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Would you consider the audio edition of Love & Death in Burgundy to be better than the print version?
Better? Nothing can be take away from Susan C. Shea's entertaining story and creation of a wonderful world of characters, but my reading the print version on my own did not do her creativity full justice…the audio version does! I experience what Susan Shea hoped to provide for her readers. I HEAR the different accents and dialects that define and develop the characters. I HEAR the fears, worries, and joys of the events...it is a wonderful way to enjoy Susan Shea's story.
What other book might you compare Love & Death in Burgundy to and why?
Well, looking beyond the mystery, I compare this story to my all-time favorite, Peter Mayle's books starting with "A Year in Provence." The conflicts with an ex-pat living in France, efforts to insinuate an outsider into the community, learning about the history of the area, exploring the countryside, and getting involved with some very quirky people all reminded me of Peter Mayle's trilogy about his ex-pat time living alongside the French.
Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?
First, Suzanne Toren’s voice artistry is brilliant with such entertaining variations of the Americans, some with southern drawls, varying French dialects from mild to strong, and German and British accents. She easily moved from male to female and young to elderly characters greatly enhancing my enjoyment. But my favorite character is Mme Pomfort. Suzanne was able to capture her
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Of course...dinner was horribly late the first afternoon I started listening. One hour...two hours...four hours in, I couldn't put it on pause. I finished the book in three days, though, only because I really had chores I couldn't put off. It is a delightful adventure!
Any additional comments?
I am a serious Francophile—French wines, soaps, cheese…kisses? And now I can add to that list Susan C. Shea’s French Village Mystery series. The mystery is very engaging with all the possible scenarios, and I hung on every clue to uncover what happened: accident or murder? Each character is rich and developed from the varied ex-pats to upstanding and shady French villagers; add some Germans and a Brit and Susan has her own EU. Additionally I was so entertained with the daily life in Reigny, interactions between many of the characters outside of the investigation, the community, and French idiosyncrasies. The flea market, the young girl’s spying, garden disagreements, family dynamics, and all the references to living in a small French village greatly enhanced my reading. All of this was greatly enriched by Suzanne Toren's voice artistry!
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