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Editorial Reviews

Lively and endlessly entertaining, full of mysterious twists and turns, Maggie Barbieri's Murder 101 plunges listeners into a great story from the first sentence. Gayle Hendrix performs the story of Alison Bergeron, professor at the idyllic college on the Hudson River, St. Thomas. After finalizing her divorce and having her car stolen, detectives tell her that her car's been found complete with the body of a student in the trunk. Funnier than expected, dramatic and romantic, this is a mystery that listeners will keep coming back to.

Publisher's Summary

Safely away from the chaos of Manhattan, St. Thomas, a small college on the banks of the Hudson River in the Bronx, is supposed to be tranquil, bucolic, and serene. Unfortunately, English professor Alison Bergeron has found it to be anything but. Recently divorced from a fellow professor and even more recently without a car - it was stolen - she has been hoofing it to school. One Friday evening, two NYPD homicide detectives drop by her office. The good news is that they found her beat-up Volvo; the bad news is that the body of one of the students in her Shakespeare seminar was in the trunk.

Not only are Alison's chances of getting the car back bleak, but suddenly she's the primary suspect on a list that includes, among others, the murdered student's drug-dealing boyfriend, Vince, and the girl's father's business rivals (he's head of an old Italian family . . .).

Accused of a crime that she didn't commit, Alison enlists her best friend Max's emotional support and services as an amateur sleuth. Their fumbling efforts to clear Alison's name could land her in even hotter water with Detective Bobby Crawford, the handsome investigating officer (and former altar boy) - not to mention the nuns at St. Thomas….

Maggie Barbieri's charming professor and down-to-earth detective make an unlikely but lovable team in her delightful debut mystery.

©2006 Maggie Barbieri (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Pleasurable Reading

This is lightweight but satisfying. It's probably only a 3.5, but I upped it because it was enjoyable. The pacing is good, the characters are fun, and the plot is interesting enough. Although romance hovers, it adds to the plot rather than interfering with it. Such melodrama as there is, is of a comical nature rather than overblown and stupid. There's a touch of Evanovich -- not nearly as fall-down funny, but definitely some laughs, and some zany co-stars.

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Narrator Ruins the Story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I enjoyed what I heard of the story, but the narrator was horrid. At 50 minutes of listening I had to quit. I'm going to buy the book and finish reading it, I can't tolerate listening this to it a minute longer.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator's voice is very sing-songy -- and quite monotonous, her pacing and interpretation are grating. There is little or no distinction in character's voices. Male voices are really weak.

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Compelling

Love the chemistry between Allison and Crawford. Narration was smooth. Great series, this is my second listen of the books, can't wait for newest edition.

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A bit over the top

Would you try another book from Maggie Barbieri and/or Gayle Hendrix?

I will try another book in this series - the story is ok - the narrator seems to get mixed up in her voices sometimes. Then I find myself getting mixed up too.

Would you recommend Murder 101 to your friends? Why or why not?

I recommend trying book 2 - the story line is fine and leaves the reader/listener wondering.

What three words best describe Gayle Hendrix’s voice?

a bit dry and seems to get character's mixed up.

Was Murder 101 worth the listening time?

It was worth a drive to and from the lake as well as on a long plane ride. Not sure I would want to start and stop - again it is my issue with the narrator.

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Narrator Let Down

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the narrator. This book had a good story. However, the narrator didn't quite fit. I pictured the main character to be late-thirties college professor. When I hear the voice of the narrator, I picture a sixty something. It was really hard to get past that!!

What three words best describe Gayle Hendrix’s performance?

There wasn't too much character differential.

Was Murder 101 worth the listening time?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I think that if this was read by a different narrator, it would be a great reading. As it is, I didn't pursue the next book because of the narration.

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Good Read

I enjoyed the story it was funny and had some action. I read the other reviews and they didnt like the reader. I am not a big fan of the reader but it wasnt enough to make me quit the book. I am going to continue the series, but I do hope there will be a change in the reader. She doesnt have a bad voice, but some thing is off with the ending of a word. Again, it is not enough to make me quit the story.

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  • Janee
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 01-23-14

So far the story is pretty good.

Would you listen to Murder 101 again? Why?

No. I can't stand the narrator's voice. It's too annoying....I don't know if I'll continue the series...

What did you like best about this story?

Seems well written and witty.

How could the performance have been better?

Her voice is too nasally. I typically get used to a new voice after a few hours...not used to this one yet.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

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  • Jennifer
  • 10-20-13

Couldn't even get past the first chapter!

What would have made Murder 101 better?

A different narrator. She was so dull AND had a speech impediment. Impossible to listen to. She had no differentiation between characters. When she DID try to make it different it just exaggerated her speech impediment. I was really excited about listening to this book and now am going to return it and buy it in hardcopy as I couldn't listen past the 1st chapter ...and i didn't even finish that!

Who was your favorite character and why?

No idea. Couldn't get past the extremely annoying narrator and her speech impediment.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Please read above. It was so bad. So so so bad. I couldn't listen to her drone on anymore. She had terrible inflection that she used in exactly the same way for every sentence she read.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Extreme disappointment. Not in the author. In the narrator and whoever produced it.

Any additional comments?

Release it again with a different narrator. PLEASE!