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A Wild Ghost Chase Audiobook

A Wild Ghost Chase

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Audible Editor Reviews

A ghost story told from the perspective of a ghost - one who’s a private investigator residing on the New Jersey shore - lends itself easily to comedy. This light and spooky mystery plays with the detective genre in a style that young adult listeners will relish. A Wild Ghost Chase is part of a series about ghost P.I. Paul Harrison and his spectral friend Maxie; the house they share with its mother and daughter owners and the ways they accommodate each other and solve mysteries together. It is the first in the series to be told from the P.I.’s perspective and James Patrick Cronin performs him as a fairly straightforward gumshoe bringing comedic elements in when he and Maxie, who’s somewhat of a troublemaker, interact with the living.

Publisher's Summary

Phantom PI Paul Harrison from the national best-selling Haunted Guesthouse mysteries returns with a tale of his own in a house full of ghosts, secrets, and spectacular oceanside views.…

Three years ago in a large Victorian house on the Jersey Shore in the town of Harbor Haven, fledgling private investigator Paul and his client, Maxie Malone, were murdered. Since then, recent divorcée and reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby and her 10-year-old daughter, Melissa, have moved in and converted the place to a guesthouse, where Maxie and Paul are now checked in for an eternity and ready to solve any case that comes their way - or at least spook the guests (who love it). Alison’s got a lot on her plate at the moment, however, so when Paul discovers the 300-year-old ghost of a small boy in the house, he decides not to involve her in the case. The boy, named Eagle of the Sun, says he’s searching for his missing mother. Paul’s happy to help Eagle of the Sun find her, though something about the boy’s story doesn’t add up. But why would a lost little ghost lie?

Includes a preview of the next Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, Chance of a Ghost, available February 2013.

©2012 Jeffrey Cohen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Craig SANTEE, CA, United States 10-08-15
    Craig SANTEE, CA, United States 10-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, weak performance."
    What made the experience of listening to A Wild Ghost Chase the most enjoyable?

    It is another good E.J. Copperman story. Great for a short trip, and for a slight change of pace.


    What other book might you compare A Wild Ghost Chase to and why?

    The other four Haunted Guesthouse Mystery books (I got out of order on my listening). I am very much enjoying the story line and the characters, but mostly because I don't have to turn off the sound or yell "migraine" when children are around, great work E.J. Copperman, whoever you are.


    What didn’t you like about James Patrick Cronin’s performance?

    As he was portraying Paul, a tall (6 foot plus) +- 225 lbs Private Eye, he shouldn't sound like he is 5'5" and around 145 lbs. He totally missed the mark with Alison, way to curt in her mannerisms, no matter how busy the story had her. Maxie was almost unrecognizable. But the worst of all was the grandmother (Loretta?). The actor made her sound like she was over 90, shuffling around with a walker, this book was not written in or about the late 60's when people were old at 65. Stereo typing isn't cool.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A lot of things may change when you leave this life, but somethings don't.


    Any additional comments?

    If the powers to be decide to make another audible book with Paul as the narrator, please find an actor that will be true to the story line and not make it a stand alone piece.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CF 03-31-15
    CF 03-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "New-voice-for-Paul-please"

    The narrator sounded like he was reading-not like he was telling a story. (Very choppy speech. Hard to listen.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 06-16-14
    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 06-16-14 Member Since 2008

    I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print

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    "The choice of narator does nothing to aid this . ."

    The choice of narrator does nothing to aid this book, after the first two books being read by the wonderful Amanda Ronconi they change narrators in this book.

    I understand the book is mainly from Paul's point of view, however the other main characters are still present and unfortunately this narrator's style & treatment not only presents them differently but the voices are a total disconnect from the previous books.

    Aside from the fact that I believe Amanda Ronconi has captured the characters and presented this series in the tone the Author meant it to be conveyed better than this narrator and his style, this book really gives the reader very little extra insight into the lead or any other characters. Its only redeeming factor in my opinion is the twist at the end

    It's not a bad book as such and if the narration is ignored could be of interest to lovers of this author or series

    I would say give it a miss for now and read it later but I don't know if the events portrayed end up being referred to in future novels, and even if they did I think it world only be in a minor way.

    Thankfully Amanda Ronconi make a welcome return in the next book .


