• Spellman Files

  • By: Lisa Lutz
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (618 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Isabel Spellman may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism - but she's good at her job as a licensed P.I. with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy and all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. But when Izzy decides to get out of the family business in search of normalcy, she ends up taking on the most important case of her life. The Spellman Files is an unforgettable introduction to the Spellman family in all its lovable chaos.

©2007 Lisa Lutz (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fast-paced, irreverent, and very funny, The Spellman Files is like Harriet the Spy for grown-ups." (Curtis Sittenfeld, author of The Man of My Dreams and Prep)
"Hilarious. My enjoyment of The Spellman Files was only slightly undercut by my irritation that I hadn't written it myself. The funniest book I've read in years!" (Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada and Everyone Worth Knowing)
" The Spellman Files is hilarious, outrageous, and hip. Izzy Spellman, P.I., is a total original, with a voice so fresh and real, you want more, more, more. At long last, we know what Nancy Drew would have been like had she come from a family of lovable crackpots. Lisa Lutz has created a delicious comedy with skill and truth. I loved it." (Adriana Trigiani, author of Lucia, Lucia and Big Stone Gap)

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The Spellman Files (Unabridged)

I love this book and this version of the audiobook (unabridged narrated by Christina Moore) is THE version to get. The other narrator isn't bad but Moore captures the snark amazingly well. I had first heard this from my local library and was frustrated that I was unable to purchase it until now. I had purchased book 3 in the series and just couldn't get into the narration so was thrilled to find book 4 narrated by Moore. I have already listened to this version twice since purchasing (and if I hadn't had a credit available I would have purchased it outright my need for this version is that great).

The book itself is a wonderful storyline reminding me of a Stephanie Plum distant relative. The book treads into the mystery genre while wallowing in the comedy and dips a toe into the romance arena. I hear its being made into a tv series and I cannot wait!

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Addams family gone PI

For the first hour and a half getting to know the Spellmans was fun, but at the three hour mark I had to speed things up. At the very end it dawns that without the painful lists, meticulous character descriptions, and seemingly random anecdotes, it wouldn't be so touching. The best way to describe this wacky bunch is if you took the spook out of the Addams Family and gave them all PI badges.

PS - The narration is not bad, but in no way matches the main character.

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Light and entertaining

Would you listen to Spellman Files again? Why?

I have read (print version) the Spellman Files in the past and enjoy the second book even more than the first. I thought the narrator portrayed the characters well and the story was still a fun listen.

What other book might you compare Spellman Files to and why?

If you like the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series you might enjoy Spellman Files. It has that same feel of a character who gets herself into comedic situations as she is trying to solve cases.

Which character – as performed by Christina Moore – was your favorite?

Although I thought Rae's voice sounded younger than I imagined, I thought her tone and humor were done really well.

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

I definitely found myself laughing at points.

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Its OK to be a little different!

A great mix of PI drama and family disfunctionality! If families like the Spellman's could teach us anything: it's that forgiveness goes hand in hand with responsibility and its OK to work in your family's business but maybe stay out of your family's business once in a while... The performance was ideal and added color to a story that could stand on its own. Check it out!

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Great read, entertaining and funny while touching

Where does Spellman Files rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a wonderfully done audiobook. The story is off beat, fun and funny. Love the characters and the family dynamics that the author explores. And at the same time it is a detective story- well a story about detectives investigating a "crime" and then each other.

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

She is brilliant and captures the nuances of the voices so beautifully that you really feel each character. What a great actor!!

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

I laughed and teared up. It held my attention so deeply that the time on my commute just flew by and I wanted more. I was disappointed when it was over- that is the sign of a great audiobook.

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Wait! What happened to a promising story??

The beginning...what’s not to like? The protagonist is a snarky recovered juvenile delinquent, now 28, buried deep in a quirky family of PIs. Hilarious without being silly. The characters are flawed, infuriating, care deeply about each other and have a moral code of their own unlike any other.
Then it flatlines. The characters don’t learn, don’t grow, and any change in character is for the worse. The plot, always secondary to the characters, stumbles along. The story becomes repetitive, then a little depressing, then just sad. I’ll look at another Spellman story with the a little hope—better?—after I’ve recovered from the disappointment.

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Loved the story and the narrator!

In the "Stephanie Plum" league to me and I've looked awhile for anything even close!

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Hilarious with a Small Mystery

Zany. Unpredictable. The descriptions of this book sort of turned me off. I expected it to be "silly." But Lisa Lutz is a very good writer who has fleshed out believable characters I care about. She has also included one real mystery (one of the cases Izzy is working on as a P.I. in her family's firm) and a series of plot convolutions that held my interest.

And the narrator is fabulous. Ms. Moore does not have to produce the menu of accents you might find in a Follett novel whose storyline crosses Europe, the UK and the U.S., but she has what I believe is a much harder task. She has to distinguish between a mother and two sisters in the same family, and several male characters using subtle differences in tone and cadence. I was really impressed.

If you have any sense of humor at all, read this book. Fun.

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WONDERFUL AUTHOR, AND VERY GOOD STORY LINE.

LOVE THIS WACKY SPELLMAN FAMILY. PI INVESTIGATORS WHO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN TO TAKE UP THE SAME VOCATION. IT IS SO FUNNY AND AND THE STORY IS GREAT. I AM GLAD I STARTED WITH BOOK NUMBER 1, AND NOT ANOTHER; IT REALLY EXPLAINS EACH PERSON'S PERSONALITY AND WHY WHILE NOT GETTING TECHNICAL. LET YOU ASSURE YOU IT IS WELL WORTH THE CREDIT.

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Count me in for more.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I needed another series to start and am glad that I found this one.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It wasn't want I expected. It didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. But I liked the twist and turns of the plot.

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