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Grand Rapids, MI
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  • Candy Canes, Corpses and the Gothic Haunt

  • Haunted House Flippers Inc., Book 2
  • By: Rachael Stapleton
  • Narrated by: Ellora Sen-Gupta
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

House flippers Jack and Juniper are planning to ring in the New Year slinging tapas, vino, and beer in an old Victorian mansion that they've transformed into Bohemian Lake's first inn and taproom, but the mansion's poltergeist is out to dash their merriment with mean-spirited sabotage. Having laid otherworldly rumors to rest before, Juniper is skeptical, but the alarms aren't going off. When the mischief turns deadly, Juniper calls in a part-time paranormal investigator but the man's discoveries leave her thinking that her problem is more personal than paranormal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never a dull moment at Bohemian Lake!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 10-14-18

Never a dull moment at Bohemian Lake!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Candy Canes, Corpses, and the Gothic Haunt: Haunted House Flippers Inc., Book 2 (Bohemian Lake, Book 4) by Rachael Stapleton, narrated by Ellora Sen-Gupta is one of three mystery series all set around Bohemian Lake. I love this idea for a series, as a whole! I feel like I'm the "all-knowing" neighbor who keeps up on all the happenings at Bohemian Lake. While this audiobook could stand-alone, I highly recommend you heighten your experience and get to know all the characters that live here because they make appearances in each series - I promise, you will find your favorites! Rachael Stapleton has done an amazing job with the entire Bohemain Lake series! This one, The Haunted House Flippers Inc series, is unlike any other cozy mystery I've read. Its fast-moving plot is unique, funny, and filled with fun, lovable characters. Complete with renovations, resorations, and murder, there's definitely never a dull moment at Bohemian Lake!

The Haunted House Flippers series focuses on business partners (and romantic love interests), Juniper and Jack, and Book 2 takes place around Chrismastime. With the grand opening of their Victorian mansion, The Gothic Haunt Inn and Taproom, set to open on New Year's, Juniper has no time to waste. But, when odd occurrences keep popping up, including murder, Juniper realizes she needs to get to the bottom of what's been going on or there might not be any grand opening at all! Who would do these things and why? Isn't this supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year?

Ellora Sen-Gupta's narration is great. Everything is of professional quality with no interruptions or unnecessary pauses. Her pace is perfect, and she speaks clearly. This made for an enjoyable listening experience, and I'm happy I chose the audiobook over reading it. She also narrated Book 1 of this series, which I thought was excellent! When the next Haunted House Flippers audiobook is released, I'm looking forward to hearing her again.

I give Candy Canes, Corpses, and the Gothic Haunt: Haunted House Flippers Inc., Book 2 (Bohemian Lake, Book 4) by Rachael Stapleton, narrated by Ellora Sen-Gupta a rating of ~4.5/5 stars overall. I recommend this book and series to cozy mystery fans, as well as lovers of the paranormal genre. With the holiday season quickly approaching, this would be the perfect audiobook to add to your library collection. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next at Bohemian Lake; I'll be here, eagerly waiting on the next release!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • Mocha and Murder

  • A Killer Coffee Mystery Series: Book 2
  • By: Tonya Kappes
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Roxy becomes entangled in another murder as she puts her sleuthing skills to work in order to prove that Louise Carlton didn't kill Fred Hill over a pet adoption gone wrong. After all, if Louise goes to jail, who is going to find all the animals at Pet Palace a home. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gotta love small towns!

  • By Dee on 09-15-18

Whodunnit??!?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Mocha and Murder: A Killer Coffee Mystery Series: Book 2 by Tonya Kappes, narrated by Madeline Mrozek is an excellent addition to this fun cozy mystery series, set in the small town of Honey Springs, Kentucky. Roxy, owner of The Bean Hive Coffee Shop, puts her sleuthing skills to the test once again, as she finds herself in the middle of yet another murder! I loved listening to Book 1 of this series so much that I jumped right into Book 2. I'm so glad I did! The characters are like old friends, and the fast-moving plot will keep you guessing through to the end. Kappes has done a great job with the development of this series; it is easy to see why it is so highly-rated!

Madeline Mrozek's performance as narrator is outstanding! She really is everything listeners want in a narrator - the total package, all around. Some people have "1-click" authors; well, for me, Mrozek is my "1-click" narrator. I don't even need to know what the audiobook is about if she is the one narrating it because I already know I'll be fully engaged and entertained from beginning to end. I also love that I can count on each one of her books being of superb quality, as they are all professionally recorded and edited. This makes for a very enjoyable and relaxing listen, without any distractions. She is an absolute joy to listen to, and I cannot recommend her work enough!

