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Awakened Within

A Vienna Rossi Paranormal Mystery (A Lost Souls, Book 1)
Narrated by: Karen Bachman
Series: A Lost Souls, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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In order to make the nightmare stop, Vienna Rossi realizes she must take matters into her own hands. 

She’s compelled by an unseen force to hop on a last-minute flight to track down a murderer. Awakened within her is a psychic gift she never knew she had, a handsome spirit guide who drives her nuts, and the ability to help lost souls cross over to the other side.  

Vienna and her spirit guide, Jack, team up with Vienna’s best friend, Kim, for a dangerous murder-solving, ghost-hunting adventure.

©2014 Michelle Ann Hollstein (P)2018 Michelle Ann Hollstein

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Put the Bunny Back in the Box

This story is definitely geared towards younger women. I am neither so while I enjoyed the overall story, the presentation of it wasn’t for me. The immaturity of the characters made it difficult for me to like them with the exception of Vienna. She was the protagonist and seemed the most real. The characters are well developed and are more towards the airy and hoity-toity side. Their development made me dislike them more and more and I think the author nailed their dialogue and personalities perfectly. While I didn’t care for any of it, I can say the characters were done quite well and quite to my dissatisfaction. I didn’t know rice crust pizza was a thing.

The plot is fairly simple and the mystery isn’t too hard to figure out, but the ride is a fun one. Paranormal mysteries are often the same story retold, although this one is a bit different and I think as the series progresses that it will really stand out from some of the others. With this being the first in the story I realize that there is a lot to build upon and think this was a good start to something more.

Karen Bachman did a really good job voicing the characters. She did Bunny perfectly and really added to my dislike of her. She did a spot on narration for all the characters and really was able to do a voice that matched each personality. I don’t think the dialogue would have worked without her narration and hope she stays on for the series.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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So much fun!

I loved the story! it was so much fun to watch Vienna's powers awakened! the characters and writing are wonderful! I found the narration of bunny to be a bit annoying, but otherwise I enjoyed it! I definitely would recommend this book!

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very entertaining

I really enjoyed it. Fresh twist on paranormal mystery with delightful characters. I look forward to Book 2 in the series.

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Vienna finally received her gift

Awakened Within a fast paced paranormal mystery mixed with a flirtation. Vienna has been having a disturbing dream and wants to find out why. During her trip she meets a mysterious man and she feels like she knows him but doesn't know why. There are forced that come forth that are beyond her control to help solve this mystery of her haunting dream.
I am in true awe of this well written book and with the narrator Karen Bachman and voices. I loved the development of Vienna character she grows stronger as the books storyline plays out. I highly recommend this book if you love paranormal mysteries and adventure. I received this audio book upon my request and I am voluntarily leaving this review.

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Meet Vienna and her friends

Cute story about psychics and the paranormal. Creative characters and a good story line. I enjoyed this one!

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I'm HOOKED!

I already love Michelle Hollstein books so I knew up front it would be great...AND IT WAS! I enjoyed the narration very much as the voices were easy to differentiate among the characters. The story line is spooky without being horrifying...in other words..for gals like myself who's nerves can no longer handle terrifying stories..but enjoy being spooked a little..this is it! I laughed so hard at the name BUNNY...too perfect..but loved how she turned out in the end. I sure wish I had a hunky spirit guide...

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Awakened Within

A fantastic read. Vienna awakens a power within her. She decides to follow an unseen force and takes a flight. This grabbed me right from the start to finish. There is humor I just loved this mystery. The Narrator did a great job as well. The Author has a very creative mind. Is great at world building and bringing out the Characters. I definitely recommend this read.
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Fun

I received a free copy of Awakened Within (A Lost Souls, Book 1) By Michelle Ann Hollstein, and narrated by Karen Bachman in exchange for an unbiased review. This review copy Audio Book was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audio Book Boom.

I found Awakened Within a fun listen. If you enjoy a cozy mystery with a ghost or two thrown in you will want to give this one a listen. The characters were quirky and fun. The story is unique and entertaining. Oh, and Karen Bachman did a great job narrating. I'm looking forward to book 2

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Great Mystery

Paranormal mysteries are so interesting! The characters were great - I can't wait to see more of Jack. Every page kept my attention. I thought the narration was good - Bunny's voice and character were engaging. She sounded ditzy, but it was a great twist that she turned out to be smart! I'm looking forward to the next book.

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Great Cozy Paranormal Mystery!

This was my first Michelle Ann Hollstein's book, and won't be the last! This is the first book in the A Lost Soul Series. This is a great and well written cozy paranormal. Vienna and Jack are both great characters! The secondary characters are also great, and very important in this story. The storyline has it all: Suspenseful, mysterious, funny, captivating, and intriguing. Now, I can't wait for the next book in the Series! The narration is well done, easy to understand. I enjoyed my listening, and I totally recommend it! I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily written this review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-19

Audio is terrible

Unfortunately I can rate the story because I could not hear it as the audable was really bad.

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  • Helen
  • 06-28-19

enjoyed storyline

really enjoyed this audio book good cozy paranormal mystery
well written by Michelle Ann Hollstein good narrater too
can't wait to listen too book 2

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 05-28-19

Nice introduction to a new series

This was a fun and quick listen. The characters were quirky and interesting. This was an enjoyable listen and the narration was good.

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  • Christy D
  • 03-21-19

Awakened Within

Vienna is only partially open to what is happening to her. But she is plagued by the strange dream. I really enjoyed some of the fun characters that were brought into the story. And the back drop of the area really brought something cool to the story as well. As Vienna is fighting what she wants to believe, it causes the story to have some slow spots. I think it was necessary for the story though and believe the series is going to be a blast from here out as she is more in turn with her new life. Karen Bachman does a fantastic job on the narration and the voices.

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  • bluepits73
  • 01-10-19

Charming Paranormal Sleuth and Crew

I absolutely loved all of the characters in this charming paranormal cozy mystery. They are all very personable and relatable. The author writes the characters with such a great dynamic that they are super easy to love. I haven't listened to a mediator/necromancer paranormal in a while, so this was a particularly refreshing listen, for me. This was an excellent introduction to the characters with an interesting spin. I think we are kind of left hanging on what Jack's entire purpose as a spirit guide for Vienna; however, I imagine we will get these answers in the following books and their relationship develops. Fabulous afternoon listen!

This narrator did an outstanding job bringing the characters to life and bringing out their personalities in this performance. She seems like a perfect fit as Vienna's voice and point of view. She was consistent with character distinctions and this was a pleasant listen!

I look forward to more from this Author and Narrator duo.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 12-24-18

An Enjoyable Supernatural Adventure

Vienna Rossi is having strange dreams about a murdered girl. Thinking it is caused by stress she takes time out and fly's to her father's holiday home in California. We're introduced to Vienna's young step mother to be, a spirit and the discovery of her ability to communicate with the deceased. The narration defines the characters well. An enjoyable listen.

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  • Raven
  • 12-20-18

Ghostly investigation

One day Vienna Rossi wakes up from a bad dream and feels an overwhelming need to travel to her father's holiday home. From here, the story starts to show Vienna's awakening paranormal gifts which will help her unravel the plots mystery. But if you are looking for a super-sleuth investigation, then this book isn't for you as the characters in this story aren't particularly bright. They are likeable and fun though which kept me listening. I would also listen/read another book in this series. I thought the narrator did a great job with both the narration and production and I would certainly listen to her read again. I was given a copy of this audiobook for an unbiased review.