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Over the past several months, "My Voice" as I call him has been recording the first of my mystery novels, MURDER BY SERPENTS: The Mystery Quilt. It is now (as of this afternoon) available as a download through Amazon as an Audible book. It was strange for me when I listened to Charlie read the book--because until now, I'm the only person who could hear these imaginary friends. Wow.

The Mystery Quilt pattern is included at the end of the recording. I did move the clues so they didn't get read as part of the narrative. That would have been like hearing gibberish.

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Comment by Patricia, VA on May 3, 2014 at 7:33pm

I think have all your books and enjoyed all.  I never listened to books on kindle however, I did listen to some on  Disc in the car and missed my exits every time I was listening to them and a lot of times I sat in the car to hear just one more chapter.  I have a new car with all this tech stuff I think I can listen with my kindle in the car, I could be driving forever if I ever learn how to use it. 

Comment by Sandy Todd on April 29, 2014 at 6:49pm

Many thanks Barbara for the explanation!  I have never listened to an audible nor do I have a Kindle, etc.  Now I know a little more than I had before.

Don't anyone feel like the Lone Ranger when it comes to being tecky impaired.  Two examples:  When I got my first desk top computer, I was trying to teach myself how to cut & paste and not doing such a hot job of it.  My then 10 yr. old grandson came to the house and showed me how to do it.  Was so easy for him!  (sigh).  When my granddaughter and I went to the grocery store together (she was 5 at the time, she's almost 13 now), the check out lines were really long, she suggested we do "self-checkout".  I told her I had never done it before.  She took me by the hand and we headed over to the checkout.  She showed me how to ring up the groceries (even how to weigh the produce & get those prices up on the screen).  Kids!  Dang I'm so glad we have 'em around!

Comment by Pam/NY on April 29, 2014 at 5:45pm

Ok...I'll call the grandsons tomorrow!!!! lol

Comment by Prairie Quilter/NE on April 29, 2014 at 4:07pm


I'm digitally challenged as well.  

Love your advice.  At least a 7 year old will be happy to help you, whereas a teenager might roll their eyes at your lack of tech savvy.

Comment by Barbara Graham on April 29, 2014 at 3:53pm

Weeeeeeel, it's not on CD. If your car is smarter than my car, I think you can download it to listen somehow through your phone or another device. Let's be upfront here--I'm a digital dummy. I really don't know how to get it to do that. I know I can listen to downloads on my Kindle Fire because there's a tab on it that says Audio. My best advice, find a 7 year old and ask her how to do it.

Comment by Pam/NY on April 29, 2014 at 3:09pm

Exciting to have it on CD...I like listening to books in the car on road trips.

Comment by Barbara Graham on April 29, 2014 at 2:57pm

Excellent question, Sandy! In the print version of the book, the 4 clues are scattered throughout. Because listening is different, the clues (in order) all come at the end of the recording. Because it is a mystery quilt, there are never any pictures or diagrams, you simply follow the instructions as they are written. It would probably be simplest if you plan to do the quilt to borrow the print version from the library. Otherwise, when you get to the pattern at the end you'll need to take notes. It would probably take a little while to listen, write instructions and rewind.

To be honest, I don't expect many listeners will go to that much trouble.

Comment by Sandy Todd on April 29, 2014 at 2:35pm

Congrats Barbara!  Now, I need to ask a question...if this is an audible book, how can one see the quilt pattern at the end of the recording?  I think I'm missing the concept here.

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