Overall, I rate Mocha and Murder: A Killer Coffee Mystery: Book 2 ~4.5 out of 5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm very much looking forward to listening to the next in series when it is released on audio - hopefully, that happens soon! I recommend this audiobook (and the series) to lovers of cozy mysteries, as well as to those who enjoy hot coffee, loving pets, small-town gossip, and some good, clean....murder! Happy listening!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • Scene of the Grind

  • A Killer Coffee Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Tonya Kappes
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Roxanne Bloom quit her job as a lawyer, divorced her cheating husband, and moved to the quaint town of Honey Springs, Kentucky, where she'd spent many of her teenage summers visiting her eccentric and fun-loving Aunt Maxi. Roxy follows her dream and opens The Bean Hive, Honey Springs' first coffee house on the town's newly revitalized boardwalk. It opens just in time for Honey Springs' annual Honey Festival. Roxy's life couldn't be better. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great listen!

  • By Dee on 06-25-18

This is so good!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Tonya Kappes and Madeline Mrozek are a perfectly matched author-narrator duo! Scene of the Grind: A Killer Coffee Mystery, Book 1 is excellent! While I have heard many performances by the amazing Madeline Mrozek, this is my first audiobook written by Tonya Kappes - I can definitely see why she is a fan favorite!

Recently divorced from her cheating husband, Roxy Bloom quits her law practice and moves to the small, familiar town of Honey Springs to open Bean Hive Coffeeshop. As a teen, Roxy spent many summers there with her Aunt Maxi building life-long memories that she holds close to her heart, still to this day. They say you can take the girl out of the small town, but you can't take the small town out of the girl. In Roxy's case, returning to the small, inviting town was the fresh start she needed. It was so much fun getting to know the area and the people who live and work there! The descriptions were so vivid and precise that I could have mapped out the town (which I still might do before starting Book 2!). I quickly felt like I was Roxy, myself, and I was surrounded by people who had known me my whole life. In addition to getting reacquainted with those I (Roxy) hadn't seen in years, I also gained a new furry BFF and sidekick named Pepper. Things couldn't be more perfect!Unfortunately, my joy and excitement didn't last long, and I was reminded how quickly news (and small-town gossip) spreads from one side of town to the other when I (Roxy) found Alexis Roarke's dead body in her bookstore, the Crooked Cat. What's worse is that Aunt Maxi is the one suspected of murdering her. Oh no! Tonya Kappes has written an awesome mystery that will keep you engaged, entertained, and guessing up to the very end. Even the hardest to please will easily fall in love with these characters, their personalities, and the small town of Honey Springs, Kentucky!

Madeline Mrozek's performance is outstanding, as always! If you haven't listened to any of her books, you are missing out. She is truly a master narrator - her narration skills are noticeably a step above the rest! Because of her, books and series', that I might or might not have listened to, have become quick favorites. Every single one of her performances hooks me right from the start and holds me there through to the very end. She brings the characters to life, and makes listeners feel like they are part of the plot. As I stated earlier, throughout the story, I wasn't WITH Roxy solving the case...I WAS Roxy, and Pepper was MY dog! This doesn't happen too often. Madeline Mrozek definitely makes my overall listening experience so enjoyable and entertaining. I have all the confidence in the world that you, too, will feel the same!

Scene of the Grind: A Killer Coffee Mystery, Book 1 by Tonya Kappes, narrated by Madeline Mrozek deserves 5/5 stars across the board! From the easy-to-follow, yummy recipes spread throughout the book to the fun, quirky characters and town gossip, I loved everything about it. I already have Book 2 and plan to start it right away! I highly recommend this cozy mystery, and while I have only made it through Book 1 so far, I have a feeling the entire series is going to be awesome! I'm looking forward to finding out what the future holds. Murder, love, adventure...Honey Springs, I'm here to stay!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

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  • Dear Martin

  • By: Nic Stone
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 417

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League - but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • timely

