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Ghosting Audiobook

Ghosting

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As a stay-at-home programmer living with her loving boyfriend, Mia lives a simple but good life. Like most people, she dreams, but unlike most, she has vivid dreams about her neighbors' lives. One day, she realizes that they aren't dreams - what she's been experiencing is real. Mia's able to "ghost" into anyone she chooses, take control of their body, and make them do what she wants.

Frustrated by the injustice and abuse she sees around her, Mia begins using her power to try to right the wrongs she sees. Her boyfriend, Amir, does his best to stop her, believing that no one person should have that much power, and that the system - or God - will bring justice to the perpetrators. Mia, on the other hand, has seen too much corruption in her life to believe in such naïveté.

However, the best intentions don't always work out as planned. The power begins to affect Mia in ways she didn't expect - and turns out to have consequences she never imagined.

©2016 Marc Johnson (P)2017 Marc Johnson

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    Tyler U. 05-25-17
    Tyler U. 05-25-17
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    "A short but interesting book"

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    This was an interesting, if short, story. I was a little disappointed in the protagonist's use of her powers. I thought there could have been more to it, but that's just personal opinion. I would have also like to learn more about the mysterious "agents" but can understand why there wasn't more, given how short the story is.

    All in all, it was enjoyable. The narrator was decent. She attempted different voices for each character, which is good, but I really disliked the wind chimes between chapters.

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    Shanna Tidwell Ft Worth, TX 05-19-17
    Shanna Tidwell Ft Worth, TX 05-19-17

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    "Great short supernatural read!"

    Great story, great narration. Very quick read. At times felt rushed but still very good. I could see this being a series on TV like many others where people have supernatural abilities. It could definitely be fleshed out and expanded. Some original ideas. Likable characters you can relate to. I would read another story by Marc & I would definitely listen to another narrated by Megan Mackle.


    The bells were a bit annoying, especially when they were ringing while the narrator was still talking.


    I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

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    Claire America 05-16-17
    Claire America 05-16-17 Member Since 2014

    I read all kinds of books, but I have an obsession with paranormal and fantasy at the moment. Sorry about any spelling mistakes/typos.

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    "A little strange, but very interesting"

    Actually interesting probably isn't a strong enough word, fascinating would work better. It's like a lesson in morality and cascading events wrapped up in a really interesting story.

    Mia's ability to 'ghost' allows her to do things that you normally can't and this opens up possibilities that I will never need to consider. But I found myself constantly thinking 'no, no, no, that's not the right thing to do', the whole story brought to mind the saying "power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely". It did however make for a very interesting and thought provoking story.

    Amir plays an interesting role, to some extent he acts as a guiding influence on Mia, but only to the extent that she allows it. I really like his personality, he was very calm, thoughtful and cared deeply.

    The narration was good, I liked the character voices, Megan did a good job with both genders voices. For the most part I really enjoyed the narration, but on a couple of occasions where the final word in a sentence needed particular emphasis this seemed to be delivered strangely. Overall the pacing and phrasing were well done.

    This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    Jonell sullivan 05-10-17
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    "Wonderful book. "

    I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review. I like the book. We'll written

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    Wanda Florida 05-09-17
    Wanda Florida 05-09-17
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    Wonderful story great theory that I have never heard of before. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is the bells at the beginning and end of each chapter were annoying. I'm glad that Mia survived hopefully there is more to come.
    I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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    Lynnz 05-08-17
    Lynnz 05-08-17

    I am addicted to audiobooks. It makes my 1 hour (each way) commute go by without me becoming an agressive driver. lol

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    "Story was good"

    I received this audiobook free for an honest review. I thought this book was pretty good. The story was pretty unique and very interesting. There were times I thought Mia was a little bit silly with her abilities and how to use them. Amir is such an understanding boyfriend and is quite reasonable when it comes to Mia's abilities. What I don't understand is why the author has stupid "bells" ringing throughout the book. It takes away from the story and cheapens the read. Not real excited about the narrator either. Not one of my favorites. Her pacing seemed to be a little bit off. I was disappointed when there wasn't an HEA until I got to the end and it seemed to work out well.

