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Meghan

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  • Rest You Merry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    For years, Professor Peter Shandy has been badgered by Jemima Ames, Assistant Librarian and Annual Chairperson, to decorate his campus home for the Grand Illumination which is Balaclava Agricultural College's main fund-raising event. Now he can hold out no longer. Goaded to madness, he buries his small brick house under an avalanche of plastic reindeer, flashing lights, and fake Santa Clauses. Hooks up an amplifier blaring "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth," locks the switches at "on," and escapes to sea on a tramp steamer....

    Amazon Customer says: "A classic story - and great for this time of year!"
    "Love the book, disappointed by the narration."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Charlotte MacLeod is my favorite cozy mystery writer. I have read Rest You Merry and the other books in the Peter Shandy series a number of times - I wouldn't change anything.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As other reviewers have noted, the narrator pronounced certain words very strangely, to the extent that I'm not sure if he is a native English speaker. This audio book was less of a performance and more of a straight reading of the novel by someone who didn't really know what it was about or who the characters were supposed to be. You need a very particular kind of narrator for a cozy mystery that gets its color from quirky, not-quite-realistic characters and stylized, old-fashioned dialogue, and unfortunately Mr. McLain doesn't quite hit the mark.


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