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"Dixie is a complex, well-conceived character and the plot fast-moving and believable." (Kirkus Reviews)
The main character has a few rage issues she needs to deal with but otherwise I found it a very entertaining mystery. Since she's a pet sitter you also get to be entertained by a few animals. There were twists and turns, a few surprises, and some great characters. There are, of course, some bad characters which is what you would expect in a murder mystery. There were a few loose threads that could have been tied up but they may be in future books in the series. Unfortunately Audible only has two books in the series so far.
The narrator was perfect for the book and brought all the characters to life. She was even pretty good with the male voices.
This was a fun and quick read. I liked the cat sitter aspect and I also like the heroine's attitude and at times salty language! There were a couple of parts where I actually laughed out loud. It was a good start to a series, but I'm not sure whether or not I will continue with the entire series. This is probably one that I would pick up if was in the mood for a light read. The characters are fun and I can see that there is plenty of room for character development as the series progresses.
I listened to this through Audible and the narration was fine. However, the editing drove me nuts. There were long pauses at times, sometimes between chapters and sometimes for no apparent reason. At other times, the chapter was announced so quickly, it sounded like a continuation of the previous sentence. Also, the book was broken up into two parts for easy downloading; normally, there is a sensical reason for the stopping point. Not here - it abruptly stops and then starts again, seemingly in the middle of a paragraph - they could have done a better job with that.
Enjoyable "chick" mystery.
The plot was relatively predictable but the story kept up a decent pace. I wasn't suprised by the ending but enjoyed the "ride".
There were times when the narration was too fast, especially when one chapter ended and another began. The words ran together and it was irritating at times. It isn't enough to keep me from listening to other books by this narrator.
I thought by the title that there might be some humor in the book, but that wasn't the case. If you are looking for a lighthearted murder mystery, this really isn't it. There were parts of the book that were very sad, but not enough to evoke tears.
I enjoyed the story and will listen to other books by this author and narrator. If you like mysteries and animals you will like this book.
Say something about yourself!
This was a good mystery. I wasn't able to figure out who the killer was. It's also a good read for those who love animals.
Only problem is getting used to the narrator. Julia did a fine job, she sounds monotone to me. Not much excitement in her voice. Almost made me sleepy.
It might be worth a credit, but I would listen to the voice sample all the way through first.
I'll try another of this series. The main character has a lot of potential to become more interesting.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
This was an enjoyable listen that held my interest. The main character Dixie reminded me a lot of the Charlaine Harris mystery heroine Lily Bard - each character is a strong woman recreating normal in her life after a tragedy. In addition to the exploration of Dixie's character, there were some hints of romance and some cute animal scenes (which as a fan of cozy mysteries I enjoyed). Recommended to people who like that sort of thing - though why anyone who didn't would consider a book called Curiousity Killed the Cat Sitter I can't imagine
This book was ok, for a first in a series. I must admit, I agree with the previous poster who remarked that he felt “preached at”. I did too! The author comments, remarks, rants, and rather berates anyone that doesn’t agree with her opinions on many topics (from hand-washing to conservative talk-show hosts, to the American treatment of gays). This was a bit over-the-top!
However, the lecturing aside, the plot and mystery was rather a good one. I suspected the culprit, but didn’t know for sure. I didn’t find myself liking the main character. She held too much rage and was way too opinionated for me to be able to identify with her. Jumping and physically beating someone just for saying something she didn’t agree with.. just isn’t someone I’d care to know.
The narrator was good. I never had a problem distinguishing the speaker of the moment.
No, I wouldn’t recommend this book to any of my friends. Nor will I be buying another in the series. I just don’t care to pay to be bullied.
I am a great fan of audio books. Audible is definitely one of my best friends. So many books, so little time!
I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks. I listen to my favorites again and sometimes again. To me it's like listening to music. We don't just listen to songs once and say, "Oh, I've heard that before." I listen to good audiobooks more than once and repeat good videos. On the scale of 1 - 10 of audiobooks I listen to again, I'd rank Curiosity Killed the Catsitter as a 9. The story was creative and both funny and poignant. The narration was excellent. The pet parts really added to the interest.
I had a little trouble hitting that pause button. Throughout, there was just enough information given that I always had an idea of where it was going next. I was surprised some, but that's great, because anticipation is an enjoyably involving aspect.
Julia Gibson has one of those voices that make me feel very comfortable. The inflection in her reading is very natural. When she is frightened, she sounds frightened and the speed and intensity of reading speeds up. Her different voices sound like different people, and natural rather than affected. When she reads, I almost feel like she is right there in the room with me telling me the story.
Yes. In fact I was glad that I was in a position to finish it in one weekend, which I did. I carried my iPhone around with me as I did other things and just kept this going.
I am a voracious reader. I love the written/spoken word. Fiction or non-fiction, reading is always my "downtime" activity." I've been in a shift toward audio over the past 10 years. I loved being read to as a child. I now find that listening to a really good narrator read me a story is a very comforting experience--whether the book is a romantic comedy, a mystery, or a thriller. I get lost in the story that I'm listening to. This one was a pleasure indeed. Can't wait to listen to Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund!
This book flows well and kept me coming back for more. I can't wait to read the second book in the series. It is action packed, humorous at times, and an easy listen. It's not hard to like and empathize with the protagonist and to enjoy the other characters. The narrator has a pleasant voice that fits the persona of the main character. My only complaint is that whoever did the sound editing left huge silences between some chapter introductions and then jammed the introductions onto the last sentence of the previous chapter at other times.
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