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Lisa Chaddock

San Diego, California | Member Since 2005

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  • Trust No One: The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Linda Sue Park
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    A surprising twist brings Amy and Dan back to New England for their first mission on U.S. soil since the beginning of the Clue hunt. But being close to home is anything but a comfort. The siblings have learned that there's a mole in the Cahill organization.... And the traitor is one of their closest confidantes. However, this betrayal is overshadowed when Amy and Dan make an even more devastating discovery: the truth about the Vespers' real plan. Burdened with this terrifying information, Amy and Dan are forced to ask an impossible question: Is it more important to save the hostages...or stop the Vespers?

    Lisa Chaddock says: "Better than I was led to believe"
    "Better than I was led to believe"
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    What did you love best about Trust No One?

    The characters are growing up, as you would expect through a series like this.


    What other book might you compare Trust No One to and why?

    Septimus Heap book series, Artemus Fowl book series, these are adventures with the "growing up" theme and beginner romance interspersed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Amy finding out about the mole in the group/family. And the Voynich Manuscript!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Around the world again and again


    Any additional comments?

    This is a Young Adult offering, so one should expect a fun romp around the world that goes non-stop from start to finale, which is to say, the set up for the next book in the series. The 39 clues series is altogether one of this geography teachers favorite books series, because it gets my students to look up places and history.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Fistful of Collars: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (305)

    Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy....

    Doreen says: "I love Chet!"
    "My favorite in the series so far!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Fistful of Collars to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is great because the reader puts so much "dog" into Chet, and is really good at sounding like the dog point of view.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Fistful of Collars?

    Chet, "Curiosity killed the cat - don't know what that means, but curiosity must be good." I laughed for days over that line. There were a lot of memorable lines in this book, mostly on the part of Chet, but sometimes through Bernie.


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

    This is one of his best. I really enjoyed it. He balances making the voices clearly different without being distracting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The crime, the dog, the cat, the romance, the movies, the whole enchilada.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a great series - solid mysteries and laugh-out-loud lines from the dog, Chet. I'll come back to these for a second listen, because there are details that add to the mystery that are easily missed on the first listen. This series is well constructed and executed,and the reader is wonderful. All in all, well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half Moon Investigations

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Sean Patrick Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Fletcher Moon has never been like other kids. For one thing, he has had to suffer the humiliating nickname "Half Moon" because of his short stature. But the real reason Fletcher is different is that ever since he was a baby, he's had a nose for sniffing out mysteries. And let's just say, it's not a skill that has been appreciated by many people, including his own family.

    Jariyaporn Prasopsorn says: "Extremly Funny..."
    "So much fun - I wish it were a series!"
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    If you could sum up Half Moon Investigations in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Smart, Surprising.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Red - he is a come from behind kind of hero.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Patrick Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Sean Patrick Reilly is consistently one of the best readers for Audible.com - clear, easy on the ears, and great with a huge cast of characters.


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

    This book made me happy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norse Code

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Greg Van Eekhout
    • Narrated By Dave Thompson
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The NorseCODE genome project was designed to identify descendants of Odin. What it found was Kathy Castillo, a murdered MBA student brought back from the dead to serve as a Valkyrie in the Norse god's army. Given a sword and a new name, Mist's job is to recruit soldiers for the war between the gods at the end of the world - and to kill those who refuse to fight. But as the twilight of the gods descends, Mist makes other plans. Journeying across a chaotic American landscape already degenerating into violence and madness, Mist hopes to find her way to Helheim, the land of the dead.

    Lisa Chaddock says: "About time this came to Audible.com! Great book."
    "About time this came to Audible.com! Great book."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Norse Code to be better than the print version?

    Different. I don't like to say better, because the book was amazing when I read it back in 2009. However, that said, Dave Thompson does a wonderful job bringing the characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagery of Southern California, the action, the sideways story line. And, the fact that this is fantasy for adults who want some depth to the characters. I love having a Hispanic Norse character. It's just so modern and fresh!


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

    Dave Thompson's work is stellar. He has a nice baritone quality that is comfortable to listen to. and he doesn't overact the characters or make them more or less than the author would want. This reading is similar to his reading of Briarpatch.


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

    There were moments of incredible beauty in this book that I will never forget. Some of the description is so spot on that I could see the image in my head. Wonderful stuff.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34074)
    Performance
    (25244)
    Story
    (25587)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Good story, ponderous narration"
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    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is maybe in the top 100, but not the top 10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The second half of the book is exciting and gripping.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator needed to read this less ponderously (many of you know exactly what I mean - that bad Shakespeare kind of thing) and more like an actor would portray an active story. Terms like "he said" should not be drawn out, but almost throw-away phrases, yet this narrator drew these out as if exhausted by the text. It started to drive me nuts.

    Another reviewer said that it was like being read to, but I would also add that it is like being read AT. I am hoping that it gets better on the next book in the series.

    The second half of the book definitely got better, but there was still places that felt like I was slogging along with what seemed to be a roaring race of a story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last 15 minutes. I don't want to spoil it for others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1367)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (757)

    When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

    Janet says: "Dragon Riders of Pern meet Master and Commander"
    "Beautifully written, wonderfully read"
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    If you enjoyed "Master & Commander" or "The Darwath Series", buy this book and continue with the series.

    The writing is beautiful without being forced, and the narrator is absolutely perfect in his performance. This story takes place in the Napoleonic era, however it portrays the use of a Dragon force in addition to the Navy and ground forces.

    The history is a backdrop to many universal types of questions, not the least being that of the relationship of humans to animals of any intelligence level. It is great for high school or older reader/listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6841)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1643)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    It's definitely been written with a film in mind. Lots of chase scenes, lots of intrigue, and definitely fiction. A fun mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dance Hall of the Dead

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tony Hillerman
    • Narrated By Michael Ansara
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    A Zuni Indian boy dies in a bizarre ritual slaying - and his best friend, a Navajo youth, is missing. Navajo police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn tracks the friend from Zuni village to Navajo hogan, from anthropological dig to hippie commune, across the desert of New Mexico and Arizona.

    James says: "Pace was off"
    "Great listen"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful mystery that is both clear and easy to listen to and keep up with. I'm a big fan of Hillerman, and hope that many more of his books will be available on Audible!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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