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Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon Audiobook
Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon
Written by: 
Donna Andrews
Narrated by: 
Bernadette Dunne
Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon Audiobook

Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon

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Publisher's Summary

Poor Meg Langslow. She's blessed in so many ways. Michael, her boyfriend, is a handsome, delightful heartthrob who adores her. She's a successful blacksmith, known for her artistic wrought-iron creations. But somehow Meg's road to contentment is more rutted and filled with potholes than seems fair.

There are Michael's and Meg's doting but demanding mothers, for a start. And then there's the fruitless hunt for a place big enough for the couple to live together. And a succession of crises brought on by the well-meaning but utterly wacky demands of her friends and family. Demands that Meg has a hard time refusing, which is why she's tending the switchboard of Mutant Wizards, where her brother's computer games are created, and handling all the office management problems that no one else bothers with. For companionship, besides a crew of eccentric techies, she has a buzzard with one wing, who she must feed frozen mice thawed in the office microwave, and Michael's mother's nightmare dog. Not to mention the psychotherapists who refuse to give up their lease on half of the office space, and whose conflicting therapies cause continuing dissension. This is not what Meg had in mind when she agreed to help her brother move his staff to new offices.

In fact, the atmosphere is so consistently loony that the office mail cart makes several passes through the reception room, with the office practical joker lying on top of it pretending to be dead, before Meg realizes that he's become the victim of someone who wasn't joking at all. He's been murdered for real.

Donna Andrews's debut book, Murder with Peacocks, won the St. Martin's Malice Domestic best first novel contest and reaped a harvest of other honors as well. This is the fourth book in the Meg Langslow series, which features the intrepid Meg and her cast of oddball relatives. Their capers are a lighthearted joy to read.

©2003 Donna Andrews; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"There's a smile on every page." (Publishers Weekly)
"This may be the funniest installment of Andrews' wonderfully wacky series yet." (Romantic Times)

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    Jennifer 03-14-07
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    "Very amusing!"

    Maybe it's because I worked at a computer company but a lot of these characters and details of the environment struck home for me, not to mention the D&D memories from when I was a kid. I really enjoyed this book and the reader. She did a super job. This book has permanent spot on my ipod for when I need a little lift. I wish Audible had more of this series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna Killeen, TX, USA 05-19-09
    Deanna Killeen, TX, USA 05-19-09
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    "Fun, light-hearted mystery"

    With each book, Donna Andrews gets better. Her quirky cast always create far more problems than the murder of some unpleasant character does, making for a nice light-hearted listen.

    I was not delighted with the narrator, who made too many of the men sound like surfer types, but she did a great job on Meg's voice and the general narration. Overall, the narration was okay, just not as good as some I have heard.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Loves To Read Round Rock, TX United States 11-30-05
    Loves To Read Round Rock, TX United States 11-30-05 Member Since 2007

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    "A VERY FUNNY BOOK"

    I picked up this book because of the wackey title and felt the need of a laugh or two. I enjoyed it immensely! This was the first book of Ms. Andrews that I had read and I quickly went in search of her others. I have to say that this is still one of my favorite books and I read or listen to a book a day. Have FUN!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Cary, NC United States 05-24-12
    Emily Cary, NC United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Love this series"
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    I absolutely love this series. The characters and story are laugh out loud funny. I keep these books on my iPod at all times and have listened to both of them a countless number of times. I just wish the rest of the series was available as audiobooks. Bernadette Dunne is great, too.

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    "Fun murder mystery"

    This is a light-hearted murder mystery. Seem like an odd thing to say, but it is. Its fun to listen to and the characters are fun to. Want something just fun and entertaining - get this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Rockford, IL, USA 01-25-09
    Jill Rockford, IL, USA 01-25-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen again and again...again and..."

    Another repeater! This is a 'forever' on my iPod. After 33 times, I still chuckle at my favorite parts and feel Meg's pain in dealing with the unique individuals populating her world. We NEED the rest of these books!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Baker City, OR, United States 02-25-14
    Sandy Baker City, OR, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"

    Because of my stressful job, I really wanted something light and funny. I am thoroughly enjoying this book. The characters and story are funny but the author still has a mystery in the book. I highly recommend this book and hope Audible gets more of this series soon.

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    Lindalovesbooks 10-29-15

    I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.

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    "My Latest Addiction"
    Would you listen to Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon again? Why?

    The story is great! just enough crazy to be totally believable. I Love Donna Andrews books. I honestly don't understand why they are not more popular.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon?

    Its not just one thing....It's all the little bits. The crazy brother, the dad, the dog pack, the bikie, the ridiculous therapists. And right in the middle is this normal but wonderful main character that just seems to deal with it all beautifully.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    Her reading was great. Pace, Pitch, power were all perfect and she changes voices beautifully for different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Please Audible, Can we have the whole series???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Kothe 09-06-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Funny and clever"

    Great performance of a funny mystery. Really enjoyed it. Wish some of the earlier books were on audio.

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    Caroline Richmond, TX, United States 02-12-11
    Caroline Richmond, TX, United States 02-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "outstanding book"

    This was one of the funniest books I've ever read. While I enjoyed the audio version, I was not as happy with the narrator as with the book.

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