Run to Ground Audiobook by Katie Ruggle (REVIEW)

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Review of: Run to Ground Audiobook
Katie Ruggle

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On August 23, 2017
Last modified:September 9, 2017


Run to Ground Audiobook

By: Katie Ruggle

Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu

Published by: Tantor Media 06/06/2017

Run to Ground Audiobook by Katie Ruggle

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9 hrs and 28 mins

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Run to Ground Audiobook

4 Hearts

I became a fan of Katie Ruggle with her Search & Rescue series. So I jumped on this book when I saw it was available. It has the same first responder in a small town feel to it. It is set in a small town not far from the Search & Rescue series. There is even a character cross over, but feel free to start with this book. You will not be at all lost if you haven’t read Search & Rescue before starting this series (though I highly recommend S&R just because it is fun).

Both the hero and heroine of this story have a lot of baggage. The hero just lost his partner (as in he is a cop and his cop partner). His partner was not just his partner, but also his mentor and best friend. So you can imagine the devastation when his partner commits suicide. Now Theodore Bosco has been partnered with his partner’s dog. The dog is also devastated and doesn’t want to work. They are both very broody.

Jules has her own baggage. She is on the run. She has kidnapped her three brothers and her sister. Her father has alzheimer’s and her step-mom is evil, but plays the mother of the year routin well in front of other people. She will never get custody of them, no matter how good of a lawyer she finds. That is when she is offered help from an unexpected relative of her former boss (who is now in prison). She is relocated to a small town in Colorado, which is far away from Florida and her family.

This is another fun story from Katie Ruggle. I love the characters that she writes. I really loved Jules and Theo. I loved Jule’s oldest brother, Sam the best. He is really a great kid. They are all great kids, but there is just something about Sam-I-Am, that I loved. Viggie, Theo’s bomb dog, was another great character. It can be so hard on the pets when their owner died, but Viggie wasn’t just a pet, but a work partner too. They were always together. I completely believe that a police dog would refuse to work after the death of the human partner.

Run to Ground Narration

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This is my first book with Callie Beaulieu narrating. I will admit that I was a little bummed when I saw that they didn’t continue with the same narrator that they used for the Search and Rescue series, Rachel Dulude. I really liked Rachel. After listening to Callie, I do enjoy her narration, but not quite as much as Rachel’s. There were some time where I think it was a little hard to tell who was talking, some of the voices were similar and I think she broke out of a character’s voice more than once. I do have to give her a big plus for voicing Sam. He has a really bad stutter and she did a great job of getting his stutter down. I think the voices of the other kids were good too. Still a good listen.

Author: Katie RuggleAuthor: Katie Ruggle

A fan of the old adage “write what you know”, Katie Ruggle lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (not while riding, although that would be awesome), cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.

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Narrator: Callie Beaulieu

Narrator: Callie Beaulieu

Narrator Callie Beaulieu

Callie Beaulieu has been an actress for several decades. Classically trained, she is predominantly a theater actress, and her work has been seen around the country. Callie recently returned to the States after spending nearly a decade living in the Caribbean. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.


I like to thanks Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Yay! Glad you loved the first on the new series. I enjoyed it, too. Viggie was tugging at my heart right along with Theo and Jules’ issues. Nuts about the narrator being okay, but not as good. I’m reading through these and have book two coming up soonish.

    • I’ve requested the next audio. I’m excited to see what it will be.

  2. That sounds really good and it’s been on my radar for a while.

    • If you like small town romantic suspense, this is the story for you.

  3. CommentI’m really curious about this one, I keep hearing about it!

    • I’ve had a lot of fun with this series and her earlier series. Great small town romance.

  4. This author should have been on my authors I want to try post. I have read countless good reviews for her series. I love small town romances and I like that this one has rescue dogs!

    • I do love this author. She has great small town romances. I love the addition of the dogs.

  5. Yet another author I have meant to try but haven’t yet. 🙂 I really like this narrator but I have only listened to her do historical mysteries and cozies. 🙂

    • I really liked the first narrator, so I was bummed that they didn’t stick with her, but the new narrator did a good job too.

  6. I have been wanting to read this author for a long time. I may have to do them on audio. Viggie! Yea, I know as long as he lives in the end, I would enjoy this one. 🙂

    • That is a spoiler I will give you. The dog lives. I doubt I will ever give a 4 star review to a book where the dog doesn’t live. Kill the humans and I’m fine, but leave the dog alone. LOL

  7. I enjoyed this book. It was my first time reading Katie Ruggle.

    • I highly recommend the Search and Rescue series too. Set in a town not far from this one. Same feel, but with rescue diver, fireman, survivalist type and a cop.

  8. I’ve seen this series around and it really does look like a lot of fun! Great review Melanie!

  9. I love this author and yes I was sad Rachel didn’t narrate, but Callie still gave an enjoyable listen.

  10. I haven’t tired this series yet, but I’ve got it on my TBR. Thank’s for the review.

    • It is a really fun small town romantic suspense. I hope you get a chance to try it.

  11. I really enjoyed this book when I read it a couple of months ago. Too bad they changed narrators from the other series but it sounds like it was a good listen in the end.

    • I thought the new narrator did a great job. I tend to get attached to narrators. 🙂

  12. I still haven’t read her books but I have a copy of this audiobook. This sounds really good and I need to listen to this soon. Great review!

  13. I love books with animals as main characters or very important to the plot line in the books I read. Police dogs and other dogs are always my favorite. This sounds like a good choice for me to check out.

    • Yes, I think you will really enjoy Viggie. I hope you get a chance to try this one.

  14. I haven’t read any books by this author yet, but do have one of her other series on my to-read list :).

    That sounds like a tough situation with the main characters cop partner being dead and how he has to work with his dog now. Sounds like both main characters have some tough things going on, but they sound well written. Great review!

    • I really enjoyed this book and the other series she wrote, Search and Rescue. So far, I’ve really enjoyed this author.

  15. I just discovered Katie Ruggle, too…and I love her! Adding this one to my list.

    • I just love her stories. So much fun. I think you will enjoy this one too. I love the addition of Viggie the dog.

  16. I see this author all over – her book covers look like Piper Drake. I may need to try out the audiobook for her!

    • I’ve really enjoyed the narrators for both this series and Search & Rescue series.

  17. Oh Jules, that’s such a challenging situation. Her personal situation would be enough to get me invested in the story and an evil step mom would make it extra hot for me.

    I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend!

    • I really did enjoy my weekend. We went to a family cabin in Canada for about 10 days. So relaxing and a ton of reading. I hope you had a great long weekend too.

  18. I’ve never read her but I’ve seen her around and yay its #1 in a series. Thanks Melanie

    • It is great when you find something you want to try and it is book one in a series. I hope you get a chance to try this or even her other series, Search & Rescue, which is just as much fun.

  19. I really enjoy Ruggle’s books, too, so I’ll definitely pick this one up. Small town stories appeal to me, too, as do stories involving animals, so it’s really a non-brainer.
    I’m glad you enjoyed this, Melanie!

    • I was a bit surprised that this wasn’t more closely tied to the Search & Rescue series. It does take place near there and there is a teeny character crossover. It does have the same style of writing, characters, etc. I love the addition of the police dog. I just got book two. I can’t wait to start it.

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