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Editorial Reviews

What are the ingredients for a feel-good mystery story? A cup of romance, a large quantity of delicious food descriptions, and Kim McKean's wry, flirtatious voice to narrate the whole thing. Crime, food, love - this audiobook has it all. Protagonist Chloe Carter is in love with a fabulous chef - the only problem is he may be the man who murdered her previous date! Mystery lovers and food lovers will find common ground in their enjoyment of Steamed: A Gourmet Mystery.

Publisher's Summary

The perfect mystery for readers with an appetite for crime. Food connoisseur Chloe Carter is on a quest for the perfect meal and man. That's why the "Gourmet Girl" accepts an online date with "Dinner Dude". Too bad he's murdered in the restaurant. Leave it to Chloe to fall in love with the chef, who's also suspect number one.

©2006 Susan Conant & Jessica Conant - Park (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Fun Story, Sorority Girl Narrator

Honestly, the storyline was fun and funny, but the narrator ruined it for me. She mispronounced quite a few words, and her whole delivery was a bit "Valley Girl Gone to College". I never finished listening- I'll be checking to see if my local library carries the actual series.

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Interesting storyline

Couldn't wait to see what happened next. And, therein lies the problem. Much as I wanted to move along in the book, it was hard to get past the narrator. Very harsh and grating voice to the point of distraction. I could barely bring myself to finish what was otherwise an interesting story. Pity . They really need to find someone else to read before the whole series is ruined.

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One of the worst narrators

I listened to the first 3 of books hoping the narrator would get better but no such luck. Sadly, I will not be finishing this series. The story\plot line were fairly good but Kim McKeans stilted and stiff reading killed any enjoyment I could have had. I listen to a lot of books while I'm at work so light reads like this one work out well for me. However, this one does not. If they change the narrator from book 4 moving forward I might finish the series but I won't hold my breath.

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  • Andi
  • Green Valley, AZ, United States
  • 10-16-13

OK book

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

Listening to this book while commuting to and from work made the story OK but not great.

If you’ve listened to books by Jessica Park and Susan Conant before, how does this one compare?

This was the first book by these authors that I have listened to. I don't know if I will be interested in another one.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reader's voice was very annoying. It has this grating quality and all the "voices" sound the same. I suggest that the authors find another reader. Perhaps a different reader would make the story more enjoyable.

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

This could be a movie. Probably not a TV series. Not familiar with all the young actors - don't know who might play the leads.

Any additional comments?

Get a new reader. Sorry Kim.

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  • Sharon
  • 09-13-13

Gourmet Mystery...

Reading the reviews on Goodreads I was unsure about downloading book, because it's got such a mixed response.

Chloe Carter is studying to be a social worker to get hold of an inheritance and so she continues to get her monthly stipend.
Her very un-p.c view of life will get up some readers noses, but personally I enjoyed the tongue in cheek humor and honest reflections,.Chloe is self obsessed and not really a like-able character, her wry, blunt views were a refreshing change.

The story romps along, her inner monologues and observations had me both cringing and smiling to myself. It's a light mystery from the point of view from a young albeit bright girls point of view, that gave it a different flavor to others I have read,

Would definately download more from this author, because although not wowed was still entertained.

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  • Ms
  • 10-22-13

Slow story read by an annoying drawling reader?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Having listened to the exquisite performances of readers like Sean Barrett and Kobnah Holdbrook-Smith, this was painful in the extreme. I would suggest these authors do some massive editing of their work and hire a different reader.

What was most disappointing about Jessica Park and Susan Conant ’s story?

The idea is good: foodie & mystery. And they obviously know quite a bit about the industry; so it was very annoying to have to wade through several chapters of preamble before anything at all happened. But I thought OK, it's the first in a series, it will have a longer set-up and I stuck with it. Sadly, no. Throughout, the story needed heavy editing, as in the mystery genre it is usual to move things along at a clip. For example - there is no need to explain that on hearing a phone ring, the heroine got out of the shower, wrapped herself in a towel and made her way to the phone. A simple 'dripping, I answered' is sufficient and keeps the plot moving along. We didn't need to hear about a quarter of the material in the book about her student placement, her induction day, her book list etc as it moves nothing along and adds nothing to her character development or the plot. There is a difference between adding colour and making things stodgy. This was very stodgy.

So that was my big disappointment: that it was so dreadfully slow and let down the premise, which was interesting.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kim McKean’s performances?

No. Absolutely not. Unless she was reading Moon Unit Zappa's autobiography.

Her accent is dreadful? Yanno? She sounds like a Valley Girl? And ends a lot of sentences with an upward intonation? That is very annoying? And interferes with the flow and meaning of the story? Also, she has a nasal, drawling quality that is hard on the ears and she mispronounces some words (e.g. do Americans call the act of creating braids 'plateing' - like putting food on a plate? Because in the UK we pronounce it 'platting'). I've got used to some US pronunciation quirks - like 'meer' for mirror. But Ms McKean takes takes it to the extreme.

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

Frustration, annoyance and disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Can I have a refund?

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