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    I have listened to all of the Jennifer Chiaverini stories. Does anyone know of any stories available in audiobook form? This is my way of leaving the world as we know it and go into the world of quilting stories. I have gone through most of the books at our library including MnLink, but there must be some that I may have missed. If any of you know of any audiobooks that pertain to quilting in fiction I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks so much. Edie

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    I have gotten a lot of audio books from our library. They have a special section with ab's, regular books, music cd's, books on tape for fifty cents each. I have an awful lot of them and I love to listen to them.

    How's the weather in Wisconsin - my sister and her husband are heading out of the frying pan into the fire - they live in Danbury and I guess they have a lot there. We had more than we can handle and what, yesterday, was slush and water, today, is ice and just horrible out! Ran to Walgreen's to get some 50% off stuff for next year. We had a dusting last night, enough for a ten minute shovel, but I just don't know about all this ice. We need a Chinook Wind for a few hours! Melt some of this stuff.

    Oh, Well, "If Winter is here, can Spring be far behind?"

    Keep warm. Edie

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    Monica Ferris has a series (at least 12) of books that follow the owner of a shop called Crewel World in her amateur detective pursuits. I love the titles: Crewel Yule, Knitting Bones, Thai Die, Sins and Needles, Embroidered Truths, Sew Far So Good. Most if not all can be found on audio.

    Emilie Richards also has a series that all have quilts in starring roles in them, most have pattern books, and most, if not all, are on audio. Titles include: Loverís Knot, Sisterís Choice, Touching Stars, Endless Chain.

    Debbie Macomber has a series where knitting is the center of attention. All are available on audio. Titles include: A Good Yarn, Summer on Blossom Street, Back on Blossom Street.

    These are also quilt focused novels:
    Leaving Riverton (The Novel) by Jodi Barrows (pattern book available) (cannot find the novel on audio)
    Bachelorís Puzzle by Judith Pella (audio available)
    A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (cannot find on audio)

    There are several other novels that focus on needlecrafts other than quilting if you are interested (I can list more if you are). The best site to find out if a book is available on audio is this one.
    http://www.audioeditions.com/search-...&submit=Search

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    Audible.com has 10 of the novels available for download - woohoo! They offer formats that are compatible with most mp3 players - and the price of the players are coming down too. :lol: They don't have the first novel or the sampler, tho :cry:

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    Thank you, thank you! Great help there. I appreciate it! Also, try out Joanne Fluke - (Choc Chip Cookie Murder, Lemon Meringue Pie Murder - lead character runs a cookie shop) or Diane Mott Davidson (Sticks and Scones, Copping Spree, The Cereal Murders - Goldy Schulz the lead character runs a catering business).

    I have Lovers Knot, Sister's Choice and Endless Chain.

    You could check out Earlene Fowler. She could never quilt, so she named her books after quilt blocks (true story). Sunshine and Shadows, Broken Dishes, Delectable Mountains, Tumbling Blocks, and Love Mercy. Read in that order.

    Another is Nancy E. Turner - These is My Words, Sarah's Quilt, The Star Garden. Read in that order also.

    Thanks again for your help. Hope these will help you. Edie

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    Does your library have a website? Ours does and they do interlibrary loans too so there is a bigger variety available :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Does your library have a website? Ours does and they do interlibrary loans too so there is a bigger variety available :D:D:D
    Yah, that's our MnLink! Love that website!!!!!!! Edie

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    Recorded books will let you rent their books and they probably have the largest selection of recorded books. You don't have to buy them - rental fees vary based on the book. I usually get mine at the local library.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lass
    Recorded books will let you rent their books and they probably have the largest selection of recorded books. You don't have to buy them - rental fees vary based on the book. I usually get mine at the local library.
    I went to the library today to get "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult and they had their little Christmas Sale corner and I ended up spending $1.25 and got (get this now) "Great Expectations" Charles Dickens - 16 discs;"The Hamlet" by William Faulkner - 14 discs; "Cosi fan tutti"by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - 3 discs plus the score; "One Chance" by Paul Potts (English singer) and another opera disc (c an't remember the name) - 25 cents each. Couldn't believe it. I can't wait to start listening to these. I love their sales. Edie

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    I just picked up a couple of Jennifer Chiaverini's books on CD from the library! I LOVE listening to books on tape (CD) while I am sewing! or driving long distance!
    Diane Mott Davidson's books were a hoot, on tape, or hard copy. The recipes are easier in hard copy!

