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M. Chinander

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Southern Oregon USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (330)

    Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life, including boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies, he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door.

    M. Chinander says: "Wow"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    The Choice is by far Nicholas Sparks' best book. I have listened to several, enjoying most. I was so into this book and the story, I couldn't believe it. Parts were a little dragged out but I realized I didn't mind since it prolonged the enjoyment of the book. If you like relationship books, it's a great listen. I highly recommend it. BTW, I've never taken the time to review any book before but this one was worth it.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Snake Skin: A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By C. J. Lyons
    • Narrated By Lauren Roth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Lucille Teresa Guardino. A woman of many identities. Lucille to her doting mother, Lulu to her devoted husband, Mom to her pre-teen daughter, Lucy to her friends, LT to her co-workers, and Supervisory Special Agent Guardino to the criminals she captures for the FBI's Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement squad. A loving mom and wife, dutiful daughter, consummate professional, and kick-ass federal agent, Lucy is living the perfect life. Until the day she comes up against a predator more vicious than any she's ever tackled....

    M. Chinander says: "Kept Me Interested"
    "Kept Me Interested"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Snake Skin again? Why?

    Not likely because I rarely ever listen to a book again. Only Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series have I done that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Lucy screwed up and made bad choices like the rest of us but was still a great heroine.


    Have you listened to any of Lauren Roth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have no idea if I've heard her before but I liked her narration


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Somewhat. It kept me interested. The personal versus professional obligations made an interesting addition to the mystery and adventure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Run the Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (276)

    When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend's unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious - and in far more danger - than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her.... Pepper has spent the past five years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new "construction worker" who's moved in next door.

    CAROLYN says: "Bk1 of L.F. new series delivers a first class plot"
    "Couldn't Make It Beyond 30 Minutes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not having the initial 5-8 minutes with the "distant" woman oogling and wanting to jump the guy's bones. I'd never heard the expression "eye rape" before. I wish I hadn't. This was before 8 minutes into the book. I'm not a prude and am fine with sex scenes in a book. But this seemed like it would turn into a movie you'd go to the XXX center that's open 24 hours. Please keep in mind I could be very wrong that maybe it doesn't turn into that. I wasn't willing to find out. Within 30 minutes I'd hated the book and didn't care to find out anything more.


    Has Run the Risk turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, only this author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Absolutely none in the 30 minutes I endured.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator was pleasant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wedding Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (538)

    Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates - just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago. Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive - but surely this is her worst decision yet.

    Trish says: "Full of Slapstick and Fun!!"
    "The Point Was???"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have really enjoyed most of Sophie Kinsella's books. Can You Keep A Secret was wonderful and I was surprised that I've Got Your Number was really nice (except I had to day dream a more thorough ending). But Wedding Night was pointless. I didn't like ANY of the characters, including the child (although he did have his moments of entertainment). I basically thought if they all fell in the sea, that would have been ok. When one was wondering how far down from the ship's railing it was to the water, I chanted Jump Jump Jump. Audible's question of what could have made it a 4 or 5 star listen could be answered by totally scrapping the plot and characters and starting with something totally different. I thought of not listening to the whole thing but I figured it just had to get better. I was wrong.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (342)

    After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

    Luv2Read says: "Romance novel disguised as a thriller"
    "Horrendous Narration"
    Overall

    The story was interesting in the way that the cliff note addition could have provided. It's drawn out forever by the repetitious thought process of the characters. And the narrator, words cannot describe how horrible listening to the overly dramatic, whiny SSSLLLLOOOOWWWWW speed the narrator reads. I'm thankful, just like another reviewer mentioned that I got it for 4.95. I have paid attention to the narrator's name so I never have to listen to his performance again. I'll get the Kindle edition of a book he reads if it's one I want.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Family Ties: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Danielle Steel delves deep under the surface of contemporary American life in this compelling ensemble novel in the vein of her number-one New York Times best seller Sisters. As a young woman, Annie Ferguson overnight became mother to her sister's three small children. They're grown now, each of them will choosing a different path. Through it all, one thing remains: Family Ties.