  • By Will on 03-23-18

Emotional, Moving, and Necessary!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Dear Martin by Nic Stone, narrated by Dion Graham is an amazing audiobook for teens and young adults, as well as adults, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, and/or SES. This is my 20th year teaching high school Spanish and English Lit & Composition in an urban setting district. I live for books like this because they are exactly what my students, and our world, needs. And, I don't mean "need" as in reading one book per year; I mean all the time, every day, all year long. Many of my students did not grow up reading and/or being read to daily. In fact, a large number of them have never completed an entire novel, not just because of the absence of a home library, either. Then, why, you ask? Because there are not enough books of this nature that exist, books that help them see a reflection of themselves and the world they live in, and books that contain characters, such as Justyce, that not only help them see the truth that exists in our world today, but also that offer solutions for possible conflicts they may face. Would you enjoy reading if you weren't able to connect with the words on the page? I wouldn't. Reading, to many of them, is viewed as more of a chore than the intended escape, reward, or opportunity for enjoyment, growth, and self-discovery. Fortunately, in the past few years, we have been blessed with the outstanding work of authors such as Nic Stone, Jason Reynolds, Angie Thomas, and Kwame Alexander, to name a few. Their hard work, dedication, and courage makes a difference in my classroom, in our lives, and slowly but surely, in our community. If I had my way, I would be teaching a YA Lit course that focuses on issues teens face in our world today. However, that is not an option, so I have made it my goal to fill the shelves of our classroom library with as many of these emotional, relevant, moving and so very necessary titles as I possibly can by these very talented authors. It's never too late to change how we think, speak, and behave. It's never to late to learn something new. And, most importantly, it's never to late to take that first step in making our world a better place.

Nic Stone has written a highly engaging, relatable novel with real-to-life characters. She brilliantly portrays the issue of social injustice in America by placing us in the world of main character, Justyce. Dion Graham's performance was outstanding, and he made my overall listening experience well worth the credit. Without hesitation, I rate Dear Martin 5/5 stars across the board. Not only is this book entertaining (you will not be able to stop listening!), but it is thought-provoking and timely. I highly recommend it to teachers, parents, and HS students. I also think it would make a great book club read because you will definitley want to discuss the events of the book and share your thoughts and feelings. I'm not sure if police officers and/or community leaders hold departmental book clubs, but this one would be an awesome pick, if so! :-)

Change is necessary, today, more than ever, and books like Dear Martin are here to help us get there. Let's open up the doors of communication, break down those walls, and move toward the positive, fulfilling future that we all desperately need and deserve. Nic Stone, thank you for this fine piece of lierature!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

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  • Ep. 8: Let's Talk About Genres: How Do We Define Audiobook Categories?

  • By: The Audible Editors
  • Length: 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

What’s the difference between a thriller and a mystery? When is something an autobiography and not a memoir? Our editors break down the “rules” of genres – and the books that epitomize each of them. Can’t get enough Audicted? Hear more from The Audible Editors at Audible.com/Audicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learning how audiobooks are grouped and why

  • By K. Springer on 08-06-18

Great series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Who doesn't love listening to others talk about our favorite pastime? Obviously, not us or we wouldn't be here! I really enjoy the Audicted series by The Audible Editors! Everything about it is great, and I've added a bunch of new books to my wish list. At under an hour, it's the perfect listen for an afternoon at home or a drive in to work. Thank you! :-)

  • Murder and Chocolate Cake

  • Mysteries of Treasure Cove, Book 2
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

When convicted murderer Wade Becker breaks out of prison, amateur sleuth Sabrina Carlson finds herself staring down the hardest case of her life. After all, Wade isn't just any killer. He's a man who Sabrina put behind bars. So now that Wade is on the loose, Sabrina can't help but look over her shoulder. As desperation sets in, Sabrina finds herself asking one question: Will she be able to track Wade down, or will she become his next victim? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Listen

  • By Jan M on 10-15-18

Love this series!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Murder and Chocolate Cake: Mysteries of Treasure Cove, Book 2 by Meredith Potts, narrated by Carrie Burgess is my favorite in series! This may seem funny to say, since I've only listened to Books 1 and 2 in this series so far, but I thought it was awesome! I loved the storyline - it was engaging, suspenseful, and held my full attention through to the end. I feel it was a step up from Book 1, and I recommend it to fans of cozies, as well as to those who enjoy the Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery series. A word of caution, though, if you haven't listened to the Daley Buzz series but plan to, make sure you start there first before jumping into the Mysteries of Treasure Cove. Since Treasure Cove follows main character, Sabrina, into adulthood, spoilers could be revealed, and I would hate for you to miss out on her younger years in the highly-rated Daley Buzz series. :-)

Carrie Burgess puts on a wonderful performance as narrator. She brings the story and characters to life, and she makes me feel like I'm part of the plot. I really like listening to her, and I'm looking forward to hearing more in the future. Also, it's obvious this audiobook is professionally recorded and edited, which made my overall listening experience very enjoyable!

