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Past Midnight | [Mara Purnhagen]

Past Midnight

"Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV...no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed...."
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Publisher's Summary

"Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV... no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed. Something happened on my parents' research trip in Charleston - and now I'm being stalked by some truly frightening other beings. Trying to fit into a new school and keeping my parents' creepy occupation a secret from my friends -and potential boyfriends - is hard enough without having angry spirits whispering in my ear. All I ever wanted was to be normal, but with ghosts of my past and present colliding, now I just want to make it out of high school alive?"

©2010 Mara Purnhagen (P)2012 Mara Purnhagen

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    janice holt, fl, United States 06-24-14
    janice holt, fl, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "fun with twinge of spooky"
    Where does Past Midnight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the upper half. really enjoyed the story and characters, looked forward to getting in the car and turning it back on. probably meant to be a book for teens because of the ages of the main characters but type of story line I enjoy. the reader was very expressive with her different characters, kept it light.


    What other book might you compare Past Midnight to and why?

    I cant think of any particular titles since my book habits are all over the place!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    in the restaurant near the end when the two teens are reconnecting finally over Adam's death, with the nuances of their emotions reflected on the 'ghost meters'. touching scene


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

    that's very difficult to do, and I listen to my books on my hour drive to or from work. but looked forward to the next time that I had to start it back up! I could see a sequel to it as she moves on to the next stage of her life.


    Any additional comments?

    will look at other books by this author

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 06-16-14
    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2013

    book spirit

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    "Paranormal for Young Adults and the Young at Heart"
    If you could sum up Past Midnight in three words, what would they be?

    Lovely guilty pleasure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlotte Silver was the voice of the story and certainly the narrator of the tale. She was a sympathetic character and very much a young girl's voice. It was her story.


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

    Tara's actual voice fits the character of Charlotte. She makes it believable - at least inasmuch as Charlotte is telling her tale.


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

    No, but the story kept me listening. Overall, it is a very nice little story - a guilty pleasure.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Tallinn, Estonia 06-04-14
    Ruth Tallinn, Estonia 06-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An entertaining listen"
    Would you listen to Past Midnight again? Why?

    Yes I would. The characters had real life problems, that they dealt with.


    What other book might you compare Past Midnight to and why?

    I can't think of any books to compare this with, maybe Meg Cabots Mediator series, but not quite.


    What about Tara Sands’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a good job with the book, but I got the feeling that she wasn't really interested in it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme, but feelings were stirred.


    Any additional comments?

    This is what teen (paranormal) romance books should be like. Real characters with real problems, no exessive "does he like me" whining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nanci Auburn, WA, United States 07-02-12
    Nanci Auburn, WA, United States 07-02-12
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    "Great Teen read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I belong to a book group and added this series to the read list.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read! Enjoyed all three books in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 07-28-14
    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 07-28-14 Member Since 2008

    walkaway

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    "KILL ME NOW!"

    I did not finish this book. Here is why. I saw everything coming. The Narrator seemed to be fluid in "cutie pie" voice. Yes, I did hear her voice on the sample but I could not imagine what two hours of listening to her would do to my want to throttle the main character. For the love of all that is dear, why would an author pick this voice? I am sure she had her pick, and this narrator was told to read it like this so I am not blaming her, the voice. But as an author why would you make the girl sound sooooo dumb.
    As for the story, I saw all that did happen in the short time I listened before she let the cat out of the bag, so to speak. I would request a fast death if I had to listen to anymore..
    Pick this book if you are 7 years old. No older.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 07-25-14
    Mary SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great YA Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Past Midnight the most enjoyable?

    I had a migraine for a day and couldn't leave my room. The next day the headache slowly got better but I was so bored, lonely. I tried listening to Adult books or books that required more focus, but that actually hurt my head so that I could not follow. This i was able to enjoy and the voice was comforting. I got out of the head on this story, although I am over 50, and enjoyed it. Thank you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was great, believable and focused in simplicity, yet interesting.


