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The Library: Where Life Checks Out Audiobook

The Library: Where Life Checks Out

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In 1934, the body of a beautiful, but poor young woman was found alongside a riverbank near The Depot. Beaten to a pulp, only recognizable by a tattoo on her ankle, and yet, days after the discovery, the story all but disappears.

Eighty years later, locals claim The Depot is haunted. But in all the years homicide detective Mark Waters has visited the abandoned1800s train station turned restaurant, he's never seen proof. Until now.

As he sifts through evidence of a supposed suicide by train, he learns a murder that took place eighty years ago may directly affect his case.

Six months after the strange occurrences at The Depot, there's another murder. This time, The Library holds secrets of several murders, and the dead won't rest until the murderer checks out too.

©2013, 2014 Carmen DeSousa (P)2015 Carmen DeSousa

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    Susan M. 30/10/2016
    Susan M. 30/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration was bad"
    What disappointed you about The Library: Where Life Checks Out?

    The narrator sounded as though she was fighting to stay awake through a fog of sedatives. I couldn't listen past the first couple of chapters, so it's unfair to comment on the actual story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Nocturnus
    The Evil Black Hole
    22/01/16
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    "The Haunted Detective"
    If you could sum up The Library: Where Life Checks Out in three words, what would they be?

    Ghostly Crimesolving Adventures


    What other book might you compare The Library: Where Life Checks Out to and why?

    I don't compare books with each other.


    Have you listened to any of Michelle Babb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to many of her performances and will most likely listen to many many more! She is one of my favorite narrators :) Her performances are always really good. I can't wait to start another of her projects! They are always a really fun listen no matter what the genre or subject matter.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Ghostly Intervention Just In Time


    Any additional comments?

    This series must be listened to (or read) in order. The first book is The Pit Stop: This Stop Could be Life or Death and as far as I know is unavailable in Audible Audio Edition format. The second book is The Depot: When Life and Death Cross Tracks and is included in this edition though not listed in the description as far as I could tell. This is the third (and it seems final) book in this series.



    Mark has been trying to deny the existence of ghosts for quite some time now. It keeps getting harder and harder for him to pretend they are not real and that they are figments of his imagination. His fiancée's life was saved by her greatgrandmother's ghost after all. Can he keep denying the supernatural's existence? Or will he just take the extra help to solve this odd string of crimes spanning generations? Will he be able to stop the killing before it lands too close to home? How can he trust his instincts when he half believes henis cracking up? What is really going on in their town?


    ***This book is suitable for mature young adult through adult listeners (and readers) who enjoy short supernatural mysteries with a bit of romance and ghostly intervention :)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Terri
    United States
    06/08/15
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    "A haunting story..."

    I received this audio book as a gift in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. The Library by Carmen DeSousa is a well written and thought out story about a murder from 80 years ago and now the Depot is claimed to be haunted. I really enjoyed listening to this audio book! There is danger, thrills, excitement, mystery and even love! This book has an original plot and the characters are so likable, even the ghosts.

    The author, Carmen DeSousa did a great job writing this story. I found myself sitting there listening, almost glued to my chair! The narrator, Michelle Babb does an excellent delivery of this book with her multiple voices. Her voices are soothing and entertaining! Great job both of you!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • avidreader13
    30/09/15
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    "Interesting and unique perspective!"

    This book is very different than most of the others that I have listened to on Audible. I liked the concept of the story and how it was set up - a shorter "prequel" to introduce the characters and provide a background/explanation of key events, which led straight into the main story. The introduction and development of the characters was well done. The plot line was a little hard to follow, however, as it had several twists and many of the characters had unexpected connections. The main characters, Mark and Ashlyn, are very interesting and are well balanced with some of the others in the book. Carmen DeSousa did a great job with the story's mystery component - giving you just enough detail at the right times to keep you thinking and engaged in the story - but it would have helped me a little to have a few more things spelled out, even if it was at the end.

    Michelle Babb did an excellent job with the character voices. There was a clear distinction between each character, so I always knew who was speaking. She also had great accents! Her voices and tone really draw you in and keep you engaged with the characters.

    Overall, I enjoyed the story. I'd recommend it for longer rides or times where you are able to really pay attention to the plot line, otherwise you'll find yourself going back and listening to a few chapters again. Watch out for the twists - there are several that will sneak up even when you're trying to anticipate them. A fun, unique read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • deborah
    14/09/15
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    "Light Paranormal/ Mystery for a rainy weekend"

    I received this audiobook in exchange for an impartial review.

    This was an enjoyable, light mystery with a touch a paranormal and romance thrown in. At first there is a short prologue with the murder of a young girl, named Etta, taking place in the 1930s. Then we are transported to present day and introduced to police detective, Mark Waters. He is an honest, hard-working, straight arrow kind of guy. This story is told mostly through his point of view and through Ashland, a young woman with a back story all her own. There will be a quick jump to their romance. A lot of peripheral characters populate this story and at times I admit I got confused. It would have been interesting to learn more about them and the whys behind especially Ashland's mother and Mark's partner's behavior.

