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Kathi

Kathi Sterling, VA, United States Member Since 2010

Have re-discovered "quality time." Evenings listening to good books have replaced mindless tv watching. What a difference!

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  • "It's great--give us more, please!"

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    I'm trying not to be greedy here, but I love the Chet and Bernie stories, and the last couple have only been short stories (the Chet "prequel" and now this darling little Iggy tale). I'm happy for every word, line and paragraph that Spencer Quinn writes. He captures a way of"Dog-Think" that is at times very funny, and at other times really quite poignant, even philosophical, imagining the world from a dog's perspective. But I sure miss the longer books.

    This one involves the neighbors. The wife is hospitalized, and somehow Iggy gets loose on the floors of the hospital and can't be found. Which is the setup for Chet and Bernie to solve a little mystery on the side, as they search for Iggy.

    If you have never listened to any from this series, this would be okay. But if you are a long time fan of The World According To Chet, as I have been for quite some time, I think this works better to be heard after already knowing the characters. As always, Jim Frangione narrates very well. I have never read a Chet and Bernie book in paper form, so Mr. Frangione IS Chet to me. It is an adorable series. Chet is both smart and at times, hilarious. For something light, this whole series is really fun.

    But, please, Mr. Quinn, how about another full-length book?



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    The Iggy Chronicles, Volume One: A Chet and Bernie Mystery Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
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    Iggy is a dog who doesn’t get out much, so it’s big news when elderly Mr. Parsons knocks on Bernie’s door to say that Iggy has vanished. In the search for Iggy, Chet and Bernie find Mrs. Parsons unconscious on her bedroom floor, in need of urgent medical care. But it’s only when they arrive at the hospital that things get really interesting. With a jewel thief making short work of hospital patients’ valuables, it seems that Iggy is not alone in disappearing right out from under somebody’s nose. Suspects are plentiful and witnesses are few.

    Kathi says: "It's great--give us more, please!"
  • "Well narrated, dark Gothic novella"

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    This book was written in about 1842 (possibly based on a true story that took place half a century earlier) depicting the basest instincts and behaviors of which people are capable. Annette von Droste-Hülshoff has chosen a plot that focuses on a small group of people living in a deeply wooded and secluded part of Germany, who seem cut off from outsiders by distance. They are thus tightly woven into a community that is close, and reliant on each other for safety.

    The main character is Friedrich Mergel. He is the son of an alcoholic, wife-abusing man. who marries a second wife that complements his ungodly ways by her strict religious, virtuous manner. We are invited to view Friedrich as somehow the offspring of good and evil, hinting at the undertones of the plot to come in the story. Early on, the father dies on his way home during a ferocious snow storm, and people quickly designate the part of the woods where he died as frightening, harboring his ghost. There is also an anonymous group of poachers who rob the forest of wood and remain unidentified, which keeps the villagers wary and suspicious. Margreth, the mother, has a brother who appears to be steering young Friedrich toward bad deeds, but we also see what looks like great denial on the part of the mother--if not tacit support for what happens.

    This is the background, well designed to set the atmosphere for murders to occur, and they do. The writer has done an excellent job of characterizing aspects of the main characters so as to leave the listener wondering who may have committed the the crimes, and also feeling the eeriness of the woods, the poverty lifestyle of the people, the jealousy and despair that may have supported such events. There is a curious character, John Nobody, whose name invites us to speculate on who he is, what his role in the story will be. One of the murdered men, Aaron the jew, dies beneath a tree that later has a mysterious message carved into it--which will be the central clue to the whole story.

    This is a well-written, excellently narrated example of the then novice idea of mystery writing. Although not long, it is deeply engaging, the characters are well-described and the atmosphere itself carries the sense of a foreboding space from which nothing good can come. I did not know the work of this author, but found it to be very compelling. And the narration was, quite simply, excellent.