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    Myztikal On the Edge of Glory 05-07-17
    Myztikal On the Edge of Glory 05-07-17

    Discovering Audiobooks increase my number of reviews :)

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    "Ghosted"
    Would you try another book from Marc Johnson and/or Megan Mackie?

    I would try a lengthier book by Marc Johnson.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Marc Johnson? Why or why not?

    This book shows a lot about Marc's ability to be able to weave a nouveau super hero, but it was too short to make it successfully fly.
    I would read/listen to another book by him.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Some narrators become the characters when they read. I learned that from my fourth and fifth grade teachers. Others read the book. Megan falls into the latter category.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Movies are rarely like the book. It's possible, on the big screen, scenes could be expanded on and as the books moves to swiftly to capture the moments. Perhaps facial features and the behind the scenes world building could add the dimension and convince the audience to ride along for the tale.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an easy two hour listen and looks like it could be a quick read. It's not bad, given that it's short and quick but it doesn't deliver on the depth needed for this kind of plausible ability to form its wings and soar.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author.

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    HD Crestview, FL 05-05-17
    HD Crestview, FL 05-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good story of mind transference."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's an interesting concept that holds your attention.


    Did Megan Mackie do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, she did a good job narrating. I didn't care for the chiming between chapters. It reminded me of children's books to turn the page.


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

    I did cry at the end.


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    Kingsley Henely Brook, Australia 05-05-17
    Kingsley Henely Brook, Australia 05-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Rushed but enjoyable"

    When Mia wakes up to find she has the power to transfer her mind (although the book says it is her soul, which seems strange) into other people to control them she takes the opportunity to right some wrongs and to try make the world better for those around her. And why not improve her own situation a little while she is at it?

    Author Marc Johnson has got a great concept here and works through many of the potential issues, uses and abuses that the powers could cause. He keeps the uses fairly varied and sets up some solid rules for how the system works. He even hints at a wider world of powers. It is a great setup for a story.

    It is, however, let down in it's execution. The main issues basically comes down to the pacing and length. This is a very short book, a quick novella. And because of that, and the attempt to cram a lot into the short space, it simply moves to quickly. Not of the events are really given enough time to breath. It moves from one story to another, giving the barest of details of how things occur but not really letting the reader sit in it and enjoy it unfolding. Mia discovers her powers, then accepts her powers and then goes about using them within a few lines. It happens way too quick to be believable. The exact consequences of actions (or even in some cases later in the book, the exact details of the actions) are glossed over extremely quickly. Mia does stuff with her powers but other than one of two brief adventures what she doesn isn't really told. The most fleshed out is the story with the neighbour and even that is bare bones.

    And then the coda, which should have some sort of fast impacting ending feels dragged out and thus loses momentum and impact.

    I enjoyed the story but would have enjoyed it more if it was given the space it needed to be a full story. Or if it was to be a short story then some of the side adventures needed to be cut.

    There is an amusing Freudian slip in the writing at one point, with a line somewhere along the lines of “her father died young and every man she’s been in a relationship with since…”. The movement from her father's death to romantic male relationships puts a strange context to her relationship with her father. This doesn't actually take away from the book. It was just something I found amusing.

    Narration by Megan Mackie is reasonably good, but is severely let down by the audio production. She is generally clear, although I found the pace a quicker than most narrators (possibly exacerbating the "story needed space" issue). She provided voices and chracterisation to each character, some more successful than others. Generally not bad.

    The audio production was what put me off. There are bells/chimes at the end and beginning of each chapter. This doesn't add anything ( a pause in narration, or a chapter titles would have be better) and only serves to draw the reader out of the story.

    There was also background music to add atmosphere but this only appeared to happen at one point in the book. It should be there throughout or not at all (not at all would be my preference) but the ad hoc nature of it detracted from the book.

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

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    "A new power..."
    Which character – as performed by Megan Mackie – was your favourite?

    Mia, the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    Mia finds that she has the power to 'ghost' into other people and see from their point of view, as well as control their actions. But then the power becomes too much for her and she does things she may come to regret.
    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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