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 03-09-14
    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2013

    author of Lowcountry Legend's series

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    "Unexpected Ending"

    You don't have to listen to this one to get the series. The narrator's timing is off, and it is told from the perspective of the male ghost. I suspect this one would have been better just read. You don't learn enough about him to make it worthwhile, but the ending was interesting. I never really do figure out the end of her books.

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    Amazon Customer Leander, TX, United States 08-03-16
    Amazon Customer Leander, TX, United States 08-03-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Redo with new narrator"

    The story was a good one but the narrator ruined it the only reason I was able to finish it was because I knew it was a short story and that the underlying story would be good.

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    Isis 06-21-16
    Isis 06-21-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Worst Narrator Ever"

    Please do not spend you hard earned money on this short story. The narrations was mechanical, stiff and without the polish of a seasoned professional.

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    Amazon Customer Aurora, CO, United States 06-13-16
    Amazon Customer Aurora, CO, United States 06-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "First Book?"

    I have enjoyed others in this series. I Can't figure out why this was so trite and youngish? Just felt like "get it over with". I was not entranced by the reader either. He sounded like he was reading to young children also.?!

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    Cheryl K. 05-11-16
    Cheryl K. 05-11-16
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    "a cute story"

    an enjoyable story from Paul's point of view, offering us a better peak into his thoughts. the narration was acceptable but not part with Amanda ranconi's narration. a good listen overall.

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    Carolyn D 02-17-16
    Carolyn D 02-17-16 Member Since 2014

    I love listening to stories. It all started when I was little and my mom would read to me before bed at night. It was our special time.

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    "A Wild Ghost Chase"
    What made the experience of listening to A Wild Ghost Chase the most enjoyable?

    I have been enjoying this series and this story added some depth to the over all experience, I especially liked the change in point of view.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Wild Ghost Chase?

    The characters are being 'performed' by the character of Paul, the ghost, mimicking the others in his overly reserved Canadian demeanor. It's actually very funny if you catch on to this. (Otherwise you would probably just say the narrator is doing a poor job.)
    JAMES PATRICK CRONIN is an immensely talented narrator. Listen to his other stories and you'll get an idea of what he is capable of doing.


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    Michelle Noblesville, Indian 12-23-15
    Michelle Noblesville, Indian 12-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    Story was great, narrator was awful! It made it difficult to listen to. Where was Amanda Ronconi?

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  • EvaGM
    5/26/16
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    "Enjoyable bonus story from a brilliant series"

    I am a fan of the E. J. Copperman series and this short story has the same light tone, uncomplicated humour and charm of the ordinary as the novels I have read so far. Told from the point of view of a different character than usual.

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
    5/12/16
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    "enjoyed this short story"
    Any additional comments?

    told by paul one of the ghosts haunting Allison's guest house.
    there wasn't a murder this time but an investigation
    trying to find a dead boy's mother.
    so far this is the only book performed by a man, james partrick Cronin and I thought he did a good job of doing it.

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  • Jenni
    1/31/15
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    "Escape your worries"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This series of books is clean, clear escapism from the terrible world we live in. Yes there are deaths and murders but each one gives you an enjoyable story about how the investigation gets sorted. The author is using a different name and when you find their reality it will blow your mind. How have they got enough time to do everything in their lives? Must be bi-polar like me!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The previous owner of the house. Cant say to much otherwise it gives to much away. The character is very amusing and I wish they were with me!


    What about James Patrick Cronin’s performance did you like?

    Voices in audible books are very important as they can make or break them. When you read a story you imagine their voices and when it is read to you you hope it does not jar. This series of books are just spot on. Thank you.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me happy and relaxed.


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to recommend this series to many.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karyn
    1/1/15
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    "Narration spoilt"

    Prefer Amanda Ronconie as narrator, not used to hearing the stories through a male voice all the characters sounded wrong but overall a great little story that kept me spellbound for an afternoon of ironing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Verity
    12/29/14
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    "Let down by reader"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader could at least have listened to some of the other books: he mispronounced many things, the pronunciation of which has been classified previously. He also mispronounces standard words calling 'decimated', 'disseminated'!!


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Patrick Cronin’s performances?

    No.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Ye-es


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, excellent series, bad reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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