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  • The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense: Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    >Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she never expects one of her best friends to actually keel over when she's leaving a birthday party Goldy has catered. At first, everyone assumes that all the fun and excitement of the party, not to mention the rich fare, did her in. But what looks like a coronary turns out to be a generous serving of cold-blooded murder. And the clever culprit is just getting cooking. When a colleague - a woman who resembles Goldy - is stabbed, and Goldy is attacked outside her house, it becomes clear that the popular caterer is the main course on a killer menu.

    ChihuahuaMomma says: "BEST book in the entire series."
    "LOVED IT!"
    If you could sum up The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense filled fun!

    What did you like best about this story?

    It was extremely funny.

    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Rosenblatt infuses so much personality into the characters that I feel as if I am in the story with them.

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

    I laughed out loud in several spots.

    Any additional comments?

    I have read all Diane Mott Davidson's books and listened to approximately half of them. I so much prefer Ms. Rosenblat's performances that I have repurchased those that she has recorded, replacing the other narrator. This book was very funny, and intriguing. I always enjoy the interplay between Goldie and her friends. The larger role Marla played in the book probably heightened my enjoyment, as she is hilarious. When Goldie won't do what you wish she would because it is just too outrageous - in steps Marla - damn the torpedoes. I hate it when women are easily victimized and sometimes Goldie is too placid for my tastes. In this book she was very nicely balanced by the actions of Marla.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetheart Bargain: Sweetheart Sisters Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Shirley Jump
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Sweetheart Sisters, a trio of sassy, well-meaning grannies (who aren't against a sip of bourbon with breakfast), are ready to dispense advice and help create happy endings with a little of what they do best-meddling. Animal therapist Olivia Linscott is the Sweetheart Sisters' first target. Running from a bad marriage and a lousy job, Olivia is determined to save the dog shelter she inherited from the mother she never knew and, above all, to protect her broken heart.

    genevieve says: "Underwhelming"

    The narration was good. The most memorable and enjoyable characters were the elderly ladies. They provided the spark and interest that kept me listening to the story. The male dialogue was almost laughable in many spots and often tiresome and predictable in others, it was formulaic and off-putting. The adoption angle was intriguing and I would have liked that aspect of the story to be more developed and more resolved; it was much more interesting than the romance between the characters. I would consider buying another book in the series if the elderly ladies take center stage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowning Spool: A Needlecraft Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Betsy Bronson

    Even though running Crewel World keeps Betsy plenty busy, a little extra cash on the side doesn't hurt. So when the local senior complex, Watered Silk, asks her to teach a class on the tricky punch needle technique, Betsy jumps at the opportunity to win over some new customers.

    genevieve says: "narration ruins the story"
    "narration ruins the story"
    What disappointed you about The Drowning Spool?

    The narration was awful. Of all the Crewel World mysteries I have this was the poorest narration I have experienced. While Betsy's voice was good the other characters all had either whiney similar voices,or comical type accents whether male or female. Godwin's voice was terrible. Officer Jill Cross's voice, usually conveying calm and an authoritative air also had that strange nasal twang that almost all the female voices had. It was really distracting and I couldn't enjoy the story at all.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Betsy Bronson’s performances?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed in the narration.

    Any additional comments?

    When providing the snippets to listen to the story before buying, please pick a section where more than one voice is used if at all possible. I listened to the snippet and Betsy's voice was good - but had I heard any of the others I would never have purchased this title.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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