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Night of the Living Deed Audiobook

Night of the Living Deed

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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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    Sheryl 03-23-14
    Sheryl 03-23-14
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    "Boring. Don't waste your credit or your time"

    Meh. Wonderfully read by Amanda Ronconi but even she couldn't save this book. It had it's funny, sarcastic moments but mostly it was boring with very annoying characters. I especially disliked the two ghosts. Very disappointed as I had high hopes for this book as well as the series.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan 01-19-17
    Morgan 01-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Lighthearted Who Done It"

    Entertaining, fun story line with a dose of who done it thrown in and you have a nice engaging listening experience. Definitely not edge of your seat, but enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 12-08-16
    Angela 12-08-16 Member Since 2013

    I am a mom of 3, wife, school bus driver. I love suspense, mystery, paranormal, dystopian, religious fiction and non-fiction. I love series

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    "Took a chance!"
    Where does Night of the Living Deed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say in the top 25%. I have my old stand bys, but this book was a pleasant surprise.


    What other book might you compare Night of the Living Deed to and why?

    Maybe a cross between the "Murder She Baked Series" and "Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye." I like to be entertained, with suspense, and grown up super powers. I don't necessarily believe in ghosts or knowing the future, etc. but I enjoy the stories.


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

    I chose because of Amanda Ronconi, but I didn't like some of the voices she used in the characters. That is just a personal preference, I have loved other things she has read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Liakos 12-07-16
    Kim Liakos 12-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Could only make it to Chapter 10 of 50!"

    Bad, bad, bad! Have listened to a couple books by this author. They were mildly entertaining and at the very least I wanted to finish so I would know WHODUNIT. I honestly cannot remember a more annoying storyline. More than a mystery, it is home remodel saga. Such a mess !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Lopes 10-04-16
    Frank Lopes 10-04-16
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    "Can't play it in Chrome or Firefox"
    Would you try another book from E.J. Copperman and/or Amanda Ronconi?

    only if I can listen to it in Chrome or Firefox


    What could E.J. Copperman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Amazon needs to fix playback in Chrome and Firefox.
    Neither can play your material


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amanda Ronconi?

    Don't know. Will let you know as soon as I hear the book
    But since it will not play in Firefox or Chrome, I don't know.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Probably does. Will let you know as soon as I hear the book.
    But since it will not play in Firefox or Chrome, I don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    Wasted my money: bought the book and can't listen to it in Chrome or Firefox.
    Wasted money. Shame on you Amazon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 10-03-16
    Rachel 10-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fun read"

    it's a great series light and funny with the surprise element and mystery reader also great to listen too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kendra 10-02-16
    Kendra 10-02-16
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    "Fun Story - Reader is Somewhat Annoying"
    What did you love best about Night of the Living Deed?

    Story was enjoyable and light. Reader could be much better as she sounded annoyed. I listened to the whole book and became accustomed to the reader. It was fun enough and the story interesting enough to complete.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader sounds annoyed - all the time. Her voice is a bit flat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    darren 09-14-16
    darren 09-14-16
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    "scooby doo plot"
    What would have made Night of the Living Deed better?

    While the characters are entertaining, The plot is something between Scooby Doo and Encyclopedia Brown. (do they still make those books?) With the opening of the two ghosts being murdered in the stupidest way possible, (trying really hard to not give spoilers) to incompetent police detective, the idea that there is no one alive who can do a plaster wall, the idea that only a beautician would have nail polish remover. its an interesting concept for a book, but needs serious work on plot.


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

    doubtful


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    i enjoyed the main charactor, though i already forgot her name.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Night of the Living Deed?

    take out the detective all together, and the teacher/boyfriend. i know he was supposed to be the red herring, but he did nothing that couldn't have been gotten out of a character readying a newspaper article. change the "deed" to some other item of Washingtons. Make it about finding his false teeth.


    Any additional comments?

    shorten book by a quarter to a third and publish as a young adults book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debby 09-14-16
    Debby 09-14-16
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    "Added to Favorite Authors"

    Sharp, witty dialogue and well developed characters. I love the way Amanda Ronconi reads as well. I have found a new author to add to my favorites list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 09-13-16
    Bonnie 09-13-16 Member Since 2011
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    "7 BEDROOMS, 4 BATHS, 2 GHOSTS AND LOTS OF LAUGHS"

    I loved this first book in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery Series and the sequel is already on my “to read” list. It is light, funny, and yet fast-paced. The perfect kind of cozy.

    Alison moves home to the Jersey shore with her nine year old daughter, Melissa. She has purchased a 100 yr. old Victorian house. Using the skills she learned from her father, she plans to fix the house up to use as a "guesthouse" (NOT a B & B) to support she and her daughter.

    The cast of characters include: the husband of her girlfriend who gives advice on the renovations, Alison's mother who she is not always fond of, a police detective, and the ghosts, Maxie Malone and Paul Harrison. All add color and humor to the story.

    Not long into the renovation process Alison discovers that two people died in the house and that is why it was underpriced. They are still there but she is the only one who can see and talk to them. They have their own agenda. They want Alison to find out who killed them and why. The case is ruled as a suicide but they did not kill themselves regardless of what the police say. Paul was a P.I. so he will instruct Alison through the investigation. All is not well along the New Jersey shoreline but it sure is funny.

    Amanda with her sarcastic voice makes the story come alive and the humor flow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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