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  • Death by Chocolate

  • Death by Chocolate, Book 1
  • By: Sally C Berneathy
  • Narrated by: Sarianna Gregg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Summary

Lindsay Powell's only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly Lindsay finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a dead man who doesn't seem very dead, and a psycho stalker. Her best friend and co-worker, Paula, dyes her blond hair brown, hides from everybody, and insists on always having an emergency exit from any room. Secrets from Paula's past have come back to put lives in jeopardy. Determined to help Paula and to save her own life, Lindsay enlists the reluctant aid of another neighbor, Fred, an OCD computer nerd. In spite of his mundane existence, Fred possesses tidbits of knowledge about such things as hidden microphones, guns, and the inside of maximum security prisons. Lindsay needs more than a chocolate fix to survive all this chaos.

©2011 Sally Berneathy (P)2015 Sally Berneathy

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  • BuffyF
  • 08-03-15

Good story, horrible narrator

I'm pretty sure this could be a good story but the narrator was so horrible it was painful to get through.

Sarcasm is good with characters most of the time but when every sentence comes across that way it gets old very quickly and I've never hated hearing a name as much as I hate hearing her say "Rick".

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  • Jennifer Falk
  • 07-02-15

Incredibly fun and unpredictable!

Would you listen to Death by Chocolate again? Why?

Sarianna Gregg really brought Lindsey and the other characters of Death by Chocolate to life and this is a book I could listen to again!

What other book might you compare Death by Chocolate to and why?

Lindsey reminds me of the early Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich...before she became old and stale. She is fun and impulsive, if not a little too nosy for her own good. I loved the early SP series, and I think I have found a new guilty pleasure in Lindsey and Sally Berneathy!

What about Sarianna Gregg’s performance did you like?

She has so much passion and energy, she made a fun to read book even more fun to listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It kept me on my toes the whole time. Just when I thought I knew what to expect, another twist popped up. I loved it!

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What fun characters and a plot full of twists and turns! Just when I thought I knew what to expect Sally Berneathy threw me another curveball! As someone with an hour each way commute, I love to listen to audiobooks to pass the time, and this one made my drive pass by in a flash! I can't wait for the next book to come out as an audiobook! What a great find!

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  • William
  • 06-02-15

Great Fun.

What made the experience of listening to Death by Chocolate the most enjoyable?

Quite an amusing tale

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death by Chocolate?

Rick bursting in toward the end.

What about Sarianna Gregg’s performance did you like?

Very warm and charmiing. Consumate actress played all the characters very well.

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  • FlyGirl
  • 27-12-15

Would have loved it if it wasn't for....

What did you love best about Death by Chocolate?

When I didn't have to heard that stupid next door neighbour!!! Her voice is AWFUL!

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This would have been a great book to listen to if it wasn't for the incredibly annoying next door neighbour that sounds like 5 year old girl!!! Her stupid child's voice makes you want to slap her and tell her to grow the heck up!!! Her baby son sounds more like an adult than she does! 5 books in the series and I don't think I can take that stupid whiny voice for the next 4!

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  • Kim
  • 09-11-15

one of the characters has a painful voice

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story is ok but one of the characters has a voice too painful to listen to and the lead character lets her husband just walk all over her throughout the whole book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have given the main character a back bone with her ex.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I really hated the best friends voice. I would flinch every time I heard it, which is a lot.

Any additional comments?

The second book is much better.

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  • Sandy
  • 31-08-15

Good book, BUT....

I enjoyed the book, the plot and humor were good, but the narrator destroyed the experience with her overly dramatized reading. She sounds like she's reading to first graders. If it weren't for her, I'd buy the second book, but I can't sit through that voice any longer.

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  • TM
  • 13-08-15

Like the book. Questionable narration.

I did like this book and I will probably purchase the next in series. The narrator was tolerable and you could tell she has a lot of experience. But I'm not sure she is a good fit for this character. Her voice is that of a more mature woman and at times it sounds like she may be wearing dentures. Also her voice of the friend character was pretty hard to listen to. Overall though I would recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-06-15

WONDERFUL BOOK, THE READER WILL GROW ON YOU

Where does Death by Chocolate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The book is one of my favorite - the whole series is awesome, very funny!

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One of my favorite authors - I can hardly wait for the next in the series. I love mysteries that make me laugh and this series does that. I didn't care for the reader at first but I love the book so much I kept listening and by the end of the book she had grown on me. She is able to do different voices to distinguish between characters and that is important to me. If you don't like the reader just keep listening but if you can't get used to her just read the book - you won't be sorry.

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  • Robyn
  • 05-03-15

Can't wait for the next book.

Great read strait from the first word. Spunky and believable characters that all have secrets. Bring on the next book!

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  • Janis
  • 24-06-19

Decent story, bad narration.

The story is fine, if a little predictable, but the narration is bad. Ms. Gregg makes her best friend sound like a hoarse mouse and the men like wooden soldiers. Painful to listen to.

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