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For a dog lover like Melanie Travis, the opportunity to attend the Kentuckiana Dog Show Cluster is not to be missed. Fortunately, the timing coincides with her spring break from teaching, so she heads for Central Kentucky with her sister-in-law and Aunt Peg, who's accepted a weeklong judging assignment. Once there, Aunt Peg reconnects with an old friend, Ellie Gates Wanamaker, a former standard poodle exhibitor and a member of a well-heeled Kentucky family. Miss Ellie has been out of the dog show world for more than a decade, but when Melanie invites her to spectate at the Louisville Kennel Club dog show, she's eager to accompany her.

Miss Ellie's presence at the expo center, however, provokes mixed reactions from exhibitors she hasn't seen in years, including some outright animosity. The following day Melanie learns that Miss Ellie has suffered a fatal accident while exercising her dogs. Aunt Peg, however, suspects foul play. Wishing to avoid any scandal, Miss Ellie's pedigreed family prefers to let sleeping dogs lie, but as Melanie begins to sniff around, she discovers Miss Ellie had many secrets, both in the dog show world and among her Kentucky kin....

©2016 Laurien Berenson (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Dina C
  • 01-11-20

Robotic Narration

I only finished this book because I love the author and the series. I have now added this narrator to my “no go” list. All of the voices were similar and sound more like a robotic computerized voice. Highly disappointed. Sorry I wasted my actual money on this one.

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  • Jessica M.
  • 17-12-20

Could not get past the narration

I am an avid series reader/audio person. This is probably one of my all-time favorite series and author. To get to the last (most recently) released book in this series and have such a drastic change in narration style is so upsetting. I have tried several times to get into this story and I cannot make it past chapter 5. It isn't the story but the telling, reading of it. So saddened. At least I have now learned to always listen to the sample before buying another title.
Please find a new narrator, and to Angie Hickman, I apologise but your style just doesn't suit this series.

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  • Bertina A Tallaksen
  • 03-11-20

I can’t get past the Narrator

This is such a shame. I have listened to every single book. (Read a majority as well) this new narrator just doesn’t have what the usual reader does. So sorry I can’t even listen past the second chapter. I tried

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  • Stan Parsons
  • 19-03-21

Voice Failure

I did not enjoy the new narator. Her normal voice sounded childish. Her attempts for other voices fell short. especially Aunt Peg. I will not listen to anu more in the series. It is like it is not the same writer. Very sad!

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  • Margaret A. Bales
  • 15-01-21

Why change... after 18 previous books!?!

Why would you choose to change the "Read By" after 18 previous books? Couldn't even make it through the first chapter! I'm sure the book would have been as good as ever, but I'll never know!

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  • Paul R.
  • 27-12-20

The Narration is Painful

I'm trying to finish the book but this narrator is most often robotic, cannot do voices and when she tries to do a voice everyone sounds angry. Very sad because I love this series.

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  • Jenny Martens
  • 08-04-21

robotic voices

The story is great, but the narrator is TERRIBLE. Most of the characters have stilted voices like robots. it was barely tolerable, and I won't pay for any books with this narrator again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-21

skipping/voice

the narrator that read story sounds like a computer! I couldn't really even understand part of it

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  • Dori
  • 28-02-21

Terrible narrator

I looked forward to this book with the side trip to the horse racing world but this narrator made listening very tedious. The only character whose voice differed from the monotonous tone was little Kevin. Everyone else sounded alike making it difficult to follow who was speaking to whom.

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  • beth
  • 10-02-21

My Favorite of the Series

Having grown up in Kentucky, fascinated with the horse farms and racing, I absolutely loved this book. Can't get enough of this series. Very easy to listen to with spot on characters in the dogs show world as well as the thoroughbred world!

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