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The Awakening

Graveyard Queen, Book 6
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Series: Graveyard Queen, Book 6
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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My name is Amelia Gray, and I'm a cemetery restorer who lives with the dead. An anonymous donor has hired me to restore Woodbine Cemetery, a place where the rich and powerful bury their secrets. Forty years ago, a child disappeared without a trace and now her ghost has awakened, demanding that I find out the truth about her death. Only I know that she was murdered. Only I can bring her killer to justice. But the clues that I follow - a haunting melody and an unnamed baby's grave - lead me to a series of disturbing suspects.

For generations, the Devlins have been members of Charleston's elite. John Devlin once turned his back on the traditions and expectations that came with his birthright, but now he has seemingly accepted his rightful place. His family's secrets make him a questionable ally. When my investigation brings me to the gates of his family's palatial home, I have to wonder if he is about to become my mortal enemy.

©2017 Marilyn Medlock Amann (P)2017 Tantor

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highly recommend

Absolutely adore this series. So sad for it to end. What fantastic writing and narration.

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  • Sandy M
  • 05-04-17

Mixed Feelings - Series finale ?

Where does The Awakening rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

First 3 books in this series are the best, This book parallels book 2 in many ways, but weak in comparison.
1. Too many similarities between Jonathan Devlin and Pale Asher. Old Devlin tries to confuse Amelia about the death of Johns wife and daughter, but Amelia acts like book 3 never happened. She knew things from Robert Freemont about their deaths that made what Jonathan Devlin said meaningless. And the phone calls from the sinking car that never happened. Did author forget all about book 3?
2. Amelia and John want no more secrets, and come clean in this book. But they don't because again book 3 is forgotten. Amelia tells John she has seen ghosts since she was nine, and he makes the comment "But you never told me", and replies that he never seemed receptive due to his time working with the elder Shaw.
Again, in book 3 she did tell him everything when he finally had to let Shani go. Some how after he was shot, he forgot everything.
3. Last, is it Essie Goodwin or Goodwine. Previously it was Goodwin, now 6 books later its Goodwine.

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

Yes I listened to this narrator many times and like her.

Any additional comments?

See no where for this series to go from here, so am assuming this is the conclusion of the "Graveyard Queen" .
ending was rushed and unremarkable.
I listened to this book twice before writing this review, hoping I'd feel differently about this book, but have to admit this book was a bit disappointing.

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  • Sue Micheal Kenny
  • 04-06-17

Always the Best!!!

I am an avid 'listener' of Novel's. In fact, I'd be surprised if I was not one of Audible.com's top ten customer's considering I listen to 1-2 Novel's EVERY SINGLE DAY!!
Yea, I think I have a " proble" just as others are addicted to say drinking Red Wine 😶.
So my point is I RARELY take the time to actually write up a Review, and only do if a Novel's MOST AMAZING AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT AMANDA STEVENS SERIES , ***PLUS IT'S MOST IMPORTANT TO AN AUDIO VERSION OF AN AUTHOR'S NOVEL to become a TRULY GREAT 'MEDIUM' THAT has the uniqueopportunityto reach so many people and IS WAY better than the telly or just reading it toone's self is when there's also an Excellent NARRATOR AND Khristine Hvan with her beautiful South Carolinan draw top's the cake!

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  • shearae simpson
  • 18-02-20

loved!

the best one out of the series! all the secrets came out! she truly saved the best for last!

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  • Delta
  • 29-12-19

They just keep getting better!

I so enjoy this series. the stories are fully developed and the characters are facinating. But the best part are the wonderful endings to each book.

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  • Kentucky Bohemian
  • 22-11-19

Twists, Turns, Chills, and Satisfaction *ahhhh*

This is the amazing wrap-up to a truly mesmerizing series. This story has it all: mysterious happenings, bone-chilling history, liars, cheats, manipulators, murderers, protectors, and lovers. Everyone has secrets. Most of these secrets are dangerous, as well. The specters, entities, and ghosts that Amelia can't seem to shed this time are particularly virulent and sending her some mixed signals. Then there's Devlin, who has made a sudden reappearance into her life. That's such a cause for mixed emotions, it's enough to drive Amelia into a tail spin.

The breathless and just plain heart-breaking moments in this tale make this an exceptional read that will stick with you well after you've finished that last paragraph. Beautiful, rich characters work well with the fast-paced plot for a very satisfying story.

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  • Jennifer
  • 22-10-19

I'm hoping this is not the end of this series...

Amanda Stevens is an amazingly talented writer and I've enjoyed this series beyond words! I'm hoping she will continue this series because I'm feeling a bit sad that I don't have another book to move on to.

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  • Linda
  • 18-09-19

Very slow start...

Very slow start and then it was over. I was disappointed, there was a lot more to this story to be told. But I have listened to the entire series and was not going to miss it.

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  • Tanisha
  • 11-09-19

Amelia has no common sense

Story was ok and I’m grateful Devlin and Amelia end this journey together and begin a better one.

The first book was good but this one dragged with overwhelming amount of self-reflection. At times Amelia sounded like a besotted 15 year old and other times she just wouldn’t shut up.

Devlin seemed more mature but Amelia did the most stupid things, hence no common sense. She constantly badgers people she knows to be killers or bad guys, she’s almost been killed multiple times and she still hasn’t taken self defense or gotten a gun, still works alone and goes to dangerous places alone. No Common Sense!

This last book still doesn’t answer all the questions but I guess the author will let the police handle it and Devlin will still investigate the Conjey. Plus Devlin has his own special gift.

The narrator sounds like Therese Plummer in this book. I actually researched to confirm they we’re two different women that’s how much Khristine sounds like her.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-19

amazing series!!! such a beautiful story!

I have read hundreds of paranormal romance novels and this is my favorite story. I wish I could find more stories that made me binge read

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  • Julie Germaine
  • 14-06-19

Please tell me this isn't the last of the series!

I'm addicted to this series- the story telling, the narration, the flow, everything. I only hope there is more to come.