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"Christmas Cocoa Murder" by Carlene O'Connor

Siobhán O'Sullivan's hopes for a quiet Irish Christmas are dashed when the local Santa turns up dead in a carnival dunk tank of hot cocoa. Now, instead of hunting down holiday gifts, she's pursuing a heartless killer. Seems the dead Santa was no angel either, stealing neighborhood dogs to guide his sleigh. But was it his holiday antics - or worse - that led to his death by chocolate?

"Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse" by Maddie Day

When local businessman Jed Greenberg is found dead with a chocolate lab whimpering over his body, the police start sniffing around Robbie Jordan's country restaurant for answers. Was it something in Robbie's hot cocoa that killed Jed, or was it Cocoa the dog? As the suspects pile as high as her holiday tree, Robbie attempts to get to the bottom of the sickly-sweet murder....

"Death by Hot Cocoa" by Alex Erickson

A Christmas-themed escape game seems like the perfect pre-holiday treat for bookstore cafe owner Krissy Hancock and her best friend. But when the host is found dead in a pool of hot cocoa, it's up to Krissy and her team to catch the killer - or escape before getting killed.

©2019 Kensington Publishing Corp.;"Christmas Cocoa Murder" copyright 2019 by Mary Carter;"Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse" copyright 2019 by Edith Maxwell;"Death by Hot Cocoa" copyright 2019 by Eric S. Moore (P)2019 Tantor

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Narrator with an American Accent

I really like Carlene O'Connors books but on this occasion will not be able to listen to the entire book. After 5 min of listening I had to stop as the narrators voice and intonation seeming to be American, does not at all (from my point of view) fit with the story being set in Ireland. I had not checked the narrator beforehand as it was a pre-order and I was just happy that there would be a new interesting story. I am very much looking forward to the next books of Carlene O'Connor being narrated by Caroline Lennon again (hopefully).

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  • Donna Workman-Rodriguez
  • 26-09-19

Love Carlene O'Connor's books but...

I love Carlene O'Connor's books, but the performer of this one was an unfortunate choice. She wasn't a good fit for the narration nor the characters and their accents. I had to stop listening. Caroline Lennon's performances brought Carlene's characters to life in her previous books and I hope she will be back for the audio of Carlene's future books in the Irish Village Mystery Series... to keep them alive.

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  • M Koehoorn
  • 31-10-19

Miss the old narrator !

I have LOVED all of Carlene O’Connors books. I was excited to see a new one available but I could not make it through the first chapter. The narrator was not good, I miss Caroline Lennon....please bring her back!!! Had to return.

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  • Diane L.
  • 25-09-19

Makes you think of "Sugarplums in my head"

If this were the only book I had ever heard of Carlene O'Conner, I would never listen to another! The narrators were terrible! The Irish brogue was butchered! It sounds like a monologue-boring! I kept dragging my 'ear' along until the end because I paid for it, and I still hoped it would get better!!!! The story itself is good, and experienced narrators would have made it very good! From now on, when I see a Carlene O'Conner book, I will veto it if it has the same narrators!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-12-19

A good book can't overcome a bad narrator

No matter how good the book is, I won't notice if the person reading it to me is awful at narration. Her attempt at an Irish brogue is...what even is that? And when she reads male voices, she sounds like I do when I'm reading to my kids. I can't imagine why she was chosen for this book. Story was completely ruined.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-19

Narrator

I did not like the narrator for Carlene’s story, I prefer the narrator of her other books.

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  • D. Hile
  • 11-12-19

Great author bad narration

This series presents enjoyable mysteries with good identifiable and relatable personalities. Unfortunately the narration in this book is a fantastic imitation of flattened computer text to speech. There is no inflection, accent or emotion. It successfully removed any humanity from the story

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  • Katherine
  • 30-10-19

I love this series But.

The new narration. Terrible. I can’t even listen. I was excited about this Christmas story. And it’s a great story. But better to read it then to listen to this narration. The characters sound forced and bad. If this can get re-done with the old narration, it’d be so much better. A waste of money and a credit. I tried to listen just not worth it

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  • Teresa
  • 20-10-19

Good Story, not-so-good Narration

I enjoyed both stories and the narrator was fine for the second book. However, the narration for Carlene O'Connor's Irish characters was hard to listen to. I considered requesting a credit to return the book, but since I have the other books in the Irish Village series, I decided to tough it out and listen. It's a good story with poor narration. I should have purchased the kindle version instead.

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  • Cynthia
  • 19-12-19

Poor Narrator; Two Sloooow Stories

O'Connor's story was good but I almost couldn't listen to it because of the poor narration. The other two stories were unbearable on their own and worse with the nartation.

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  • Barbara C
  • 08-07-20

Poorly narrated

The story is a typical cozy Carlene O’Connor mystery with a good storyline but the narration is dreadful to the point of distracting from the story. The accent is inconsistent and like no irish accent I’ve ever heard. Bring back the previous narrator please.

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