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    The Jew's Beech Tree

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    • By Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Annette von Droste-Hülshoff's dark tale of an unsolved murder, revenge and the supernatural. When the young Friedrich Mergel goes to work for his uncle, he is quickly drawn into a world of shady business dealings and a ruthless band of wood-thieves. But on the night when Friedrich quarrels with Aaron the Jew, he subsequently disappears, together with his illegitimate cousin John Nobody. Shortly afterwards, Aaron is found murdered. Friedrich's disappearance is considered suspicious

    Kathi says: "Well narrated, dark Gothic novella"
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  • Dreamsongs (Unabridged Selections)

    "Great for a Martin fan but not for all"

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    I really enjoyed hearing Martin tell his story and this thing is fully of short stories. Some of his shorts were really good and left me wanting to hear more and some of them were just so-so but as a whole I enjoyed it very much.
    If you are interested in Martins path to fame this paints the picture and includes quite a few shorts from Martin's early career through the mid 80's.

  • A Chef's Christmas

    "Nice and Short"

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    Really good story, not for kids and typical Bourdain. I am glad I listened to it but I don't think it was worth a credit.

  • Legends II, New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy: Volume 1 (Unabridged Selections)

    "Martin Is Flawless and McCaffrey Gets It Done"

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    Martin's continuing story of Dunk and Egg is very well done. I wish that I had more and this one has pushed me into trying some other works by Martin. I can't wait for the next volume of Song of Fire and Ice. The performance from Malcolm is a huge step up from the first Legends and the story is fantastic.
    I enjoyed McCaffrey's story but it is just not my type of story. It is well done but I could have lived without it.

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John Belleville, IL, United States 10-28-13

St. Louis, Missouri

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  • "12 Great Stories...and 6 Back Stories"

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    The thing about reading—or listening to—Wodehouse is that his characters live such long, complex lives. Bertie Wooster, for example, made his first appearance in 1919 and his last adventure was published in 1974, the year before Wodehouse’s death. Consequently, the happily married man in the novel you just finished reading may have a backstory you know nothing about. Beyond, of course, the arch allusions to his checkered career made by his wife, his relations or the narrator in the novel you just finished reading.

    It all adds to the odd realism of Wodehouse. Keen observers like Evelyn Waugh asserted that the England Wodehouse writes about never really existed. Yet the appearance and reappearance of places and characters, the ability to see the same character from several other characters’ viewpoints, the interweaving of characters— for example, Bertie Wooster and Tipton Plimsol both belong to the Drones and therefor must have at least a nodding acquaintance—all contribute to this queer substantiality, making the England of P. G. Wodehouse, Utopian as it is, as solid as Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County.

    All of this is by way of explaining why Blandings Castle is such an enjoyable listen. You get the back story of how Freddie Threepwood met and married Niagara “Aggie” Donaldson. You finally understand what a character in one of the later Blandings Castle novels was talking about when he describes Lord Emsworth as being worried about his pumpkin (your natural reaction is to assume it’s a typo; he must have meant “pig”). You discover the surprising family connection between Lord Emsworth and his head gardener. And you get the full story, only alluded to in later books, of the chap from Nebraska.

    Beyond these revelations that do so much to illuminate the rest of the Blandings Castle saga, you get “Lord Emsworth and the Girl Friend”, probably one of the sweetest stories Wodehouse ever wrote; not saccharine sweet but rather revealing an unsuspected tenderness and solicitude on the part of the ninth earl.

    So much for the first six stories in this collection. The other six are a delightful grab bag: one featuring Bobby Whickam, the rest the various nephews and connections of Mr. Mulliner who work in Hollywood. Bobby’s tale is pure Wodehouse lunacy and the last story, “The Castaways” is a writer’s-eye view of Hollywood that should not be missed—especially if you’re a writer.

    James Saxon’s performance makes me wish he’d record more Wodehouse. His characters all live as individuals in your ear buds and his vocal range covers every Wodehousian nuance, from the sprightly and brainless to the dark and dubious.

