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We'll Always Have Parrots

Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (253 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Meg Langslow knew the fan convention for her actor-boyfriend's hit television series was going to be the ultimate in weird. But she came along because she figured Michael could use an occasional dose of sanity, and because it was an inspired place to sell her hand-crafted weapons. And so far, she was dealing pretty well with the costumed fans camped outside, the batch of escaped parrots and monkeys frolicking throughout the hotel, and the minefield of egos lurking behind the show's success.

But soon after Meg goes head-to-head with egomaniacal series star Tamerlaine Wynncliffe-Jones, the "Queen B" turns up brutally murdered. Now, with Michael in the running as prime suspect, Meg will go up against an all-star cast of not-even-innocent parties, hidden identities, and buried motives. And she'll cross swords with a deviously obsessed murderer determined to write her out of this picture for good.

©2004 Donna Andrews (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Perfectly showcases Donna Andrews' gift for deadpan comedy." (Denver Post)
"Laughter, more laughter, we need laughter, so Donna Andrews is giving us We'll Always Have Parrots...to help us survive February." (Washington Times)

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Hilarious!!!!

I am so happy to have found the books by Donna Andrews. They make me laugh until I cry.

Love love love them!

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nice and quirky

Fun little story. Good Quirky Characters. The mystery wasn't bad and there was a twist at the end.

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  • Kathy
  • Alexandria, KY, United States
  • 06-14-11

I love this series

I have read the complete Meg Langlow series and am disaapointed that Audible is not carrying all of the books in the series. In fact, the two books carried by Audible are probably my two least favorite in the series. Having said that, they are still excellent "reads". After reading the paperbacks first, I usually have a hard time adjusting to the voices of the narrator. However, Bernadette Dunne did an excellent job. The story takes place at a science fiction convention, along with live parrots, monkeys and tigers - oh my! Imagine a diva actress, fans dressed in costume, an evil little dog, a murder and chaos of the most hilarious nature. If you like to laugh out loud, I recommend this book!

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  • Jill
  • Rockford, IL, USA
  • 02-21-08

Quirky Fun

Parrots, Monkeys, Murder - Oh My! I completely enjoyed this novel. The dialogue is fun and the characters are quirky and enjoyable. This is definitely a 'repeater'. The cast of suspects are so nicely defined, I can picture each of them beautifully. The 'sane' Meg Langslow is, as always, surrounded by such unique individuals that each turn of the 'page' is a joy. Even the critter characters contribute to the fun - or should I say insanity. The culprit is evident - but then again - maybe it's....or even.... listen and see!

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Great for a chuckle

This book was a gift, so not one I would have necessarily chosen to listen to. Both the author and narrator provided a cute, easy listen. I would recommend this book to anyone liking amusing mysteries.

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Love Meg

You will love Meg and her family and friends. This series grows funnier with each book. And the mystery is great .

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  • Karen
  • Gainesville, FL, United States
  • 08-03-17

not quite as good as the others in the series

For some reason this book didn't grab my interest as quickly and thoroughly as the other books in the series. I've listened to it a couple of times just in case I was in an off mood the first time, and still have the same opinion. Its good, just not great.

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Fun family oriented series for animal lovers

Perfect mystery series for animal lovers.

The Quirky Characters absolutely make this series.

Meg Langslow accompanies her boyfriend Michael to a fan convention. She sets up a booth with the intention of selling some of her blacksmith trade items such as swords.

However her attention will soon have to be focused on a murder that occurs when a very unpopular member of the cast meets an untimely end. - Megan gets some interesting clues from a number of African Grey parrots, and some support from a tiger and even some monkeys ...

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Writer Donna Andrews has hit her witty stride

Meg Langslow, blacksmith, has accompanied her fiancé Michael, drama professor, to a convention run by Friends of Amblyopia, fans of the cult TV show "Porfiria, Queen of the Jungle." Michael plays the part of Mephisto, a Machiavellian sorcerer, on the show. His presence at the convention is required by his contract and by Tamerlaine Wynncliffe-Jones, the aging woman who plays Queen Porfiria and owns the production company.

Trouble is brewing right from the start when room service delivers parrots, freed by monkeys from the jungle-like lobby display, along with breakfast trays. The health department insists they remove the live animals yet somehow each time they are captured, they are set free again.

Meg is attending the convention to be with Michael; however, she also has a booth where her swords are for sale which she shares with Alaric Steele. She’s honored when the show’s blade master, in charge of teaching the cast fencing and stage fighting, asks for her help in a demonstration. Wandering the convention as though lost is Ichabod Dilley. Ichabod Dilley was the artist of the original comic strip that inspired the TV show, but this Ichabod Dilley is not an artist but a motivational speaker. Meg takes him under her wing to escort him to his panel at the convention.

It takes much coaxing to get Porfiria, or the "QB" (Queen Bee) to open her hotel room door, where it is obvious she’s been drinking. She is due on stage and to sign autographs afterwards. No one really likes Porfiria, and she keeps employees and cast members for only short lengths of time.

Later on, as the charity auction is winding down, there’s no Porfiria there to judge the look-alike contest. Meg trudges up to her room where the door has been opened a crack by security, but only as far as the chain will allow. Meg goes into her room next door and climbs over the balcony to enter the QB’s room. What she finds inside is a grey parrot shrieking "Leave me alone" each time someone knocks on the door and a dead body next to the bed. Queen Porfiria has been bludgeoned with a wine bottle.

Writer Donna Andrews has hit her witty stride in this fifth installment of the Meg Langslow series. Andrews has a way of finding the hilarity in a situation and then exploiting it to make it even more entertaining. As always, Meg’s dad fancies himself a solver of mysteries and has his travel medical bag along just in case. Salome, the tiger, another of the jungle animals on display, has been saved from a life of misery. The fans are getting the ever-present police to autograph their programs along with the stars. All sorts of commotion ensues with almost no one feeling any remorse that Porfiria is dead, unless you count all the people who may now have to find new jobs with the continuity of the series in question.

WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARROTS could have go over the top in someone else’s hands, but Donna Andrews has a good grip on the wild situations. This audiobook features narrator Bernadette Dunne who does a great job bringing us the hilarity but keeping a “straight face” in doing so. She was able to punctuate her reading without the reader knowing it which made it clear when dialogue was being spoken and also kept the narration flowing.

Ultimately Meg must defend her life against a killer, which nets her far more than she ever imagined. I can’t wait to find out how it all comes together in the next tale.

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very fun listen

great voices and telling of the story. love this series. it is engaging with the subplot of Meg and Michael.