The Ghost

Narrated by: Joe Grifasi
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (431 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With a wife he loves and an exciting London-based career, architect Charles Waterston's life seems in perfect balance. Nothing prepares him for the sudden end to his ten-year marriage-or his unwanted transfer to his firm's New York office. 

Christmas is approaching when Charlie leaves New York, heading to Vermont to ski. But a sudden snowstorm strands him in a small Massachusetts town. There Charlie meets an elderly widow who offers to rent him her exquisite lakeside chateau. Hidden deep in the woods, it once belonged to a woman who lived there two centuries before named Sarah Ferguson. And from the moment Charlie sets foot inside the chateau, he feels her presence. 

When Charlie first glimpses her, a beautiful young woman with jet-black hair, he thinks it is a neighbor playing a joke. Until he finds her diaries hidden away in an old trunk. As he begins to turn the brittle, dusty pages, the spirit of Sarah Ferguson seems to fill his life. Sarah's first entry is dated 1789 as she writes of her harrowing journey from her native England, having fled the brutality of her aristocratic husband. Settling in Massachusetts, Sarah finds an unfamiliar land seething with the turbulence of the Indian wars. As she builds her home in the wilderness and meets a man who will transform her life, Sarah finds freedom from the torment of her past. His name is Francois de Pellerin, a French nobleman adopted by Indians and drawn into the battle for the growing nation. Their fateful union is a testament to a love so powerful it reaches across the centuries. And for Charlie Waterston, their story gives him the courage to let go of his past, and the freedom to grasp a future that is right before his eyes. 

In The Ghost, Danielle Steel brilliantly interweaves past and present, bringing to life two stories, centuries apart, in a timeless novel of courage, healing, and love. 

Please note: This audiobook has some light background noise issues. This audio quality issue is unavoidable since this is sourced from historic recordings.

©1998 Danielle Steel (P)2000 Random House Audio

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Good for Danielle Steel Fans

I enjoyed this book. Although I realize not all agree with me, I am a fan of Ms. Steel's novels. The story line jumps back and forth between present day and the 1700s. The title is a bit misleading as this is not a ghost story as one might think. Instead it is a love story with a bit of ghost added to it. I really wanted to write this review to let listeners know that the narration isn't very good. Mr. Grifasi has agood voice however he simply reads this book aloud rather than changing his voice between characters. I think maybe this was an early recording before the narrators actually became actors. It was a bit off putting, but I liked the story so much I kept going and found after awhile it didn't bother me as much as it did in the beginning.

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Excellent!!

This book is not about a ghost, but is a beautiful love story. Treat yourself to a wonderful read.

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Great Book

I Love Danielle Steel, and I Loved " The Ghost" An Awesome read! Dont Miss this One.

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great a little scuffs in the middle not to bad

I read the book just bought my grandmother one and I am a truck driver and had it read to me again I like it so much!!!

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Such a great read

I've read this book before during my teenage years and was excited to find it here. I had forgotten so much and listening to it brought so much nostalgia and emotion. one of my absolute favorites

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I didn’t want it to end

Such a wonderful story that I wish it would just keep going on. I liked the narrator he did very well with this book

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The ghost

Best book ever. So interesting so much love an greatness such a strong woman everyone should read it.

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exceptional

I wanted more I don't want it to end I wanted for her husband the bmain chacrater for her to be found

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reliving history

A diary and a ghost - this was a very compelling story that travelled through generations. I enjoy stories where the history of a house tells the story of its inhabitants.

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Sweet and inspiring story of deep love as always

It's a prove that true love still exist. It awakens deep feelings with desire for living and creation.