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    Blandings Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    Here are a dozen stories to delight all Wodehouse addicts.... A crooning tenor is attempting to captivate the affections of the Rev. Rupert Bingham’s fiancée; Lord Emsworth is striving to remove a pumpkin-shaped blot on the family escutcheon; the Hon. Freddie Threepwood is making a last-ditch attempt to convert Lady Alcester to the beneficial quality of Donaldson’s Dog-Joy; and in the bar-parlor of the Anglers’ Rest, Mr. Mulliner fascinates everyone with the secret history of old Hollywood.

    John says: "12 Great Stories...and 6 Back Stories"

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    Complete Short Stories, Volume 3

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    In 1938 Maugham wrote, "Fact and fiction are so intermingled in my work that now, looking back on it, I can hardly distinguish one from the other." Maugham also wrote that most of his short stories were inspired by accounts he heard firsthand during his travels to the lonely outposts of the British Empire. In volume three of this series, we present all of the remaining short stories which Maugham published after World War I and which he subsequently caused to be republished in various collections.

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    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
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    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 (






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    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

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    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
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    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 (






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    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

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    Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 2"
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    First Meetings is a collection of three novellas (plus the original "Ender's Game") that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.

    Amazon Customer says: "Essential Backstory for Ender Fans!"
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    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 (






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    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3

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    Arthur Conan Doyle never wasted time in getting his stories moving. His plots are always direct and refreshingly lucid, and the narrative has a velocity that sweeps you along right to the end. This was no doubt a large part of his immense worldwide success. Not surprisingly, each time he tried to end the series, his fans would howl in protest. But, as he says in the preface to his last collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, all good things must come to an end.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 3"
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    Joe Ledger: The Missing Files (






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    Joe Ledger: The Missing Files

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    In this collection of five short stories, Jonathan Maberry fills in the blanks in his action-thriller Joe Ledger novels.

    Lisa says: "READ BEFORE BUYING LEDGER SHORT STORIES"
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (






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    One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

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    B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

    Marci says: "It gets better, and better, and better, and better"
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

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    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
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    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

    Santa Fe Painter says: "A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes"
  • Peanut Goes to School: A Short Story of the Elder Races (






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    Peanut Goes to School: A Short Story of the Elder Races

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    Dragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon. Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart. A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more power than almost anyone else.

  • The Things They Carried (






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    The Things They Carried

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    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Michelle says: "Stark and poignant!"
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  • Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales (






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    Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

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    The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since Nightmares & Dreamscapes nine years ago, Everything's Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and "Riding the Bullet", King's original e-book, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade. Intense, eerie, and instantly compelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time.

    Samir Quntar "al-Muti" says: "A Really Great Audiobook"
  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (






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    Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

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    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
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    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

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    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, award-winning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form.

    Yvette says: "Pretty good production & a great value!!!"
  • FaceOff (






UNABRIDGED) by David Baldacci (editor) Narrated by Dylan Baker, Jeremy Bobb, Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Gerroll, January LaVoy, David Baldacci

    FaceOff

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    • By David Baldacci (editor)
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    Edited by number-one New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most-beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide! In an unprecedented collaboration, 23 of the world’s best-selling and most critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters - such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme - in an 11-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW).

    RueRue says: "Sampler of thrill writers"
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  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella (






UNABRIDGED) by Diana Gabaldon Narrated by Robert Ian MacKenzie

    A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella

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    Available for the first time as an audiobook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows," readers finally learn the truth.

    Jina says: "Overall a grim story, but oh, so well written."
  • A River Runs Through It and Other Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by Norman Maclean Narrated by David Manis

    A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

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    • By Norman Maclean
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    In A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean claims that “in my family, there is no clear line between religion and fly-fishing.” Nor is there a clear line between family and fly-fishing. It is the one activity where brother can connect with brother and father with son, bridging troubled relationships at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana. In Maclean’s autobiographical novella, it is the river that makes them realize that life continues and all things are related.