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    And it is just the great time of the year to listen or read them!! I loved listening to the Mitford series by Jan Karon...excellent!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeat
    And it is just the great time of the year to listen or read them!! I loved listening to the Mitford series by Jan Karon...excellent!!
    I have her audiobooks. I love the stories - I like Father Tim, too! I can't wait to get back to my sewing and listening! Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by erhausfrau
    Quote Originally Posted by Skeat
    And it is just the great time of the year to listen or read them!! I loved listening to the Mitford series by Jan Karon...excellent!!
    I have her audiobooks. I love the stories - I like Father Tim, too! I can't wait to get back to my sewing and listening! Edie
    You lucky-lucky quilter!:)I had to check mine out:)LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    I just picked up a couple of Jennifer Chiaverini's books on CD from the library! I LOVE listening to books on tape (CD) while I am sewing! or driving long distance!
    Diane Mott Davidson's books were a hoot, on tape, or hard copy. The recipes are easier in hard copy!
    This is important, trust me, be sure to read/listen to The Runaway Quilt before you read/listen to The Lost Quilter. Actually, it is best to read them in order by the year written. They all fall together and you get to learn about each person and how they mature and do in subsequent stories. I don't know if I can do this, but I will: In order:

    1. The Quilter's Apprentice - 1999
    2. Round Robin - 2000
    3. Ceross Country Quilters - 2001
    4. The Runaway Quilt - 2002
    5. The Quilter's Legacy - 2003
    6. The Master Quilter - 2004
    7. The Sugar Camp Quilt - 2005
    8. The Christmas Quilt - 2005
    9. The Circle of Quilters - 2006
    10.The Quilter's Homecoming - 2007
    11.The New Year's Quilt - 2007
    12.Winding Ways Quilt - 2008
    13.The Lost Quilter - 2009
    14.A Quilter's Holiday - 2009 (out Nov.2009)
    15.The Aloha Quilt - 2010 - Out Apr. 15, 2010

    This is for anyone who is interested.

    Also, if you like Diane Mott Davidson, which I do, you will also enjoy JoAnne Fluke.

    Edie

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    I agree with Edie on the importance of reading/listening to Jennifer Chiaverini's books in order. You get so much more out of them that way. I think that's true about a few of the other authors previously mentioned, too.

    I really liked Emilie Richards' Shenandoah series, but it's vital (IMHO, lol) to read the first book in the series first. In fact, I think they're all best read in order:

    Wedding Ring
    Endless Chain
    Lover's Knot
    Touching Stars
    Sister's Choice

    Emilie Richards also has a mystery series that touches on quilting and other types of crafts, whose "heroine" and amateur sleuth is a real hoot. She's a pastor's wife who has to be constantly aware of how her activities affect her husband's position in their church. Her mother is the quilter and crafter, who plays a larger part in the last three books. Again, I recommend reading the books in order:

    Blessed is the Busybody
    Let There be Suspects
    Beware False Profits
    A Lie for a Lie

    I really, really enjoyed Earlene Fowler's Benni Harper series. I liked them so much that I wanted to space them out so they'd last longer, but I just couldn't; I read them as fast as I could. Then I read them again. It's too bad they're not on audio, at least, I don't think they are. Edie, did you realize you didn't list all the books? I know I'm repeating myself, but again I strongly recommend reading these in order. This is a series that most definitely builds on past books:

    Fool's Puzzle
    Irish Chain
    Kansas Troubles
    Goose in the Pond
    Dove in the Window
    Mariner's Compass
    Seven Sisters
    Arkansas Traveler
    Steps to the Altar
    Sunshine and Shadow
    Broken Dishes
    Delectable Mountains
    Tumbling Blocks
    State Fair (release date May 2010)

    Fowler also published a book of quilt patterns based on the first handful of books called "Benni Harper's Quilt Album." She also included stories about the characters that you'll enjoy more after you read some of the books.

    Ghostrider mentioned "A Single Thread" by Marie Bostwick. "A Thread of Truth" is the sequel.

    I read a knitting novel I enjoyed (I forgot to check if it's on audio). The author is British, so it was published in England under a different title, which matches the book better. Gil McNeil is the author; the U.S. title is "The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club." McNeil published a sequel in 2008 that I haven't read yet, since it won't be published in the U.S. until 5-11-10. Grrrrr...that's a pet peeve of mine. Why does it sometimes take two years for British books to get published here? I'm sure publishers have a good reason, but frustrated readers, like me, would like to see them published here much sooner. Anyway, the sequel is "Needles and Pearls."

    There's another quilting series that no one's mentioned, but I can't think now what it is. I'll have to look it up and post again.

    Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions. There's some books mentioned in this thread I haven't read, but I'll remedy that pretty quickly. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy1951
    I agree with Edie on the importance of reading/listening to Jennifer Chiaverini's books in order. You get so much more out of them that way. I think that's true about a few of the other authors previously mentioned, too.

