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Cynthia

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  • "In the Catbird Seat"

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    James Thurber! James Thurber!

    Ben Stiller! Ben Stiller!

    Can you tell I was more than a little thrilled by this Audible short? James Thurber (1894-1961) was a wonderful commentator and cartoonist who was 50 years ahead of his time. For the last five years, every time I read a blog or a tweet that misses its mark, I've wondered, "What would Thurber say?"

    "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1939, 1942) tells the story of a henpecked man, on a quest to find new galoshes and dog biscuits, who daydreams an exciting life of saving lives and crucial war missions. He's every person - who hasn't thought of heroically saving a stranger from a falling shelf in an earthquake or tornado when you're stuck in a line at the grocery store, wondering whose tragedy People Magazine is exploiting this week?

    Ben Stiller does the narration, and - I'm going out on a limb that even a real life timid Walter Mitty would venture onto - I think that's because a movie version of "Mitty" is coming out. Just a guess on my part, of course. Stiller did a fantastic job acting in "Night at the Museum" (2006), one of my favorite movie adaptations of a book (Milan Trenc, 1993). Stiller directs and stars in "Mitty" and I hope I enjoy the movie as much.

    I'm only rating the audio at a 4, though, because while Stiller is a Great Narrator, the production wasn't. Too echo-y.

    If you're wondering about the title of the review - it's another Thurber short story.

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    Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
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    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
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  • Joe Ledger: The Missing Files

    "Joe Ledger Fans will Need This"

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    I don't normally review anthologies of short stories. My rules are mine to break. Really the only reason that that I am is to satisfy my own curiosity, and to learn more about what drives Joe Ledger and makes him what he is today.

    There really isn't a whole lot to review here. Joe ledger story short stories, full of everything you would expect from Jonathan Maberry. If you are a true and I mean true Joe Ledger fan you have already picked this title up or if you're like me you been humming and hawing and waiting for the right time. Well the time has come.

    One story is a simple introduction to Joe Ledger, much of this we know already is we listened to Patient Zero, still good to hear. One story intertwines with Patient Zero and is yet separate. One story gives an introduction to my favorite literary canine, Ghost. Another twists together, what I though were parallel universes, the Pine Deep series with the DMS. And the last really gets you inside Ledger's head.

    Audiobook purchased by reviewer.

    Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com

  • The End of the Road

    "A version of the hills have eyes"

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    This was a truly disturbing tale of lost travelers thinking that they found salvation in a small back woods town. Sure it was short and sounds like little more than a pitch for a B grade slasher movie the likes of The Hills Have Eyes. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion, not all stories can be masterpieces. Masterpiece or not stories like this can reach down in your soul and turn part of it black. A group of friends break down in the middle of a road trip and in the middle of nowhere, only to find a small town. The residents seems a little off their rocker at first, only to discover later that they are much worse that the travelers first thought. This was a pretty straight forward horror story with not twists or turns, yet I found it a very quick escape from reality.

    Audiobook purchased by me..

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  • Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box

    "This could be the next great apocalyptic story"

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    Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box the most tense 22 minutes that I can remember having in a long time. While this is not a complete story, it ends perfectly and left me breathless. The plot unfold quickly, builds to a climax and boom it's all over. If expanded upon this could make a fantastic new full length audiobook. I am not disappointed at all, if all novellas were this good, they just might be the only thing I ever listened to. If need a quick fix of apocalyptic suspense, look no further, you will not be let down.

    I am so impressed my the narration skills of Grant, most of the time when authors narrate their own stories it leave something to be desired, as they are not professional voices. I really do not think that her performance could have been improved in any way whatsoever. Mira please feel free to narrate more of your stories, I will be maybe not first in line but as close as I can get.

  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    "Timeless short story"

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    I was blown away when I learned that this fun short story was originally written in 1942, because the language use and the situations are timeless. Walter Mitty is a guy who gets distracted by his imagination which sometimes gets him into trouble. I can see why the movie makers wanted to make a movie out of this story, there is so much room for expansion and even more intrigue. If you are looking for a quick wholesome listen the this is for you.

