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Publisher's Summary

"I see things other people don't see; I hear things other people don't hear." Fifteen-year-old James McCafferty is an unwilling sailor aboard a traditional Chinese junk operated as adventure therapy for troubled teens. Once at sea, James believes the ship is being taken over by the spirits of courtiers who fled the imperial palace during the Ming Dynasty more than 600 years earlier and sailing to its doom. A psychological nautical adventure with strong historical and paranormal elements.

©2015 Linda Collison (P)2015 Linda Collison

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Water Ghost

I enjoyed this audiobook. The author has a way of putting you right there with her characters.

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Loved it!

I have listened to another book by Linda, and have loved both of them! It is a great story and Aaron had a great delivery. I loved the characters and the fantasy/history weaved into the story. Thank you!
Kathleen Holeman - narrator and jazz musician

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Thrilling YA paranormal adventure

James was an interesting, likable character and the Chinese mythology elements were very well incorporated in the story. The narrator did a great job, each character was distinct and different from the other.

This was a good listen, even though I had some issues with the plot. Mainly I feel like there was too little happening and sometimes side stories got too much attention. For example, the ghost's story too almost 2 hours, and I felt like it was a bit boring and would have like more focus to be on the main story. That made the ending rushed in my opinion, and the cliffhanger ending made it more so. Despite that I would gladly read the next book and am interested in what will happen next.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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nice young adult book

I liked this book very much is a cool book
with a great storyline and a great narrator the book was very cool and I enjoyed to listen to it quite much

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Pretty decent

Finally finished this one! It wasn’t bad! I liked the storytelling and the author’s way of setting the scene. The narrator was decent as well—no major transition problems and his diction was concise.

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Pretty good story here!

When I came across an offer to listen to this book for an honest review, I wasn't sure if I was interested or not. Thankfully, I went with it and was surprised what an interesting story it was. This was such a unique story and the author provided the perfect amount of detail to easily envision a picture in my head of what was taking place as well as to hold my attention throughout. The only issue (if you want to call it that?) was the ending. I wish the kids would have arrived back where they started with their parents waiting for them. Perhaps, have the police arrive and question them as well. I could definitely see a book 2 for this story.

While this was the first time I've heard this narrator, he did a great job doing the variety of characters/voices. He provided a nice speaking voice/flow for this story especially when the ghost was telling his life story. I'd listen to him again.

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Wow!

I loved this story. It has the perfect blend of Young Adult with paranormal and horror mixed in. I loved how Linda incorporated Chinese history and mythology so well. The narrator's voice was perfect for this. I highly recommend this book.

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I liked the story and the imagery in the writing.

Water Ghosts
Collison, Linda

Water Ghosts takes us on a sea adventure with 7 teenagers as they set sail on The Good Fortune as a Behavioral Rehabilitation type sentence. Some are sent aboard by their parents, while others are court ordered. They are accompanied by the captain, second mate, and a counselor. During this trip, several things go wrong and these 7 wayward teens find themselves struggling to survive, especially with the uninvited guests.
I liked the story and the imagery in the writing. The characters are well developed. I did find the “fear factor” of this suspense lacking a bit. I think this would be a cute starter book for kids that like scary stories. Overall, I give Water Ghosts 3 Huge Stars.

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Excellent story plus a great narrator!

Okay, wow... I really loved this book! A small group of troubled teens are forced (by their parents) to board an old Chinese vessel for an adventure/therapy experience. But the protagonist has the ability to hear the voices of ghosts that once sailed on this boat. Are the voices real or just in his head? Needless to say, there are some pretty terrifying happenings on board. I enjoyed every minute of it. The narrator of the audio book is very gifted and brought the story to life. I highly recommend the book!

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Unique story with tons of lore intertwined...

Water Ghosts by Linda Collison is a story about a group of kids that get sent away on a junk (type of ship) in the hopes that the time away will help them with their issues. Think of it as a journey in lieu of a boot camp or those wilderness adventures that troubled teens sometimes get sent on. The story revolves around James, a fifteen year old that can hear and see ghosts. There is a lot of Chinese lore and mythology in the story, which was really interesting to learn about, though the story itself was pretty choppy and moved around a lot. I feel that it probably should have been fleshed out a bit more to make it flow better. Overall though, if this sounds interesting to you, give it a shot!

Aaron Landon did a good job bringing the various characters to life. He had unique voices for the characters and it was a job listening to his narration. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • JEYCEE
  • 02-20-18

Water Ghosts

The story of the audiobooks moves smoothly forward with engaging characters that everyone can relate to, whether you are a young reader or an adult

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  • Raven
  • 01-29-18

Interesting story

Water Ghosts is the story of James, a fifteen-year-old boy sent on a working holiday by his mother. His vacation is set aboard a ship, a Chinese Junk. The voyage is for wayward teens. However, he soon becomes convinced that the voyage is doomed and that there are ghosts aboard the Junk.
James is a troubled boy and throughout the story the author keeps you guessing as to whether he has a mental illness or if he really is psychic.
The narration was good but I did speed it up a little. As for the storyline, I enjoyed getting to know all the characters.

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  • Jennifer's Reviews
  • 10-27-17

Enjoyable Ghost Story

Myself and my nieces very much enjoyed this YA offering about a young lad, James, who has what we in the UK would call 'the sight'.

His Ma and her current boyf send him on an off-beat version of summer camp - a voyage on a wreck of a Chinese junk.

Bullied and marginalised, James does at least have his special gift; but his summer would have been so much less troublesome without it...

There is adventure, the paranormal (or normal if you are 'sighted' yourself) a gorgeous old boat and a very believable young narrator in this audio-book.

Recommended.