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The Book Thing

Written by: Laura Lippman
Narrated by: Carol Monda
Length: 50 mins

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Book lovers, get ready for an audiobook that's right up your alley. A thief is stealing storeowner Olivia's priciest books right from under her nose, and he is likely to put her out of business. Local PI and bibliophile Tess Monaghan decides to help out this local business. Carol Monda's stellar performance captures characters' voices with humor and skill. She shows her expertise with theatrical pacing and the full use of her vocal register. Besides, Monda's warm voice is easy on the ears.

Publisher's Summary

Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authors. A thief targets a local bookstore and it will take a bibliophile PI to save the shop. Tess Monaghan wants to like the Children's Bookstore. It's bright, cozy, and packed with the kinds of books that she is dying for her daughter to fall in love with. But no matter how badly she wants to support this adorable local business, the owner's attitude stops her in her tracks. What kind of children's bookseller hates children? What's eating Octavia, the grouchy owner, is more than the pressures of running a small business. Each Saturday, someone steals a stack of her priciest, most beautiful children's books, and the expense threatens to force her fledgling store out of business. Luckily, Tess is more than a book lover - she's a private investigator who doesn't mind working pro bono to help out an independent bookshop. Her simple act of kindness will make Octavia smile for the first time in months - and uncover a crime more suitable for the mystery aisle than the children's section.

©2012 Laura Lippman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • happyjo
  • 2018-03-13

The book thing

This book was interesting and lovely for all book lovers. I enjoyed this short story.

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  • Miguel Ylagan
  • 2018-05-10

Thought provoking. . .

My first taste of Tess. Looking forward to reading the series.. . . what makes a book a book ?

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  • MicheleH2
  • 2018-04-11

Pretty Good Stuff

Interesting story. Fun read, well narrated. Profanity=1 four letter word. Totally unnecessary. The story would have still worked.