What lies buried in a hoarder's house - precious treasure or ghastly secrets? One moment of misguided generosity throws estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon's life into turmoil. She loses a client's money, cripples her budding romance, and witnesses a murder. Strapped for cash, she accepts a questionable project: clearing out the home of a mentally ill hoarder who may have hidden valuable Civil War letters. What really lies at the bottom of 20 years' worth of collected buttons and dolls and stuffed owls and atlases? As Audrey digs through the hoarder's obsessions, she unleashes a vengeful response from all sides. The house has destroyed lives in the past. Will Audrey and those she loves - her friends, her father, and even her dog - be its next victims? As the final twist reveals, secrets can remain buried, but they never disappear.
©2015 S.W. Hubbard (P)2016 S.W. Hubbard
Audio book addict, spending a fortune on this passion. ;)
I was delighted to find out after finishing the first book, that there would be an audio version of this book. I downloaded the ebook right away, but then decided to wait for the finished audio after all, since Janelle Tedesco had done such a great job with the first book.
I was not disappointed. Not only is the content of this book as engrossing as that of the first one, but Janelle lived up to my expectations. Again, she did a great job at bringing the characters to life. I don't know how she does it, but each character from the first book was instantly recognizable here. The speech impediment of Audrey's dad was again done extremely well, which is no mean feat! And yet, you aren't really aware that there is a narrator; it simply feels as if the various people are talking.
On the surface, this is a mystery story, but there is so much more in it: social criticism, and strong female characters, as well as lovable male characters. I already know that I'm going to miss them until the third volume will be available as audio book in spring 2017! I feel as if I know all the people. I guess that is because they talk and act so 'normal', for lack of a better word, even if the things happening to them are far from my own level of experience, but I totally buy into the story because of the language used here.
If you're on the lookout for a good, well written, convincing story, do yourself a favour and listen to this series.
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I thought this was a very intriguing mystery that really held the listeners interest. There were things I never saw coming and parts that really are mind blowing. Some parts are very believable where a few I am not sure of. What really matters is the author and narrator work together to make this a very entertaining read. This is a sad and at times depressing story that is full of mystery, kindness, love, hate, along with lots of junk. Ones person junk is another man’s treasure there is no doubt about this. My heart really went out to this adorable mentally ill hoarder as the town goes against him for reasons of their own. The neighbors are something else even though they have a valid point I just thought a few were over the top and should see the end side of a jail cell for a few days.
Ms. Tedesco did an OUTSTANDING job of narration from the character voices down to their emotions. You are never left guessing what everyone is feeling. Audrey’s father who had a stroke and a speech problem the narrator did a wonderful authentic job of his voice. I loved how her voices all blended together naturally giving each character their own personality that worked well with the story. I felt each complimented the other why pulling you in giving you a story you couldn’t put down. I did not hear any background noises or any repeats of words. What the narrator delivers is a wonderful clean, clear crisp audio. The audio volume is even throughout with no high or low places. If any breaks were taken I could not tell. I loved the emotion Ms. Tedesco puts in her voice never leaving you guessing what each person is feeling from anger to happiness she hits each one right on the mark. This is the first time I have listen to her and can’t wait to listen to more of her work. Her voice is very pleasant pulling you in painting a picture you can see in your mind as each scene unfolds giving you a wonderful compelling listen.
When one sale goes bad Audrey is left holding the bag as one customer shows just how unhappy she is with their transaction by going on the social media dragging her name through the mud. With no jobs coming she has to take on a hoarders house to try and find things of value to not only pay herself but to help a dear old man get the help he needs. The author really goes into details of just how bad a hoards house looks. It really blew my mind but at the same time I know people live this way. I had no trouble picturing each room and hallway filled with just a very small place to walk. When you add mental illness to the sweet old man you just can’t help yourself for the feelings and the pull on your heartstrings. As they hit gold the path only leads to dirt as things happen to keep them from getting through the mess. The story really has a few stories inside its self that really pulls the reader in. The mystery of who, why really gets to you when you find out the reasons behind it. The BIG mystery will blow your mind it makes you wonder if more than one didn’t have metal issues. There is a love story in here that is one step forward and a few back until Audrey gets her mind made up. Oh she has her reasons but you wonder if it isn’t more fear than anything. There are great supporting characters that really add so much to the story. Along with some major facts about hoards and health issue they bring with it. It really opens the reader’s eyes to just what a major problem this is for many reasons. The ending is just lovely as you see how everyone is doing and just what happen to the hoarder and his family.
I was really hooked for the most part throughout this listen. The author gives you major twist that you won’t see coming as well as a compelling listen that really gets you right in your heart. I could really feel the characters pain. It really was a very good audio that I had trouble putting down. This is the first book I have read/listened to by this author. I am really looking forward to checking out more of her work.
I love listening to Psychological Thrillers , and Suspenseful or Action Novels..
stories in this series reveal realistic investigative procedures and the characters are well developed. Her stories are well written and readers can easily become drawn strongly into the story line. Highly recommend.
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"I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher." I CAN'T BELIEVE I SCORED AND GOT A COPY FOR FREE!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED THE FIRST BOOK AND NOW THIS ONE TOO!
Audrey as well as ALL the other characters that come and go are AMAZING characters! I love them all. S.W. Hubbard is GREAT! A murder mystery with so much suspense and humor. I WANT MORE! I can't wait for book 3. Narrator was perfect for each character giving them their own individuality (perfect amount of toughness for some and whininess for others).
