What Deep Dish is about:
Chef extraordinaire Gina Foxton doesn't expect anything to be handed to her on a platter. After years of hard work, the former runner-up Miss Teen Vidalia Onion is now the host of her own local Georgia public television show called Fresh Start, and she's dating the show's producer.
But when her show gets canceled, and she catches her boyfriend in flagrante delicto with the boss's wife, Gina realizes that she's meant for bigger and better things. The Cooking Channel is looking for its next star, and Gina is certain that she fits the bill. Trouble is, the execs also have their eye on Mr. "Kill It and Grill It" Tate Moody, the star of a hunting, fishing, and cooking show called Vittles. Tate is the ultimate man's man, with a dog named Moonpie and a penchant for flannel shirts. Little does Gina know, though, that she and Tate are soon to embark on the cook-off of their lives.
Why I wanted to listen to this one: I enjoyed a previous book by this author and thought it would be fun to have a lighthearted book to listen to while driving back and forth from work.
Source: Public Library
This will be my first NEGATIVE audio book for this year. I thought the story was fun and I think it would've played out wonderfully in print form, however the narrator's lack of inflection drove me bonkers and made me want to throw the CDs out the window! I found it extremely frustrating that she portrayed the main character with so little gumption and everything she said was flat and with no emotion. Normally I love southern accents but after listening to 12 discs of that monotone drawl, I was ready to have myself a few drinks!
Note to self: Make sure before you listen to another of Mary's books on audio that it isn't Isabel Keating reading the story.
Recommend? Read the book, skip the audio!
Bookish Thoughts #24
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OMG...I hate when this happens, but unlike your stick-to-it-ness, I would have stopped listening by the end of 1 or 2 discs. Sorry this was such a disaster as an audio book.ReplyDelete
I've enjoyed a few MKA novels but haven't read this yet. I actually listened to Summer Rental. It is narrated by Keating so I checked my review - I liked it! I thought Keating did a great job. I'll see if I can get this audio from the library and compare notes with you. Sorry it didn't work for youReplyDelete
Ohhhhhhh that's a bummer!ReplyDelete
It just goes to show how much impact a narrator has on the audio experience! I enjoyed Andrews' Savannah Blues, but will be sure to stick to print when I get to Deep Dish.ReplyDelete
I know what you mean - a bad narrator can totally ruin a book! So sorry this happened for this book!ReplyDelete
Been there, but more on the other end of the spectrum. I don't like when they are over dramatic. No matter what end, the narrator can sure make or break a book. Sorry this one didn't work out. For me, though, I LOVED the narrator of 11/22/63. The 30 CDs were a blessing to listen to! I miss him in my ear. :)ReplyDelete
That's one of my fears of audio books. The narrator will ruin the book for me. Thanks for the heads up!ReplyDelete
This is one of my favorites...but I read it in print not on audio. Sorry this was such a downer...I think it would've driven me crazy too...glad I read the print version.ReplyDelete
Too bad the reader didn't try to imitate a Southern accent to go with the story. The plot sounds like fun, and maybe the paper book will be much better.ReplyDelete
Oh, too bad. I enjoyed this book (in print). I am listening to a book narrated by the author and I am not sure if I will continue listening.ReplyDelete
Ok, I'd read it but sure never listen to it!ReplyDelete
It's too bad the audio isn't good and reflects badly on the book because the book really wad good. I enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
LOL! I probably wouldn't have been able to finish if I didn't care for the narrator. This sounds like a fun author though so I'm going to have to check her out :)ReplyDelete
That's one of the reasons why I don't do audio books. I read this book a few years ago and thought it was great fun. Too bad the reader didn't do it justice.ReplyDelete
The narrator sure can make or break an audiobook. Will give that one a miss on audio for sure!ReplyDelete
Making a note to avoid this reader! I had a similar experience with the audio version of Never Knowing (Chevy Stevens). The reader (Carrington MacDuffie) as awful, but I kept with it and finished the book. Wound up giving it a 1/5 rating.ReplyDelete