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My name is Amelia Gray, and I'm a cemetery restorer who lives with the dead. An anonymous donor has hired me to restore Woodbine Cemetery, a place where the rich and powerful bury their secrets. Forty years ago, a child disappeared without a trace and now her ghost has awakened, demanding that I find out the truth about her death. Only I know that she was murdered. Only I can bring her killer to justice. But the clues that I follow - a haunting melody and an unnamed baby's grave - lead me to a series of disturbing suspects.

For generations, the Devlins have been members of Charleston's elite. John Devlin once turned his back on the traditions and expectations that came with his birthright, but now he has seemingly accepted his rightful place. His family's secrets make him a questionable ally. When my investigation brings me to the gates of his family's palatial home, I have to wonder if he is about to become my mortal enemy.

©2017 Marilyn Medlock Amann (P)2017 Tantor

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Mixed Feelings - Series finale ?

Where does The Awakening rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

First 3 books in this series are the best, This book parallels book 2 in many ways, but weak in comparison.
1. Too many similarities between Jonathan Devlin and Pale Asher. Old Devlin tries to confuse Amelia about the death of Johns wife and daughter, but Amelia acts like book 3 never happened. She knew things from Robert Freemont about their deaths that made what Jonathan Devlin said meaningless. And the phone calls from the sinking car that never happened. Did author forget all about book 3?
2. Amelia and John want no more secrets, and come clean in this book. But they don't because again book 3 is forgotten. Amelia tells John she has seen ghosts since she was nine, and he makes the comment "But you never told me", and replies that he never seemed receptive due to his time working with the elder Shaw.
Again, in book 3 she did tell him everything when he finally had to let Shani go. Some how after he was shot, he forgot everything.
3. Last, is it Essie Goodwin or Goodwine. Previously it was Goodwin, now 6 books later its Goodwine.

Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I listened to this narrator many times and like her.

Any additional comments?

See no where for this series to go from here, so am assuming this is the conclusion of the "Graveyard Queen" .
ending was rushed and unremarkable.
I listened to this book twice before writing this review, hoping I'd feel differently about this book, but have to admit this book was a bit disappointing.

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I want MORE!

I'm feeling conflicted at the end of this book and series. I'm happy to have resolution but I'm also bereft because it's over. It's been a while since a book series has effected me so strongly. I want MORE! Maybe we could talk Amanda into writing a sequel series. I'd say more, but I don't want to include any spoilers.

Kudos to Kristine Hvam for using her vocal talents to bring the cast of characters alive for me. As I listened, I could see everything with my mind's eye.

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you feel all emotions and keeps you on your toes

The first book took me a while to get into. I think probably it was because of how proper everyone sounded. I'm not from the south, but where I'm from we speak our mind and not tip toe around what needs to be said or done. The series was great and you felt every emotion. Sad, angry, happy, annoyed, scared, grossed out and everything in between. The narrator throughout the series was incredible. I'll be listening to these again in the future!

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The Awakening

Fantastic, and she lived, I'm listening in my car, saying go back Amelia, and laughing, telling myself it's a book, she'll be okay, and she's going to have a baby. The only thing I don't like is this is the last book, why??
The Narrator is also fantastic, I hope you use her again, now I need to pick another book.

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Amazing awakening

This book is so exciting! I got so mad every time I had to put it down. I was hooked and and so no housework got done in my house today. I loved this book and the whole series.

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seriously?

First off, the first 3 books were great. Those books got me hooked and I had to see the series through. However, by this book, and the previous, the author clearly ran out of steam. For instance was it just me or did the knock on the door segment take FOREVER!!??!! And it wasn't even that interesting to boot. Also, do you think as a life long resident of a red state the author could hook this poor girl up with a concealed carry permit and a handgun by this point? She's almost been killed in every book, but thank goodness she has a can of mace. wtf? Lastly Amelia became more and more of a pathetic sappy human with each passing book; way to let your character dissolve. This author has nothing on Jeanine Frost, Danika Dark, and many many others. Way too rushed at the end and such a total disappointment. wish I had skipped this series.

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love it

I love this series! it's a great slightly creepy read. I wish there more like it.

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awsome

loves it. always on the edge of your seat. enjoyed the whole series. never wanted to stop listening

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  • Val
  • zachary, LA, United States
  • 07-27-17

Have not been disappointed yet...

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

Wonderful, Suspenseful, and Lovely

What did you like best about this story?

It has all of the elements as all of the other books with a little more personal information about her family.

Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I live Khristine Hvam and have listened to just about all of her other readings and as always she continues to do an awesome job of bringing the characters to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

The end of this book is unexpected so listen to the end. I can't wait until the next one.

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  • James
  • FRANKLIN, WI, United States
  • 07-13-17

Don't listen to this book at night

One of my all time favorite series, story, and narration, the perfect combination. The night time actions of the ghosts is somewhat eerie and will make you wary of the noises in the house after dark, if such things bother you. I look forward to listening again to the entire series in the future.

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  • 04-12-18

highly recommend

Absolutely adore this series. So sad for it to end. What fantastic writing and narration.