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Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States Member Since 2012

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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.

    [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]

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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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A Peek at Douglas's Bookshelf

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  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

    "A Classic!"

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    This is one of Twain's early humorous stories, taken from a tale he overheard from a disreputable con man who ran a less than fair frog race. The beauty of Twain, no matter if he is racing frogs or sailing down the Mississippi, is the richness of character and language and setting that transport the reader through time and space to a land of beings just different enough and still just enough like us to make us reflect upon our own circumstances, morals and customs from a different angle--and outlandish enough to make us laugh in the bargain.

  • Tobin's Palm: A Classic American Short Story

    "Only mildly humorous..."

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    Definitely not the author's best work. And this story is only twenty minutes. Then you get five minutes of music and ads! What the crap???

  • Wild Child

    "Wonderfully Lyrical..."

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    account of the historical story of the Wild Boy Of Aveyron!... Back in the late 1990's when I was moonlighting from my job as college English instructor to do some work as an occupational therapist with autistic children, I did extensive research into feral children in order to better understand the developing mind whose debilitating difficulty was the inability to connect with fellow humans. Of course, the work Jean Itard did with the famous "Victor," the "Wild Boy of Aveyron" is usually the first stop on such a journey (although I was first taken in by the heartbreaking true story of "Genie," a young girl who spent 13 years in almost utter isolation). Boyle's account is slightly fictionalized, by necessity, for his rendering, but his research into the case is apparent, and while fine details are painted in, the story itself holds to the truth. I highly recommend this historical tale for anyone interested in feral children--or just a very well written story! (It appeals to the literature lover in me just as much as the psychology buff.) Recommended supplemental reading for those interesting would include Michael Newton's wonderful book on feral children Savage Girls And Wild Boys, not to mention Lucien Malson's The Problem Of Feral Children, and, of course, Itard's own meticulously-kept diaries during the time of his work with Victor. (It must be noted that Itard's work influenced Seguin, and both were later a heavy influence on the renowned educator Marie Montessori.) It could even be said that Itard, though he saw his own work with Victor as less than successful, might well be seen as the first special education teacher.) Also of note is the Truffaut film The Wild Child (also about Victor), Susan Curtiss' fine book on Genie and Wasserman's fictional treatment of the strange case of Kasper Hauser.

  • Very Good Jeeves

    "Truly Wish I Had A New Jeeves Story Everyday..."

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    Wodehouse's wit and dry cleverness seem inexhaustible in these stories. There is a wry smile or a wonderful laugh in almost every minute. The best of British humor!

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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

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    • 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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    Coyote Tales

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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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    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.

    Die Falknerin says: "What a treat!"
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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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    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 (






UNABRIDGED) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    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"
  • 4.6 (1290 ratings)
    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"
  • 4.3 (973 ratings)
    First Meetings: In the Enderverse (






UNABRIDGED) by Orson Scott Card Narrated by Gabrielle De Cuir, Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki

    First Meetings: In the Enderverse

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    • By Orson Scott Card
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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!"
  • 4.7 (729 ratings)
    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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"
  • The Things They Carried (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim O'Brien Narrated by Bryan Cranston

    The Things They Carried

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    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
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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.

    Melinda says: "Heavy Load"
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (58 hrs and 5 mins)
    • 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"
  • Necronomicon (






UNABRIDGED) by H. P. Lovecraft Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia, Bronson Pinchot, Stephen R. Thorne, Keith Szarabajka, Adam Verner, Tom Weiner, Patrick Cullen

    Necronomicon

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    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia, Bronson Pinchot, Stephen R. Thorne, and others
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    Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were when first released.

    Maliboo says: "Audiobook Contents"
  • Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales (






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    Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

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    • Narrated By Becky Ann Baker, John Cullum, Boyd Gaines, and others
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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.

    Amazon Customer says: "It Was So Eventual"
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  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (






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    One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
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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 Stories of Sherlock Holmes (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (70 hrs and 53 mins)
    • 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!!!"
  • 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
    • 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?"
  • 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.

    Harry says: "Nice side story"
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  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3

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    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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"
  • 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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    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???"
  • Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by Edgar Allan Poe Narrated by Bob Thomley

    Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories

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    All of Edgar Allan Poe’s great short stories in one 16-hour collection.

    Julia says: "A rare treat."
  • Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions (






UNABRIDGED) by Neil Gaiman Narrated by Neil Gaiman

    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions

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    In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman's imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders - where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under "Pest Control," and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks.

