We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Curse of Jacob Tracy Audiobook

The Curse of Jacob Tracy

Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

St. Louis in 1880 is full of ghosts - mangled soldiers, tortured slaves, the innocent victims of war - and Jacob Tracy can see them all. Ever since Antietam, when he lay delirious among the dead and dying, Trace has been haunted by the country's restless spirits. The curse cost him his family, his calling to the church, and damn near his sanity.

He stays out of ghost-populated cities as much as possible these days, guiding wagon trains west with his pragmatic and skeptical partner, Boz. Then, just before the spring rush, Trace gets a letter from the wealthy and reclusive Sabine Fairweather. Sickly, sharp tongued, and far too clever for her own good, Miss Fairweather needs a worthy man to retrieve a dead friend's legacy from a nearby town - or so she says. When the errand proves far more sinister than advertised, Miss Fairweather admits to knowing about Trace's curse and suggests she might be able to help him - in exchange for a few more odd jobs.

Trace has no interest in being her pet psychic, but he's been searching 18 years for a way to curb his unruly curse, and Miss Fairweather's knowledge of the spirit world is too tempting to ignore. As she steers him into one macabre situation after another, his powers flourish, and Trace begins to realize some good might be done with this curse of his. But Miss Fairweather is harboring some dark secrets of her own, and her meddling has brought Trace to the attention of something much older and more dangerous than any ghost.

Rich in historical detail and emotional depth, The Curse of Jacob Tracy is a fast-paced and inventive debut, an intriguing introduction to a bold new hero.

©2015 Holly Messinger (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (669 )
5 star
 (241)
4 star
 (244)
3 star
 (139)
2 star
 (28)
1 star
 (17)
Overall
3.9 (620 )
5 star
 (211)
4 star
 (219)
3 star
 (137)
2 star
 (34)
1 star
 (19)
Story
4.4 (618 )
5 star
 (332)
4 star
 (206)
3 star
 (58)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (10)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Eric Thorson 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Innovative, Original and Interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to The Curse of Jacob Tracy the most enjoyable?

    Jacob Tracy is a believable character that is confronted with his internal demons. He is rough and tough, like a western sheriff, but tender with women and children. His story is compelling and well worth your attention. It is written in terms of his time, with no politically correct slanting. That takes courage and I applaud the writer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Curse of Jacob Tracy?

    I like the parts where Jacob starts to accept his visions and comes to terms with his faith


    What about L. J. Ganser’s performance did you like?

    Great diction, clear and concise. Enough emotion when needed. Very pleasant performance.


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

    I wish I could do that.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to his further adventures

    34 of 36 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mbeasley 01-16-16
    Mbeasley 01-16-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    41
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Supernatural meets old West."
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to this book and it did make the time at work go by very quickly; however, that being said there is nothing new here. This is supernatural monster hunting set in the old west. All of the usual suspects are there as well as the usual solutions. What makes this a good read or 'listen' is the great friendship and camaraderie between the two main characters. It's obvious this is the first of a series and if the second is as fun a listen as the first I look forward to it.

    41 of 44 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Free Scotland 12-12-15 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    40
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Book 2 PLEASE!!!"

    Loved this book! Good solid writing style. Narrator was excellent in his delivery and did a great job with different accents. The story line was exciting and unique. It kept my interest to the very end and made me wishing it hadn't ended. Can't wait for the 2nd book.

    28 of 31 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nola N. Foote 01-29-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Paranormal Western"

    Great story. Perfect narrator. I can't wait for the next installment. Love Jacob Tracey's character.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  •  
    The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem 07-20-16

    Loves a good adventure with heart and lots of laughs.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    34
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    75
    73
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    19
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ghosts and gun draws."
    Would you try another book from Holly Messinger and/or L. J. Ganser?

    Sure. L.J. Ganser's narration was well done and Holly Messinger has a good grasp on character development.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    While two of it's main characters, Jacob Tracy and his friend Boz are likeable and well developed wild west characters, their adventures are a bit predictable and don't really mesh well as an overarching story. While there is a main villain and problem lurking in the background, the overall story is basically broken up between individual little missions Tracy and Boz find themselves on and the book comes across as a bunch of short stories tied together. The book also just ends abruptly without a real satisfying conclusion or interesting cliffhanger.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was a funny scene were Jacob Tracey is trying to help a ghost to move on by getting her still living family to stop seeing a spiritual medium and he ends up having to pretend to be a part of the medium's act in order to get the family to believe him because they didn't seem to want to listen to reason.


    Do you think The Curse of Jacob Tracy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't really think "The Curse of Jacob Tracy" really needs a follow up although it was clearly written with the idea of sequels in mind. The whole book was a series of basic old wild west movie scenarios (bar brawls, shoot outs, horse riding, raids on trains, etc.) only each scenario is triggered by supernatural beings instead of bandits, angry native Americans, and corrupt town officials.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun book. Nothing deep or groundbreaking here, unfortunately, but an enjoyable listen for anyone who likes both old westerns and old monster movies.

    Genre: Old Wild West adventure / horror fiction
    Audience: Young Adult / Adult

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    KIM B. 07-04-16
    KIM B. 07-04-16 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?

    HELPFUL VOTES
    43
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    94
    25
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Reads like a TV series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Curse of Jacob Tracy the most enjoyable?

    It's a fun book, and quite well written, but it does read a bit like a TV series, with all the good and bad thing that implies.

    On the bad side, it pretty much employs every cliche one would expect to find in a Western Paranormal Buddy series :) - tortured but interesting (white) hero, facing his gift and numerous paranormal monsters while ably, sarcastically and faithfully aided by his laconic, practical (black) sidekick. While the race question is superficially addressed, it's pretty much what you would expect from Rush Hour or Lethal Weapon.

    On the good side, it is entertaining and well written with a very good narrator, my only quibble being his voice for the main female character being a bit weak, but he is really excellent aside from that, just needs to work on that English accent!

    So, cliche 'hero's journey' stuff but with fun twists and turns and ably read!


    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard Hallum Tn USA 08-30-16
    Richard Hallum Tn USA 08-30-16 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    57
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    70
    66
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent"

    This is one of the most original stories I have read. Well written with good characters.
    The narrator mispronounced a few words. No big. I like the way he tells a tale.
    This is fantasy so if you are not into that this is not for you. I will be reading this series as it is published.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kristen A. Wellmann 08-18-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    355
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Cowboy Psychic"
    Where does The Curse of Jacob Tracy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a nice reliably interesting audio-book that will keep readers listening till then end, and a book that I may go back to relisten to in the future. While this book was interesting, it was not an edge of your seat read or one that a listener would stay up all night to finish.


    What other book might you compare The Curse of Jacob Tracy to and why?

    I think that this book is most comparable to the earlier Dresden Files books/ In both you have an intriguing platform/setting for a paranormal investigation, and protagonists that are both conflicted and slightly jaded with soft spot for helping others.


    What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good pacing and the accent is spot on for the character and setting that one might have trouble envisioning without the narrator.


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

    Cowboy Psychic


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Calico Pete 08-07-16
    Calico Pete 08-07-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Kind of Night Stalker meets Pale Rider!"

    A novel that masterfully brings together the genres of the western, horror and the supernatural with some wonderfully drawn characters. If you liked the 1970s Darren McGavin Night Stalker TV show (one of my favourites) and Clint Eastwood movies then you'll love this start to an extremely promising new series - please bring on book two!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Engracia 07-13-16
    Engracia 07-13-16 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    57
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The BestDamn book I ever read"

    Wonderful combination of Wild West,the supernatural, and terrific reading. She has 2
    More books that are connected to this one and I hope that audible will read them.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.