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Uncommon Grounds Audiobook

Uncommon Grounds

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Publisher's Summary

A body in a pool of skim milk.

An unsavory discovery at any time, but especially inconvenient when the milk puddle is in front of the espresso machine the very morning you're scheduled to open your chic suburban coffee house, Uncommon Grounds.

AND the body is one of your partners, leaving you and your other partner - the one who's still alive - as suspects.

Which would all be bad enough, even if your husband HADN'T dumped you for his dental assistant, Little Miss Tooth de Lay, leading you to jettison your old life and invest what little you have left in Uncommon Grounds, which now appears - like your marriage - to be circling the drain.

©2004 Sandra Balzo (P)2012 Sandra Balzo

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    Nicole 02-05-14
    Nicole 02-05-14

    An avid book reader...turned listener.

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    "A Film Noir Narration of a Well Done Cozy Mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Uncommon Grounds the most enjoyable?

    The story is written very well and it held my interest. I usually listen while I paint or work in my studio so I'm not looking for a complicated story. I really liked the character development though sometimes it was difficult to differentiate between the different character voices.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There were a couple parts of the book that were fast paced, but i frequently felt on edge because of the way the narrator was reading. It seemed like she had an artificial urgency in her voice at parts when there was no need.


    What does Karen Savage bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt like I was listening to a female version of a film noir inner monologue. For me,though, this didn't really distract from the narration, but I didn't find it necessary, nor did it fit with the words she was reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this first book of the series and I will continue with it. The narration wasn't ideal, but once I became immersed in the story, I stopped noticing the affectations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruby 12-14-12
    Ruby 12-14-12
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    "Set in a Cafe but not around one"
    Where does Uncommon Grounds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its a cozy mystery, so somewhere in the land of how long is this ride again?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncommon Grounds?

    the book has a few good moments, one being the late night spying gone wonky


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

    Yes I have, but this one is the first one that she has stood out to me


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Its not that kind of book, crazy snarky lightly bitchy, yes. but moving not really


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that made the book kinda a let down was the ending, to much to soon. the mystery is well written and the romance is just a bitter pill

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 10-04-16
    Dawn 10-04-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Surprisingly good"

    I've had this book in my library for a very long time. Kept passing it by, I'm glad I finally gave it a chance. Sandra Balzo did a nice job of writing a cozy mystery. If you like this genre, you don't want to miss this one.

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    wendy grace eve 02-01-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Annoying narrator, bland story"

    I stopped and started this novel four times and completed it today. The narrator reads a gazillion miles a minute and is breathless the entire time. The story was just too facile and the jokes interjected and sprinkled throughout very weak. I kept wondering if it would have been better as a hard copy. The ending is totally rushed and the characters weakly formed. You care about no one in the entire story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Grant Olson Palmer, AK United States 01-20-15
    A. Grant Olson Palmer, AK United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not just for coffee lovers!"

    Good listen, could smell the coffee.
    Surprised me with the killer. Could have so little more character development, enjoyed the cast and hope to see them again seeking caffeine and answers.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sofiya Turkey 07-20-14
    Sofiya Turkey 07-20-14 Member Since 2015

    Sofiya

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    "Absolutely mediocre"
    What did you like best about Uncommon Grounds? What did you like least?

    Both the story and the narration are totally unremarkable. No emotions, no thoughts, just a passtime.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Honestly, just a relief that the story has ended.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Karen Savage?

    There is no reason not to. Performance is decent, so if the story is worthy of listening, then why not?


    Was Uncommon Grounds worth the listening time?

    Definitely not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Col fayetteville, GA, United States 03-06-14
    Col fayetteville, GA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2008

    Like History, Business and Self-Improvement books. 32 year US Army veteran.

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    "Good Coffee Mystery"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone liking mysteries. The murderer isn't obvious. There are plenty of side stories to keep you engaged.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggy and Sara. Maggy is funny and so is Sara. They both have a rye sense of humor and Sara is snarky. Frank the dog.


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

    This was my first book.


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

    There were plenty of laughs throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I like mysteries and coffee references.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 11-22-13
    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Meh"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I gave up mid way. I don't know if it was the main character or the narrator that irritated me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sandra Balzo? Why or why not?

    Maybe. If different narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karen Savage?

    Xe Sand or the one that read "A world without end"


    Could you see Uncommon Grounds being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not sure, I didn't finish.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    deanna EMERYVILLE, CA, United States 05-11-13
    deanna EMERYVILLE, CA, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Cozy Mystery Addict!

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    "Yeah another mystery series with great characters!"

    Good mystery with characters I want to hear about again. Getting the second book in the series now.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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