    I would have preferred to have a lot more "paranormal action" in this story, but it was pleasurable to listen to on a rainy weekend. It definitely kept my interest. The narrator does an excellent job voicing the main and the background characters. She was able to do the male voices well.

    I would suggest this title to anyone who wants a light mystery/ romance/ ghost story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Debra Nasca
    08/08/15
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    "great ghost story I just loved it."
    Would you listen to The Library: Where Life Checks Out again? Why?

    Yes you must miss something so I listen twice already.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, figuring who the ghost and the family's go back to great grandparents, and who murdered who. I was at the edge of my seat
    This story was refreshing.


    What about Michelle Babb’s performance did you like?

    She is always awesome, it's a pleasure to listen to her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the baby was born and when her grand mother was described died at the bar.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this story alot. I give it thumbs up. It was really different from anything I listen to lately.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Frode
    03/11/15
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    "Put This In The Library"

    This is a really good book. There it is! One of the best i heard in a wile, and i say that after been listing to some really good books lately. The Library: Where Life Checks Out by Carmen DeSousa is that good. Its such a suprice! I never heard about Carmen DeSousa and this was so good i was almost surprised that i never heard about it before!

    When a book is Narrated By Michelle Babb i know i am in safe hands, and this book proves that again, again and again. Michelle Babb is loving what she reads, and that shows it self again. 6 hrs and 33 mins almost feels short, and that is almost funny. When you are together with Michelle and Carmen: It is almost a bit short! That is how good this is!

    I got this for free for a honest review, and this is that: Honest!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • cnth
    03/11/15
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    "Easy to Listen"
    Any additional comments?

    *I received this audiobook in exchange for an impartial review.*

    This audiobook has 2 parts. The 1st one is The Depot, and it was my favorite. It helps you to get the background for the sequence. The Library is the 2nd part with a new crime.

    I have no problem with the "paranormal > mystery > romance" genre. It's great, it's fantasy. But what spoiled all my fun was Mark and his inability to deal with his personal problems.

    The narrative is constantly interrupted by his concerns about the relationship with Ashlyn. "Because she is so gorgeous”. And during the investigation "Why her mother doesn't like me?". He is talking to some woman "Why is Ashlyn so reluctant to move forward on their relationship?" And the story goes. It's disruptive like commercials in the middle of your favorite TV show.

    I enjoyed the story, is an easy-to-listen-to mystery, but Mark's internal dialogue is really annoying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Norma Miles
    17/07/17
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    ""It's never The End.""

    With The Library Where Life Checks Out, Carmen DeSousa has written a great character filled ghost-cum-detective story, not too creepy but sufficiently atmospheric to push the right buttons. Mark Waters has been a detective in a sleepy little town for seven years. He had previously solved a 20 years old murder and was again called in to investigate the death of a probable suicide: the man had run in front of a train outside of the Depot, an old station converted to a bar which was widely believed to be haunted. It is here that he meets the barmaid, Ashlan, and falls in love. Six months later there is another death, this time of an old man, homeless, outside the town's library.

    The story follows the investigation of this death and the odd happenings in the library as well as Mark's relationships with Ashlan and others. The growing characterisations are good, as are the attempts to determine exactly what is happening in their town, with a slightly surprising ending. The whole feels both mysterious and very real. The reading by Michelle Babb fits perfectly. With a sultry accented voice, it is as if she is telling the story directly to the listener, which imparts a very intimate reality to the narration. This is a book not of terrifying fireworks, but one to savour and enjoy.

    An earlier story, The Pit Shop, had first introduced Mark Waters and, whilst enjoying it's potential, I had been left wishing that it had been expanded further, made more of a novel. In this, The Library, that is exactly what has happened and I recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable, character filled light detective book, with ghostly asides.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • April Rogers-Krick
    06/05/17
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    "Interesting story with Perfect Narrator."

    The Library is a different kind of story that keeps you interested to the very end. The characters are intriguing well crafted. The plot is interesting and helps keep you interested to the end. The narration is awesome. Michelle Babb does such a great job bringing the characters to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rhonda
    18/04/17
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    "Ok book but can be confusing at times."
    What did you love best about The Library: Where Life Checks Out?

    I didn't find anything to really love about this book.


    Would you recommend The Library: Where Life Checks Out to your friends? Why or why not?

    Although it had an interesting story, I found myself confused a few times about what was happening so I had to listen to parts again. There were also some unnecessary relationship things going on that took away from the plot.


    What does Michelle Babb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have listened to several of Michelle's narrations and she is always great. She gives each character their own voice and doesn't go over the top on them like some narrators do.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, I didn't find anything particularly moving in this story.


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the
    author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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