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The Restorer Audiobook
The Restorer
Written by: 
Amanda Stevens
Narrated by: 
Khristine Hvam
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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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    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 01-22-14
    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 01-22-14 Member Since 2013

    I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.

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    "Totally enjoyed"
    Where does The Restorer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this book because it had a different 'take off' than many of the other 'ghost stories' that you read.


    What other book might you compare The Restorer to and why?

    I don't compare this too much with any others. I try to be even and individual about each book. As I said, this book had a nicely done different take off than other books I have read in this genre.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    The main character....I enjoyed her very much.


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

    I love my graveyard


    Any additional comments?

    I think I most enjoyed the way the author had a different take on the whole ghost story/graveyard theme. Very nicely done.

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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 11-18-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Beautifully written and narrated but......"

    I don't want to love this book but I do. It is beautifully written and narrated but the story went nowhere....You can only listen to descriptive words for so long. The ghost story, the murder mystery and the love story were minor elements, I need much more. This is a Book 1 and I suppose there is a Book 2...I have yet to find, where these mysteries will be further developed. Still searching.....

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    K New York, NY, United States 11-03-13
    K New York, NY, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Mrs. Bucket gets reincarnated into a southern bore"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The main character reminded me of a southern version of the character Hyacinth Bucket from the show "keeping up appearances" without the irony.

    A better plot, a main character one would want to identify with; a reader that didn't slip into painfully sounding vocal cliches would have brought this up to a 4 or 5 star experience.

    Several of the main characters could have been developed in a way that drove the story. The writing is lazy, so many lost opportunities.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your credits on this one. Audible rec'd this for halloween. I was hoping for a good spooky story. This was lame.

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    jsb713 10-13-13
    jsb713 10-13-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great start toa series!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Restorer the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did a great job with both the male and female lines.


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

    The end, it left me wanting more.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    Great narrator, held my attention, her voice did not detract from the story.


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

    Yes, but way to long for that, but I listened every chance I could.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 08-13-13
    Melissa 08-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book..... Great Narrator"

    Love that the story takes place in the south. Narrator did an excellent job. I highly recommend.

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    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 03-23-13
    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 03-23-13 Listener Since 2007

    Happiness is a good book!

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    "Awesome!!!"

    You never look at grave yards the same ever again. This story makes you believe that it's possible that maybe there are people who talk to the dead. It would be nice to say a few things to a few of my deceased lol. I loved the reader, the story was great and the dead were awesome. While I suppose it's not meant to be scary exactly it does make you look over your shoulder a bit. House sounds, darkness & coincidences suddenly begin to mean a little bit more. Very good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Schervem Portland, OR, United States 03-18-13
    Schervem Portland, OR, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted! It's possible I might need Audible rehab.

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    "Enjoyed the listen."

    The narration was lovely! The story premise was good but a little slow paced for me. I look forward to the next book in hopes that it picks up a bit.

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    Amazon Customer Marysville, WA, United States 12-26-12
    Amazon Customer Marysville, WA, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2014

    Avid Reader when not teaching, being a Mommy, or gamer. Loves just about anything!

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

    Creepy Southern Ghosts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author brought the beauty of the city to life along with the ghosts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


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

    Driving Miss Daisy this is not.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Hvam did a wonderful job with the accents and narration!

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    kytten 11-23-12
    kytten 11-23-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Frustratingly hard to follow"

    This book started off pretty slow but I finally got into it about half way through. The premise is cool and I really enjoy the taste of the south that's brought to light very well throughout the story. The narration is pretty good.

    The part that I found frustrating was that by the time I got to the end of the book and she was putting all the pieces together to figure out 'who-dun-it', I couldn't remember who the people she was talking about were. Some of the most important people in the end of the story were only mentioned a few times here and there and remained mostly on the periphery of the rest of the book.

    I also wasn't terribly impressed with the romance part of this book. The male main character seems like he could be a good fit for the female, but I didn't 'feel' much chemistry between them.

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    laurakatbaron alexandriav, VA, United States 08-13-12
    laurakatbaron alexandriav, VA, United States 08-13-12
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    "Intriguing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enjoyed this book, both author and narrator, immensely! Can't wait to read the next one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept.


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

    Flow of the story with great narrating skills.


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

    No, but it was thrilling throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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