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Editorial Reviews

Isabel Keating's voice shines in her portrayal of characters who engage in a holiday shop-decorating contest in Savannah, Georgia. Keating's voice reflects antiques dealer Weezie Foley's enthusiasm as she embraces the task of decorating her store in a 1950s' theme. As Weezie makes holiday plans with boyfriend Daniel, her voice is tinged with humor, a tone that contrasts well with his deep, pragmatic tones. Weezie's neighbor, a fellow shop owner in the historic district, has a clear, distinctive Hispanic accent, complete with a touch of smugness that expresses his conviction that he will win the decorating contest. Keating's diction remains crisp and clear, even as she provides many of her characters with lilting Southern accents.

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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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...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Summer
  • Marietta, GA, United States
  • 10-22-09

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Sarah
  • Swansboro, NC, USA
  • 12-24-07

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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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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Changing Narrators

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I don't like it when a narrator changes from one book to another. I feel like it totally changes the people in the story.

What did you like best about this story?

I think it is over all a great story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Isabel Keating’s performances?

Maybe, she just wasn't the character that was portrayed in the first book.

Was Blue Christmas worth the listening time?

Yes - just hard to adjust to different person portraying the the same person in the first book.

Any additional comments?

I love this author just a little disappointed in the last two books because I felt like the characters totally changed.

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Merry Blue Christmas

Where does Blue Christmas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was wonderful!!! I loved it so much! I can't stop reading Mary Kay Andrews<br/>

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

the decorations in the window

What about Isabel Keating’s performance did you like?

Her southern acent

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  • DWC
  • Florida
  • 12-29-16

Love this Book!!!

I've read this book before and it's a favorite!! My daughter and I listened to it together various times throughout the holiday and we both enjoyed it so much!!! She absolutely loved the story and I loved re-living it again through this wonderful narration. I even sent a copy of the book to a southern friend of mine that has been reading and enjoying it too!!!

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Wonderful Story!

Excellent story! It has been a favorite of mine for some time. The performance is spot on.

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Fun stories

I enjoy the 'Weezie and BeBe' characters of Mary Kay Andrews. Fun and mischief always seems to find the two.