Blue Christmas

Narrated by: Isabel Keating
Series: Weezie and Bebe Mysteries, Book 3
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Fiction, Chick Lit
4 out of 5 stars (342 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to deck out her shop for the Savannah historical district decorating contest, which she intends to win. Weezie is ready to shoot herself with her glue gun by the time she's done, but the results are stunning. She's certainly one-upped the owners of the trendy shop around the corner.

But suddenly things start to go missing from her display, and there seems to be an uninvited midnight visitor to her shop. Still, Weezie has high hopes for the holiday, maybe in the form of an engagement ring from her chef boyfriend. But Daniel, always moody at the holidays, seems more distant than usual.

Throw in Weezie's decidedly odd family, a mysterious 1950s Christmas-tree pin, and even a little help from the King himself (Elvis, that is), and maybe there will be a pocketful of miracles for Weezie this Christmas Eve.

©2006 Mary Kay Andrews (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Andrews...nails idiosyncratic Southern charm and teases out a touching denouement." (Publishers Weekly)
"Andrews gives her readers what they have come to expect from her, along with some new twists, in this funny, funky Christmas story." (Booklist)

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Narrator disappointment

I read this book years ago, thought it was charming, so I bought the audio version for fun this season. I still like the story, but the reader ruined the audio. Her central/narrator character and some of the female characters were fairly good, but every one of her male characters sounded like either a moron or a thug, or both. Wasn't too thrilled with her racist interpretation of the Latin guy, either, and his gay partner was just weird-sounding. I couldn't even finish the recording.
I don't know if Keating is any better on other books, but based on this book, I will never buy anything she reads. What a disappointment.

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Good book, narrator problems

It's almost impossible to ruin one of the "Southern" books by Mary Kay Andrews -- I'm not so fond of the other series, but these books, packed with fun stuff about picking and antiquing and junk shopping -- and selling -- are always interesting. I've both listened to the other books in this series and read them a several times over. Nothing very profound here, just plain old good fun.

That said, this one came close to being ruined by the narrator. In the first two minutes, she committed the first goof -- pronouncing Weezie's wacky sidekick's name as "BeeBee" instead of 'Bay Bay'. It's important, because in one of the earlier books, Andrews makes a big point about how the name is pronounced, and why. So right away, I knew this was going to be a less-than-terrific narrator.

Some of the other accents are just atrocious -- one character she makes sound as though he's a monster, growling, just out of the grave. She messes around with the gay characters in such a way I'm surprised people haven't complained -- it's not pleasant.

Still, you'd have to work harder than this narrator to ruin the book -- its a good short listen, still fun. Just try to let that horrible narration go in one ear and out the other...

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The jury is still out...

I really LOVE Mary Kay Andrews and have been pleased with the audio versions of all her other books, but the narrator on this one is AWFUL....nothing worse than a BAD Southern accent and words and key names being repeatedly mispronounced...am going to try to listen to it again. My advice is to to the preview and make sure you can deal with the audio....alright...I'm going to try again...I am confident it's going to be a good book...but you know the audio in audiobook is a pretty important word! LOL

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the right book for the right moment

I packed my ipod with lots of Christmas enjoyment and this book was one of my choices. I enjoyed it very much. It was light and sweet and perfect with a cup of coffee, a pair of scissors, a wee bit of tape, and presents to wrap. This was the perfect book for the moment: what more can you ask?

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Shallow and dry......

I purchased this audiobook thinking it would be along the same lines as books by Fannie Flagg or Jan Karon..unfortunately it was a far cry! The plot is petty, the language really krass for the circumstances, and the narrator does nothing with her flat voice to improve it..Can't recommend this one folks!

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Great story - Horrible Narrator

This is such a great edition to the Weezie and BeBe series and I was really looking forward to listening to it, but the narrator ruined the experience. The narrator mispronounced many words, had no change in character voices and used a hideous accent that is nothing like a Savannah drawl.

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Just awful

This story went nowhere - so predictable and lacked any depth. It was hard to like the characters (who were sooooo cliched) and I did not enjoy the reader/narrator - the accents weren't bad but the hoarse quality she assumed whenever tasked with imitating a male voice, didn't really work. Sorry, I'd like to say something positive but I just can't think of anything!

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More of an episode than a novel

I bought this because I wanted something light and fluffy. I read another book with Weezie and Bebe, and they are fun characters to spend time with.

You still get the crazy antics of these two best friends, and you still enjoy their feisty friendship, but I can only recommend buying this if it is on sale for a good price or you have credits to spend. No much happens in this story. There's a store decorating competition and a Christmas dinner that goes amok. The drama is light, and most of the resolutions are tidy, but that is the point of Blue Christmas, I think. You put it on while you are decorating the tree, or wrapping packages, or making cookies, and it just gives you the warm.and fuzzies.

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Narrator was not good

Struggled to keep listening because the narrators voice was terrible. She cannot do a male voice well and sounded creepy.

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Good story

Lousy Narration. Why narrate something when you cannot pronounce the word Christmas. What's with the music? Good story, read the book.