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Eat, Pray, Die

Written by: Chelsea Field
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From a number one best-selling author: a fresh and funny romantic mystery series about a witty, down-to-earth heroine with a job you've never seen before....

Being an undercover poison taster for the rich and famous might sound glamorous, but for Isobel Avery it means stomaching bad clients and even worse coffee. The one side of the job that lives up to expectations is the money. Which is just as well for Izzy, since she needs an awful lot of it. Who knew when she made a lifelong commitment to a man that it would be one year living with him and the rest of her life paying for it? 

But even her scoundrel ex-husband doesn't look so bad compared to her new client. He's competent, condescending, and annoyingly attractive, and Izzy doesn't know whether to sleep with him or poison him herself. Throw in a loan shark, a nosy neighbor, and a murder attempt, and Izzy will have her work cut out for her. 

Perfect for fans of Camilla Chafer, Jana DeLeon, Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Bond, Julie Moffett, and JB Lynn.

©2016 Chelsea Field (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Not a heroine I can get along with

I didn't like this story overall. The heroine and our POV character just isn't one I could enjoy being inside the head of.

She wasn't the first female heroine POV character I've read/listened to but the insecurities and self-doubt just ate at my possible enjoyment of the story so consistently that I really questioned how this character got up most mornings. In conversations with others about this sort of female character (not related to this book specifically) I understood that some readers can really identify with such a person. One who can't go past a mirror without thinking they are too fat or who looks at every male character and rates how quickly they would like to strip them.

To be fair on the last point when I have a male POV character who is doing that I also check out.

The book is 8 hours long, at least half the dialogue is inside the characters own head. If it became a movie without a voice over the story could be shown inside a tight 90 minute run time. Maybe a poorly edited 120. Very little plot happens, the clues to the mystery are there but some leaps have to be made to reach the final conclusion.

Others have rated this book much higher than I and the series seems to be quite popular. I just couldn't handle the character through whom the world was being presented.

Not going to go for a refund on the book as A) The quality of the performance wasn't bad and B) I wasn't the only one who listened to it, but it's my account so I get to leave the review.

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impressed... delighted... left reminiscing vast

I am not certain what prompted me to buy this book... perhaps it was a special offer I just could not refuse. what ever the reason I am delighted that I did. she is a charming character.

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Great fun!

This is an extremely well narrated package of fun. It's light, escapist, humorous, and a great start for C. Field. Can't wait to listen/read the second story... but after some serious lit.

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Light hearted and clever

Good easy listening book, likable characters, original concept. Looking forward to listening to more in the series.

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  • 2018-08-16

I love this series!

The first in the series Eat Pray Die is a fun cozy mystery built around a truly unique premise. Who knew the Hollywood rich and famous needed taste testers? Izzy has moved from Australia to SoCal for an urgently needed job. Conner is her hunky boss, Arthur her roommate, Meow the cat, Mr Black the enforcer and Etta the spunky elderly neighbor (who I’m convinced is ex-CIA). All are delightful and add to the fun. Can't wait to listen to the other books.

FYI, for those who have listened to the original Eat Pray Die audio book the biggest change is that the characters finally have their proper accents. It is well worth a second credit.

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  • ELF
  • 2019-03-11

Entertaining and well narrated

Really like the narrator. Made the story fun.
Liked the poison taster premise. Enjoyable characters.

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  • Claudio
  • 2019-02-12

Great!

Loved:
-The character's unique job, very clever.
-The Australian narrator; this is one of the rare books that are better listened to than read.
-The pacing was perfect. I have a short attention span and this kept me engaged.
-I couldn't tell who the murderer was.
-I liked our lead characters.

I would caution anyone though who is a bit conservative. There isn't much language, but sexual innuendos are often. There is no sex scene, but there are two foiled rape attempts that made me uncomfortable, so I skipped to the rescue portion. I really enjoyed it overall though and would recommend it.

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  • Darcia Darcy
  • 2019-01-23

Funny, entertaining and well-performed

I loved this book. It was really entertaining and not really dark or intense. I am looking forward to Book 2.

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  • nathan
  • 2019-01-08

Humor & suspense

Love the accent of the reader. The story was fast-paced, with humor, romance, and suspense. Plot was unique especially the job of the main character. Overall great listen!

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  • Sunshine
  • 2019-08-14

Enjoying

I really enjoyed this. It started out slow but it was great and so was the reader. Love the accent.

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  • BikeVON
  • 2019-07-13

A fun cozy story

Isobel Avery’s life as a poison taster is more the just tasting food; you get a mystery and an entrée. Isobel’s personality follows the prerequisite alpha type; independent, headstrong, and opinionated. The there’s Conner, her hunky boss to butt heads against. She is being pursued by the Australia mafia type who is demanding that she pays her debt. With what she is making it will take forever to pay it off. Just the qualities need to ratchet the suspense of the mystery.

This is a wonderful cozy mystery that is entertaining and easy to enjoy.

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  • Srfrgrl81
  • 2019-05-15

amazon got me hooked on this series

Downloaded this as one of my monthly free offers from Kindle First Reads that also happened to come with the $1.99 audio. Glad I did. not the typical genre I go for, but I always enjoy listening to Saskia Maarleveld.

This was a relatively quick "read". With my 2 hour round trip commute I got through it in a week. went and downloaded the other 5 books in the series via Kindle whisper sink $1.99. For the length I wouldn't want to waste a full audible credit on these. Maybe if the author would sell it as a box set I would.

As for the story, it was a fun easy murder mystery listen. ending was predictable, but poison taste testing for the rich and famous gave it a good foundation. I would recommend if you looking for something ligt as it doesn't require full attention to follow along. Perfect for commuting in traffic or multitasking at home.

side note: I completely sympathized with Izzy's need for a good espresso.

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  • J&M Demildt
  • 2019-04-29

Surprisingly Good!

I'll be honest- I bought this book because it was cheap and I didn't expect a whole lot. What I got was way better than I expected. This book was funny, fast paced, and I loved the characters. It had a great balance of action, suspense and a little bit of romance thrown in too. I usually listen to audiobooks at night as I fall asleep- but I had to switch to a different one because I liked this so much it was keeping me awake. The narrator also does a great job voicing the main character's Australian accent. I'll definitely be checking out more by this author and narrator!

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • 2018-12-23

Wow, what a ride!!!

Eat, Pray, Die has got to be the most unique murder mystery, without being a supernatural, I have read! What a way to make a living! Tasting food for the rich and famous for poison and to distinguish between the poisons! Meanwhile, she owes a loan shark a lot of money thanks to a creepy ex- husband, she is stalked by a creepy rich guy that likes to drug his victims...all while working a case pretending to be a girlfriend but really tasting his food. It is full of craziness and lots of fun!