Vienna. A city of history and culture, where Mozart, Freud, and Beethoven once walked the streets. For American university student Jake Meyer, it is a chance to recover from a family tragedy he left behind. Surrounded by the baroque palaces and charming squares of the city, he hopes to pull his life back together.
However, Jake quickly learns danger lurks in the most beautiful of places and his life takes a deadly turn when he provides a false alibi to an attractive fellow student seen fleeing the murder scene of her ex-boyfriend.
When secrets from a forgotten war are unearthed, the mystery and body count start to pile up at Jake's feet. With only the help of a friendly American consular officer, can Jake survive long enough to prove his innocence to the police?
A debut novel of mystery with international flair, City of Ghosts is sure to please both armchair travelers and amateur detectives.
©2015 Shawn Kobb (P)2015 Shawn Kobb
I think the audio and print versions of this book are equally excellent!
The plot kept me engaged and I didn't want to pause at the end of each chapter! The mystery kept me guessing and I felt submerged in beautiful, historic Vienna.
My favorite scene is when Jake first meets Anna. The author painted a beautiful scene in a Viennese cafe and set the tone for an intriguing plot. It made me want to learn more about the characters and their potential journey ahead.
This book made me laugh at times. The author's sense of humor comes through, but the overall storyline is more serious and gripping. Why did the main character make the decisions he did? It's like a movie you watch and yell at the TV screen for the main character not to make a bad decision, but they do anyways and you're excited to see what lies ahead.
This is a fun audiobook - a great story and a great narrator. I really enjoyed it!
I would totally listen to this again! Will M Watt did a phenomenal job reading this story. His ability to switch between accents, attitudes, and pitches as he narrates each of the diverse cast of characters is delightful! I felt drawn into the story by Will's narration style, the little hints of attitude and humor (where appropriate) in his tone of voice, and the pictures painted by Shawn's words. I thought it was particularly brilliant that the narrator's natural accent was distinct from the accents of the characters - it made it so clear when someone was talking/thinking vs. basic narration. I enjoyed the entire listen!
Even though I had read the book prior to listening to the audio book, I still found myself fully engaged as I listened. In fact, I am inclined to say that I enjoyed the experience of listening to the book even more than I enjoyed reading it to myself! (and I already reviewed the book highly on its own merits on Amazon!) I enjoyed the plot (apart from the listening experience) as it had adventure, a few twists I didn't expect, and even some fun flirtation. Jake and Tess are delightful characters, and I can't wait to read more about their adventures!
I know it's a cop-out to say "it's hard to choose".... but...well.... :-) It is! Since for me, this was an adventure particularly for the audio portion (having read the book to myself previously), I especially enjoyed scenes with the three roommates as I got to hear the accent bounce back and forth among the different nationalities.
Yes! Unfortunately, the demands of life (a.k.a. kids and work!) required me to listen in installments. I very much enjoyed both the story and the reader.
In a spirit of full disclosure, I received a copy of this audio book free in exchange for an honest review. After this experience, I am inclined to purchase the next in the series for myself if Shawn has Will narrate Tower of Fools (book 2 in the series)!
I didn't read the print version but I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version.
It was a fun, easy to follow murder mystery. I didn't lose interest.
The narration was wonderful. At first, I thought it was going to become annoying but I grew quite fond of the accent and distinctive character voices.
I'm not sure.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast. This was a good book to listen to. I wasn't engaged the entire time, the narrator put me off a bit, and the story wasn't as exciting as the summary had described. Worth a listen tho! The book filled out the vastness of Vienna, and described the character nicely! Can't wait to listen to more by this author!
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I enjoyed this fast paced thriller set in Vienna. The story and the characters were interesting, and I loved the descriptions of Vienna. Not overly impressed with the ending though, it just seemed too pat. I didn't care for the narrator (Will M Watt) all that much; I didn't think his accent fit the story, but he did a good job with most of the character's accents.
I received this audiobook from audiobookblast for an honest review.
"fast paced thriller with likeable characters"
Excellent. . Set in Vienna, it tells the story of an American student who is still recovering from a traumatic loss in his own life, and then finds himself involved in an international crime ring. The author weaves in the historical and architectural details of Vienna. read this book.
I liked the main character and how the story is written around him. Jake is likable with his history shown a little at a time, finally revealing why he is studying in Vienna and not in touch much with his family. It was really well paced.
Jake is great. He's the main character so gets the most time on screen, so to speak. A great main character!
The plot was solid,the history and descriptions of Vienna Austria were awesome.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.
"Leaves you wanting more"
Yes as at first listen it seems a very simple book but actually it has quite a depth to it which you realise on a second one and every more enjoyable.
I cannot say its as good as some more well know mysteries but it should not be ignored because of that, it stands up very well against them and certainly has you involved and feeling empathy with the main character and at least one other, which to me is the mark of a good novel. Its not a book you can be bored with as it has enough twists in it to keep you wondering and yet they are fully believable, although I admit it was on second listening I really accepted that but then first listening was very fractured as could not fit in long enough at once to have a long listen.
The way you are lead through the story so well, you find yourself wanting to know what will happen and are cheering on the main character hoping all will be well
No admit as far as I know this is the first one but as i own many audible books I might be wrong - will have to check.
I really enjoyed the way he narrated this story, love his style of narrating and would certainly consider a book I might not listen to if he was narrating it.
He really worked well as the narrator, have listened to books of authors I love that have been completely spoilt by bad narrators.
Yes i really wished I could have listened to it continuously as I really wanted to know what was going to happen but sadly I had to listen to it the first time over 8 days as was so busy and could even fit in listening to it all the time, Second time was able to listen over 2 days and was so much better.
I must explain I was given this book free on the understanding I would write a review although it was up to me whether I gave a good or bad one and to do so within a month.
This is my very first audio book review.
I have managed in this time to listen to it twice to ensure I gave it the best review I could. I will be waiting with great anticipation for the next book in the series and yes will happily buy it.
The author has definitely been added to my list of authors whose books I will buy .
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