When Callie Taylor died, she expected to go to heaven - or maybe hell. Instead, when she was murdered in Dallas by some jerk with a knife and a bad-mommy complex, she went to Alabama. Now she's seen another murder, and she can't just let it go; she must find a way to make sure the police figure out who really killed Molly McClatchy before an innocent man goes to prison, all the while trying to determine how and why she woke up dead in Alabama.
©2013 Margo Bond Collins (P)2016 Margo Bond Collins
Love listening to audiobooks, and being swept away by a great story and narrator. It's my therapy, and I need it daily!
This was a great story, both different and very entertaining. After Callie is killed she wakes in Alabama where she learns it can be a lonely existence and until Molly, one of the members, she unknowingly resides with, is murdered. Callie finally finds someone who can see her and they reluctantly offer to assist Callie in finding the murder.
This story's full of twist, humor and even some danger; however, there is still a few unanswered questions, for example, will Callie's murder be brought to justice, what keeps her bound to Alabama and will she ever move on.
I had a great time listening to this story and actually completed it in one day! I will be on the lookout to see if other stories come out in this series as I think it will make a great series.
Absolutely worth a credit and the time listening to the story.
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Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
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So we have Callie, a ghost who was murdered in Dallas, when I thought the directions of the book was going to go into finding Callie's murderer we delve into Callie trying to solve someone else's murder who she witnessed. And for some reason she is stuck in Alabama. She lived/died in Dallas and then reawakened in Alabama and something is tying her there. I'm Interested to see where this series take us. Why is she kept in Alabama, why was she drawn to shalya and maw maw?? Speaking of, Maw maw is my favorite character, loved her. There were some gory scenes that made me want to not listen and I'm a trauma nurse. But just a couple.
I'm excited to read the next in the series and learn more about Callie!!
The narrator did an amazing job.
This book is definitely worth a credit!
This was a funny and sometimes frightening listen. The pace was steady and the narration was excellent. I look forward to listening to future books in this series.
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I love suspense, action and romance. Perfect books have all three. ;)
Waking Up Dead by Margo Bond Collins, Narrated by Angel Clark was an interesting read. The concept itself was one that I found entertaining from the beginning. We listened to this novel while on a long road trip and the story kept our attention throughout. Now, there were things I didn't enjoy...the narrator had a very limited cache of voices and many were too screechy/whiny for my taste. Luckily, the main character's voice (which was the bulk of the book) was not as bad but had its moments. The narrator channeled a younger woman than the one portrayed in the book. The character was late twenties while the voice sounded 18 or so. Anyway, the storyline itself was good but had a few holes in the story (why didn't this technical writer turned ghost find a way to have someone write down everything that happened and anonymously send it to police?) Other instances were so small, we just let them go and enjoyed the ride. The author does a good job of painting a picture and providing readers with some pretty gross visuals. I liked that a lot, honestly. In the end, I found the story enjoyable for those that like suspense with a little humor. Not sure if there will be additional books with this character as there were some unresolved issues with the main characters death that we were left hanging on with. Either way, I'd find it and listen to it.
Raging Book Reviews Recommended
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
Alabama!! At least, that's where Callie Taylor went when she was killed by a psycho in Dallas, TX. Callie was murdered in the worst possible way in Dallas but, for some reason, when she comes back to consciousness she is in Alabama. She soon finds that some people can see her and some can't. Out of a desire to not scare those who can see her, Callie spends most of her time in the houses of couples who can't see her but who provide her with a nice atmosphere...and who watch the same TV shows she does.
One of those families is a young couple called McClatchy. When Molly McClatchy is killed in front of her and her husband is arrested for the crime, Callie immediately goes in search of someone who can see her to help her bring the murderer to justice. She finds Ashara at the local WalMart, and not that interested in helping her. But when Callie follows her home to MawMaw's (sp?) house, she is soon forced into helping by Callie and her elderly grandmother. Add in a third person who can see Callie and you have a team of people who can help her gather the evidence she needs to solve the case.
There are weighty themes in this book, including murder, rape, and race relations. It is done in a way that brings the issues to light in a serious way but also brings a touch of humor so the book doesn't become solely those topics. In short, there is much to like and I am hopeful that there will be more books in the series and we will learn more about Callie's death and why she can't seem to leave Abrahamsville, Alabama.
Angel Clark did an excellent job narrating this listen. She captured the southern drawl of the ladies quite well and her male voices were done nicely, too. I hope she continues if there are more of this series.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
Loved the concept for this (I hope to be series ) book. I would have given this book 5 stars except the main character became too manipulative towards the end. HOWEVER, I will be buying the new book when it comes out.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
A fun few hours. Easy to follow and the story flowed well. Lots of unanswered questions..... Be nice if it runs as a series.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I finished it in a day. Great characters, very funny, great story line with an interesting who-done-it. I would definitely read more if it was made into a series and wouldn't hesitate to recommend as a great read to anyone who asked.
“Waking Up Dead” is a strong addition to the body of work by Margo Bond Collins. It’s also perfectly set up to be a series. The basic premise is that Dallas resident, Callie Taylor, is murdered and she wakes up as a ghost in Alabama. She quickly discovers that she is unable to leave the town she finds herself in, much less move on to some sort of after life, With no understanding of her situation or how to get out of it, Callie resigns herself to spending her endless time watching TV in the home of people who can’t sense her presence. Then she witnesses a murder. The police arrest the wrong person for the crime and Callie becomes determined to catch the real killer and put things right. The only problem is she’s a ghost and can’t touch or communicate with the living.
Although I didn’t like some of the character traits of Callie, I really loved this book. The murder mystery is intriguing. The character development was well done. The climax of the story was very satisfying. The only thing I didn’t like was the lack of answers about Callie. I certainly hope there will be a book 2 so that we get some answers.
Finally, this audio book was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Blast.
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