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Restless Spirits (Volume 1)

Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Series: Spirits, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
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After losing the family fortune to a fraudulent psychic, inventor Henry Strauss is determined to bring the otherworld under control through the application of science. All he needs is a genuine haunting to prove his Electro-Séance will work. 

A letter from wealthy industrialist Dominic Gladfield seems the answer to his prayers. Gladfield’s proposition: a contest pitting science against spiritualism, with a hefty prize for the winner. The contest takes Henry to Reyhome Castle, the site of a series of brutal murders decades earlier. There he meets his rival for the prize, the dangerously appealing Vincent Night. Vincent is handsome, charming...and determined to get Henry into bed. Henry can’t afford to fall for a spirit medium, let alone the competition. But nothing in the haunted mansion is quite as it seems, and soon winning the contest is the least of Henry’s concerns. For the evil stalking the halls of Reyhome Castle wants to claim not just Henry and Vincent’s lives but their very souls.

©2015 Jordan L. Hawk (P)2018 Jordan L. Hawk

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Great series

Very enjoyable with interesting, likeable characters. The author as always is top form and the narration is by one of the best.

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  • Neta_BER
  • 31-07-18

A thrilling supernatural mystery!!!

If you enjoyed her Hexworld books or Widdershins, you will LOVE this one!!!

This book was my first M/M, almost two years ago, and it not only introduced me to Jordan L. Hawk that has become one of my favorite authors. Jordan has a fantastic writing style and is one of the best world builder I have read to date. All three of her 19th century book serieses are fantastically written and have an ingenues way of being both realistic and raw while still having supernatural and magical elements. I love the level of research and feel of scientific accuracy this book has, the exorcism feels logical and true, and to be able to write it in such a way is a true gift indeed. The other thing I love about Jordan's writing is her inclusive, diverse writing. There are characters from every color, ethnicity, gender and gender identity in her writing and she fits each character and story to the time period with such accuracy it's astounding. She writes real people with genuine struggles in an other worldly setting, not an easy feat.
This book is a mystery both scary and intriguing, the plot twisting and unexpected.
I love the struggle between Vincent and Henry, both striving for the same goal but from opposing sides. The "hate-turned-to-lust-turned-to-friendship" between them is wonderful, with just the right amount of snark and fluster. They each bring something to the table and if they can only work together they might survive this hunted mansion. Lizzy and Joe, the wonderful and funny partners and co-workers are each a formidable female and show a strength and wisdom much greater then their sometimes dens male counterparts. This is the start of a wonderful series that puts a twist on Ghost Busters and combines science and spirit to save the day.

***Audiobook***
I remember e-mailing to ask if this book will come out in audio after listening to her amazing book Hexbreaker on audio (my first audiobook too!) and enjoying it so much. Little did I know that once it came out the narrator will be one of my favorites, Greg Trembly. He is a true master of emotions and has in incredible gift of understanding the characters in any story. I have thoroughly enjoyed every book he narrated and here was not different. Greg narrated the book with the perfect pitch, accents, emotion and pace. His performance was just what I wanted this book on audio to be, capturing the spooky dangerous atmosphere of the hunted house an delivery a shiver worthy narration. Having read this book and loved it re-reading it on audio was a great experience I feel only added to the story and I can not wait for the next ones to come out on audio!

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  • Aislinn Wolfsong
  • 29-07-18

Very good!

I enjoyed reading this book back when it first came out and am so glad it is now available in audiobook format. Greg Tremblay does such an awesome job of bringing the whole thing to life with his performance.
Jordan's awesome storytelling + Greg's narration is a fantastic combination.

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  • raymond noland
  • 26-09-18

wow

wow i couldn't put it down I think I found my new guilty pleasure .

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  • U.E.
  • 10-08-18

A ghost story in its natural format

I've already read the book before and loved it, so there were no surprises here. Anyone looking for an excellent ghost story with M-M romance elements should look no further than the Spirits series. Audio is the natural format for a ghost story and had I not known the plot beforehand I'd probably jump on my seat many times.
My only issue with the audiobook was that the narrator talked a little bit too fast for me sometimes (English is not my native language).
Hopefully the next volumes would come out in audio too.

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  • Jessica
  • 29-07-18

Creepily good book!