    Tina says: "Love Neil Gaiman!"
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Faceless Bride: A Short Story, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Pennie Mae Cartawick Narrated by Ian Whitcomb, J.W. Terry, Barbara Goodson

    Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Faceless Bride: A Short Story, Book 1

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    • By Pennie Mae Cartawick
    • Narrated By Ian Whitcomb, J.W. Terry, Barbara Goodson
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    The bride carried no decaying roses, but her bridal dress was torn and burnt. Her bare legs, starved needle points, staggered disjointedly. The veil hung low over her face. I had my pistol, however I could not shoot. If it was a ghost, the bullet would surely pass through. If it was flesh, then I would be shooting dead a woman. Her hands, the fingernails long and cracked, lifted up the veil. Her face! Even in the darkness I could see its ruin.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Poisoned Tomb: A Short Story, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Pennie Mae Cartawick Narrated by Ian Whitcomb, J.W. Terry, Barbara Goodson

    Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Poisoned Tomb: A Short Story, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By Pennie Mae Cartawick
    • Narrated By Ian Whitcomb, J.W. Terry, Barbara Goodson
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    He leaped up, feeling much better than I did, and chased me into my own room, so that I could get changed. There was a large crowd who had come to see the tomb. Holmes and I made our way through. I noticed Ini intently watching us. Mr. and Mrs. Fairfax were standing in the tunnel with someone from the Department of Antiquities. They had been waiting for us. The five of us made our way through the tunnel and back to the tomb. I couldn't wait to see if there really was a Pharaoh in the next room.

  • Sherlock Holmes: A Strange Affair with the Woman on the Tracks: A Short Mystery, Book 4 (






UNABRIDGED) by Pennie Mae Cartawick Narrated by Ian Whitcomb, J.W. Terry, Barbara Goodson

    Sherlock Holmes: A Strange Affair with the Woman on the Tracks: A Short Mystery, Book 4

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    Jane screeched at this further betrayal and went for Henry. They began to struggle. Henry was the stronger out of the two, yet the woman's pain was unstoppable. His hands wrapped around her throat and Jane clawed at his face until she fell. She lay there, across the tracks, and was quite still. Mrs. Cavell gasped in shock and Henry ran past us back to the train. We stared down at Jane's body.

  • The Cactus (






UNABRIDGED) by O. Henry Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    The Cactus

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    Trysdale was in love. He had embellished his accomplishments and his beloved had placed him squarely on a pedestal. How was he to know that one of his 'embellishments' would be his undoing? Irony abounds in this short love story gone wrong by O. Henry.

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  • Flings: Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by Justin Taylor Narrated by Justin Taylor

    Flings: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Justin Taylor
    • Narrated By Justin Taylor
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    In a new suite of powerful and incisive stories, Justin Taylor captures the lives of men and women unmoored from their pasts and uncertain of their futures. A man writes his girlfriend a Dear John letter, gets in his car, and just drives. A widowed insomniac is roused from malaise when an alligator appears in her backyard. A group of college friends try to stay close after graduation, but are drawn away from - and back toward - each other by the choices they make.

  • Victorian San Francisco Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by M. Louisa Locke Narrated by Alexandra Haag

    Victorian San Francisco Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated By Alexandra Haag
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    This is a collection of four short stories from the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series. "Madam Sibyl's First Client" was written specifically for this collection and it finds Annie Fuller, the young widowed boarding house keeper, just starting her career as a pretend clairvoyant. In "Dandy Detects", the Boston terrier that lives in Annie Fuller's boarding house helps uncover a crime, and in "The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage", two elderly boarders use their dressmaking skills to avert a domestic tragedy.

  • Breathless: Tales of Celebration (






UNABRIDGED) by Radclyffe, Stacia Seaman Narrated by Betsy Zajko

    Breathless: Tales of Celebration

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Radclyffe, Stacia Seaman
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    Bold Strokes Books romance authors give listeners a glimpse into the lives of favorite couples celebrating special moments "after the honeymoon ends." These short stories from Ali Vali, Clifford Henderson, Lee Lynch, Lisa Girolami, Megan O'Brien, Nell Stark and Trinity Tam, Radclyffe, Winter Pennington, and a dozen others provide touching moments in love stories that need no introduction and also offer a special treat to those who have read the original courtships.