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Spirited Christmas Audiobook

Spirited Christmas: A Jonathan Shade Holiday Story

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Publisher's Summary

Ghost of Christmas Past

In this short novelette, a little girl hires Jonathan to get rid of a ghost that haunts her family every Christmas. The hauntings have escalated from sightings to full possession.

It should be an open-and-shut exorcism, but when Jonathan discovers the truth, it's more than he bargained for....

©2016 Gary Jonas (P)2017 Gary Jonas

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  • Neesie315
    New Mexico
    16/12/17
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    "Spirited Christmas"

    An enjoyable read that will fill your heart with the Christmas spirit. Likeable characters, especially Esther the ghost. Great attitudes, a little snarkiness & a happy ending.

    Joe Hempel is one of my favorite narrators and he does a great job with this book. I will definitely be looking for more booked in this series!

    I was given the chance to listen to this book and chose to review it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heather North
    Indiana
    08/01/18
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    "Fantastic listen"

    A quick, heart warming listen. I loved the story and the characters, plenty of snark and humor. I’m new to the Jonathan Shade series and plan on listening to more. I loved the narrator, he always does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mandy
    07/01/18
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    "Good!"

    This was a really unique christmas type story. Short, well written and fantastic narration - I really enjoyed this story!


    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DabOfDarkness
    Ojo Caliente, NM, United States
    05/01/18
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    "Enjoyable for the holidays - or anytime!"

    Note: While this book fits somewhere into the Jonathan Shade series, it works perfectly fine as a stand alone and can be read at any point in the series.

    Set in modern day Denver and surrounding area, paranormal private investigator Jonathan Shade is hired by young Madeleine Franklin who is tired of being bothered by a ghost that shows up every Christmas. Each year the sightings of this ghost have gotten worse and worse. She’s determined that this Christmas her family won’t be bothered by it. Jonathan reluctantly takes on the case.

    This was a charming holiday tale by one of my favorite authors. He utilizes my favorite characters from the series in the story – Jonathan, Kelly Chan (his friend and part-time bodyguard), and Esther (who is a ghost who died in the 1920s and her spirit is tied to a typewriter). Little Maddy offers up all her money (which can easily be counted in coins) to Jonathan to perform an exorcism. Jonathan gives her a discount and heads over to perform a simple exorcism. It’s a ghost alright, but now he’ll be spending some time and money doing some house repairs over at Maddy’s for the unexpected side effects of the exorcism.

    The story doesn’t stop there. Jonathan suspects he doesn’t have the whole story, but he’s not sure what he’s missing. He digs around a bit and discovers a hidden truth. I was quite pleased that this wasn’t a simple little case for Jonathan and crew. Nope. There’s flames and a sewage treatment plant involved.

    The ending doesn’t leave everyone with everything they want, but it did leave me with a good warm fuzzy feeling. Jonathan and crew helped out a little girl and still had time to decide if they really wanted to go to a holiday party or not. The tale captured the humor I so enjoyed in the first 3 books of the series, with Esther and Kelly teasing Jonathan and him throwing it back at them. I also liked Jonathan’s little song about the bones.


    The Narration: Joe Hempel continues to do a great job with this series. He’s a perfect fit for Jonathan Shade. I also love his Kelly Chan voice. Esther is always great, especially with the accent Joe gives her. He did a great job of imbuing the characters with emotion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa
    Cambridge
    28/12/17
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    "A Different Type of Christmas Story"

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
    There is humor in this supernatural thriller, lots of it. You'll truly enjoy those characters so "out of this world" but still able to interact with real people. I had to chuckle a few times and that is always a good sign for me. The story was a little too rushed for my taste and I think it could have been developed a little further, but all in all I did enjoy the narrative and performance and will look for other books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kandice C.
    28/12/17
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    "Extremely good "

    I listened to Spirited Christmas: a Jonathan Shade Holiday Story and really enjoyed it. I found I didn’t want to make stops when I was doing errands as I would have to wait to hear more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty ranma
    26/12/17
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    "Koodoes, fun"

    This is the first Gary Jonas book I've read, it won't be the last. This is a very fun, short read. I look forward to reading more of his work.
    The narrator brings the story to life.
    This Audio book was given to me for free at my request from the publisher, author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.
    Reasons I enjoyed this book:
    Action-packed, Easy-to-read, Entertaining, Funny, Great world building, Haunting Original, Page-turner, Twisted, Unpredictable, Whimsical, Witty, Wonderful characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • eris
    25/12/17
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    "A fun paranormal holiday novella"

    Having never read any of the Jonathan Shade series I had no idea what to expect going in, but what I was an entertaining Christmas ghost mystery. It packed a surprising amount of content into the tight running time, and left me wanting to check out more from the series. There are some twists and some endearing characters created in only two hours, and it will leave you feeling happily in the holiday spirit. The narration by Joe Hempel was good as always from him, he can pull off lots of clear and unique voices and all their inflections. Recommend checking this out even if you haven't read the series.


    I was given the chance to listen to this book and chose to review it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jakob
    20/12/17
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    "A Christmas ghost story "

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    This is my first encounter with the Jonathan Shade series of books. This story was funny because I kept deciding I knew where it was going, assuming it was nowhere good, and then the story surprised me. Since I read/listen to at least one book every week, this is an unusual occurrence for me. Of course, there is the obligatory comparison with the Dresden series in tone but from the short glimpse I got from this book, it's not an unfavorable comparison. Since I like good urban fantasy, I will be looking for the first book to see whether I've found a new series to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catrina P
    19/12/17
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    "Spirited Christmas "

    A very interesting Christmas story. I was not familiar with any of Gary Jonas' stories about Jonathan Shade. After listening to this story, I'll be checking them out! I loved the paranormal twist of this ghost story.

    I was given this free review copy copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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