Footprints in the Butter is a full-cast Audio Cinema™ performance adapted by Siren Audio Studios based on the romantic mystery written by best-selling author Denise Dietz. The print book was an Indie Bookstores best seller. The story features amateur sleuth, Ingrid Beaumont.
In her own mind, Ingrid is the quintessential amateur sleuth. She enjoys riddles, but has never solved a real mystery in her life. From books to television to movies, Ingrid always guesses wrong. But now Ingrid must unriddle the death of her childhood friend, world renowned artist Wylie Jamestone. A note tacked to his latest canvas read: "Give this to Ingrid. Let the treasure hunt begin." Now whether she wants to play detective or not, Ingrid has no choice. The killer is after her!
Original music inspired by the author’s book and heroine’s hit single “Clowns” is brought to life by composer/producer Bill Royal and performed by Boulevard Lane: Angela Andazola & Bill Royal.
©1999 Denise Dietz (P)2011 Siren Audio Studios
“Elephant jokes, crackling dialogue, and plenty of snappy tough-girl attitude abound in this lighthearted but soulful adaptation of Dietz’s 2003 mystery. The production features a well-executed and innovative soundscape. Ensemble acting, well-mixed music, and realistic sound effects all lock in seamlessly to create the total effect of the story. Denise Dietz’s easy wit and Siren Audio Studios’ entertaining production just may have something to teach the big-boy audio publishers.” (AudioFile Magazine)
I love a trashy mystery! This one isn't trashy--it's TRASH. I've listened to about half an hour of it, and I'm completely turned off by Denise Dietz's hackneyed writing. What's worse is that the book isn't READ, it's PERFORMED--complete with ridiculous sound effects and music. The acting is awful. I've applied for a refund.
To be fair, I don't know how to rate this book on the story or overall. The 'theater performance' which is how the reading is described is so dreadful on the ears that I couldn't get through more than 5 minutes. The background music causes one to strain to hear the reader and then the 'action' switches to a ball game with cheering crowds. Some listeners may enjoy the distracting (and unnecessarily loud) background sounds but I subscribe to Audible in order to listen to the author's words. This book was described as light and amusing and it may be but I couldn't bear the production.
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