First on of this series I have listened to. Loved it. Enough bought the next one for myself, and went to book store and bought the books for my daughter to read.
This was a very enjoyable book for me. It was mysterious and interesting with the ghost factor and it had just the right amount of humorous relief. I really enjoyed the main characters and found the character of Gilley very funny. It was just very fun to listen to.
The character gillie was extremely annoying. The vocal only added to it.
That was the only thing I didn't like. But it was enough to make me not want to listen through anymore of the series.
I enjoyed the story and the narrator, but was annoyed with the one character constantly not knowing the proper English word for something. That got old fast.
but I will say I have already downloaded book 2
I am surprised at how many stars this audio book has. I found it predictable and boring. Unfortunately, I can't find anything redeeming about it. The narration was bad. The way she portrayed women, men, and gays was insulting to all. I can't believe in this day and age someone could be so insensitive to gender biases.
I don't think so. I was not really drawn into the book. I found it interesting but not great and it got into a lot of legal stuff, all of which did not make a lot of sense unless you were willing to do research and who wants to research a book? It lacked depth of the characters as well. I didn't feel I knew the characters any better by the end of the book than I did when I started.
I'm not sure at this time. There was nothing particularly wrong with her narration it just lacked .. i don't know.. color. It seemed so black and white, if that makes sense.
This book was great. A modern dat ghost buster with mystery & hint of romance. Can't wait to read next book.
I once owned the bookstore A Novel Idea. I sold mysteries and cat humor. Put a cat in a mystery, and I'm likely to read it. Book Reviewer.
What’s a Ghoul to Do?
By Victoria Laurie
C 2007, released on audio 1/5/10
Audiobook published by Audible, narrated by Eileen Stevens
Victoria Laurie brings us a fascinating series in this first book featuring MJ Holliday (yes, Doc Holliday was her great, great uncle) and Gilley Gillespie. MJ is a psychic medium who can communicate with the dead; Gilley is a techno geek who helps her with all the machinery that goes with a ghost hunt, the night vision goggles, thermal cameras, walkie talkies for them to stay in touch. MJ works alone while Gilley usually stays in the van monitoring all those instruments she uses or have been strategically placed ahead of time.
The two have been friends for a long time and consider each other BFFs (best friends forever). Gilley is gay so there’s no possibility of a romantic duo here. Each lives in their own condo in Boston but share an office, where they are sitting doing mostly nothing since they haven’t exactly had loads of jobs lately, when Dr. Steven Sable walks in.
Dr. Sable’s grandfather recently passed away in what most are calling a suicide. He can’t believe his grandfather would jump from the roof of his hunting lodge in upstate Massachusetts that had been owned by the family for quite some time. The doctor needs to know because ownership of the lodge and surrounding land will change depending whether it was a suicide or not. Steven needs MJ’s help in communicating with his grandfather to determine why he fell from the roof and died.
It wasn’t until a blind date set up by the local coffee shop’s owner went completely awry that MJ softened to Dr. Sable, now known as Dr. Delicious due to his being very handsome. One of MJ’s hard and fast rules had been that she worked alone. Dr. Sable was insisting on being there when she found his grandfather so he could chat with him. MJ finally agreed when the fee went high enough.
Using all their high tech equipment and MJ’s instincts, they set off on a journey to find one ghost. However, they ended up finding several. In the process, many aspects of ghost busting are explained, such as what the various pieces of equipment did, what MJ did when she’d found a ghost, how she crossed them over when willing and also when not willing.
Without giving you any more plot to spoil this exciting story, I can tell you this mystery really did turn into a mystery, not only a ghost story. The plot took several twists and unexpected turns and brought other characters into the story, both dead and alive. The ghostbusters never expected to need Dr. Sable’s medical help, too! Steven becomes an integral part of solving the many mysteries that they discover trying to solve the first one.
I very much enjoyed the first book in this ghoulish series. It was fascinating to watch and learn how a true medium works. It was extremely funny to listen to Dr. Sable try to use up-to-date slang but not having English as his primary language for such a long time, he tends to botch sentences up. It is almost annoying after a while, but then the author cuts back a bit on the reactions of others listening to him, and the fun and charm return.
MJ and Gilley start as best friends and remain that way at the end. They squabble and disagree but always make up in the end. They know firsthand all the stressors involved in ghost busting and give each other credit for surviving them. Steven fit in nicely with his novice hunting skills, finding himself enjoying the process and grateful for the conclusion.
I am impressed by how much this story grabbed my attention. I found myself reading a lot all of a sudden. I didn’t want the book to end, really, but now I look forward to the remainder of the series. Next up is DEMONS ARE A GHOUL’S BEST FRIEND.
Funny, entertaining, different
I LOVE Gilly, he just tickles my funny bone.
I like Eileen Stevens' ability to keep individuals discreet with subtle voice differences. I have just one 'peeve' which is that she ends many of her sentences on a rise like she's asking a question.
This is a fun series that fits my love of paranormal, mystery, light romance, and comedy. I highly recommend it!