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Christmas Bliss

By: Mary Kay Andrews
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
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Publisher's Summary

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and Savannah was breezy...

But there's trouble afoot - and it's heading toward Weezie. Seems BeBe’s been holding a big secret back that would make Santa’s reindeer stop dead in their tracks. Can these two best friends wriggle out of these twists? Will they do it in time to ensure Christmas Bliss?

Return to the wonderful world of Mary Kay Andrews' Savannah with Christmas Bliss.

©2013 Whodunnit, Inc (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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Enjoyable - but not one of Mary Kay Andrews' best

I have become a big Mary Kay Andrews fan, and while I enjoyed CHRISTMAS BLISS, I finished this latest effort with some measure of disappointment.

Weezie Foley and crew are definitely my favorite characters out of all of Andrews' excellent books, and I was very much looking forward to another installment. Andrews usually provides interesting twists and turns, sometimes to the point of pain, but I found CHRISTMAS BLISS entirely too predictable. I found myself seeing each twist's outcome pretty much as soon as it was introduced, and feeling disappointed that I was right. I was hoping for the unexpected, and I didn't find it in this tale. There were also scenes that seemed contrived, almost shoehorned into the story (trying to avoid spoilers here - but I will mention the party Merijoy Rucker threw for BeBe) and didn't seem to flow organically. It almost seemed as if some favorite old character needed a cameo, or that someone had told funny stories about such parties and it somehow needed to be fit in.

And to be honest, I just don't like this new narrator. I could have gotten used to the new voices, although they seemed too cutesy for the characters, particularly Weezie, if McInerney had just used the same pronunciations the previous narrator Isabel Keating had for consistency. Every time she said "BeeBee" instead of "BayBay", I found myself grinding my teeth -- also the change to the surname Stepanik. I almost didn't recognize the word when she said Buleigh. Perhaps these were the pronunciations the author had in mind, but when you have existing audiobooks in the same milieu, it seems logical to try to keep at least some consistency if you plan to change narrators.

Don't get me wrong -- CHRISTMAS BLISS was a fun listen, and well worth the money spent on it. It's just not a favorite. It would have been better if they'd gotten the original narrator for the audiobook, though it still doesn't address some of the predictability.

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Finally a good narrator

I loved all of the Weezie and BeBe books but this is the first one to which I enjoyed listening. The characters don't sound as cartoonish as in the past books and Weezie and BeBe sound less harsh and edgy, more "steel magnolia" like I imagined they would.

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Another enjoyable episode of Bebe & Weezy

I love Mary Kay Andrews - always download one of her books when I want to listen to something that I can not only identify with and also that I know will make me laugh out loud.

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Cozy Christmas tale

What made the experience of listening to Christmas Bliss the most enjoyable?

I love the development of Weezy and BeBe and the way the story is told from each of their points of view.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Christmas Bliss?

New York at Christmas time is magical and this was captured in the book.

What about Kathleen McInerney’s performance did you like?

I've listened to so many MKA books and love this performer.

Who was the most memorable character of Christmas Bliss and why?

Weezy always steals the show but BeBe really was the most memorable in that she had the most transition and personal growth.

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narrator made characters sound weak and whiny.

I loved the first three books read by Isabel, she made tge character strong, sassy, independent business woman. kathleen spoiled the book for me completely, making Wheezy sound whiney and Bebe sound weak. really disappointed.

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Weezie an Bebe Love, love, love

I want more of Weezie and Bebe!! I love this series please do more! I forget the narrator's name but she did the best job! Thank you for such a fun loving series! But I do want more...

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love Mary Kay stories.

Bebe and Weezie are good characters, narration perfect by Kathleen McInerny. I recommend this book on tape to any body, women mostly, girlfriends , romance, antiques, decorating.

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So much better

I became intrigued with the characters during the first book but during the last two books the performance gave a whole different feel to the characters that didn’t really fit with my initial take on them. I liked the story line and wanted to continue the series but I approaches this book with some trepidation. I noticed the narrator was different so I listened to the sample first and liked her rendition of the characters. I definitely enjoyed this book much more and would love to see more of these two from the author.

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Disappointing sequel

The first book in series was wonderful. Second book not so good they changed the performer, pronunciation of one character name and lost some of the magic that made the series. Third book was a huge disappointment. The 2 main characters was made out to be a couple of young, ignorant timid women. These two went from solving murders to being afraid to walk down a street in New York. The worldly chef, Daniel could not even pronounce "gyro" correctly. The entire experience was sad and I will not be purchasing anymore of the author's books.

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Great story

Love the story & the characters. Very enjoyable and just a fun book. I highly recommend it