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    for a good short piece in this style, though modern setting, it is well done and i enjoyed it. i would say that perhaps the plot and temperament is more noir than the style but it works. a bit Body Heat/Miami Vice setting, not a cop story. love noir style and hope they keep doing more though this is technically i suppose a neo-noir. can't say too much without giving something away.

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    Noir

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    • By Linda Mannheim
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    Laura and Sam are obsessed with film noir. In their sun-drenched apartment in Miami, they watch 1940's black and white movies, whose characters move in shadows and narrow slats of light. They're fascinated by a Hollywood genre without happy endings, where everyone is corrupt, where lovers betray one another, where the war might be over and the boys might be home, but where nothing is going back to the way it was.

    Darryl says: "good quick hitter"

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    Coyote Tales (






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    Coyote Tales

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    • By Jim Bihyeh
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    Coyote - the trickster, thief, warrior, wizard, coward, clown, and savior - has come to call in these 10 stories set in the modern Navajo Nation.

    Ryan says: "Excellent reader for an excellent story"
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    Complete Short Stories, Volume 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by W. Somerset Maugham Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    Complete Short Stories, Volume 3

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    • By W. Somerset Maugham
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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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    Best Bondage Erotica 2014

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    Rachel Kramer Bussel ties her readers up in knots each year as they anticipate the very best BDSM stories of the year. And, she does not disappoint, defying the odds and occasionally gravity with tales of bondage at its best. These whip-smart tales of domination, submission, spanking, and other highly imaginative acts keep readers in a frenzy. Best Bondage Erotica 2014 features 21 hot bondage tales that titillate from the bedroom to the dungeon and beyond.

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    The Big Garage on Clearshot: Growing Up, Growing Old, and Going Fishing at the End of the Road (






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    The Big Garage on Clearshot: Growing Up, Growing Old, and Going Fishing at the End of the Road

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    The colorful cast of characters in End of the Road, Alaska, congregate around the coffeepot at the Big Garage to share wit and wisdom.

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    Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

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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 (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

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    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
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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: In the Enderverse

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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!"
  • 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
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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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"
  • The Things They Carried (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim O'Brien Narrated by Bryan Cranston

    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!"
  • Peanut Goes to School: A Short Story of the Elder Races (






UNABRIDGED) by Thea Harrison Narrated by Sophie Eastlake

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "So cute!"
  • 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....

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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 (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Butcher Narrated by James Marsters

    Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

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    • By Jim Butcher
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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?"
  • Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country (






UNABRIDGED) by C. J. Box Narrated by Chandler David

    Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country

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    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By Chandler David
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    From C. J. Box, the New York Times-bestselling author of the Joe Pickett novels, comes a thrilling book of suspense stories about the Wyoming he knows so well - and the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there. Over the course of eighteen books, C. J. Box has been consistently hailed for his brilliant storytelling and extraordinary skills at creating character, suspense, and a deep sense of place. All of those strengths are in the ten riveting stories - three of them never before published - that make up Shots Fired.

    justin says: "That's odd...a THREE star review within 3 hours???"
  • 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!!!"
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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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    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
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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."
  • Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft (






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    Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft

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    This volume collects, for the first time, the entire Dream Cycle created by H. P. Lovecraft, the master of twentieth-century horror, including some of his most fantastic tales.

    J. says: "Mixed bag"
  • Joe Ledger: Special Ops (






UNABRIDGED) by Jonathan Maberry Narrated by Ray Porter

    Joe Ledger: Special Ops

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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.

    Tracy says: "If you have already read Missing Files"
  • Taken (






UNABRIDGED) by Lora Leigh Narrated by Julia Duvall

    Taken

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    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Lora Leigh has captivated millions with her sizzling tales. Here, together for the first time, in a short story collection: "Reno's Chance", "For Maggie's Sake", "Atlanta Heat", "Night Hawk", and more.

