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The Restorer Audiobook

The Restorer: The Graveyard Queen, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Fantasy, 2013

Never acknowledge the dead.
Never stray far from hallowed ground.
Never get close to the haunted.
Never, ever tempt fate.

My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to these rules passed down from my father…until now.

Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts who shadow his every move. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the headstone symbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

©2012 Amanda Stevens (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Rachael 12-14-13
    Rachael 12-14-13

    New series suggestions?

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    "Ghost and Crime"
    If you could sum up The Restorer in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Scary, Romantic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Restorer?

    That would be giving away the plot.


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

    Her voice is fantastic for the piece.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How lonely the main character was.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johnnie Loganville, GA, United States 07-27-12
    Johnnie Loganville, GA, United States 07-27-12

    I Love reading and listening to books has made it a lot easier to continue with my very busy schedule and still indulge in my hobby!

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    "Temptation"
    If you could sum up The Restorer in three words, what would they be?

    Chilling, delicious and sexy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Restorer?

    Stranded on the lonely highway at night, someone sitting in a darken car, without the headlights, Amelia without cell phone signal, and twin headlights appearing in the distance the moment she felt the end was unknown. Amelia ran into the streets like her life depended on it, and Detective John Devlin stepped out of his vehicle. That was my shortness of breathe moment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when John Devlin stood in the hall way of the restroom. Someone bumped into Amelia, and she landed on his crest. For a moment, she imagined John caressing her lips with feather like touch, and the barest touch to her lips.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My moving moment was when Detective John Devlin jumped down into a completely dark crevasse to protect Amelia when she screamed from unknown forces.


    Any additional comments?

    Three rules given to me by my father:
    1. Never acknowledge the dead. If you do, they'll feed off your energy like parasites, slowly draining your life away.
    2. Never stray too far from hallowed ground, you're safe there.
    3. Keep your distance from people who are haunted. They are a terrible threat and can't be trusted.
    4. Never, Aver tempt fate.
    Simple rules, really. But for Amelia those rules have prevented her from having any kind of a normal life. Still, she finds happiness in her job as a respected cemetery restorer and has made a happy, if isolated, life for herself.
    The performer, Khristine Hvam was spur with the southern accent. Made the book more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nichole 07-30-16
    Nichole 07-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Haunting!"

    For the 2nd time reading this wonderful book I decided to try the audiobook. It was very well done, although not as creepy as I imagined. Doesn't matter. I still loved it. The setting, the atmosphere, the mysterious characters with all of the secrets to unravel- good stuff! Again I'm hooked on the mystery of these people and all of the creepy stuff that goes with them.

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 04-02-16
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 04-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"

    I returned this book because it was boring. I didn't connect with the characters or the plot. I finally gave up after chapter 6.

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    margie 12-09-15
    margie 12-09-15 Member Since 2016

    Age 55. VA implant. Been listening to Audiobooks for almost 5 years now.

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    "Good Ghost Story"
    Would you listen to The Restorer again? Why?

    No, I never listen to books twice.


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    I usually don't listen to Ghost Stories so as it goes this was a nice break. The performance and plot were good enough to hold my interest.

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    Sandra R. Marcil 05-02-15 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Love The Graveyard Queen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, most definitely. This is one of my favorite series. Khristine Hvam narrates this so well, I felt like I was there, and felt/experienced each character as tho I was meeting them in person. Can't wait for book number 4.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm happy that I found this series, and I do like to read reviews before starting a new series, and have to say I didn't agree with the less than glowing reviews. I truly LOVE this series.

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    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 04-08-15
    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story, narration dragged a bit"

    I enjoyed this story, and look forward to listening to the rest of the series. My family is from the South, the Carolinas originally, and Kentucky and Tennessee, so I could relate to a lot of the relationships and behaviors. Many of my mother's family are buried in a cemetery in St. Louis called Oak Grove, so I got a kick out of much of the story taking place in a cemetery with the same name. And I love ghost stories! The narration was okay, but dragged a bit. I have a problem with narrators who do not have accents which are accurate for the region - the South has many different accents, and the narrator seemed to just take on a generic "Southern" accent, but I overlooked that. Overall, I highly recommend this book for Southern ghost story lovers.

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    Amazon Customer 04-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A good listen"

    This was the first book written by Amanda Stevens that I've listened to. I really enjoyed the story, and I'm getting ready to try another.

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    Suzanne Tampa, FL, United States 02-05-15
    Suzanne Tampa, FL, United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Rough narration can't spoil this story"

    Narrator struggles with her southern accents, but, the plot stays alive with undercurrents of desire and mystery. I would recommend!

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    Lynn 01-26-15
    Lynn 01-26-15

    I enjoy knitting while I listen. Science fiction and historical fiction are my favorite genre'. Also like some horror, especially vampires.

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    "Main character has many Interesting talents"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Though there were parts that ran on a big too slowly in my opinion, I like the premise of the story, the characters and the suspense. It's good as a stand-alone story but easily leads me to look forward to the next book. Certainly got me to thinking what I'd do if I could see ghosts the way she does. Now that would be an interesting super power!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Restorer?

    I keep coming back to how she feels so drained of energy when she's been around HIM.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene where they are in the tomb and discover the entrance to the hidden room. Now THAT was CREEPY.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    She sees ghosts and they know it.


    Any additional comments?

    This could easily become an HBO mini-series like True Blood.

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