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If Walls Could Talk Audiobook

If Walls Could Talk: Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line.

At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....

©2010 Julie Goodson-Lawes (P)2013 Tantor

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    Ostara S. Hollyoak Glenwood, MD United States 09-01-15
    Ostara S. Hollyoak Glenwood, MD United States 09-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun story"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator often spoke in what I would describe as a rapid mumble. Many times I had to hit the "back" button and replay something I hadn't understood-- & sometimes I had to more than once. I liked her style, except for this tendency to be less than intelligible.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story, the setting, the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juggler Naut 06-18-15
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    "Good story; annoying narration"

    This is a fun mystery with friendly characters. But the narrato'rs nasal voice drops the ends of words and ends of sentences, especially when portraying male characters, and she sounds on the verge of tears about half the time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 01-19-14
    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding first book in the series"

    Xe Sands is a great narrator. This series is quite different from her Lilly Ivory series, though both are based in San Francisco. The main character runs a construction company that restores historic houses. In my opinion, this is the best of the first three books in the series. I hope this series continues.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 11-22-13
    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but overshadowed by the Witchcraft series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of If Walls Could Talk to be better than the print version?

    I really like the voices of the narrator, but I think reading and listenings can't be compared. Listening you receive the story and the interpretation of the narrator, while reading the interpretation is up to the reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the rythm


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    The different voices for different characters, especially the male characters. I usually find this a critical marker for a narrator and Xe Sands does a terrific job.


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

    It made me chuckle a couple times.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a bit too many male characters to keep track of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    asassyvic Indiana 08-31-13
    asassyvic Indiana 08-31-13 Listener Since 2007

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    "Haunted house mysteries rock"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book, it is laugh out loud funny, and full of wonderful details on renovating old houses.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say who a favorite character would be, I liked them all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the first time the ghost shows himself to Melanie.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to this book in one sitting. That's the great thing about audiobooks, you're free to do many other things while listening. With hard copy you're tethered to the book and turning the pages.


    Any additional comments?

    Xe Sands once again does a fantastic job narrating this book. She amplifies the story so well and makes the characters really pop.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie 04-18-14
    Jamie 04-18-14
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    "Could Not Finish"
    What would have made If Walls Could Talk better?

    Less filler...I wanted to skip tons of chapters!


    What was most disappointing about Juliet Blackwell’s story?

    Story was way too slow.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More ghost talk, less description on the construction business.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 01-24-14
    Michelle 01-24-14
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    "Who knew murder could be so much fun!"

    I love Juliet Blackwell's writing style. Her main characters always are polite and thoughtful with a dash of humility. Mel is no different she's a smart confident woman (although she doesn't know it) working in a man's world. After reading this book I immediately bought the next. If or when your looking for good clean fun stop right here.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Erica 01-10-17
    Erica 01-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved the local details"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loved old houses and always wondered what stories it held. This is wonderful book were a women discovers her new gift and it fits well with her profession of home remodeling/construction.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If Walls Could Talk?

    I love that the book is set in California and the author uses actual events that took place there. Some of the streets and areas mentioned in the book are places in Northern California and it really helps to connect to the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting. However, I use the audio books for my long drives into the Bay Area from Sacramento. So, I only allow myself to listen to the audio books during my drive time.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this author. She always has twists and turns that I wouldn't really expect.

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    Meredith Liberty, Tunisia 12-17-16
    Meredith Liberty, Tunisia 12-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Lighthearted fun"

    It's nice to see a main character who's not willowy or super athletic, and who has some miles on her.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-20-16
    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-20-16 Member Since 2012

    I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.

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    "Xe Sand brings the story to life."

    This is a cute, cozy series that has a good murder mystery to give it some weight. Good characters that are not too silly and can carry a ghost story. Xe Sands is so great with these cozy's. Perfect cadence with interesting voices to bring all to life.

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