Isabel Keating's voice shines in her portrayal of characters who engage in a holiday shop-decorating contest in Savannah, Georgia. Keating's voice reflects antiques dealer Weezie Foley's enthusiasm as she embraces the task of decorating her store in a 1950s' theme. As Weezie makes holiday plans with boyfriend Daniel, her voice is tinged with humor, a tone that contrasts well with his deep, pragmatic tones. Weezie's neighbor, a fellow shop owner in the historic district, has a clear, distinctive Hispanic accent, complete with a touch of smugness that expresses his conviction that he will win the decorating contest. Keating's diction remains crisp and clear, even as she provides many of her characters with lilting Southern accents.
But suddenly things start to go missing from her display, and there seems to be an uninvited midnight visitor to her shop. Still, Weezie has high hopes for the holiday, maybe in the form of an engagement ring from her chef boyfriend. But Daniel, always moody at the holidays, seems more distant than usual.
Throw in Weezie's decidedly odd family, a mysterious 1950s Christmas-tree pin, and even a little help from the King himself (Elvis, that is), and maybe there will be a pocketful of miracles for Weezie this Christmas Eve.
©2006 Mary Kay Andrews; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Andrews...nails idiosyncratic Southern charm and teases out a touching denouement." (Publishers Weekly)
"Andrews gives her readers what they have come to expect from her, along with some new twists, in this funny, funky Christmas story." (Booklist)
It's almost impossible to ruin one of the "Southern" books by Mary Kay Andrews -- I'm not so fond of the other series, but these books, packed with fun stuff about picking and antiquing and junk shopping -- and selling -- are always interesting. I've both listened to the other books in this series and read them a several times over. Nothing very profound here, just plain old good fun.
That said, this one came close to being ruined by the narrator. In the first two minutes, she committed the first goof -- pronouncing Weezie's wacky sidekick's name as "BeeBee" instead of 'Bay Bay'. It's important, because in one of the earlier books, Andrews makes a big point about how the name is pronounced, and why. So right away, I knew this was going to be a less-than-terrific narrator.
Some of the other accents are just atrocious -- one character she makes sound as though he's a monster, growling, just out of the grave. She messes around with the gay characters in such a way I'm surprised people haven't complained -- it's not pleasant.
Still, you'd have to work harder than this narrator to ruin the book -- its a good short listen, still fun. Just try to let that horrible narration go in one ear and out the other...
I really LOVE Mary Kay Andrews and have been pleased with the audio versions of all her other books, but the narrator on this one is AWFUL....nothing worse than a BAD Southern accent and words and key names being repeatedly mispronounced...am going to try to listen to it again. My advice is to to the preview and make sure you can deal with the audio....alright...I'm going to try again...I am confident it's going to be a good book...but you know the audio in audiobook is a pretty important word! LOL
I purchased this audiobook thinking it would be along the same lines as books by Fannie Flagg or Jan Karon..unfortunately it was a far cry! The plot is petty, the language really krass for the circumstances, and the narrator does nothing with her flat voice to improve it..Can't recommend this one folks!
I packed my ipod with lots of Christmas enjoyment and this book was one of my choices. I enjoyed it very much. It was light and sweet and perfect with a cup of coffee, a pair of scissors, a wee bit of tape, and presents to wrap. This was the perfect book for the moment: what more can you ask?
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
I am having so much fun following Weezie and Bebe! They are fun, spunky, and full of adventure. Great narration too !! This was not a long book, but I look forward to many more books by Mary Kay and the adventures of Weezie Foley!
Love this story...I have listened to it 3yrs in a row @ Christmastime. It's great to get me in the mood for a southern holiday season!
I would change the narrator.
The narrator spoiled this book. Bebe (with long a's)--the main character's best friend from the first Savannah book--became BEE BEE. The characters in this southern book did not have southern accents...not even poor ones. All the male characters sounded alike and female characters did not have consistent voices. I would love to buy more Mary Kay Andrew's audio books, but not when Ms. Keating is the narrator.
I could not enjoy the story of this book because the narration was so poor.
I loved Savannah Blues and was excited to find this sequel. Unfortunately, I did not believe the narrator reviews. Does the author have no input on who narrates her stories. Can't believe, if she did, that Ms. Keating would have narrated so many of her books.
Mary Kay Andrews does a great job with the third installment of this story. The storyline is great, the characters are genuine and just as funny from te other books. Isabel Keating does a good job with te narration.
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