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Stirring Up Trouble

Narrated by: Biff Summers
Series: Stirring, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

Toby Andrews is cooking up more than a little trouble for Evan Blankenship. Because of pranks, indiscretions, and plain bad timing, his ability to work in New York's temples of haute cuisine is a thing of the past. When Toby's sister tells him he should look up an acquaintance whose restaurant - Le Potiron - is failing, he doesn't have much choice.

Pretty soon he's in bed, literally, with a cook who hates people, trying to save a restaurant that only the neighborhood mothers seem to love, and on the verge of another - possibly painful - lesson or two about what it means to be successful.

Evan hates everyone but Toby. Toby likes to stir things up. See what's on the menu at Le Potiron in Stirring Up Trouble.

©2011 Z.A. Maxfield (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Sue C
  • 31-07-19

entertaining

Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Were there any parts I found annoying: no
Did I feel an emotional connection to the characters: not really
Would I listen to it again: there are others i'd listen too before it, but i'd listen again if i were looking for something short.
Story comments: Was entertaining enough, but I would have preferred more back story on Evan.

Narrator comments: Narrator did a good job, there were a couple of slips (eg: Tony instead of Toby - but this could have been in the text). I had no problem distinguishing any of the characters and inflection was in all the right places - overall I have no real issues.

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  • Marie in the desert.
  • 12-01-20

Could have been good.

By chapter 7 I knew I couldn't care less about any of the characters. If all of a sudden they got hit by a bus it wouldn't have made the book any worse. The premise had potential but fell flat with severely underdeveloped characters.
The narration was at times jarring. A women character is introduced and apparently she is an 80 year old chain smoker ex drill sgt. with throat cancer, while men sounded higher pitched and more feminine. During sex scenes he did a "sexy voice". When there are quotes around that term it never ends up sounding sexy. I skipped all sex scenes because the voice pitch and speed made me seriously cringe.
If you just need background noise this would work fine because it won't grab your attention for long.

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  • Rusty GingerBear
  • 23-09-19

A few pronunciation issues, but great story.

I understand that there are certain words that aren't in common usage, and therefore most people don't know how to pronounce them. However, if your job is a Narrator, and you happen upon one of those words, you should certainly take the time to find out how those words should be pronounced. Not only does that help educate the listen to that word, but it also prevents people who know that word from balking at the egregious mispronunciation.

Other than those few issues, this is a really cute story.

Definitely worth a listen!