get 5 stars? The book stalls a little bit in the middle. He gets a little sidetracked and it becomes a little difficult to know which big cat he's talking about. That being said I'd give it 4.5 stars. It's an excellent book that, while a bit sad is still excellent. The narrator mispronounced a few words that should have been known. It really annoyed me.