• The Girl in the Green Silk Gown

  • Ghost Stories Series, Book 2
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For Rose Marshall, death has long since become the only life she really knows. She's been sweet 16 for more than 60 years, hitchhiking her way along the highways and byways of America, sometimes seen as an avenging angel, sometimes seen as a killer in her own right, but always Rose, the phantom prom date, the girl in the green silk gown.  

The man who killed her is still out there thanks to a crossroads bargain that won't let him die, and he's looking for the one who got away.  

When Bobby Cross comes back into the picture, there's going to be hell to pay - possibly literally. Rose has worked for decades to make a place for herself in the twilight. Can she defend it when Bobby Cross comes to take her down? Can she find a way to navigate the worlds of the living and the dead and make it home before her hitchhiker's luck runs out? 

There's only one way to know for sure.

©2018 Seanan McGuire (P)2018 Tantor

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Narrator bomb

The narration was so annoying that I redownloaded “Sparrow Hill Road” to see what the heck I was thinking when I happily waited for Ms. Landon to have time to record this book.
I wasn’t insane, Ms. Landon’s narration was much better in “Sparrow Hill Road” In this book, she sounds like she didn’t want to read this story.
I honestly found playing it at 1.25 speed in the audible app helped me not want to throw my device while listening.
On the good news front, Seanan McGuire once again delivered a captivating tale!

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Holy terrible inflection Batman!

The narration made it incredibly difficult to get into the story, and Seanan McGuire is legit my favorite author. I don't remember how I felt about her with Sparrow Hill, I'm about to attempt reading it again.

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Listened to half and gave up

I snatched up this book when it was a daily special because I was familiar with the author and had enjoyed another series of hers. I honestly don't know if this book is good or not. I kept waiting for it to kick in, but it never did. The main problem for me was the sing-song nature of the reader. Every sentence seemed to start and end with the same inflections. There was almost a valley-girl intonation where the speaker ends the sentence with a slight question to her voice. I found it annoying. That style can be interesting when it sets up an introduction; but eventually, you realize that the story has started and you're still not engaged because the reader hasn't brought you along to the beginning of the main story. I have been an active member of audible since 2008. This is the second book I'll return.

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Love this author but not this book.

Struggled to finish. Narrator's male voices were basically the same(slow and not very bright). The way she dragged out the last word of most of her sentences detracted from the story. Pore Rose was a extremely whiny teenager for most of the story. Constantly asking everyone for help while saying she can fight her own battles. The story was probably really good as long as you enjoy reading about the self centered and confused feelings of a teenager. I love all of Seanans other books.

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Great story, what happened to the narrator????

Story is superb as all Seanan McGuire’s story. But, what happened to the narrator? She did a great job in the 1st book. This book in the other hand was read with a straight monotonous disinterested way. Tooo bad and I’m disappointed

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The narration nearly made me stop listening!

This is a continuation of Rose Marshall's story, and I suspect there might be a book 3. The same narrator as the first book, but in this book she changed the inflection of her voice to sound breathy and utterly annoying! Worst of all, she adopts a sing-song tone that is terribly irritating, ending every sentence with song like tone. I was too much into the story to pick up the paperback, but if you have not purchased the audio book, please just get the printed version. I could not wait to get to the end. I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO THE PREVIEW!!!

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Not bad

I enjoy Seanan McGuire because she keeps a good pace and things don’t get boring or too predictable. This was a pretty good read. I like that it had more of an ongoing plot then two first book and I love when her characters take a journey but the Americana theme isn’t really my thing or the focus on cars and the road. Overall it wasn’t too bad.

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different, but good

really enjoyed all the stories about Rose. this was a particularly good one. I am looking forward to reading more by this author. good world, true to itself good characters,

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The second volume of ghost stories from a master

Seanan McGuire, that talented and productive author, treats us to another installment in Ghost Roads series with <em>The Girl in the Green Silk Gown</em>.