    What about Tara Sands’s performance did you like?

    Clear and Comforting tones carried through the narrator's performance.


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

    Family interactions, especially sisters supporting one another in a Haunted house reminded me of my own childhood. Growing up on the road without a secure home base was something personally notable for me as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Two sisters with paranormal psychologists, parents would naturally make an interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Grainne Indianapolis, IN 07-21-14
    Gail Grainne Indianapolis, IN 07-21-14 Member Since 2013

    professor on leave from Indiana University (IUPUI) •• public historian •• researcher & writer about Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland

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    "Have already recommended book; will buy sequel"
    Any additional comments?

    This is my first book in the young adult fiction (YAF) genre since I was a YA myself, in the previous millennium. I'd bought the book in a recent Audible sale from a restricted list of titles. I hadn't read the description closely, and didn't realize its intended audience before starting the book. Even after recognizing the genre a few minutes into the book, I willingly finished it. Because this is my only adult experience with a YAF book I can't compare it to other contemporary works in the genre, but I liked _Past Midnight_ from both my perspective as an adult and what I would have liked when I was about 14-16 years old. In my opinion, Audible's placement of this book in its "Ages 11-13" sub-category is inaccurate.

    The main character, Charlotte Silver, is extremely likeable. Her character is well developed: insightful about other people and about life in general, with growing awareness of self. The secondary characters also are highly likeable, especially Charlotte's sister and close friends.

    The plot will appeal to many of the YAs who like novels that incorporate the paranormal. As a critical thinker, I liked the way the book handles this topic because Charlotte examines the paranormal and what she thinks and feels about it. (The parent characters are legitimate researchers [psychologists] and producers of television documentaries about the paranormal.) To me (as an adult), the plot gets thin and, frankly, trite at the end. Even so, I think YA intended readers would not find the ending off-putting.

    FORMAT: I *listened* to this book and very much liked the performer's voice--both overall and as the authentic-sounding voice of Charlotte. The latter is especially important because _Past Midnight_ is written as a first-person narrative. I can't say, one way or the other, whether I'd have liked this book as much had I initially encountered it in its print form. Comparison is impossible, of course, unless someone invents a way to un-listen to a completed audiobook.

    OVERALL: I very much liked the insights on life and the sense of humor with which Purnhagen endows Charlotte--so much so that I hated to say good-bye to Charlotte and I looked at Purnhagen's bibliography to see if she has written a sequel. She has, and I will buy the _One Hundred Candles_ audiobook, even though it has a different performer (Erin Farris) than _Past Midnight_ (Tara Sands).

    I enjoyed _Past Midnight_ so much that I have already recommended it to two friends: a fifteen-year-old neighbor, and a professor of English whose area of scholarly expertise is young adult fiction. Neither recommendation is one I made lightly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annina Ludmilla, Australia 07-17-14
    Annina Ludmilla, Australia 07-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "An easy read .."
    Would you try another book from Mara Purnhagen and/or Tara Sands?

    I would, if I m bored and want something easy to read..


    What about Tara Sands’s performance did you like?

    She got a good tone for this book


    Was Past Midnight worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 07-15-14
    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2008

    Married, middle-age, owner of 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

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    "A good ghost story"

    I really like how the story ended. A couple of bits in the middle felt a little contrived, to the point that it pulled me out of the story, but it was so well wrapped up at the end, I forgave the author.
    The narrator did a very good job and was easy to listen to. I would not mind listening to more from these two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah HOUSTON, TX, United States 07-06-14
    Deborah HOUSTON, TX, United States 07-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable light summer listening"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is more appropriate for a young adult (teenage) audience.


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

    Teenage girls should be a little more mean!


    What about Tara Sands’s performance did you like?

    Did each character well- easy to tell apart


    Was Past Midnight worth the listening time?

    Yes- short and sweet


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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