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Lisa Chretien

Hermiston, OR United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 7 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 392 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Hidden: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (567)

    Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

    English Teach says: "Okay"
    "Narrator mispronounces place names"
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    Where does Hidden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hidden is about in the middle of the pack. I have listened to far worse and far better. Nice story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Harper, just like him.


    What three words best describe Kate Rudd’s voice?

    Not varied enough. My biggest issue with her narration is that she mispronounces Willamette! Living in Oregon, not Orygone, I am getting tired of the mispronouciations. Especially when this isn't live and someone should have caught the mistake and had her rerecord it! It's Will am it, not Willa met.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My extreme reaction is totally about changing place names and landmarks. I've read and listened to many books and the authors don't change the names. It's just irritating, maybe they have to, or maybe the author was too lazy to research.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite my irritations I would say it is a good listen, if you get on your plan. I wouldn't pay extra for it. Maybe check it out at the library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Decaffeinated Corpse: A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (110)

    When an old friend of her ex-husband develops the world's first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean and smuggles it into the country, Clare Cosi believes it's a business opportunity she needs to investigate... at least until the first dead body shows up. With casualties piling up and a complicated blend of old and new loves muddying the waters, it's up to Clare to find the murderer before one of her near and dears takes the fall. Otherwise, her latest addition to the menu will prove to be a real buzz killer….

    Nancy says: "This is becoming a great cozy mystery series!"
    "Disappointed"
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    When I first started listening to this novel I was thinking it was a good thing I didn't start with this book because I would have stopped here and not found how much I enjoy Clare, Matteo, and the rest. It wasn't the story itself so much as the interpersonal reactions of Clare and Joy. I wanted to take Clare by the neck and shove her against the wall at every conversation she had with Joy. Maybe it is raising a daughter myself and that Clare seems to be saying one thing while doing another. Joy isn't 12, she's what? 21?
    I will continue listening, because I know there is good stuff in there. An author can't sustain a perfect record with every book in a series. Good book, just don't let the stupid interactions get in the way of the story. Please don't let it happen, pretty please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (740)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "It's Scarpetta what more can I say"
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    I love Kate Reading and I love Scarpetta novels. The worst part of the audio edition is that I can listen to it while I cook or clean and that just makes the listening experience not last as long.
    In comparison to the other novels I would have to say this one is the middle of the road. If I'd have had a hard copy, I doubt that I would have spent late hours reading. But, with that said, I loved it.
    I would definitely recommend it to other fans of Patricia Cornwell and Scarpetta.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7461)
    Performance
    (3841)
    Story
    (3901)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Karen says: "Not a King fan...BUT"
    "I love George Guidall"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was recommended to me by a total Stephen King fan. I would recommend it to a King fan or a Guidall fan.


    What other book might you compare The Gunslinger to and why?

    Because it is apocolyptic fiction, I would compare it to many of the post nuclear or environmental disaster novels I have read. I know the Dark Tower series is recommended by many fans, but I am not sure King has captured anything new with this novel. Maybe the others will show a evolution.


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

    I love George Guidall's rendition of the Walt Longmire novels by Craig Johnson. If a novel has Guidall as the narrator I am likely to purchase it, no matter who the author is. Guidall was the perfect choice for The Gunslinger, of course, the voice depicts cowboy like few others I have listened to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, extreme reaction. King's books foster a sense of wonderment about how can a guy create such fiction and still be normal. I do love many of his novels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evil at Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Here Gretchen is still on the loose and Archie is still hospitalized after his ploy to catch her went spectacularly wrong. They've entered a detente of sorts: Archie agrees not to kill himself if she agrees not to kill anyone else. But suddenly there's something else to contend with that might be worse - a zealous fan of Gretchen's, paying homage to the Beauty Killer by luring Archie and reporter Susan Ward to the scene of a grisly murder.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Average novel with irritating music thru-out"
    "A disappointment"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I found the character of Susan to be totally unbelievably naive.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Listening to 11-22-63, but Stephen King right now.


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

    I know the voice and I love it, but I can't place the books I've listened that she narratored.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, there would have to be a total redo of Susan. Her stupidity drove me absolutely crazy and not in a good way.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen the third one, I'm a glutton for punishment, but kill the Sweetheart killer already. These characters can really stand on their own without her.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Ice Cold Grave: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1240)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (586)

    Called to tiny Doraville, North Carolina, Harper investigates the disappearance of several young boys. After finding them buried in a secluded wood, it becomes clear that a sadistic serial killer is stalking the town's children.

    A User says: "Cant wait till november!"
    "Fine Author, Fine Series"
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    Any additional comments?

    I find this series by Charlain Harris to be right on par with the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I hope if a movie or series is considered for Harper and Tolover, that they don't screw it up as they did with True Blood.
    I love Harper and Tolover. With the first novel in this series, I have cared about Harper and Tolover more and more. While I do love holding a good book in my hands, being able to take Harper on my walks with my dogs is wonderful. I hope the series continues beyond #4, though since I haven't listened to it yet, I don't know if it will be a final experience. I would guess that many would consider this series to be a

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1437)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (677)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Book is great, Narrator not so much"
    Overall

    After reading some of the other reviews, I felt I had to add my sentiment to the others who feel that book itself is great! Dick Hill's intrepretations of the characters really grated on my nerves and almost caused me to move on to another book. The female characters are intoned in such a whiny whimpy voice that I wondered what Mr. Hill was thinking. The voices of the daughter also grated on me. The male voices were relatively fine, though they seemed to change a bit as the book went along.
    My advice grin and bear the narration, the book is a winner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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