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  • Appraisal for Murder

  • Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series
  • By: Elaine Orr
  • Narrated by: Paula Faye Leinweber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

Jolie Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge's bed and breakfast at the Jersey shore, taking her cat, Jazz, and joining Madge's pair of prune-eating dogs. Jolie does not view this as a retreat, just a smart change. She had no idea her life was about to get even more complicated. Jolie is reestablishing friendships with Scoobie and Ramona, dodging low-level wise guy Pedone, and (oops!) finding a dead body.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New version of the audio available

  • By Elaine L. Orr on 10-01-13

Narrator is not the right age

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

The biggest issue for me was that the narrator is clearly in her late 40's/50's but the main character (who speaks in first person) is supposed to be about 27. Her voice of the main character is also pretty monotone. It just doesn't fit the bill at all. They really should have chose someone better. Perhaps if it wasn't written in first person this wouldn't be such an issue but it really ruins it all for me. The story could otherwise be good though

  • Guidebook to Murder

  • Tourist Trap, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Cahoon
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,118

In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store - Coffee, Books, and More - open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder? When Jill's elderly friend Miss Emily calls in a fit of pique, she already knows that the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily's gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill, along with all of her problems...and her enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and compelling

  • By Taylor on 10-15-14

Narrator sounds like a robot

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

There is no emotion or range of voice in the narrator. The story feels flat and lifeless. I suspect it would be better read as a book & perhaps that would have made this better. But as an audiobook the performance was less than stellar. For example when Jill gets hit by a dog she just blandly and calmly said "ouch" with no enthusiasm what so ever. It's not believably & it just really ruined the story for me completely.

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