• Miss Julia Delivers the Goods

  • By: Ann Ross
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (211 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this delightful tale by New York Times best-selling author Ann B. Ross, America's favorite senior citizen determines to reunite two troubled souls before it's too late.

Miss Julia reckons Mr. J.D. Pickens is the key to solving all of Hazel Marie's problems, especially the female kind. But how can Miss Julia coax the savvy PI back to town - and back into the arms of her 40-something friend Hazel Marie?

©2009 Ann B. Ross (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    3 out of 5 stars

Wonderful Read, disappointing Narrator

Perhaps one of the best of Ross' "Miss Julia" books, full of twist and turns, southern old-style charm we fans have come to adore. I would easily have given this 4 stars but for the narrator, who makes men sound like they are billy goat gruffs, and the children sound like they are toddlers, and worst of all, Miss Julia sound sing-songy and fake. If you want to hear a truly great narrator handle one of the Miss Julia books, try "Miss Julia Paints the Town, narrated by Claudia Hughes. Hughes' voice contains the nuances of each personality as they were written by Ross. In an audiobook, the narrator can make or break a story. It's only my deep love and affection for "Miss Julia" that made me download this book, knowing that even Cynthia Darlow couldn't ruin the story for me. But then, I had to listen to one of the earlier books narrated by Claudia Hughes to get the Darlow voices out of my head. If you can hack the narrator, the story is terrific.

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An unexpected pregnancy of Hazel Marie

Miss Julia faces two serious personal crises in Miss Julia Delivers the Goods by Ann B Ross. First, Hazel Marie, the former mistress of Julia's first husband and the mother of Wesley Lloyd Springer's illegitimate son, Lloyd, gets really sick. Taking Hazel Marie to the doctor, Miss Julia has to put her friend in the hospital until the young doctor substituting for the regular doctor on vacation finally does a pregnancy test, which comes out positive. But Hazel Marie has just broken up with her longtime gentleman friend, JD Pickens, because he has no desire to get married, so Hazel Marie has decided to stand up for herself and end things with Mr. Pickens and refuses to tell him about her pregnancy. So ashamed of having another illegitimate baby, Hazel Marie tries to find all sorts of schemes to get away from town, so no one will know her sin. And Miss Julia is determined to do everything to keep Hazel Marie and Lloyd in town.

In the midst of this drama, in which only Miss Julia, her husband Ben, and their housekeeper Lillian know about the pregnancy, someone breaks into and ransacks Sam's house, which he kept for doing his work after getting married. He finds that someone has stolen important files for the project this retired lawyer has been working on. And not only have his interview tapes and copies of legal files been stolen from Sam's office, but also the original files are missing from the government office. The five cases that have disappeared have one thing in common: the people they concern got arrested, but the charges were dropped for no evident reason. This leads Sam to call in Mr. Pickens, a private investigator, to try to find the criminal who stole these items, but despite Mr. Pickens's presence in town, he still doesn't know about the pregnancy and Hazel Marie continues to refuse to have anything to do with him.

So Julia has a lot of stress in her life. She's trying to help Sam get to the bottom of the crimes. And she also has to deal with Hazel Marie, who keeps starting to pack in order to move completely away but keeps having complications from the pregnancy that sends her to bed rest. And Lloyd is asking questions too. What do they do?

This book is a lot of fun, and I had a good time listening to it. Previous books have seemed unrealistic at times, requiring quite a suspension of disbelief. But this book doesn't have that problem so much, though Hazel Marie's desperation to avoid letting anyone know about the baby seems a little extreme. However, this book is delightful, with strong, creative characters who come to life. I feel that I really know Miss Julia, Hazel Marie, Lillian, and Sam and have joined with her in her adventures.

Cynthia Darlow reprises her role as Miss Julia, narrator of this book. She creates believable voices for each of the characters. The book reads in such a fun way that I am sure reading the book visually would be much less enjoyable.

I highly enjoyed Miss Julia Delivers the Goods. I save these books for when I'm in need of a good time because they keep me highly entertained. I loved all aspects of this book and give it five stars!

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Light Read

I chose this book for a light read, and that's what I got. The author's strength is in her characterization, but the plot was weak. Some reviewers didn't care for the narrator, but I thought she did an adequate reading for most of the characters and a fine job with Miss Julia.

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Delightful Story

After reading the review by Deborah, I almost didn't purchase this book. I'm glad I relented, because the story is delightful and I did not have the same issue with the narrator that Deborah had. I do agree that the voice of Little Lloyd is a bit juvenile, but not so much as to affect the overall quality of narration. I'm eagerly awaiting the next in the Miss Julia series.

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Miss Julia does it again

Ann B. Ross is amazing. All of the Miss Julia books are incredible. I laugh so hard I cry. And, this book is no exception. I can hardly wait for the next book. You will not be disappointed if you choose this book.

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I loved this book

The only reason I gave it 3 stars for performance was the recording, it would stop and start at weird times and then it would have a weird pause. Otherwise the story was great and I truly enjoyed it

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Another delightful story

Once again another delightful story one can listen too while doing anything as they are entertaining. Cynthia Darlow brings all the characters to life and she is Miss Julia, Lillian, Sam, Hazel Marie and on. The story would not as good if not for her voice characterizations !

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Ann Ross is a fabulous author

This series just gets funnier and better with each new book. The storylines had me falling over with laughter. And Cynthia Darlow is magnificent in the way she produces each character. You feel right at home with each new chapter, waiting for what will happen next. Never disappointed.

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Miss Julia is at it again!

I love, love, love all the Miss Julia books and this one DEFINITELY did not disappoint!

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The senior citizens best representative!

Where does Miss Julia Delivers the Goods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This series is my favorite of all my audiobooks. I have read them all (Listen to them all) I am waiting on the next 2 to come in MP3 version. The CDs are too expensive. I do have a few CD version I have listened to all of them at least 3 times and I will continue to listen to them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Miss Julia Delivers the Goods?

I can't remember the plot by the title as the title does not relate well to the content.

Have you listened to any of Cynthia Darlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love her best of the 3 narrators although I like them all.

Any additional comments?

I would love to see this become a movie series but I don't believe a movie could tell the story as well. So I see the movie as I listen