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If Walls Could Talk: Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1 | [Juliet Blackwell]

If Walls Could Talk: Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1

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....
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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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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 02-07-14
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Nice surprise"
    Would you listen to If Walls Could Talk again? Why?

    Yes, I would. I found that the second listen was actually better than the first.


    What other book might you compare If Walls Could Talk to and why?

    It was different, I enjoyed the building side and ghosts.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    At first I thought her words were non distinct. Shortly after I appreciated her manor and she created since of humor.


    1 of 1 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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    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.

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    Nicole Mercado-Champagne 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    Listening to this story made time fly by. So enjoyable! I really enjoyed the story and characters. Well performed as well. Cannot wait for the next story!

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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.

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    Lady S. United States 03-06-15
    Lady S. United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    Another hit and the icing is listening to Xe Sands read, I love her voice. Listening to the description of the house that's being restored is so well written that one can visualize what it must look like.

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    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 02-23-15
    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 02-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Interesting story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of If Walls Could Talk to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I enjoy audio books because I can do other things while I listen to them.


    What other book might you compare If Walls Could Talk to and why?

    The E.J. Cooperman series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she first saw Kenneth.


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

    Yes, they all are.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story and great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "It was Ok"

    I started listening to this book last year & couldn't get through it. It was a bit slower than I like. I finally started it again this week & was able to finish. I will be starting to listen to the second book & hope it is better. I won't give up on it. The first story was a good one, it was the reading that dragged on.

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    smap6 01-30-15
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    "Rehab Who Done It"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Hey Listener!
    I really wanted to like this but it just left me with an "eh" feeling. I work in real estate, I love the show "Rehab Addict", and I like to read mystery novels so this sounded right up my alley. Unfortunately, it left me flat and in no way with the need to listen/read book two in the series. There was really no action in it and, at times, there was way too much description about what someone was wearing or what color coffee mug they were drinking from. I was never invested in the characters.


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