Good storie with likabell charachters! Parts of the story gave me the creeps! Get easily scared, especially by books and this one made the goosebumps appear. Greg Tremblay did a super good job!
Really liked the ending and cant wait for book 2!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-05-20

Wonderful Victorian Ghost story.

The tone of the book is vivid from the beginning with victorian melodrama and ghost hunting atmosphere. Henry is a bit of a prissy do gooder who struggles to find success and validation in a world full of theives and charlatans. He believes in ghosts, but also in science and is trying to merge the two with his inventions.
Vincent is the real deal, a strong medium who can channel spirits. His own spirit is broken and broke down, the tragic frightful death of his mentor keeping him sad and scared of his gift.
Both men are broke, poorer than poor and determined to win a big prize offered to the winner of a competion who clears the haunted mansion of ghosts and haints. They mostly want to help their friends/companions and clear tarnished reputations.
The writing is vivid and atmospheric. I love a book where I can just picture the blue flames flickering down the misty corridor.
Vincent and Henry both likeable, with Henry being a bit annoying at times. Lizzie who is Vincents (closet trans-woman)business partner and Jo who is Henrys biracial cousin are both terrific side characters.
Greg Tremblay is as always just a terrific narrator bringing cast and story to life.

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  • Memeke
  • 24-02-20

Good Stuff

Henry would like to use science as a means to take bias out of the equation of ghostly mediation. He has been used before, and he wants to spare others from such dire situations. Vincent is a legit medium who failed the only friend who saw more in him than a common street performer, and is afraid to fail another person. The two of them meet at the haunted castle where something horrible happened in order to prove which method is superior: science or mediation.

I liked Henry. He did what he did in order to help people. His drive unfortunately makes him have tunnel vision. he is convinced that anything that is not science will betray him, and he is not willing to trust others. Henry makes some questionable decisions towards the end of the novel that could have been pleasantly sorted out if he talked about his concerns instead of his usual accusations. I understand tunnel vision, but if it's used just to further the plot (when the character is obviously smarter than the decisions he makes), I do tend to get a little frustrated. Regardless, he does make amends, and I hope he does better in the next novel.

Vincent had to be my favorite. He was kindhearted and looked out for others. He was able to make smart decisions and learn from his mistakes. He is a good match with Henry and I look forward to seeing where their relationship takes them later in the series.

The other characters were interesting and varied. Henry's niece (cousin?) did her best to ground him. Vincent's associate was bad-ass. The castle characters upheld their parts to engage in a murder mystery as well as a paranormal haunting.

I liked the world presented for mediation and how each mediator had a different method to sense ghosts (taste, touch, and so on). That's a refreshing take. Overall, I enjoyed myself. Greg Tremblay, was absolutely FANTASTIC!

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  • Daisycat68
  • 15-11-19

A delightful, spooky romp!

I really enjoyed this book and am about to embark on the second book in the series.

First, anything narrated by Greg Tremblay is an automatic yes. He is fantastic and brings life to the characters.

The story is fairly straightforward but there are surprises along the way that keep it from being dull. The characters are complex and when their backstories are revealed, it brings a depth to the story that humanizes them despite their faults.

I recommend this book of you like ghosts, some romance, a mystery and historical drama.

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  • HollyAnne
  • 22-10-19

I love this book

This book is written so well with twists and turns and just enough drama to keep you on your toes. Greg Tremblay is a fantastic narrator and he gives a lot of life to the characters. I’ll definitely read the rest of the series now.

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  • padme35
  • 19-09-19

Great blend of mystery/spirits/romance/historical


This is my second re-visit to books 1 & 2(Restless Spirits & Dangerous Spirits) and my first for book 3, Guardian Spirits and I loved them just as much as my original reads. Following the journey of Henry and Victor, as well as Jo and Lizzie, is such a treat and I don't think it will ever get old. Such amazing characters and incredible scene setting, well Spirits trilogy is really an all around package of goodness. For newcomers, this is a trilogy best read in order so be sure to start at the beginning to see how the four meet.

As for the narrator, Greg Tremblay, well I can't imagine anyone else reading them. Would someone else be as good and enjoyable? Of course, but after listening to Greg read Spirits, I really don't see anyone else doing the characters and their adventures to find the truth justice. A reading and listening masterpiece that will pull you in, tie you down, and not let go till the truth is found. Entertaining for years to come.