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Summary

Polly Parrett is appalled when a homeless military veteran and his old dog are accused of murder.

Polly is juggling the care of her wheelchair-bound mother, her pet-sitting business, and the sale of the family home. On top of that she finds herself having to deal with an arrogant but really sexy realtor, and Christmas is coming! None of that seems important, though, when she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and must find the real killer before an innocent homeless man and his dog are wrongly convicted.

©2014 Liz Dodwell (P)2016 Liz Dodwell

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  • Erin
  • 18-05-16

Perfect for the holiday car ride to Grandma's

This is a G-rated, family-friendly, cute, short, sweet, feel-good story. Mystery is a bit of a stretch for adults, but that's the price of having a kid-friendly tale. In any case, I would definitely recommend this audiobook for when you're in need of or have a desire for a cute, fluffy listen with very minimal drama and angst that you can share with the whole family.

The narrator does a good job and has the right tone for this type of book. Her male and female voices were reasonable. She was clear and easy to understand, and there were no problems with her pronunciation.

Some reviewers stated that the narration was too slow, but don't let that sway you from the audiobook. I listen to MOST audiobooks, including this one, at 1.25 speed because I believe, in order to enunciate clearly, the narrators HAVE to read more slowly than in usual conversation, and 1.25 usually works well to bring recording speed up to what I consider "normal" speed without elevating the pitch to chipmunk status.

I received this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review. The number of stars is based on where I believe this audiobook rates with other audiobooks of the same type, length and general feel-- not where it rates in comparison to all audiobooks of all time.

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  • Christina
  • 14-05-16

A cozy mystery for animal lovers!

What did you love best about Doggone Christmas?

I am such a huge animal lover, so I found myself really invested in the fate of the characters (especially the dog). There was a lot at stake here & I was cheering Polly on the whole way! She is a strong champion for animals & I shared that sentiment with her.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoy cozy mysteries a lot and this was one that I could easily listen to in one sitting, because it held my attention the whole time. You can easily breeze through this with a cup of hot tea & a rainy afternoon. It has a Christmas title, but can be enjoyed any time of the year!

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

I've never listened to other narrations from her, but she could do a bit better job with differentiating the voices of the women. Otherwise, she made it a really enjoyable listen!

Any additional comments?

This is definitely more of a fluff story, not one with deep plot lines or suspense, but at the same time really likable characters. I enjoyed each and every main & supporting character, especially Suzette's sweetness. Polly resonated a lot with me, because she adores animals & has a sweet heart, and Tyler was the "bad boy" turned charming man. I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review, and this was my unbiased & truthful feedback!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lomeraniel
  • 04-08-17

Funny and light listen

Polly Parret is a young woman owning a pet sitting business. Due to family issues her mother needs to sell her old house, so they contact a realter. Tayler seems to be everything a young woman needs in a man. A series of coincidences will make Polly and Tayler to spend some time together and get involved in a murder investigation.

I find cozy mysteries to be refreshing due to how easy and light they feel. This one is no exception, but I found some differences between this one and other cozy mysteries. For one, Polly, the main character, seems younger than average. That or she behaves much younger than expected. Her comments could be attributed to a young adult, so I think this books could also qualify as YA. I think this is part of why I had more troubles to connect to Polly than in general to other main characters in cozy mysteries.

The book was entertaining and I found it pleasing for animal lovers. This part also differs from other cozy mysteries but I have to say that this I liked.

What disappointed me a bit was how predictable the story was. I guessed quite fast who was behind the murder, and it was not an difficult task since there were very few characters, and just one that acted suspicious.

Jennifer Fournier delivered a correct narration, emphasizing where it was needed and interpreting the character really well. She did a very good impersonation of Polly. What did not convince me was the cadence of the narration. At times I had the impression that she was reading for children. It was not terrible, but I did not feel 100% convinced. There were some swallowing noises too, but nothing too disturbing.

It was a short and easy listen. Not a remarkable book among this genre, but one to consider if you are into cozy mysteries.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Ann Vyce
  • 07-02-17

More Dogs, Less Polly

The main character was annoying as heck! Silly and immature which is fine for a YA book, but adult situations occurred. Hard to be amused or sympathetic toward the characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-11-16

good Christmas story

I enjoyed this Christmas tale, and helped to put me in the mode, fun to listen to between driving to stores to shop.

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  • Private
  • 31-08-16

Whiny Narration

I so disliked the whiny petulant narration I had to stop listening. This book was just for fun - but no fun with the terrible cadence, rhythm and character voices. Yuck!

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  • Janet
  • 30-08-16

Holiday charmer

A sweet romance, a blizzard, a murder, a homeless veteran brought back to meaningful life, dogs, cats, and holiday humor as pet sitter Polly Parrett finds herself in the midst of more action than one has any right to expect in a short novella. Jennifer Fournier's deliberate and nicely inflected narration keeps things moving along and all ends are tied up in a satisfactory manner in a lovely holiday tale. A perfect listen for baking Christmas cookies and getting into the spirit of the season. I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

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  • Susie Q
  • 13-07-16

Cute, easy listen

This was a fun book to listen to. It's cute and light and its fun for all ages. I especially like that it was a Christmas setting. Liz Dodwell's writing was good as was the narration by Jennifer Fournier. She made it fun to listen to with the excitement in her voice. Its like she was really the character. I would recommend this book to animal lovers and anyone who likes, as I do, stories at Christmas time.
I was given this audio book by the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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  • Whoa, Boy!
  • 09-06-16

Perfect company for a long drive

Any additional comments?

Nigh onto perfect audiobook to listen to when taking a long, boring drive on a Texas highway -- especially with two grandchildren in tow. Take a decent mystery plot, add a likable heroine, a little whimsy, Christmas and dogs to boot, and you've got easy entertainment that makes the hours melt away. And no "are we there yet"s -- and that's a blessing. We particularly enjoyed the performance of the narrator, Jennifer Fournier -- just the right amount of "personality" without distracting from the tale.

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  • Long time crocheter
  • 27-05-16

Cute mystery for all animal lovers

What made the experience of listening to Doggone Christmas the most enjoyable?

An enjoyable read for all ages.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting was the growth of the characters and their interactions. I could see the characters as real people.

What about Jennifer Fournier’s performance did you like?

Good solid narration. Look forward to more stories in the series.

Any additional comments?

I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.