When Callie Taylor died, she expected to go to heaven - or maybe hell. Instead, when she was murdered in Dallas by some jerk with a knife and a bad-mommy complex, she went to Alabama. Now she's seen another murder, and she can't just let it go; she must find a way to make sure the police figure out who really killed Molly McClatchy before an innocent man goes to prison, all the while trying to determine how and why she woke up dead in Alabama.
©2013 Margo Bond Collins (P)2016 Margo Bond Collins
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"Great Parnormal Mystery ~ Lot's of Twists!"
This was a great story, both different and very entertaining. After Callie is killed she wakes in Alabama where she learns it can be a lonely existence and until Molly, one of the members, she unknowingly resides with, is murdered. Callie finally finds someone who can see her and they reluctantly offer to assist Callie in finding the murder.
This story's full of twist, humor and even some danger; however, there is still a few unanswered questions, for example, will Callie's murder be brought to justice, what keeps her bound to Alabama and will she ever move on.
I had a great time listening to this story and actually completed it in one day! I will be on the lookout to see if other stories come out in this series as I think it will make a great series.
Absolutely worth a credit and the time listening to the story.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast dot com."
"Loved this freaking book"
This book was provided to me for free for an honest and unbiased review
So we have Callie, a ghost who was murdered in Dallas, when I thought the directions of the book was going to go into finding Callie's murderer we delve into Callie trying to solve someone else's murder who she witnessed. And for some reason she is stuck in Alabama. She lived/died in Dallas and then reawakened in Alabama and something is tying her there. I'm Interested to see where this series take us. Why is she kept in Alabama, why was she drawn to shalya and maw maw?? Speaking of, Maw maw is my favorite character, loved her. There were some gory scenes that made me want to not listen and I'm a trauma nurse. But just a couple.
I'm excited to read the next in the series and learn more about Callie!!
The narrator did an amazing job.
This book is definitely worth a credit!
"Excellent new series"
This was a funny and sometimes frightening listen. The pace was steady and the narration was excellent. I look forward to listening to future books in this series.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
"Get this GREAT book!"
This was such as entertaining and funny book. Callie wakes up as a ghost and began to speculate what her funeral was like. Callie chooses her champions from people who are not sensitive to a ghost presence. The book is six hours of Callie, a white-lady ghost harassing a black sassy bank teller, Ashara. Ashara is the only person (up to this point) that can see and interact with Callie. They meet in Walmart. Actually, Callie and Ashara have one of those shoppers conflicts in Walmart where there is swearing and shoving of shopping carts. After recovering from their meeting, Ashara wails and sobs, “I just never thought I’d get haunted at the Walmart.”
Our team consists of A bank teller, an old black southern grandmother, an instrumental repair person, and a ghost join to solve the murder of Callie’s adopted tv buddies. Solving the murder with wit, sarcasm and luck this mix match team works has success.
There is nothing more delightful than a cantankerous old black woman, with poor eye sight, and determined attitude, Maw Maw. She insist that Ashara sits down and listen to the dead white lady. You know when an older person uses your complete name, you have lost the battle.
Maw Maw and Callie convinces Ashara that her ability to interact with ghost is a gift from god. Therefore, she has an obligation to help Callie find the murder of her tv buddies. Much of the investigating is sprinkled with CSI references.
Ashara, wants to keep Maw Maw safe, but Maw Maw will not have any of it. Ashara just wants to go to work and not have anything to do with Callie. She especially does not want to be the black person that is put in jail (with the key thrown away) or killed by police for breaking into places for a dead white lady.
For those of you who are offended by sex, there is none here. For those of you who are offended by swearing, there is mild use. Very mild use because Maw Maw keeps the others in check all the time, with a scolding of, “watch it” or calling them by their first name.
For the first part of the book Maw Maw calls Callie dead white lady or ghost lady. During the story Callie learns how to use her ghostly powers, Ashara and Steven become a couple and Maw Maw gets a tv buddy. A good funny mystery that I could not put down and thoroughly enjoyed.
Margo Bond Collins, the narrator, does great voices, especially Maw Maw.
When a girl wakes up dead in Alabama, she has to wonder why - Callie's catch line.
I would love to see this as a series.
"Funny & entertaining"
This book made me laugh! There was plenty of suspense, action, investigators to keep me hooked!
"Fun story well performed"
I found this to be a fun story that was well performed. Fun lively characters that are so very enjoyable. The reader is just so very good.
"Narrator Voice Was a Bit Screechy/Whiny..."
Waking Up Dead by Margo Bond Collins, Narrated by Angel Clark was an interesting read. The concept itself was one that I found entertaining from the beginning. We listened to this novel while on a long road trip and the story kept our attention throughout. Now, there were things I didn't enjoy...the narrator had a very limited cache of voices and many were too screechy/whiny for my taste. Luckily, the main character's voice (which was the bulk of the book) was not as bad but had its moments. The narrator channeled a younger woman than the one portrayed in the book. The character was late twenties while the voice sounded 18 or so. Anyway, the storyline itself was good but had a few holes in the story (why didn't this technical writer turned ghost find a way to have someone write down everything that happened and anonymously send it to police?) Other instances were so small, we just let them go and enjoyed the ride. The author does a good job of painting a picture and providing readers with some pretty gross visuals. I liked that a lot, honestly. In the end, I found the story enjoyable for those that like suspense with a little humor. Not sure if there will be additional books with this character as there were some unresolved issues with the main characters death that we were left hanging on with. Either way, I'd find it and listen to it.
Raging Book Reviews Recommended
"Where do Ghosts Go when they Die?"
Alabama!! At least, that's where Callie Taylor went when she was killed by a psycho in Dallas, TX. Callie was murdered in the worst possible way in Dallas but, for some reason, when she comes back to consciousness she is in Alabama. She soon finds that some people can see her and some can't. Out of a desire to not scare those who can see her, Callie spends most of her time in the houses of couples who can't see her but who provide her with a nice atmosphere...and who watch the same TV shows she does.
One of those families is a young couple called McClatchy. When Molly McClatchy is killed in front of her and her husband is arrested for the crime, Callie immediately goes in search of someone who can see her to help her bring the murderer to justice. She finds Ashara at the local WalMart, and not that interested in helping her. But when Callie follows her home to MawMaw's (sp?) house, she is soon forced into helping by Callie and her elderly grandmother. Add in a third person who can see Callie and you have a team of people who can help her gather the evidence she needs to solve the case.
There are weighty themes in this book, including murder, rape, and race relations. It is done in a way that brings the issues to light in a serious way but also brings a touch of humor so the book doesn't become solely those topics. In short, there is much to like and I am hopeful that there will be more books in the series and we will learn more about Callie's death and why she can't seem to leave Abrahamsville, Alabama.
Angel Clark did an excellent job narrating this listen. She captured the southern drawl of the ladies quite well and her male voices were done nicely, too. I hope she continues if there are more of this series.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
"Clever new point of view"
Loved the concept for this (I hope to be series ) book. I would have given this book 5 stars except the main character became too manipulative towards the end. HOWEVER, I will be buying the new book when it comes out.
A fun few hours. Easy to follow and the story flowed well. Lots of unanswered questions..... Be nice if it runs as a series.
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