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donnachandler

An avid book reader who absolutely loves having the opportunity to carry my favorite books everywhere I go and listen to them anytime I want

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  • Delayed Diagnosis: Rhea Lynch, M.D., Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gwen Hunter
    • Narrated By Carol Hendrickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Dr. Rhea Lynch left a suffocating life in Charleston to practice medicine in the ER of a small South Carolina Hospital. Now, Dawkins County is her home, a place that holds the only real family she's ever known. But when she returns from vacation, Rhea is shocked to discover that her best friend, Marisa, is near death and unable to communicate. The official diagnosis: a paralyzing stroke. Despite the family's attempts to keep her away, Rhea is determined to make her own diagnosis.

    wanda says: "Good story, lousy performance"
    "Slow to start but, gathers speed for a wild ride"
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    If you could sum up Delayed Diagnosis in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, enticing, unpredictable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This is one that I was not able to predict.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As an animal lover, her experience with the dumped dog touched my heart.


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

    Designing Women meets Murder She Wrote.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been looking for another series to grab my attention. In the beginning, I will admit the extreme southern accent was hard to tolerate and I had to make myself listen. However as I got further into the book, the southern charm, traditions and nuance's made the accent fit perfectly with the character, to the point I could actually visualize the character and settings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By JD Nixon
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Despite having no experience or skills, Tilly Chalmers can’t believe her luck when she lands a dream job in a security and surveillance business owned by the dangerously attractive Heller. But she soon discovers her new boss is a man of many secrets. And what is she to make of the strange group of people who live with him? After her first two assignments go disastrously wrong, and with a ruthless competitor on the scene, Tilly must decide if she has what it takes to survive the rough world of security work.

    donnachandler says: "Fifty Shades of Gray has nothing on Heller"
    "Fifty Shades of Gray has nothing on Heller"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Although there is not any depth in the series compares to other mystery/detective novels I prefer, it is an entertaining listen.


    Would you be willing to try another book from JD Nixon? Why or why not?

    I am going to continue with the series and see where it goes. If the next book doesn't have a real "plot" that requires some cerebral challenge, I don't know that I will continue with the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Envisioning the butt/nutt kicking experience with the poligimist preacher where Tillie makes him tell his "wives" what he had done to/attempted to do to her made me laugh. Later when Tillie receives a gift and a note from the wives explaining how much different (for the better) their lives were was nice.


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

    The private moments between Tillie and Heller are interesting. At times you get the impression Heller seems to care for Tillie as a little sister he has the obligation to to protect because he loves her as family. However a quickly as you can blink, the sexual tension goes from 0 to 100+ . Can they have the kind of relationship needed to work together with Heller firmly in control as a boss, or will they ever give into their physician desires? I'm not sure Tillie has the maturity to separate the two feelings if this were to happen. And, Tillie has yet to understand that Hillers interest in her private life may actually be due to threats to his security business and knowing that his rivals would stoop so low as to use Tillies naïveté to breach the warehouses inner sanctum.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to wonder if this author might be Annelise Ryan using another pen name. Tillie and Maddie Winston (the main female character in Ryan's series) have so many silularities i.e. height, weight, ample bosom, shoe size, attitudes and phraseology. The characters and verbiage are so similar, not to mention the same narrator, it makes me wonder. And, the more I listen, the more I am sure the writers are one and the same

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: Mattie Winston Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Annelise Ryan
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (185)

    When Mattie Winston catches her husband Dr. David Winston receiving some very special loving care from R.N. Karen Owenby, she quits her job and moves out. Mattie's best friend Izzy offers her a place to stay and suggests she'd be a natural as deputy coroner. Now, instead of taking patients' pulses, Mattie's weighing their hearts and livers. But Mattie's first homicide call turns out to be for none other than Nurse Karen, and even though she saw her ex in a heated argument with the newly deceased the night before, she refuses to believe David could be a killer.

    Kathy says: "A Combo of NCIS, Bones and Physical Comedy!"
    "Laughed my butt off!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Working Stiff to be better than the print version?

    I can't answer this as I have never read the printed version. I can't imagine I could enjoy the story any more than I did.


    What other book might you compare Working Stiff to and why?

    There is nothing I can compare this to. It is in a group all by it's self. If there is another series this enjoyable, sign me up.


    What about Jorjeana Marie’s performance did you like?

    Having never heard this narrator before, I strongly identify her with the persona of Maggie. The combination of clever writing and believable narration make for a great listen.