    George Cantu says: "Enjoyable Read"
  • Joe Ledger: Special Ops (






UNABRIDGED) by Jonathan Maberry Narrated by Ray Porter

    Joe Ledger: Special Ops

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    • By Jonathan Maberry
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    Captain Joe Ledger - former cop, former Army Ranger, and currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world's most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction, designer bioweapons, cutting-edge transgenics…real mad-scientist stuff.

    Karen says: "Another Winner!"
  • Full Dark, No Stars (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht

    Full Dark, No Stars

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    • By Stephen King
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    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
  • Fishead (






UNABRIDGED) by Irvin S. Cobb Narrated by John W. Michaels

    Fishead

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    • By Irvin S. Cobb
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    First published in 1913, "Fishhead" by Irwin S. Cobb takes place at real Reelfoot Lake, the largest lake south of the Ohio line mostly in Tennessee but extending up across what is now the Kentucky line. The protagonist, Fishhead, a halfbreed lives alone by his choice and by the choice of his neighbors because of his deformity that causes his head to resemble a fish. This story was written in 1913, and the narrators chosen to leave the N-word in as part of the narration, so please be aware. This is another nery creepy story, that no doubt influenced H.P. Lovecraft.

  • A Gift for Philomena (






UNABRIDGED) by Dara Girard Narrated by Marion Odubiyi

    A Gift for Philomena

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    • By Dara Girard
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    Philomena Hawkes is a woman who believes her boring life of drudgery will never change - until a mysterious package arrives and alters her life forever.

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UNABRIDGED) by Thea Harrison Narrated by Sophie Eastlake

    Peanut Goes to School: A Short Story of the Elder Races

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
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    Dragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon. Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart. A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more power than almost anyone else.

  • Mr. Bloke's Item (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Twain Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    Mr. Bloke's Item

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    Who determines what stops the presses? Enter the world of Mark Twain who was handed an item from an emotional man late one night. The presses were stopped, the item run, and Twain was in trouble with his editor. Enjoy the humor as Twain tries to understand the importance of "Mr. Bloke’s Item".

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  • The Child with the Bread Shoes (






UNABRIDGED) by Théophile Gautier Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Child with the Bread Shoes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Théophile Gautier
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    When little Hans dies of the croup, his mother uses all her scant wealth to ensure him a proper burial. She spins the thread for his shroud and has a beautiful little coffin made. But while she is out, the rats gnaw at little Hans's leather slippers and the dead child has nothing for his feet. Hans' mother makes him a pair of shoes from her last loaf of bread. But after the child is buried, the ghostly child reappears night after night weeping. The bread shoes are preventing him from entering heaven. But the local priest comes up with a plan.

  • The Best German Short Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by Friedrich Schiller, Clemens Brentano, Ludwig Achim von Arnim, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ludwig Tieck, Theodor Storm, E. T. A. Hoffmann Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Best German Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Friedrich Schiller, Clemens Brentano, Ludwig Achim von Arnim, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A golden collection of gems from classic German literature, ranging from early Sturm und Drang, through Gothic horror, to some of the finest stories from later German Romanticism.

  • The Reverend Father Gaucher's Elixir (






UNABRIDGED) by Alphonse Daudet Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Reverend Father Gaucher's Elixir

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Alphonse Daudet
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    The Reverend Father Gaucher's Elixir is set in a dilapidated monastery in Provence. The order has fallen on hard times and the future of the entire monastery is in jeopardy. But the order's simpleton cow-herd, Brother Gaucher, has an unexpected idea. His old Auntie Bégon had in her later years invented a marvellous herbal elixir. By producing, bottling, and selling this, Brother Gaucher believes the order can become as rich as the Trappists and the monks of Chartreuse.

  • Returning Love (






UNABRIDGED) by Jack Lindsey Narrated by Lynsey A. Rose

    Returning Love

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Jack Lindsey
    • Narrated By Lynsey A. Rose
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    Tina meets an old love who has not changed.