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Chrissy McMullen has made a career leap, all the way from slinging drinks at Chicago's most notorious nightclub to dispensing psychotherapy from her sleek new practice in LA. Even if she can't quite shed her too-loud, too-curvy alter ego - or the brawling family that insists on claiming kinship. So when her most famous client, buff football star "Bomber" Bomstad, starts chasing her around her desk and getting, well...unzipped...Christina gets just a little miffed - until Bomber has the bad manners to drop dead at her feet.

Enter Jack Rivera, a no-nonsense detective with a grim attitude and a great butt, who's determined to prove this cocktail-waitress-turned-shrink was engaging in some very unethical behavior. Persuading Rivera that she's not a murderer isn't going to be easy. Plunging headfirst into a city full of people in need of some serious therapy, Chrissy will have to use all her street smarts, a good deal of sex appeal, and a little love to clear her name - and cancel an appointment with a killer.

©2005 Lois Greiman (P)2017 Lois Greiman

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A romantic comedy meets mystery

Note: this is not a cozy mystery. There are scenes with attempted rape, cussing, and graphic sexual scenes. Just mentioning for those who are sensitive to such topics.

This book was a laugh out loud romantic comedy mystery. Christina is hilarious, and hearing her inner monologue adds a dimension which made this book very enjoyable. Christina finds herself in a bind when one of her clients dies in her office & she becomes the top suspect. That's when we meet Rivera, the head police in the investigation. There begins a game of cat and mouse going on with Chrissy & Rivera, which is sometimes funny but other times.. disturbing? Rivera is controlling and possessive and I get 50 shades of grey vibes. He seems to get off on being verbally aggressive and controlling with Christina, and I'm not a fan of that. But there are a lot of other great characters who round this book out, including Soleburg. Another touch I loved were the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. There are a lot of little touches like these which made this a great listen! I was voluntarily provided a review copy and gave my honest review

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One of my all time favorites finally released to Audible!

I've been waiting years for the Lois Greiman "Un" series to be released in audio. Though it's been a couple years since I read it last, it quickly came back to me why I recommend this series to anyone that will listen. Chrissy McMullen is a smart, witty, and relatable character. I find myself caught up in the same emotions as her throughout the book...and the interaction between her and Rivera is laugh out loud entertaining.

If you enjoyed the early Stephanie Plum series, be sure to check out Chrissy McMullen. You won't be disappointed...here's hoping Unplugged, Unscrewed and Unmanned are released on Audible soon!

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What a Hoot!

The characters are flawed and laugh out loud funny. Chrissie's inner monologues gave me the giggles and the storyline takes listeners to a lot of places inhabited by ordinary, unusual dispositioned, folks. Barbara Benjamin-Creel does a phenomenal job in bringing every single one of Greiman's people to life. Is it literary fiction? No. Is it a great summer or beach listen? You bet! There is a lot of alliteration, some crazy analogies, ridiculous situations, imperfect behavior and plenty of fun. "Unplugged", the next one in the series, is on my listening list.

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  • Janina
  • Decatur, GA, United States
  • 02-27-18

Over the top, and a lot of fun!

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

I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and I really enjoyed the story and the performance. The book has a definite comedic tone, snark for days, and kind of makes fun of itself within the genre. The narrator does a great job of bringing out those elements.

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

I wouldn't say the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. But it has some unique twists and turns.

What does Barbara Benjamin-Creel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought Barbara lifted the characters off the page in a believable way. The characters are a little over the top, which gives her permission to go over the top. There's a cartoon-y style to the vocalization, but I think it's totally appropriate. It works.

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

I listened to it in large chunks, not in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I was curious to listen to a book narrated by Barbara and picked this one at random. I really enjoyed it. I didn't know what to expect. In this book, her style is similar to Amanda Ronconi in the Molly Harper series. Loaded with comedy and snark.

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Laugh out loud and keeps you guessing

What did you love best about Unzipped?

Unzipped was very funny and kept me engaged for the entire book. The character of Chrissy McMullen was over the top and her internal musings made me laugh out loud.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chrissy McMullen was a spunky character that had a knack for finding trouble. She had a can't be stopped personality that kept the story moving at a great pace. Her over the top personality worked well with the laid back demeanor of love interest Jack Rivera.

What about Barbara Benjamin-Creel’s performance did you like?

Barbara Benjamin-Creel's performance was probably the best part of the audio-book. All the different character voices and inflections were perfect for their personalities and helped develop their characters.

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

Many times I laughed out-loud during this book at the antics of Chrissy and her interactions with love interest Jack Rivera.

Any additional comments?

Although I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I have already downloaded and am reading the second book in the series, Unplugged.

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Drinks and Murder

Chrissy is just trying to help the former football player but didn’t know she is in for a world of trouble when he shows up ready to show her how she has helped and drops with his zipper down.
Story kept moving and didn’t disappoint. Was able to listen to it and kept wanting to listen. Have the next book loaded up ready to see what kind of trouble comes up.

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4.5 Stars!

I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery/rom-com. After a shock of a beginning, I was completely invested in seeing where this story would go. Chrissy's voice, inner musings and antics had me smiling and laughing often. The enemies/love interest was the perfect pull to keep me invested in the romantic outcome. Although, I wasn't surprised by the mystery reveal, I also wasn't entirely sure and the red herrings kept me guessing. I'm new to these types of mysteries with only a handful under my belt, but I fully intend to keep following Chrissy and her fun posse of secondary characters. Overall, a satisfying and fun read.

I both read and listened to the audiobook intermittently. I'm a picky listener and often prefer reading, but the narrator was amazing and handled all of the different voice inflections for various characters really well. Not an easy feat and definitely a narrator I would listen to again. (Although I own a copy of the ebook, this is also a voluntary review of a complimentary copy of the audio verson)

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An extremely fun listen!

This book was very fun listen!! The story was engaging, with lots of well written characters and a laugh out loud sense of humor

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Laugh Out Loud Funny

What made the experience of listening to Unzipped the most enjoyable?

The narration was great. Lois Greiman did a great job giving each character their own individual personalities which is a key part of the audiobook experience.

What did you like best about this story?

The sense of humor. I'm a fan of irreverent, off-color humor and this book has its fair share of it. If you're part of the PC patrol--and there's nothing wrong with that--then this book may not be for you. But I think you would be missing out if you didn't at least give this book a try. Both my mother (aged 50 and pretty-PC) and I (aged 30 and not-so-PC) were cracking up throughout the novel.

Which scene was your favorite?

This question always lends itself to spoilers, so I'll just say that there were a few favorites, one of them maybe involving a little B&E.

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. If you check out my other reviews, you'll see that this has zero influence on the reviews I leave. If you're a fan of strong, somewhat mouthy, occasionally clueless female amateur sleuths, then you're probably going to enjoy this book.

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fun and mysterious!

I really enjoyed this mystery rom-com - it had me laughing out loud. The narration was perfect - excellent differentiating voices. This is the first book I've read by this author and I can't wait to read more.

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