  • The Grim Reaper's Bedside Story Book: Tales of Gruesome and Unusual Deaths (






UNABRIDGED) by Edgar Allan Poe, Sherwood Anderson, Alexander Pushkin, Wilkie Collins, Thomas Hardy, Arnold Bennett, Egerton Castle Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Grim Reaper's Bedside Story Book: Tales of Gruesome and Unusual Deaths

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    • By Edgar Allan Poe, Sherwood Anderson, Alexander Pushkin, and others
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    A highly unsettling collection of macabre stories in which death and the dead are key themes. Moon’s Gibbet by Egerton Castle, A Strange Goldfield by Guy Boothby, The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy, The Pistol Shot by Alexander Pushkin, The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe, The Dead Hand by Wilkie Collins, The Famous Race between the Hearse and the Steamroller by Sidney Keyes, The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, Nine O’Clock by Wilkie Collins, The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin.

  • Puttin' on the Ritz: This Is Not What I Expected (






UNABRIDGED) by Lisa Kinsey Narrated by Patrick M. Seymour

    Puttin' on the Ritz: This Is Not What I Expected

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    Dear S-F, I saw you were having a bad day. Summer Internship? That's rough. Payin' Dues? We're all payin' dues. It never ends. Especially, when you wanna make it real. Gotta find a way to relax-in-it. You're gonna make it. You made me laugh, S-F!

  • Old Land, New Tales: 20 Short Stories by Writers of the Shaanxi Region in China (






UNABRIDGED) by Chen Zhongshi, Jia Pingwa Narrated by Mikael Naramore, Kate Rudd

    Old Land, New Tales: 20 Short Stories by Writers of the Shaanxi Region in China

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    In this captivating collection from the Shaanxi region, considered the cradle of Chinese civilization, twenty disparate and unique voices come together to show a China caught between new-world advancements and old-world traditions. From the homeland of China’s first dynasty and the world-famous terra-cotta warriors, these tales show rugged rural life colliding with fast-paced city life; hollow arranged marriages juxtaposed with torrid forbidden love affairs; and the vanity of newly minted millionaires clashing with the desperation of the poor.

  • The Knight of the Chimney-Piece (






UNABRIDGED) by A.A. Milne Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    The Knight of the Chimney-Piece

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    A Margery story. The storyteller interacts with his niece who is just learning to speak. For his own benefit he is quick to interpret the word Gorkey - which apparently has more than one meaning. Relatable humor in this delightful shot story from the mind of Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne.

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  • Toby (






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    Toby

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    • By A.A. Milne
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    A good horse has an amazing effect on a rider – even if the rider knows nothing of horses. Our storyteller would make up whatever he needed to in order to keep the horse. He even kept his military mustache if it meant he could continue a companionship with Toby. Filled with a patchwork of humor from the mind of A.A. Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh.

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    Afternoon Sleep

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    A Margery story. The storyteller interacts with a very young niece. No matter how he thinks to convince Margery that he needed a nap she refuses to follow. If you’ve ever had a child who asks lots of questions and dreams up new ways to command your attention you will identify with the trials of the storyteller. A short story from the mind of Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne.

  • God Makes the Flowers Silent (






UNABRIDGED) by Anonymous Narrated by Ava Krushka

    God Makes the Flowers Silent

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    • By Anonymous
    • Narrated By Ava Krushka
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    The fictional thought-diary of a rape victim forced to marry her attacker, God Makes the Flowers Silent is a heartbreaking, horrifying, and justly vindictive short story. It follows a young woman through years of brutality as she discovers the deadly power of her meek and quiet position in a world without compassion, where a man may take whatever he wishes without fear of consequence. Or, so he thinks.

  • Where I Can't Follow: A Covinous Tale (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher Godsoe Narrated by Christopher Godsoe

    Where I Can't Follow: A Covinous Tale

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    • By Christopher Godsoe
    • Narrated By Christopher Godsoe
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    Dane Stevens lives a well-curated existence as a body shop owner in a rural Maine town. He eats lunch at the same restaurant every day, sticks to routine, and dreads change. Of course, the more things change, the more they stay the same - and changes like having to hire new cashiers are proving more cyclical than would be assumed in his sleepy little Maine town. Every new hire is inexplicably followed in short order by the arrival of another 1965 Thunderbird, a car that has proven itself both his curse and possible savior.