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It was a warm summer day in 1951 when Rose Pottinger and Mrs. Zimmermann entered the tunnel. When they had emerged, it was snowing...and the year was 1828.

Mrs. Zimmermann had felt that the ghost of Granny Wetherbee, who had taught Mrs. Zimmermann witchery, was in trouble and needed help. So she and Rose Rita had traveled to Pennsylvania where Granny had lived. They never dreamed that they would also journey back to a time long ago where they would encounter a sorcerer more terrifying than either could have imagined.

©1993 The Estate of John Bellairs (P)1994 Recorded Books

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Need more Bellairs books on Audible!

Great job by the narrator. Fun story. John Bellairs got me into reading about 35 years ago. It was nice to listen to as I commuted 2 hours to work through the Sierra Nevada mountains. I really hope George Guidall narrates more Bellairs stories...he was great!

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  • D. Sheff
  • Inkster, Michigan United States
  • 04-13-18

A Great Story told by one of the best Narrators

A very great story by one of the best fantasy authors for kids. Bravo to The Late John Bellairs and also Brad Strickland for doing such a fine job of completing what he started.

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Excellent Gothic thriller for all ages

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I originally read this book as a preteen. I've been into John Bellairs since I discovered him at age 10 or so there's a lot of nostalgia for me. But yes, I'd recommend this book to anyone who liked old-school Gothic literature or period pieces for younger readers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mrs Zimmerman, she's a fun and "crazy" old lady who happens to be a witch and is always dressed in purple. She sounds like she'd be great to hang out with.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

He had a calm and soothing voice overall and I liked his interpretation of Mrs Zimmerman and Rose Rita.

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

Yes, it took me three sittings but that wasn't by choice.

Any additional comments?

It totally made my day/week when I saw Audible was finally carrying a John Bellairs title! This is actually the fourth book in the Lewis Barnavelt series, so I hope that soon we will get the rest of the series, as well as other books by John Bellairs (The Face in the Frost, the Johnny Dixon and Anthony Monday series).

I highly recommend this book to any fan of John Bellairs, or anything looking for a fun and spooky adventure.

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The Lewis Barnavelt and Rosarita Pottinger series

This series seems to be getting better and better with each volume. Unfortunately, John Bellairs passed away during the writing of this and the subsequent sequel. Still his finger prints are all over the story. Brad Strickland completed these volumes and added his own personal takes on the series.

This volume again focuses on the team of Rosarita and Mrs. Zimmerman. This time they are rather unwillingly thrown back in time nearly 130 years. Once they are there, they're taken in by a local family and put into conflict with an evil witch in the old Pennsylvania Dutch community. The dangers faced by our heroes are perhaps more dangerous than any they had previously faced.

This is a fast paced and clever story. Well worth your time. I recommend it. More so if you are following the series.

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Ready for all John Bellairs books on audible

What other book might you compare The Ghost in the Mirror to and why?

House with the Clock in it's Walls. I'm still surprised that's not on audible yet. It's a pretty popular book that's being made into a movie with Jack Black.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

Excellent narrator.

Any additional comments?

John Bellairs books are a lot of fun to listen to.These are classics and great for any generation. Hopefully sooner than later the whole catalog will get the audiobook/audible treatment. I know his large following would pick them all up.