Murder and Chocolate Cake: Mysteries of Treasure Cove, Book 2 by Meredith Potts, narrated by Carrie Burgess has my vote for 5/5 stars. Truthfully, after listening to Book 1, I wasn't sure if this series was going to be the one for me, but after hearing Book 2, I can say, without hesitation, that it might turn out to be my favorite series yet! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • Christmas Cookies with a Side of Murder

  • Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery, Book 7
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Lisa Beacom
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Fun-filled parties. Beautiful decorations. Delicious food. Fantastic presents. Joyous family celebration. And murder. This is shaping up to be a holiday season that Sabrina Daley will never forget. But if she doesn't act fast, it will be for all the wrong reasons. Can Sabrina bring a killer to justice before her Christmas is ruined? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Cozy!

  • By Jan M on 10-15-18

Just what I needed! :-)

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Christmas Cookies with a Side of Murder by Meredith Potts, narrated by Lisa Beacom is Book 7 in the highly popular Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery series. Although I've only listened to Books 4-7, I feel like I really know the characters on a personal level. The descriptions and dialogue are written in a way that make me feel I am part of the storyline from page 1. Perhaps one day I will purchase the first few books in the series, but for those of you who are wondering if it is necessary to start from the beginning, I want you to know that I was easily able to get the gist of what happened prior to Book 4, and missing out on Books 1-3 did not affect my overall understanding and enjoyment of Books 4-7. If I could go back and do it again, yes, I would start with Book 1, but at the time, I didn't know I would enjoy the series as much as I do! :-) On that note, I recommend this book and series to lovers of cozy mysteries, as well as those looking for a nice escape from a stressful or long workday.

The narration by Lisa Beacom is fun and entertaining. Her consistency throughout the series makes for easy listening. It's nice to hear a professionally recorded and edited book, without interruptions, unnecesary pauses, and/or mispronounced words. She is the voice of Sabrina, the main character, and I hope she continues to be the one I hear in the future books!

I may sound contradictory here, but the one area I feel could use improvement is actually the same area I found to be a strength of Meredith Potts' writing: dialogue. While the dialogue does move the story along at a fast pace, I felt it was repetitious at times, both within the book and across the series, as a whole. A couple times, I felt like I had somehow already heard parts of the book because it seemed like some of the wording was an exact match to something that had already been said in previous pages and/or past books. I could be wrong, and maybe it came from listening to the samples before purchasing, but some parts just sounded all too familiar. Varying the word choice, with a focus on some of the dialogue, could fix this issue, without the worry of interfering with the plot. It would also jump my rating from 4 to 5.

Overall, Chrismas Cookies with a Side of Murder: Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery Series, Book 7 by Meredith Potts, narrated by Lisa Beacom is enjoyable, entertaining, fun, and engaging. I plan to continue with the series, and I'm looking forward to the next book to be released.

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • The Fall of the House of Usher - Unabridged

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

"The Fall of the House of Usher" tells the tale of Roderick and Madeline Usher, ailing siblings who inhabit a gigantic mansion that is, as they are, slowly deteriorating.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic story with a great narrator

  • By Spooky Mike on 09-18-18

Well-done!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Kevin Theis brings Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher - Unabridged (Unabridged) to life through his skillful and engaging narration. With a running time of ~53 minutes, you can easily listen to the recording of this classic horror story in one sitting. In addition to the professional recording and editing quality of this audiobook, the awesome sound effects that are strategically placed throughout the text added to my overall enjoyment of the piece, as a whole. I don't listen to many audio-enhanced books, but when hearing one done as well as this one, it makes me want to find more of the same. If you are a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, the master of horror, this version is the one you want to listen to, as Kevin Theis does not disappoint. This is the 2nd time I have heard him perform Poe's work. His consistency throughout the piece makes for easy listening; I have no doubt you, too, will be fully engaged from start to finish!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • The Black Cat - Unabridged

