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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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    Danielle A 12-09-16
    Danielle A 12-09-16 Member Since 2014

    Always loved reading, now I love audio books because I can listen to my favorite books on the go!

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    "Ok listen"

    This took me a minute to finish because I had just forgot about it. This book was ok. I had some issues with it but I think I might read the next in the series if I can get it from the library. The romance was blah. I didn't really like Devlin for her. Just something about him I'm not connecting with. The person who did it was in my mind from the beginning but I had a feeling the author wouldn't go that way because it would be too obvious but she went that way. I didn't really like the predictability of that.

    Khristine Hvam is one of my favorite narrators and she did an awesome job as always.Loved the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 11-16-14
    Michelle 11-16-14 Member Since 2011

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    "So very glad I stuck with it."

    Despite it's interesting intro with this new take on another character that sees ghost, the first few chapters were pretty slow moving. So much so that I almost returned the book but by the middle the pace and plot picked up. By the end of the book I couldn't wait to get the next one. Glad I didn't give up.

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    Rachael 12-14-13
    Rachael 12-14-13

    New series suggestions?

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

    Exciting, Scary, Romantic


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

    That would be giving away the plot.


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

    Her voice is fantastic for the piece.


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

    How lonely the main character was.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and series.

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    Johnnie Loganville, GA, United States 07-27-12
    Johnnie Loganville, GA, United States 07-27-12

    I Love reading and listening to books has made it a lot easier to continue with my very busy schedule and still indulge in my hobby!

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

    Chilling, delicious and sexy


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

    Stranded on the lonely highway at night, someone sitting in a darken car, without the headlights, Amelia without cell phone signal, and twin headlights appearing in the distance the moment she felt the end was unknown. Amelia ran into the streets like her life depended on it, and Detective John Devlin stepped out of his vehicle. That was my shortness of breathe moment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when John Devlin stood in the hall way of the restroom. Someone bumped into Amelia, and she landed on his crest. For a moment, she imagined John caressing her lips with feather like touch, and the barest touch to her lips.


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

    My moving moment was when Detective John Devlin jumped down into a completely dark crevasse to protect Amelia when she screamed from unknown forces.


    Any additional comments?

    Three rules given to me by my father: <br/>1. Never acknowledge the dead. If you do, they'll feed off your energy like parasites, slowly draining your life away.<br/>2. Never stray too far from hallowed ground, you're safe there.<br/>3. Keep your distance from people who are haunted. They are a terrible threat and can't be trusted.<br/>4. Never, Aver tempt fate.<br/>Simple rules, really. But for Amelia those rules have prevented her from having any kind of a normal life. Still, she finds happiness in her job as a respected cemetery restorer and has made a happy, if isolated, life for herself.<br/>The performer, Khristine Hvam was spur with the southern accent. Made the book more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 04-02-16
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 04-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"

    I returned this book because it was boring. I didn't connect with the characters or the plot. I finally gave up after chapter 6.

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    Amazon Customer 08-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Was entertaining"

    Not a bad mystery a true "who done it" thriller. The story was slow but it ended well.

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    Christy San Antonio, TX United States 08-05-17
    Christy San Antonio, TX United States 08-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enchanting mystery"

    The performance was enchanting with a southern draw and inquisitive tone.

    The mystery was strong all the way thru till the end with a few items (minor to the main theme of this story) left unresolved and perfect to entice you to pick up the next book. At least it will me.

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    Karwyn 10-16-16
    Karwyn 10-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Well narrated and intensely interesting story"

    As a graveyard restorer, this book was right up my alley. Except not scrubbing grave stones and mapping cemeteries is never as thrilling as the book plot is, thank goodness. This book had enough spine tingles to keep me interested but also made me a little sad. As Amelia has been trained to see the dead/ghost as parasites, those who want to leech the life force away from the living. YIKES.
    There is even the start of a love story in this book which was very intense, as the potential paramour is haunted. The author left a few threads dangling which made me purchase book two before I had finished book one

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    leslie tabor 09-07-16
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    "Creepy, fun, Gothic. Characters jump off the page!"

    I don't usually give 5 stars usually 4 is as high as I go. Amanda Steven's is the God of good books. I can't say enough about how much I love her writing. The narrator too! wow! I love the Gothic way down south feel to all her books. I never guess her endings, they are creepy beyond belief and the mystery is fun. I am waiting for her new books on baited breath. The undead stuff that follows her is the stuff of nightmares but her romance is impeccable and heartwarming. I love Inspector Devlin . I love all of her characters, they jump off the page and, are right there in the room with you. She has the ability to get you all warm and fuzzy, when you think you are safe bam, she gives you chills that crawl up and down your spine until your ice cold. I love it! Not many Authors have this talent, they all try to shock you with bad words and gore. Amanda does not need gore, she chills you to the bone by making you feel your there, like the ghosts are following you and if you look over your shoulder they might just look back at you, with a ghostly grin. If you enjoy mystery and suspense, and Gothic Southern Louisiana atmosphere with ghosts and graveyards this is the series for you. Enjoy!

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    Nichole 07-30-16
    Nichole 07-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Haunting!"

    For the 2nd time reading this wonderful book I decided to try the audiobook. It was very well done, although not as creepy as I imagined. Doesn't matter. I still loved it. The setting, the atmosphere, the mysterious characters with all of the secrets to unravel- good stuff! Again I'm hooked on the mystery of these people and all of the creepy stuff that goes with them.

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