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

    The medical examiner with the reputation for the naked truth.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it's because I am six feet tall and closely relate to everything she refers to concerning her height, but I immediately fell in love with this series. Not many books about the dark side of death can leave you smiling and looking forward to the next book, but this one definitely leaves you looking forward to the next listen. Sad to see it is a short series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doing Harm

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kelly Parsons
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    Chief resident Steve Mitchell is the quintessential surgeon: ambitious, intelligent, confident. Charged with molding a group of medical trainees into doctors, and in line for a coveted job, Steve's future is bright. But then a patient mysteriously dies, and it quickly becomes clear that a killer is on the loose in his hospital. A killer set on playing a deadly game with Steve. A killer holding information that could ruin his career and marriage. Now, alone and under a cloud of suspicion, Steve must discover a way to outsmart his opponent and save the killer's next victim before the cycle repeats itself again and again….

    Jacqueline says: "Unbelievable First Novel--Not in a Good Way"
    "Just another attempt at a medical thriller"
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    What did you love best about Doing Harm?

    One on hand, being involved in the medical field, I appreciated the exactness of the medical terminology and procedures. On the other hand, if you are not familiar with this professional, you could still listen, but the technical stuff could possibility turn you off and leave a bitter taste in your mouth.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doing Harm?

    Finally at the end of the book when you think he has been beaten, and "circling the drain" the person who saves him is a total surprise that I really didn't see coming.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    I'm not a sadist, but I absolutely enjoyed Gigi. How her mind works, her methods and games just really make you stop and wonder how the mind goes to such a dark place. She may have been insane, but she was brilliant and cunning in her delivery.


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

    At many points I had to stop and look at the time left til the end and decide if I wanted to devote that much time to the book. It was a LONG listen and there was so much that was not needed to develop the characters. There were points where I wondered how someone so insecure and immature could make it through medical school. I finally got into it about half way through.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good start to a series. Michael Palmer, Robin Cook and other medical writers have nothing to worry about. She isn't going to win over any of their fans. Actually, the author might want to read a couple of their books and see how the best writers do it and learn a few things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Danny Mastrogiorgio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (362)

    At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemend building...

    loretta says: "Great listen, good story, BUT abrupt end......"
    "Another James Cross home run"
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    If you could sum up Burn in three words, what would they be?

    Succinct, well written, mesmerizing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Burn?

    When Bennett was at the gate and his protégés stepped up and displayed their newly found confidence, received from soaking in all of Bennett's words and actions. Previously considered misfits, it became apparent they were excellent students and would indeed grow into excellent NYC police officers.


    What does Danny Mastrogiorgio bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is his voice. The richness and maturity in his voice help you visualize how powerful Detective Michael Bennett really is. He does not need to use power or brutality to get what he needs. His self confidence, experience, instincts, ability to bite his tongue, think rationally and act quickly help you understand that his mere presence is something that demands ones full and immediate attention. You can easily visualize Michael Bennett every time he speaks. The ability to hear his thoughts really help you understand Michael Bennett as more than a cop. I can't imagine anyone else being the voice of Michael Bennett.


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

    One can only hope a movie will follow...

    Think of the most vile criminals and acts against human mankind. Hannibal Lecter has nothing on these guys and it's up to Detective Michael Bennett and his squad of misfit cops to stop him.


    Any additional comments?

    So nice to hear a book that flows. I grow tired of books with 3 or 4 different story lines. Or narrators that lack the ability to put any depth into their characters. Nothing worse than having to go back 5 or 10 minutes after taking a break to help you remember what's going on. This is a great read for Michael Bennett fans. Finally a happy ending.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lifelines: Angels of Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By CJ Lyons
    • Narrated By Joe Jung
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    A gripping behind-the-scenes drama of four women who face life and death every day. On her first day at Pittsburgh's Angels of Mercy Medical Center, L.A. - transplant Lydia Fiore, the new ER attending physician, loses a patient: the Chief of Surgery's son. Now, to save her career, Lydia must discover the truth behind her patient's death, even as it leads her into unfamiliar - and risky - territory.

    Marianne E Hintz says: "Medical Terminology ;- ("
    "Angels of Mercy - not waiting for sequel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No I would not. Hopefully there will be an abridged version at some point. This book was far too long and neither the story or the undeveloped characters were able to hold my attention for any length of time. I found myself having to replay chapters to remember what was going on. The characters were so much alike at times I couldn't remember who was who. The concept of the story was ok, but when dealing with individuals in a medical environment, there needs to be more depth to the characters thus giving the reader a better opportunity to understand the characters, especially when the story is based on the interaction between these characters. Far too many doctors and nurses for me to keep track of. There were not even any deviations in the voice of the narrator to help you move between characters as quickly as the story moved at times.


