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Haunted Ground Audiobook

Haunted Ground

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Publisher's Summary

When farmers cutting turf in an Irish peat bog make a grisly discovery, the perfectly intact body of a young woman with long red hair, archaeologist Cormac O'Callaghan and pathologist Nora Gavin are thrown together by their shared scientific interest in human remains. Because of the preservative effect of the bog, it is difficult to tell whether the body has lain there for two decades, two centuries, or two millennia. As they dig into the mystery of the red-haired girl, they are drawn into the two-year-old disappearance of a landowner's wife and young son. The story delves through the many layers of Ireland's turbulent past, tracing the still-visible footprints of fortified tower houses and ancient burial mounds, ever mindful of the eternal, subliminal connections between past and present.

©2003 Erin M. Hart (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc. Published by Arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing Group, A Division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"In every way, this is a debut to remember." (Booklist)
"In addition to a complex, multilayered plot that involves both contemporary and historical crimes, Hart's novel is rich in local color." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Lorena Billings, MT, United States 04-09-05
    Lorena Billings, MT, United States 04-09-05 Member Since 2009
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    "Haunted Ground"

    This is the best audible book I have downloaded yet! The narration is the best part.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    idiganthro 01-31-05
    idiganthro 01-31-05 Member Since 2011
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    "Good listen"

    This book was very enjoyable. The narrator was very good. Maybe the ending was a bit too neat, but a good listen all in all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MillenniumMike Aurora, IL United States 05-15-12
    MillenniumMike Aurora, IL United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2011

    Favorites are histories and mysteries. Once avid reader trying to pick up the pace again later in life.

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    "Good reading improves mediocre storyline"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book was too long and the story not as interesting as I had hoped. The storyline took too many detours into the backgrounds of character's lives, to the detriment of advancing the plot. This was done to either make it as much a character study as a mystery, or, more likely, to set the stage for some of these characters to re-appear in sequels as a series. The audio book took up 10 CDs. My wife gave up after the 3rd CD. For me, this is one of those books that 2/3 of the way through when you realize it's not getting any more interesting, that you decide whether to give up reading more or you stick it out to the end just to feel that you've completed something. I stuck it out. Easily at least 25% could have been edited out without affecting the story lines, of which there were three: 1) an ancient and interesting mystery, 2) a current and uninteresting mystery, and 3) a background mystery to one of the characters that was irrelevant to the storyline.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Erin Hart again?

    No. But, I might consider buying a book because with a book you can skim over the boring parts, which you can't do when listening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening was good and descriptions of the countryside were good.


    Did Haunted Ground inspire you to do anything?

    No. Maybe be more careful in what I select to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Jennifer McMahon did a very nice job reading it; without her skills I would not have made it through the book. With some editing out of extraneous character detail and a better solution to the modern mystery this could have been a pretty good book. It started out well, but ultimately disappointed.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Zephyrhills, FL, USA 04-12-04
    Tracey Zephyrhills, FL, USA 04-12-04
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    "Excellent Twists"

    Very well written and brilliant characters! Written like the wonderful classics..fullbodied and thrilling. Reminiscent of Wilkie Collins. The blending of history and contemporary is well mixed. I look forward to more from Hart.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Vestavia Hills, AL, USA 04-03-04
    John Vestavia Hills, AL, USA 04-03-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Good. The narrator is brilliant."

    Good. The narrator makes the book. A little hard to follow driving in traffic but you can always listen to it again.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 03-30-05
    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 03-30-05
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    "Good Mystery, Excellent Irish Story"

    I was really drawn to the plot of this story, not because it was such a great mystery, but because the author obviously has a love of all things Irish and gives us a nice look at Irish life today. The characters of Nora Gavin, Cormac Maguire, and Garret Devaney are exceptionally well-written, but all of the characters are interesting and deserving of our attention. The two main mystery plots were less interesting and tied up too neatly at the end. I mean, who didn't know who the real killers were the moment the author introduced them? But, as I say, it was not necessarily the mystery aspect that drew me. Hats off to Erin Hart for creating such real, non-sterotypical Irish people for her first novel. I look forward to reading the further stories of Nora and Cormac. The narrator, Jennifer McMahon, was perfect.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ranch Girl 10-23-05
    Ranch Girl 10-23-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Good but not great"

    First of all, the narration is EXCELLENT! The plot is interesting, as are the characters, but the pace is very slow. There is a lot of detail that doesn't advance the story. The story is told from too many points of view, and sometimes the transition is confusing. I wish I had chosen the abridged version.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    marie popick 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    Loved it! The narration was amazing, could distinctly identify the characters. Can not wait to read the next.book!

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    Linda 06-24-13
    Linda 06-24-13 Member Since 2011

    Linda in Omaha

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    "Intriguing, Mesmerizing."

    The story was good and the narrator was genius. Loved every minute of listening to this haunting tale of a body found in an Irish bog and the search to learn who's body it was.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Onalee BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 08-19-12
    Onalee BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2015

    Avid fan of sci-fi and James Marsters, I use audio books to inspire me to exercise, taking them on morning walks. It's a perfect combo!

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    "Enjoyable w/ wonderful twists & turns A+ Narrator"
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    The narrator really made a good story better. Her lilting Irish accent is a joy.The story itself has two mysteries in one and it ties them together with wonderful twists and turns. Very enjoyable all around.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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