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A Ghost of a Chance

Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Summary

Over a century ago Illusionist David Berkeley committed suicide in his mansion by the sea, thus dooming his restless spirit to wander forever. Or so the local legend goes. Professor Rhys Davies, a part-time parapsychologist, is writing a book on California hauntings and he believes the crumbling ruins of Berkeley House will make a terrific chapter - if he can gain access to the house and grounds. The only obstacle is brooding cop and self-appointed caretaker, Sam Devlin. As obstacles go, Devlin is a big one. But you know what they say. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

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One of my favourite books by Lanyon but...

...if you're a Welcome to Nightvale listener the narration will completely throw you. The narrator is the voice of Kevin, and all I can picture is him reading fiction in his free time.

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Don't bother

Wanted a ghost story... got Broke Back Mountain with a hint of ghosts. The ghost story was iŕrelevant. Not interested in gay porn, thanks. Kept hoping it would get better & more about the haunting...Conclusion of story was so weak. Absolutely rubbish.

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  • Jennifer
  • 18-07-14

Better the second time

Normally I am a great fan of Josh Lanyon and Kevin R. Free, this time however, I struggled to get through. I don't remember listening to most of it.
I did re-listen on a short trip I took and was able to appreciate this audiobook more. Don't use a credit on it.

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  • A.R.
  • 23-05-14

Another paranormal thriller!

I've been eagerly awaiting another Josh Lanyon paranormal thriller since "The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks" (one of my all time favorites). Although short, this new story was a classic JL romance with some spooky overtones. As usual JL masterfully handles the romantic tensions between the main characters while also building interest in the premise of the story (the haunted mansion). The characters have back stories and are as charming (or roguish in the case of Sam Devlin) as usual. I liked this story a lot, the only complaint was that it was too short, which is understandable as it was part of a compilation. But I can see the possibility of a sequel, or even a series??? (Oh please tell me there is another book coming!)

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  • HaloLove
  • 26-12-14

Yay for Sam and Rhys!

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I loved the fact that Sam wasn't movie star beautiful.
Fabulous audio, and even though only 3 hours, I felt so connected with these two. Another wonderful audio with a fantastic performance.

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  • Riva
  • 07-07-14

Great Spooky Story

Another winner by Josh Lanyon and Kevin Free. This is a wonderful, spooky short story with a HFN romance. I listened to it in one sitting and was enthralled the whole time. The only bad thing is that it wasn't longer. I would love a sequel as it ends on a twilight zone type ending. Worth a credit.

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  • Heather
  • 21-05-14

Great story

Josh Lanyon does it again, this time in ghostly style.
You cannot go wrong with any of his novels, and the synopsis does the story justice without giving anything away.
And I really love the fact that Josh has a hand in picking the narrators for his books so your hearing the story how the author wants the characters to sound.
I will reread / re-listen to any of Josh's books anytime. Not really a HEA author but always ends his stories in a satisfying way.

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  • Robert
  • 17-05-14

Great Story by a great writer

Would you listen to A Ghost of a Chance again? Why?

Anything Josh Lanyon writes is great, never disappointed in plot, character development, and writing style. I automatically purchase anything Lanyon writes.

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  • padme35
  • 31-10-19

Awesome Novella and Great Narration

Audiobook Review October 2019:
My original review was short and to the point and my re-read(listen) is going to be just that too😉. A Ghost of a Chance is a lovely romance that will keep you guessing whether the mansion by the sea is haunted or just natural behavior of an abandoned dwelling. Rhys and Sam are a match made in . . . well . . . circumstance but eventually you see they really are a great fit and have potential for a lasting love, that is if they let each other in.

As for the narrator, Kevin R Free? His voice resonates perfectly with both characters as well as the secondary members of the story. He brings just the right level of "is it or isn't it" to the table when the reader is left wondering about the mansion by the sea, is it a ghost or is it the creeks and groans of an old building? It's these finer points that can make or break an audiobook and for me Kevin R Free definitely makes A Ghost of a Chance by Josh Lanyon a great listen.

Original ebook Review October 2015:
Another great story by Josh Lanyon and another superb addition to my Halloween library. Rhys and Sam may seem like complete opposites on the surface but underneath they mesh perfectly. A Ghost of a Chance offers up a little bit of everything: mystery, paranormal, romance, and of course two equally stubborn men butting heads.

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  • M. F. Hampton
  • 19-05-19

Great story, even better narrator

I really loved the narration. Distinct characters without too many bizarre accents. The story could have been longer. I wanted to know more about Sam's background. Everyone else seemed to have a reasonable amount of character development for their contribution to the plot. I will definitely be looking for more from this author and this narrator.

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  • Karen - New York
  • 08-09-18

Loved it!

Loved Rhys and of course loved the very blunt, tough guy, Sam Develon. Loved that Sam was not movie star good looking and that Rhys was attracted to him just the same. Loved the mystery as well. Great book!

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  • MostlyHarmless
  • 10-05-17

Kept me awake!

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Josh Lanyon is one of the few authors who's books I read/listen to over and over again just for the beautiful way she has with words, but not all of her many misteries are equally captivating. (Which is forgivable given how many stories she's written!) This one I loved! I made a mistake and started listening to it hoping it would lull me to sleep and ended up staying up in bed until 5 am after a 16 hour work day totally spooked and unable to stop listening! (and I do not spook easily!!)