    Darlene says: "Decent listen"
    "A Writing Technique: Copy and paste. Over and Over"
    Overall

    Every time I buy a Danielle Steele book I wonder as I'm listening to it why I bother. They're so irritating. The prose is all passive. One segment I was counting the was/were sentences compared to active, action sentences. Overwhelmingly the passive won. When I heard an action verb, I gave a woot of joy. That being said at how boring the prose is, is the problem identified by most of the other reviews. If you miss something, say a phone call, you don't need to pause the audio, it will be repeated over and over again. I figure it was a lovely writing technique. Write a paragraph and then copy and paste it throughout the next ten minutes.

    So you ask, if I dislike her writing so much, why do I continue to buy her books. Because sometimes the story is worth the writing. A Good Woman is an example. This one, however, isn't. I wanted all the characters to go off to the hereafter in a blaze of glory. Of course, that's not happily ever after. Even thought it would have made me happy. So buyer beware, the book is repetitive, boring and ridiculous characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sizzling Sixteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (560)

    Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck..

    Mo says: "16... is a fizzle not a sizzle!"
    "15 was a disappointment, 16 was worse"
    Overall

    I never thought I'd wish for a Plum series book to just be over with. I finished listening about 8 hours ago and I can't even remember the point of the book. Oh, maybe there wasn't one. The narrator like usual was fantastic and Lula's lines were great. Lula was the only bright spot of the book. There were a couple grandma zingers but she wasn't highlighted much.

    At first when I saw the length of the unabridged book for a full price, I was disappointed. Now I'm thankful it was short. BTW, if you scroll through the length of the Plum series books, they are getting significantly shorter in length. As another reviewer mentioned, perhaps J. Evanovich has run out of Stephanie's adventures.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (198)

    Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father.

    Liatris says: "Tough Listen"
    "Thought provoking"
    Overall

    I was very into the development of this story. I've always held very rigid beliefs about infidelity. The characters' alternating points of view created a believable story that had me understanding the "other" woman. But did not go so far to change my beliefs and cheer for her to get the guy. The reason I gave it 5 stars was because it made me think about the story long after the ipod was turned off and I was doing something else. It stuck with me.

    And the narration was wonderful. Wow - 10 stars if possible.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 206 Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (253)

    There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct...

    M. Chinander says: "Wow, pretty sure this is the in the series"
    "Wow, pretty sure this is the in the series"
    Overall

    This is by far my favorite book in the series. There was the usual science, the wonderful Brennan and Yeah, Andrew Ryan. This novel had more character development than in other recent books in the series. I loved every minute of it. I rarely just listen for an entire weekend but I couldn't stop. I love the narrator who brought the characters to life. Sad that we'll have to wait another year for the next one.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • River's End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    Olivia's parents had been one of Hollywood's glittering golden couples...until the night the monster came. The monster who destroyed their beautiful home and took her mother away from her forever. The monster with the face of her father. Now a young woman, Olivia has a chance to confront her tragic past - and the longings of her own lonely heart. But before she can confront her past, she must safeguard her future.

    Susan says: "River's End"
    "Another Nora Roberts Winner"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked from the first 5 minutes and enjoyed the development and maturation of the characters. I loved the beauty brought to my imagination with Roberts' narrative about the Black Hills. And the animals, it was awesome. I didn't like the villain (I know you're not supposed to) because I thought the reason he was fixated on the female character was loose. Beyond that it was a great listen. And Sandra Burr did a wonderful job with the narration with the exception of the voice she gave Lucy. That one was irritating. But just how many voices can one narrator have??? :)

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Interlude

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Driven by a sense of duty and fear of monotony, Sara Lee leaves her comfortable life and fiance in Philadelphia to serve the Red Cross in Belgium during WWI. The spirited heroine finds a niche for herself helping the wounded soldiers. She meets a mysterious gentleman and falls into a haunting romance.

    M. Chinander says: "Very Lovely"
    "Very Lovely"
    Overall

    I'll preface this by saying I like contemporary fiction. I'm not a history buff but occasionally I enjoy a novel set in WWI or WWII era. That said, this was a beautiful book. The characters were full and well developed. The story matured with the characters. The author has a beautiful way with words. The dialogue was scarce but her narrative painted the picture. The narrator was one of the best readers I've listened. As I have at least 300 books in my library, I feel qualified to say that. There wasn't one point that the narration made me cringe and that doesn't happen often. Truly this was a wonderful listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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