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

"The Black Cat" tells an unforgettable tale of obsession, murder...and revenge! Poe's narrator, who admits to horribly mistreating the eponymous house pet, is forced to deal with the bizarre and unexplainable repercussions of his own vicious cruelty.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good reading of a classic

  • By Jo B. on 09-15-18

Yikes! Only Poe!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

The Black Cat (Unabridged) by Edgar Allan Poe, narrated by Kevin Theis is one of those stories that needs no introduction, as most listeners immediately recognize the style of writing, clearly defined as Poe. I teach high school English (and Spanish), and with the Halloween soon approaching, I thought I'd get a jump start on my planning. I have a couple ideas brewing, but finding an additional short story to study that week would round out my English lessons perfectly. Even better than that would be finding the perfect narrator to read those stories to us...Audible to the rescue! I think I found my narrator, but, unfortunately, I don't think this is the right story for my 10th graders. Needless to say, I plan to continue my search for the perfect story, then, hunt down the narrator/publisher for permission to listen with my 5th hour. Wish me luck!

Narrator Kevin Theis puts on a great performance with this piece. This is the first time I have listened to any of his work. At first, I felt the story could have been made to sound a little more spooky/creepy, perhaps by varying the tone, pace, and/or volume of his voice. Then, I started to wonder if doing that would take away from areas in which, I feel, he excelled as a narrator. Like all of Poe's stories, the narrator is crazy/mad, and listeners want to hear that craziness come through in the performer's voice: Kevin Theis - mission accomplished. In addition, listeners don't want to work to hear the story. Being that the running time of this audiobook is ~30 minutes, they want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show in one sitting, which is exactly what I was able to do: Kevin Theis - mission accomplished. I felt like I was "in the moment" from start to finish. I listened without interruption, meaning never once did I have to stop, rewind, and re-listen to parts that were difficult to hear or understand because every single word was spoken clearly and with purpose. This shows me the narrator is aware of his audience; as a teacher, I find Kevin Theis' narration skills to be the perfect fit for my students. I plan to listen to more of his work, and, lucky for me, I see that he has narrated many of Poe's stories. Hopefully, my next listen will be one I can use in class, assuming permission from the publisher is granted.

I recommend The Black Cat (Unabridged) by Edgar Allan Poe, narrated by Kevin Theis to those who enjoy stories that fall into the horror genre. With Halloween approaching this might just be the one you've been looking for!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • Catching Murphy

  • By: Wilson Ring
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

For more than a year, over two brutal Northeast winters, the whole of Vermont was captivated by the hunt for a runaway golden retriever named Murphy. He was more than a missing dog - he was a target for capture, and journalistic obsession. This is that story. Murphy’s disappearance would unite the dog’s increasingly anxious owners with an impassioned reporter - Wilson Ring, the state’s correspondent for the Associated Press - and an online community of animal lovers. As Murphy kept running, the quest to bring him home, safe and sound, seemed more and more impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Determination and perseverance

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-29-18

💗 Heartwarming 💗

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Catching Murphy by Wilson Ring, narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner is one of six true stories in the Missing collection about finding, restoring, and/or accepting the losses that define our lives. This specific audiobook focuses on Murphy, a Golden Retriever, and the people who never gave up on their quest to reunite him with his family and bring him home safe and sound. After a terrifying car accident, Murphy runs from the scene. Unable to track down his whereabouts, his owner does what any loving person would do - he searches for him. However, it quickly becomes clear that this is a much more difficult task than he had first anticipated, and after many months of no luck, he begins to wonder if he will ever be reunited with Murphy again. On the surface, this is a story about the love and devotion we have for our pets, as family members and as best friends, but at its core, it's a story of how one dog brought together a community of people across the state of Vermont, and allowed us to see the good in one another, while restoring our faith in each other, right when we need it the most.

The narration is excellent. At around 1.25 hours, this audiobook can be listened to in one sitting. Malcolm Hillgartner made my overall experience enjoyable, and I'm glad I chose to listen to Catching Murphy, rather than read it on Kindle. I was engaged from start to finish, and I think you will feel the same. :-)

Catching Murphy by Wilson Ring, narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner ia story about love, compassion, devotion, teamwork, community, and working together to help others. I recommend this book to those who love animals, as well as those who find joy in helping others. I think teens up through adults will enjoy listening to it the most. It's heartwarming, emotional, and touching; I rate it 5/5 stars. I plan to continue my journey with the Missing collection, but at this point, I'm not sure any of them will be able to top this one!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)