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Unlike quite a number of people, Agatha has not given up on Christmas. To have the perfect Christmas had been a childhood dream while surviving a rough upbringing in a Birmingham slum. Holly berries glistened, snow fell gently outside, and inside, all was Dickensian jollity. And in her dreams, James Lacey kissed her under the mistletoe, and like a middle-aged sleeping beauty, she would awake to passion once more....

Agatha Raisin is bored. Her detective agency in the Cotswolds is thriving, but she'll scream if she has to deal with another missing cat or dog. Only two things seem to offer potential excitement: Christmas and her ex, James Lacey. This year Agatha is sure that if she invites James to a splendid Christmas dinner, their love will rekindle like a warm Yule log. But that fantasy will have to wait for now. A wealthy widow - who had sent Agatha a letter saying a member of her family intended to kill her - has been found dead. Now Agatha must set out to find the murderer, even though, in her heart, she's still dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones she and James used to know.

©2015 M.C. Beaton (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Bring back Penelope Keith

Love the Agatha mysteries and have listened to all up to this point read by Penelope Keith. This narrator is quite inferior. Often I cannot tell which Character is speaking. She makes no effort to change her voice with the different characters. Very annoying., especially since the Penelope Keith versions were free rentals from the library.

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  • Frieda
  • Smyrna, TN 37167
  • 12-28-15

Loved it!!

Another great Agatha Raisin mystery. If you've listened to a few of the AR mysterues, you will rate this as one of your favorites. The best part is Agatha ' s Christmas party.

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Bring back Penelope Keith!!

Agatha survived Christmas and it was a night all her guests would forever remember. She SHOULD be content. She has a successful business, a community she loves that also loves her back, great friends......
Unfortunately, Agatha is a bottomless pit of need. She has a new, young assistant detective, Toni. Toni is a gem, but Agatha has trouble getting past Toni's youth and beauty and continually scrutinizes how she fails to measure up to the aesthetic beauty of Toni.
Agatha needs help, a good counselor to guide her, to allow her to have real introspection of herself. Although rehashing Agatha's myriad list of insecurities is tedious, I believe it is necessary. This a a true dilemma in society today; women thinking they aren't good enough and completely lacking a sense of self. I truly believe that this issue is at a crisis level and is literally eroding the fabric of our society today. Let's hope that as Agatha discovers herself, we will learn from this cautionary tale and do the same.

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Arrgh! New narrator! Disappointing!

I love all the Agatha Raisin stories, but this new narrator is not very good. She sounds like she's just reading the book, and every character has the same voice.
What happened to Penelope Keith? She was fantastic, and after listening to her for the entire series up to this point, I "know" what Agatha's voice sounds like, as well as Charles's, Roy's, Mrs. Bloxby, and all the other wonderful characters. I can hardly get through this book, and will have to just read the rest of the series, imagining the old voices.
I should have read a sample before buying it.

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Good story, lackluster performance

OK, Penelope Keith is the performer I first encountered with the AR stories and quite frankly, she set the bar pretty high. Alas, this performance, while competent, is easily eclipsed by Keith. There is little differentiating of voices and Agatha sounds slight and thin. While the performer tries to echo Keith's voice variantion, this simply isn't done well.

The story on the other hand is entertaining and enjoyable with new characters, a couple of attempted misdirections, and even a final twist. A bit disconcerting in this and the previous episode is a developing over use of expressions. Here, it is "snakes and bastards," and previously, "lugubrious." The repeated use of this phrases gives the stories an affected air and almost kitschy. Using infrequently heard words is a treat from time to time, but their repeated invocation is tiresome.

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Another Delightful book from this Series!

Mrs. Rasin is a pugnacious, stubborn, hilarious, lovable character. In this Christmas time story she once again finds herself deeply involved in solving another murder. Roy Silver her young friend from London plays a bigger role in this book and I really enjoy his silly, ridiculous ways. The scene with the snow machine painted such a picture in my mind I was actually laughing out loud. Give it a listen you won’t be disappointed!

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Can't go wrong with these mysteries!

Loved it!
Highly recommend this book.
Wanda McCaddon has a pleasant voice and easy to follow along with.

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Donada is back

Would you consider the audio edition of Kissing Christmas Goodbye to be better than the print version?

Not better because I love M.C. Beaton's books, but definitely an enhanced and enjoyable experience.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kissing Christmas Goodbye?

When Roy accidentally cranks up the snow blowing machine and covers poor Agatha.

Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Many, many performances under her other name-Donada Peters.

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

No. I like the audiobook experience to last for a while.

Any additional comments?

After suffering through an unexplained switch from Donada Peters to Penelope Keith and Alison Larkin I was prepared to be disappointed by another off the mark performance. Within 30 seconds of listening I said to myself, "It says the narrator is Wanda McCaddon, but she sounds like Donada Peters twin". Sure enough, when I investigated I discovered that Wanda and Donada are the same person. Thank you!!!!! Please don't switch again. Nobody but nobody nails the Agatha Raisin characters like Wanda/Donada.

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Narrator falls flat

Would you listen to Kissing Christmas Goodbye again? Why?

No. The story is typical Agatha Raisin, but it was too distracting to have a narrator that is not Penelope Keith read it. The narrator does not have the right voice for Agatha--she sounds much older than Agatha, not as bold. And she doesn't change her voice for other characters--which could sometimes be confusing.

What did you like best about this story?

I always enjoy the new characters Beaton introduces in each story. Each is unique in his/her own way and I like to see what she's come up with next.

How could the performance have been better?

More voice variation, less crack in the voice (which is likely lovely for other stories and characters).

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My extreme reaction was solely due to the change of narrator.

Any additional comments?

Wanda McCaddon has a nice reading voice--I'm sure she does great with other stories. She's not Agatha Raisin.

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Penolope Please

Please bring back the original Agatha Raisin - or - the actress who plays Agatha in the TV series!!