If you are looking for a book to fill a day look no further than Treasure of Darkness.
Filled with humor and mystery, this book has it all with a little bit of romance added for good measure.
The characters are vivid and real. The voices that Janelle Tedesco has given each one, they became that much more alive. Just a quick note, there is some swearing in the book, not an overt amount, and appropriately expected from the character.
Cleaning out Harold the hoarders house, the team of Another Man's Treasure is digging through trash to find treasures and turn up revealing secrets.
This book was so engaging and fun that I promptly purchased the first in the series and now am looking forward to listening to the next!
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
Because tales should be told.
Audio-books are always better than print because you can listen while doing chores or commuting. The narrator brings to life all the characters in this fascinating story.
The plot in this book is complex with good foreshadowing. There is a very plausible series of unexpected events that all connect to the main mystery and to the hoarder's house.
She gives a solid performance and brings each character to life. She gives an inspired performance of Aubrey's father who was a stroke victim. She also plays the Shawn, the cop incredibly well. All the characters are good. Those two are very memorably good.
It took me three days to listen to the whole thing, but I couldn't wait to get back to it. It is a great story.
I received this book for free from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review. Awesome book.
I love audiobooks!!!
Audrey and her employees are at it again. Whether it's murder or mayhem, you can count on this estate-sale company to solve your problems. This second book in a series is more like a comedy of errors, wrapped up in a mystery. Every twist and turn had me alternately laughing my butt off or groaning in sympathy. I'm very much looking forward to the rest of this series! Tedesco did an exemplary job with the voice acting.
I love these books. I love how the characters interact with each other and the twist and turns of the mystery. This is a we'll crafted and entertaining story. I look forward to the next book.
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
I am a homemaker with 2 older children and several hobbies. I love diy projects and listening to audiobooks while doing them.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, but I wish I had heard the previous book. I missed some of the background but was able to understand the story well enough. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Treasure of Darkness : Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery Series, Book 2
: S.W. Hubbard
Audrey the estate sale planner and her crew are on a big cleanup to help a hoarder keep from having his home condemned. There are so many twists,turns, and spins that the listener will be shaking their heads............ asking what's next.There were places I cried and others where I was holding my breath. I will anxiously await the next book in this series!!!!!!!!!!
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Janelle Tedesco does an amazing job as always!
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
really good book with interesting people and things happening, both in the background and pain plot , also touchs on metal health and the effects it has on everyone.
i cant wait for the next book !
""...like a flamingo in a flock of ducks...""
What an excellent book - well written, beautifully narrated, great characters, two simple but very effective plot lines set in a very convincing back story. Sheer delight.
The story focuses around Audrey, a young woman who runs her own house clearance sale business, and her two employee friends, Ty and Jill. Things have not been going well for Audrey recently but finally seem to be looking up when, totally unexpectedly, the good name of her company is called into question when she is deemed to have (albeit inadvertently) broken a contract and lost a large sum of her client's money. With no other work forthcoming, she reluctantly agrees to help partially clear the about to be condemned house of an obsessive horder whilst trying to get back the lost money of her former client. Meanwhile her personal life begins to fall apart as already conflicting feelings for a local police investigator are increasingly confused as he, too, is involved with her in the pursuit of a man responsible for death of a teenager.
Very carefully constructed and told in the first person by Audrey, this book never once feels unrealistic or improbable. The book is visual, almost tactile at times. The main protagonists all have a life of their own and are completely three dimensional and solid, being able to surprise whilst still staying in character. Even the minor players are well drawn. This verisimilitude is enhanced by the marvellous Janelle Tedesco, who not only takes on the personality of Audrey herself, adding depth and feeling by her reading, but also convincingly voices all of the other characters, giving each their own distinct lives. Her performance is a pleasure to hear, never abrasive to the ear but always well modulated and clearly delivered. And always perfectly fitting the text. Superb.
As the story progresses, the reader is increasingly drawn into the growing mystery surrounding the background of the old horder and the house he has so packed with his acquisitions as well as the desperate search for the stolen money. But the ending still comes as a surprise.
My thanks to the right's holder who gifted me Treasure of Darkness, via Audiobook Boom. It is not an all action book but is never, ever dull, with continuous gentle excitements. I loved it. This is the second story in the series but completely stand alone. I look forward to the next and, whilst waiting for it to be published, intend to go back to the first in the Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery series, which I have not yet read/heard, and enjoy another treasure of a story.
"I am loving this series"
I love all the characters.They are all normal and relate-able which makes their everyday dramas that bit more realistic and enjoyable. If I had to choose one though it would be Jill. She is a colourful character and I love the banter and arguments between her and Tai.
I listened to book one in the series and it was great too. What stood out for me in this production were the various accents the narrator performed. They sounded very authentic and I could really picture the characters who were speaking.
I enjoyed the first book in the series and this second book was even better. I liked the little bit of romantic drama as much as the mystery.
The story line was well thought out and exciting. I loved that the characters had to deal with intrigue and drama in each of the two estate sales. Audrey certainly knows how to attract trouble. Luckily she has a fantastic group of friends to help.
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"Even better than the first book..."
I like a lot of audiobooks, but this is one of the best in this genre I have listened to.
It was interesting that one person in the book is a hoarder, and how one of
the characters knew how to handle him and his things...
I don't know, I just like it a lot...
Yes. I wanted to know how it ended.
I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I got to know the characters better in this book. I have to read the next one soon... =)
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