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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,437 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leonie Swann Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781400175017
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A witty philosophical murder mystery with a charming twist: the crack detectives are sheep determined to discover who killed their beloved shepherd. On a hillside near the cozy Irish village of Glennkill, the members of the flock gather around their shepherd, George, whose body lies pinned to the ground with a spade. George has cared for the sheep, reading them a plethora of books every night. The daily exposure to literature has made them far savvier about the workings of the human mind than your average sheep. Led by Miss Maple, the smartest sheep in Glennkill (and possibly the world), they set out to find George' s killer. The A-team of investigators includes Othello, the "bad-boy" black ram; Mopple the Whale, a merino who eats a lot and remembers everything; and Zora, a pensive, black-faced ewe with a weakness for abysses. Joined by other members of the richly talented flock, they engage in nightlong discussions about the crime and wild metaphysical speculations, and they embark on reconnaissance missions into the village, where they encounter some likely suspects. There' s Ham, the terrifying butcher; Rebecca, a village newcomer with a secret and a scheme; Gabriel, the shady shepherd of a very odd flock; and Father Will, a sinister priest. Along the way, the sheep confront their own all-too-human struggles with guilt, misdeeds, and unrequited love. Three Bags Full is already an international hit. Funny, fresh, and endearing, it introduces a wonderful breed of detectives to American audiences. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An original and clever mystery, with a flock of endearingly woolly detectives. I may never eat lamb chops again.”

    Carl Hiaasen, New York Times bestselling author

  • Swann's quirky premise is well-executed by Bailey, who develops the identity of each member of the flock, young and old, ram and ewe.... Touching fare delivered with aplomb. AudioFile
  • “Moments of High Comedy come thick and fast…This entertaining, lighthearted mystery is told from a refreshingly novel perspective.”

    Daily Mail

  • “Sheep make great detectives. I loved this book.”

    Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser series

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/12/2014

    " This is a pretty cute and clever book told by a flock of sheep. I've always had a fondness for the cute little guys. The sheep's shepherd has been murdered, and out of a sense of loyalty, and a good mystery, they have decided to figure out who murdered their shepherd. There are some pretty funny scenes, and the sheep have some funny ideas about humans. Plus at the bottom of each page, there is a cute little drawing of a sheep, and if you flip the pages fast, then it turns into a sheep jumping up and down, and who wouldn't love that! The book does have a few slow parts that tend to go on a little longer than necessary. But overall it is pretty cute and a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 laura carbonneau | 1/25/2014

    " A totally quirky crime-mystery involving some smart and not-so-smart sheep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 1/14/2014

    " A sweet story, but I had trouble with talking sheep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/11/2014

    " I don't really like mysteries but I fell in love with the sheep in this book, their observations of human nature were witty and engrossing. I was a bit worried when I was afraid that the sheep were in fact better mystery solvers than I was so I was content when I came to the correct conclusion a few pages before they did. Fun and light-hearted read thats perfect for someone looking for "something different". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora Gaskin Esthimer | 1/11/2014

    " Love the sheep. The plot is the weak point, but the sheep are funny, wise, silly, and amazing. Now how often does anyone say that about a herd of sheep? A good read indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Staepf | 10/29/2013

    " entertaining and humorous ... her style is great, the plot is ok "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tee | 9/10/2013

    " More complicated with all the "Sheep" characters than I expected. Lots of info for a sheep mystery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara Mader | 8/16/2013

    " This was not for me. Loved the quirky idea, and did plow through it (skipping judiciously after a bit, particularly the sheep-musings about food, which amounted to about a third of the content), but thought it was a real yawn and slow-mover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor Smith | 8/5/2013

    " This was quite a cute novel. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missie | 6/6/2013

    " Love, love, love! The psychology and mythology of the sheep that Swann has created is completely believable...even if the philosophy is a bit strange, hey, they're sheep! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/15/2013

    " When reading this, I think it is impossible not to see Wallace and Gromit characters speaking in shrill British accents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ciara | 2/12/2013

    " I keep trying to write about this book without making a pun, and it is absolutely impossible. It's a fluffy murder mystery (cringe), with adorable, innocent characters who had me rooting for them by the end. Absolutely perfect for travel purposes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S | 2/12/2013

    " Loved it until the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nilda | 1/21/2013

    " interesting point of view, but it got kind of taxing by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ling | 3/23/2012

    " Extremely entertaining. Sheep investigating the murder of their shepherd is made of win. And: sheep are love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michel | 12/26/2011

    " Didnt-finish. A mystery. Nuff said? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie53 | 12/5/2011

    " Ik heb erg van dit boek genoten. Je zou zomaar een schaap willen worden en onderdeel zijn van deze bijzondere kudde. Ze zijn allemaal schattig en geweldig. Echt een dikke 8. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gillian | 11/7/2011

    " Cute idea, but it couldn't hold my interest. Too bad...I was looking forward to some murder-mystery-solvin' sheeps. ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Gulley | 8/11/2011

    " Finally finished it, and while an unusual and fun mystery, it did lag a bit for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 7/3/2011

    " It was okay. Everyone has been raving about how great this book was, but I had problems getting into it and staying interested in it. It's a detective story as told by sheep, which is a very cute premise, but it couldn't keep my interest. Maybe I just read it at the wrong time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 5/20/2011

    " I couldn't keep track of all the characters half the time, so I was confused a lot. However, the ending almost completely made up for it. Plus, they're sheep! And they're adorably naive and full of innocent humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/20/2011

    " I enjoyed this far more than I expected to. Really entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aharon | 4/17/2011

    " So it's a book about sheep who solve a murder mystery. I am as unhappy about liking it as anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 4/15/2011

    " Quirky and entertaining, anthropomorphic sheep are a little hard to believe in. They have personalities and their work is to graze. Some are smarter than others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aurora Fitzrovia | 4/2/2011

    " Was ein doofes Ende! Wirklich doof! Dass die Krimihandlung nicht so ausgefeilt ist, habe ich ja gewusst. Aber das! DOOF!
    (Ohne das doofe Ende hätte es eigentlich 3 Sterne bekommen. Aber so nicht. Pfft. Mal schauen, ob ich mich irgendwann an den 2. Teil wage...) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 3/14/2011

    " A murder mystery told from the perspective of a flock of sheep. Just delightful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 3/7/2011

    " I am a knitter. When I first saw this book on a recent book list I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed; it kept my interest and was very funny. Quick enjoyable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 3/6/2011

    " I could not get into this mystery where talking sheep were the main characters. Didn't finish it. Stephanie loved it. "

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About the Author
Author Leonie Swann

Leonie Swann earned degrees in philosophy, psychology, and communications from Munich University, spent some time in Paris and Ireland and has worked in journalism and public relations. Three Bags Full, her first novel, is being translated into six languages.

About the Narrator

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.