    I really liked Emilie Richards' Shenandoah series, but it's vital (IMHO, lol) to read the first book in the series first. In fact, I think they're all best read in order:

    Wedding Ring
    Endless Chain
    Lover's Knot
    Touching Stars
    Sister's Choice

    Emilie Richards also has a mystery series that touches on quilting and other types of crafts, whose "heroine" and amateur sleuth is a real hoot. She's a pastor's wife who has to be constantly aware of how her activities affect her husband's position in their church. Her mother is the quilter and crafter, who plays a larger part in the last three books. Again, I recommend reading the books in order:

    Blessed is the Busybody
    Let There be Suspects
    Beware False Profits
    A Lie for a Lie

    I really, really enjoyed Earlene Fowler's Benni Harper series. I liked them so much that I wanted to space them out so they'd last longer, but I just couldn't; I read them as fast as I could. Then I read them again. It's too bad they're not on audio, at least, I don't think they are. Edie, did you realize you didn't list all the books? I know I'm repeating myself, but again I strongly recommend reading these in order. This is a series that most definitely builds on past books:

    Fool's Puzzle
    Irish Chain
    Kansas Troubles
    Goose in the Pond
    Dove in the Window
    Mariner's Compass
    Seven Sisters
    Arkansas Traveler
    Steps to the Altar
    Sunshine and Shadow
    Broken Dishes
    Delectable Mountains
    Tumbling Blocks
    State Fair (release date May 2010)

    Fowler also published a book of quilt patterns based on the first handful of books called "Benni Harper's Quilt Album." She also included stories about the characters that you'll enjoy more after you read some of the books.

    Ghostrider mentioned "A Single Thread" by Marie Bostwick. "A Thread of Truth" is the sequel.

    I read a knitting novel I enjoyed (I forgot to check if it's on audio). The author is British, so it was published in England under a different title, which matches the book better. Gil McNeil is the author; the U.S. title is "The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club." McNeil published a sequel in 2008 that I haven't read yet, since it won't be published in the U.S. until 5-11-10. Grrrrr...that's a pet peeve of mine. Why does it sometimes take two years for British books to get published here? I'm sure publishers have a good reason, but frustrated readers, like me, would like to see them published here much sooner. Anyway, the sequel is "Needles and Pearls."

    There's another quilting series that no one's mentioned, but I can't think now what it is. I'll have to look it up and post again.

    Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions. There's some books mentioned in this thread I haven't read, but I'll remedy that pretty quickly. :D
    I have Emilie Richards audio books and I have the ones that Earlene Fowler did in Audiobooks, Delectable Mountain, Broken Dishes, Sunshine and Shadows and Tumbling Blocks and Love Mercy - I also like BEnni Harper. Another is Tracie Peterson. She is good! Also Nancy E TUrner - These is My Words, Sarah's Quilt and The Star Garden - in that order. That's enough to last us all a lifetime. Thanks for the books you told me about. Really appreciate it! Edie

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    Edie,

    It's too bad all of Earlene Fowler's books aren't on audio. Her latter books in the Benni Harper series are much more enjoyable if you've read/heard the first ones.

    I found the other quilting series I was thinking of. Terri Thayer is the author and the books are:

    Old Maid's Puzzle
    Wild Goose Chase
    Ocean Waves

    I don't think these are as good as some, but Thayer is a long-time quilter and definitely knows the quilting business. One of the reviews of "Old Maid's Puzzle" calls it a "cutting-edge drama deftly sliced to reveal the sass beneath the surface of the quilting business." The main character is Dewey Pelicano, a computer techie who just inherited her recently-deceased mother's quilting store. Her sister-in-law is one of the employees and she most definitely does not like Dewey taking over the store, which is a major part of the storyline. Also, Dewey gets a new boyfriend at the beginning of the first book. He and Dewey have an active sex life and the inclusion of this in the first book evidently offended some readers because there are several negative reviews on Amazon that mention it. :lol: Personally, I don't remember anything very shocking, so I got a chuckle out of those reviews. Jeez, aren't quilters allowed to have sex? Evidently not in quilt cozies! :roll:

    I am definitely going to read Nancy E. Turner's books. I was quite impressed by the reviews on Amazon of "These Is My Words." I really want to read it right now, but we're moving this weekend and I've simply GOT to do the packing.
    And I have a feeling that once I start reading it I won't be able to put it down. So I'll try to be a good girl and do my chores first, even though I'd much rather read. Sigh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy1951
    Edie,

    It's too bad all of Earlene Fowler's books aren't on audio. Her latter books in the Benni Harper series are much more enjoyable if you've read/heard the first ones.