    What other book might you compare Lifelines to and why?

    This book is like many other "medical thrillers". Individuals become ill outside the hospital, they are brought to the hospital, receive adequate care, yet eventually mysteriously die.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Jung – was your favorite?

    None of them were performed to the level of becoming a favorite.


    Who was the most memorable character of Lifelines and why?

    None were memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    It took me several attempts to finish the book, but I am unsure if I could actually describe to anyone the motive for the killings. There were so many individuals murdered and so many different theories, I do not have a clear vision as to why the murders took place. I think it was revenge for someone's mother or wife dying, but don't know how she died and why several different physicians are being held responsible for her death or how the individuals murdered were related to these physicians. Nor did I ever understand why this one new physician was trying to be murdered for her interaction with the victims. It is also extremely hard to imagine that a new doctor would arrive in a very large metropolitan hospital on July 1st and on the very first day of a new job with, her second patient, in a new city where she knows no one, she could walk into a situation where anyone could actually believe she was murdering individuals she has never set eyes on before. Harder to believe that one individual who doesn't have the appearance or intelligence of someone who could take care of himself could have the ability to perform the extremely well thought out murderous tasks. Just not believable. I won't be holding my breath for the next book in the series. Very disappointing

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (1019)
    Story
    (1021)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Wonderfully written"
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    What did you love best about The Profiler's Daughter?

    I loved that this book told one story. Unlike some books, it did not jump between several plots all happening at the same time, nor did it jump from present then to another period in time. It made the book an easy to listen, uncomplicated and yet extremely enjoyable as the story begins to unravel and the plot reveals the truth. I honestly did not figure out who was the criminal until the last 5 minutes of the book. I didn't feel the need to skip back 15 minutes each time I started listening to help me remember what the book was about. And with few characters, no confusion as to whom was speaking. Had this been a paperback, it would have been an all night read for me. Can't wait for the next book from this author.


    Would you ever listen to anything by P. M. Steffen again?

    Can't wait! Bring them on! Glad I found the author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't give anything away, but the teenage son is the hero of the book. Since has less to loose than anyone else, he seems to be the only one willing a chance. And how daring was he? You will have to buy the book to find out.


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

    Indeed it was. Very enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Great find. Thanks to the author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (368)

    George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

    DebaDeb says: "There's an app for that!"
    "I feel cheated!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed listening to the book. Working around the medical professional, I could actually visualize this happening and thought it might be a workable application. For a change, the concept was not something so far over my head or hard to understand that I had to listen two or three times to wrap my brain around the idea.


    What could Robin Cook have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Finished the book and not left me feeling frustrated and cheated.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I don't feel he was able to change his tone to properly make the differences in age needed to help the listener understand when one character is speaking vs another character. I found this especially hard with the age difference between characters.


    Do you think Cell needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Of course he does. He didn't finish this one


    Any additional comments?

    I do not understand why an author would put so much time and effort into a book and them just leave his fans hanging with no ending. Why not just call it a prequel?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cross My Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Tom Wopat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (580)

    Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart--nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.

    juliet says: "Worst Story EVER!"
    "Why would you do that to your fans?"
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    What would have made Cross My Heart better?

    How about an ending? Telling your readers that you "had to be true to Alex, and sometimes you must accept tragedy" is a bunch of crap. You ended the book this way just to string us along until the next book is written. Well, Mr. Patterson, my string is snapped. I invested almost 10 hours of my time listening to your book. You strung me along too far on this one and I am now a former fan.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson again?

    I was a faithful follower of Alex Cross and couldn't wait until the next book was released. DONE.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ?

    Nothing negative to say about the narration.


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    As I listened, my only complaint had been the story lines. Why can't a book be written from start to finish without have more than one story line running together and flip flopping back and forth? So confusing. Then the book ended. I wasn't disappointed..... I was pissed. Can't believe I spent my money on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9805)
    Performance
    (8830)
    Story
    (8839)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Not Johns biggest fan"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    I don't read print versions, so I can't answer this question.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

    I was a huge fan of John Grisham when he began writing his first book. I got bored with his style after a while and stopped purchasing his books.


    What aspect of Michael Beck’s performance would you have changed?

    The attempt at a deep southern accent was almost sappy it was so drawn out and sloppy. Since the majority of the book is spoken by men, the tone between the men is at times hard to tell apart. By the end, between skipping between the past and present and attempting to change his tone to represent a different man, I found it hard to follow and keep my interest. Every time I tried to listen, I had to go back 5 - 10 minutes to remember where I was in the book. Disappointing.


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

    None. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you are a diehard Grisham fan, don't bother.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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