Rose Marshall is dead. She's a ghost - a hitch-hiking ghost to be more precise - and she wanders the highways, catching rides with the living in order to help them as they pass from one realm to the next. She's been a ghost for sixty-some years and over time she's developed a reputation. She's sometimes known as the Ghost in the Green Silk Gown and sometimes as the Phantom Prom Date, but she's just Rose.

Rose was killed by Bobby Cross, a once-famous actor who made a bargain and now drives through eternity, killing innocents in order to keep his demon car fueled. He killed Rose, but she accidentally escaped being consumed by him and now Bobby has a grudge against Rose and he's bent on finishing her off.

There are rules in the Ghost Realms by which to live (or un-live) by and even those who are governed by the rules don't always seem to understand them. Rose's escape from Bobby was one such rule and now, when Bobby manages to make Rose mortal again, so is another. The dead aren't supposed to be alive. Rose can die again, but to do so might completely change what type of ghost she is to become, if a ghost at all. Rose needs help to return to the dead and it's possible that only the living can make this happen. But who do you turn to when all your relatives have died?

I greatly enjoyed this journey into the ghost realms. McGuire does such a fine job of creating a world with unique rules that feel so right and appropriate. She also manages to deliver these rules smoothly and in the course of story-telling rather than just giving us a big info-dump session.

Additionally, McGuire gives us compelling characters. Rose Marshall comes across as so real and alive, which is why we get caught up in her story and care about what happens to her. Never mind that she's a ghost ... that she's<em> fictional.</em> We care about her.

One sentence surprised me, coming from Seanan McGuire. At one point our narrator (Rose Marshall) says to the reader "That speaks well of her intelligence, since I'm literally talking out of my ass."

Really? "Literally" talking out of her ass? I read this and imagine a high, squeaking voice, like the air being let out of a balloon between the fingers. Had our narrator character said this out loud, I might have forgiven her, since people do say this, even though it is so incorrect. But to have written this as part of the narrator-to-reader it just really bugged me. Sorry Ms. McGuire - you're better than this!

I loved the ending of this book. Too often I get to the end of a book I've enjoyed only to be let down, but McGuire gives us just the perfect conclusion.

Narrator Amy Landon is mostly quite good ... except she can't do male or deep voices. Everytime she tries they come off sounding slow-witted and stupid. At first I thought that was a choice for one of the male characters, but then a female character, trying to sound dark and ominous also has a deep voice and the same slow, stupid sound was the result and I'm pretty sure that wasn't the intention.

Looking for a good book? <em>The Girl in the Green Silk Gown</em> continues the ghost adventures of Rose Marshal, by Seanan McGuire, and is a recommended read.

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I love how Seanan weaves UF and Myth together...

Oh gosh... I'm gonna have trouble with this review! Firstly I think you should know that I'm a huge fan of Seanan McGuire's work, and secondly, I was rather surprised to find that I didn't much care for the narration...  Differentiating the story from its narration is proving to be a challenge... Where the first book in this series (Sparrow Hill Road) landed as one of my top favorites for the year 2014 (non-audio), I had expected this to be at least as good. Unfortunately however, the audio version fell quite short of my expectations...
Rose Marshall voice seems just a bit off key, jarring even, and I can't begin to know what Amy Landon was thinking, maybe it's her idea of what a ghost should sound like, and no she didn't use the same weird inflections for any of the other characters that were in the book. Just about every time she gave voice to Rose, I was pulled right out of the book, and Damnation that's annoying!
The story itself was entertaining enough that it pulled me along, and at times I could almost forget about the narration. I love how Seanan McGuire weaves urban legend of the Phantom hitchhiker, traveling the ghost roads along with Celtic and Grecian myth... all together into her own amazing, completely unique story!
Before you go for this title, I suggest that you start with book 1, Sparrow Hill Road. I suspect you may be happier if you actually read these books, and skip the audio version...

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