"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
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.
I cant think of any particular titles since my book habits are all over the place!
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
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.
will look at other books by this author
Lovely guilty pleasure
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.
Tara's actual voice fits the character of Charlotte. She makes it believable - at least inasmuch as Charlotte is telling her tale.
No, but the story kept me listening. Overall, it is a very nice little story - a guilty pleasure.
Yes I would. The characters had real life problems, that they dealt with.
I can't think of any books to compare this with, maybe Meg Cabots Mediator series, but not quite.
The narrator did a good job with the book, but I got the feeling that she wasn't really interested in it.
Nothing extreme, but feelings were stirred.
This is what teen (paranormal) romance books should be like. Real characters with real problems, no exessive "does he like me" whining.
Yes, I belong to a book group and added this series to the read list.
Great read! Enjoyed all three books in the series!
I truly enjoyed the story and the narration was fantastic. When I got it, I didn't realize it was more for teens and young adults. BUT, it was still a great read and left me wanting more.
I am a big fan of Tara Sands as a narrator. So that alone ranks this book higher than probably it would be if I read it on my own.
I did like the ending
The scene in the pizza shop with Avery and Jared.
I am not sure. But my mom did. My mom would get so excited when we were driving in town she actually floored it through a red light haha.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
I would want to listen to Past Midnight again, to refresh my memory, before reading the next in Purnhagen's series.
Charlotte Silver, who is the main character in this book. I find her the most fully fleshed out in this book. Perhaps a bit more mature for her age though. But most books with the star of the book is a teen or child, the star is often more mature.
If there was a character that stood out for me by the performance of Sands, I didn't notice.
Since I'm not a teenager, I mostly was moved of the ending, where everything comes into place.
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.
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.
The story line was great, believable and focused in simplicity, yet interesting.
Clear and Comforting tones carried through the narrator's performance.
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.
Two sisters with paranormal psychologists, parents would naturally make an interesting story.
professor on leave from Indiana University (IUPUI) •• public historian •• researcher & writer about Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland
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!
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