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Night of the Living Deed | [E.J. Copperman]

Night of the Living Deed

Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Amanda Ronconi narrates this humorous mystery with the vocal equivalent of an eye roll. While she doesn’t sound bored, she certainly sounds annoyed. But imagine her character’s predicament: She’s purchased an old crumbling Victorian on the Jersey shore, she’s fixing it up into a guesthouse, her precocious nine-year-old is hectoring, and now she finds out the Victorian is haunted!

Admittedly contrived, over-the-top, and including references that will be dated unto obscurity within the next decade or sooner, Night of the Living Deed seeks to achieve only one thing: Your temporary laughter and merriment at - or with - Ronconi’s eye-rolling voice.

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the first Haunted Guest House mystery - the getaway every reader can afford.

Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

©2010 Jeffrey Cohen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 01-06-14
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2015

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "A Nice Mystery"

    Although I guessed who was behind the murders, and who wanted the deed, the story was still interesting. A great beginning to a new series. Its nice to have friends, ghost friends that is, Maxie made me laugh out loud. However, poor Paul, serious, down to earth, (what an oxymoron) guy he was, so serious about his profession really captured my heart. This is is one of those stories that you can listen to with your kids in the car.
    Amanda Ronconi did a fantastic job narrating the story.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 02-19-15
    Julie 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very entertaining read!"

    I really enjoy light mystery books. This story met that goal. The narrator did a good job on the different character voices and made the story fun to listen to. I was happy to find that there are several more books already written for the series and I am looking forward to listening to them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 03-23-15
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 03-23-15 Member Since 2012

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "wonderful story wonderfully done"

    ‘Night of the Living Deed” is a well written, fun story for those looking for a little getaway. The story is well crafted and intriguing (I guessed the killer wrong a couple of times) winding its way around and through this sleepy little coastal town. With some great characters and smart quips this book is a fun trip!

    Ms. Ronconi does a great job bringing the characters to life and really making the listener feel as if they are right there in this guest house!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Damascus, MD 03-23-15
    Amazon Customer Damascus, MD 03-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Scooby Do adventure"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Narration was a little annoying. Story was made for teens.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this series.


    Did Amanda Ronconi do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes to some extent. I just did not like the story.


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

    Disappointment was the big one. I did not finish the book, it bored me.


    Any additional comments?

    When my mind starts drifting to other things while listening it is time to move on. It is a book that is made for teens in my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 03-16-15
    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 03-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A Nice Fun Read"

    This is a "make you chuckle" read. I didn't give it a five because some sections were slow. However the characters are fun and interesting even though somewhat cliche. I hope to see the writing evolve with each book. I enjoyed the story and am definitely going to download the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Vidal 02-24-15
    Trish Vidal 02-24-15 Member Since 2015

    Spiritual Adventurer

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    "Just Okay - hope the next ones are better"
    Would you try another book from E.J. Copperman and/or Amanda Ronconi?

    Unsure


    Would you ever listen to anything by E.J. Copperman again?

    Unsure


    Did Amanda Ronconi do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really, her voice was tiring at times and not enough difference between characters


    Did Night of the Living Deed inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It was tough to finish

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Block 01-30-15
    David Block 01-30-15
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    "Give it a try."

    I enjoyed the book. Very light and easy to listen to. My negative comment, which entirely personal, some people might find this a plus, is when Alison's gets too wordy about a back story in the middle of something happening. I like detail, so what I mean is when it involves chatter and not historic detail, or meaningful detail.
    I'll probably try another of the books though.

    David

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 09-10-14
    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 09-10-14 Member Since 2014

    Rene

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    "Great story! Very entertaining!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Night of the Living Deed to be better than the print version?

    I don't know since I've never read the book, but the audio was very good because I liked the dry humor of the reader acting as the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tongue in cheek type of story-telling that made the story much more interesting. I liked that the ghosts each had their own quirks and personalities and how they seemed "real" even though they were ghosts.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Definitely the speaking style! You wouldn't get that by reading it yourself.


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

    I would have like to, but I ended up listening to it in sessions as I was working.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story with a twist!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patsy West Springfield, Ma 09-10-14
    Patsy West Springfield, Ma 09-10-14
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    "Who ever thought Ghost Stories could be fun!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes I would recommend this book, it is fun and quirky


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its hard to pick just one favorite character, Alison the main character is great I like her. But Maxie the ghost is quirky and moody and you do not know what to expect from her, that makes her very interesting. Over all I would say Maxie is my favorite character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite scene was when Alison found out that her daughter and mother have been seeing ghost for years and keeping it from her.
    Another was when she was on the ladder and she falls and the bucket of plaster fell off and bopped her on the head and she thought she was hallucinating when she saw see through people.


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

    Oh yes, I wanted to listen to this book in one sitting and I did :) I started it in the AM while I was crocheting and by evening I was ordering book 2 :)


    Any additional comments?

    The reason I chose this series was solely because of Amanda Ronconi. She is my favorite narrator. For me she makes the books come alive and plus all the authors she narrates for have an awesome sense of humor in there writings. This book and series get full stars and two thumbs up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-14-13
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good start"

    This is a good start to a new series of ghost haunting books. I enjoyed the characters and the quick pace of the story. I look forward to reading the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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