    I found the other quilting series I was thinking of. Terri Thayer is the author and the books are:

    Old Maid's Puzzle
    Wild Goose Chase
    Ocean Waves

    I don't think these are as good as some, but Thayer is a long-time quilter and definitely knows the quilting business. One of the reviews of "Old Maid's Puzzle" calls it a "cutting-edge drama deftly sliced to reveal the sass beneath the surface of the quilting business." The main character is Dewey Pelicano, a computer techie who just inherited her recently-deceased mother's quilting store. Her sister-in-law is one of the employees and she most definitely does not like Dewey taking over the store, which is a major part of the storyline. Also, Dewey gets a new boyfriend at the beginning of the first book. He and Dewey have an active sex life and the inclusion of this in the first book evidently offended some readers because there are several negative reviews on Amazon that mention it. :lol: Personally, I don't remember anything very shocking, so I got a chuckle out of those reviews. Jeez, aren't quilters allowed to have sex? Evidently not in quilt cozies! :roll:

    I am definitely going to read Nancy E. Turner's books. I was quite impressed by the reviews on Amazon of "These Is My Words." I really want to read it right now, but we're moving this weekend and I've simply GOT to do the packing.
    And I have a feeling that once I start reading it I won't be able to put it down. So I'll try to be a good girl and do my chores first, even though I'd much rather read. Sigh...
    Be sure to read them in the right order. These is My Words followed by Sarah's Quilt and then The Star Garden. They are all about one family.

    I also found another trilogy by Nora Roberts. The Irish Trilogy - "Jewels of the Sun", "Tears of the Moon" and Heart of the Sea". The three titles fit together. The books are done with an Irish brogue (or is that the Scots). Anyhow, one of the characters sounds exactly like Carmel Quinn, if you remember her, if you are old enough. She used to be on Arthur Godfrey's shows, if you remember him, if you are old enough.

    Thank you very much for the titles of the books. I hope your move is uneventful, all your dishes are unbroken and no scratches in your furniture and no snow. Edie

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    You would love the 3 book series from Sally Goldenbaum starting w/'Murder on Elderberry Road'...you can find these on kc pickledish...great reads!!:)
    Thanks for the other book recommend.! I am so going to the library today:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Monica Ferris has a series (at least 12) of books that follow the owner of a shop called Crewel World in her amateur detective pursuits. I love the titles: Crewel Yule, Knitting Bones, Thai Die, Sins and Needles, Embroidered Truths, Sew Far So Good. Most if not all can be found on audio.

    Emilie Richards also has a series that all have quilts in starring roles in them, most have pattern books, and most, if not all, are on audio. Titles include: Loverís Knot, Sisterís Choice, Touching Stars, Endless Chain.

    Debbie Macomber has a series where knitting is the center of attention. All are available on audio. Titles include: A Good Yarn, Summer on Blossom Street, Back on Blossom Street.

    These are also quilt focused novels:
    Leaving Riverton (The Novel) by Jodi Barrows (pattern book available) (cannot find the novel on audio)
    Bachelorís Puzzle by Judith Pella (audio available)
    A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (cannot find on audio)

    There are several other novels that focus on needlecrafts other than quilting if you are interested (I can list more if you are). The best site to find out if a book is available on audio is this one.
    http://www.audioeditions.com/search-...&submit=Search
    Just wanted to say thanks so much for sharing this information...I am just coming to the end of Jennifer Chiaverini Books , can't wait for her to come out w/ a new on. I am totally addicted to these type of books. I have pretty much read all of Debbie Macomber. But you listed authors I didn't know about..so thank-you from a avid reader.
    dee

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    Thanks so much! Hope your move was uneventful. The library doesn't have any of the books in audiobooks! I request them and wait, which is about all one can do. The new Jennifer Chiaverini is coming out April 15. It is "The Aloha Quilt." "A Quilter's Holiday" came out in November, but hasn't come out in audio book form yet.

    Well, back to my audiobook (Sweetwater Creek - by Anne Rivers Siddons), and Lady of the Lake quilt block. The book is very very good! I love the Southern drawl.

    Again thanks for your help. Those sewing books sound really good too. Edie

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    My DD just showed me a new book series from Annie's Attic Mysteries. The title of this one is: The Lady in the Attic by Tara Randel.

    DD is currently reading the Jennifer Chiaverini series and loves it. She is a voracious reader and says I need to read this series. Lol, other than my textbooks and the Bible, I tend to fall asleep reading so guess I need to get the audio series.

    Thanks for this thread.

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