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  • Cream Puff Murder

  • A Hannah Swensen Mystery
  • By: Joanne Fluke
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 292

Fan-adored author Joanne Fluke always satisfies the cravings of listeners who like their mysteries served with a sugary sweet confection. Hannah Swensen, like most women in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is not a fan of Ronni Ward - the man-stealing gym bunny. So when Ronni turns up lifeless in a Jacuzzi - accompanied by one of Hannah's cream puffs - the long list of suspects begins with Hannah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cream Puff Murder

  • By Andra on 07-08-09

The Narration is Killing Me Slowly

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-18

How could the performance have been better?

This is not the right narrator for this book - or this series of books for that matter. While I'm sure Ms. Toren is talented and does well with other books, she should not be narrating this one. She makes everybody sound like a little old lady - except the men, the men all sound a little like Eeyore. (Seriously, cannot tell the difference between Norman and Mike's "hi, Hannah" and I expect one of them to say, "It's a nice day, if you like them bright and sunny" at any moment.

Any additional comments?

I've been reading the Hannah Swenson books on and off for years, and of course I watch the Hallmark movies. I know there are differences in the Hannah described in the book and Allison Sweeny's Hannah, and generally I'm ok with it. I also know there are differences in the other residents of Lake Eden (between the book and movie versions) - but I have the hardest time with Delores. Maybe it's the narration, but this audiobook make her sound like a nervous, weak, elderly shell of a woman - the movie shows her more confident. I have a hard time reconciling the Delores in my head with this one.

  • It Takes a Witch

  • A Wishcraft Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Heather Blake
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 690

Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee deep in murder.Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting start to the series

  • By K. April Holgate on 11-02-15

Didn't finish it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I'm sure the story is just like all the other "cozy mysteries" that are out now - fluffy and fun and good brain candy. Unfortunately, the narrator's voice and the character's accents just drove me up a wall. Maybe it's because I'm from the South that I find a Northern/New England accent so grating, but I just could not make myself finish this book.