dogs and goddesses

Title: Dogs and Goddesses

Author: Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich

Read by: Renée Raudman

Category: Fantasy, Contemporary Romance

Audio published: January 22, 2009 by Brilliance Audio

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Abby has just arrived in Summerville, Ohio, with her placid Newfoundland, Bowser. She’s reluctantly inherited her grandmother’s coffee shop, but it’s not long before she’s brewing up trouble in the form of magical baked goods and steaming up her life with an exasperating college professor.

And then there’s Daisy, a Web code writer, and her hyperactive Jack Russell, Bailey. Her tightly wound world spins out of control when she discovers the chaos within and meets a mysterious dog trainer whose teaching style is definitely hands-on.

Finally there’s Shar, professor of ancient history at Summerville College, who wakes up one morning to find her neurotic dachshund, Wolfie, snarling at an implacable god sitting at her kitchen table, the first thing in her life she hasn’t been able to footnote.

What on earth is going on in this unearthly little town? It’s up to Abby, Daisy, and Shar to find out before an ancient goddess takes over southern Ohio, and they all end up in the apocalyptic doghouse…

First off, I have to give credit to Renée Raudman, the narrator of the audio version of Dogs and Goddesses. The story involves three women, three men, multiple talking dogs, a bad guy (girl) and a henchwoman, and a few other secondary folks. That’s a large cast of characters to voice and she did a good job. For the most part I could keep everybody straight. There were a few sex scenes though and I’m beginning maybe I shouldn’t listen to audios with actual sex scenes; they just turn out sounding cheesy and a little awkward. The fade to black ones are fine, the semi-graphic ones are the problem.

The story itself is silly, unbelievable even in the way you allow yourself to believe fantasy/paranormals, but fun nonetheless.  An ancient goddess has been awakened – in Ohio. And the descendants of her ancient priestesses just happen to live in the same town. Well, it’s not really coincidence, obviously, but you’ll have to read the book to find out why they’re all there. A bunch of stuff happens, the couples fall in love against their better instincts, dogs talk, the three women have to save the world from evil goddess.

I think my favorite part might have been the talking dogs. They just say the cutest things, things I can picture dogs I know saying.

I got this one from the library. I’m glad I didn’t pay for it, but it was cute enough.