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The Book of Beloved

Pluto's Snitch, Book 1
Narrated by: Carly Robins
Series: Pluto's Snitch, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

As a young woman widowed by World War I, Raissa James is no stranger to ghosts. But when an invitation arrives from Caoin House, her uncle's estate in Mobile, Alabama, she's finally ready to cast off the shadows of her past. And what better way to do so than with a grand party in her honor? An aspiring authoress, Raissa's eager to soak up more of life - and immerse herself in the dark history that haunts the estate.

But the revelries come to an abrupt end when one of her uncle's guests takes a deadly plunge. And when a ghost from the property's past, a Confederate soldier, reveals himself to Raissa, she's more determined than ever to get to the heart of the mysterious deaths that plague Caoin House. Enlisting the help of Reginald Proctor, a self-proclaimed medium, she holds a séance to shed light on old secrets. But she discovers that some secrets, even those long dead, still have a startling hold on the living....

©2016 Carolyn Haines (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Brenda S
  • 29-07-18

Good story. I just had some issues with it.

I'm not sure if it was just me not focusing or something about the book, but for whatever reason i did have a hard time focusing at pivotal points. I had a hard time following who was related to who when the plot was unfolding. kinda important in tbis book.

Also I did think the gay topic was a bit too much in the face of all the other things going on. I'm not saying there weren't gay people back then but there were a lot less. Plus it seems like the major characters are usually (in other books as well) ok with it. Seriously, at this time in history this would doubtfully be the case.

I did like the ghost part of the book even though they were mostly malevolent.

I also thought the narrator did a good job.

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  • Gwen J.
  • 13-11-16

Fabulous listen!

This selection was thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyed. A great whodunit, quite refreshing. Carly Robins did commendable job.

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  • analyzethis
  • 25-08-16

Standard fare story, bad choice for narrator

The story is unsurprising basic fare: a widow, a kindly uncle, a mansion, ghosts, hidden secrets. I bought it because it was a Deal of the Day and was set in Louisiana, where I am from. Some period novels offer the bonus of pulling you into a different time and place - not this one.
What was nearly unbearable was the narrator. Don't they have auditions before they select the person? She was perfectly fine for the heroine, but her men all sounded like caricatures. They all speak in low growls, all with same intonation, as though each sentence were an important declaration. From the young gay man to the aging uncle to the handsome young family lawyer who courts the heroine to the sheriff, they all talk in deep, pompous voices and by the middle of the book, I really couldn't stand it anymore. One has to known one's limitations! If she can't do men's voices, she should just do them in an ordinary pitch - that would have been enough, her female voices were a bit higher anyway and one would have heard the difference. But the worst part was when she also added accents. The housekeeper's son for unknown reasons spoke in a heavy French accent, while his mother had no accent at all. One of the men on the staff had an accent that I can only guess was supposed to be Scottish, maybe...but random mispronunciations and frequent rollings of the r do not a Scottish accent make. She needs to stick with American women's voices ...PLEASE.

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  • Chuck
  • 18-08-17

I thought it was just okay.

Many of the catch phrases and words she used were to modern to fit in to a story set a hundred years ago. the story was interesting but a bit of a stretch at times. I got into the book so far I just had to hang on and listen until the end. I could not wait to for it to finish.

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  • carina
  • 27-08-16

Good Ghost Story

I was surprised by the awareness that in the 1920s, the Civil War was only 60 years past. So many big changes: automobiles, women's fashions, WWI, prohibition. Yet, this story in Mobile, Alabama shows that a lot hadn't changed. The importance of bloodlines, Ku Klux Klan, social status/reputations, and long-time secrets kept for generations. The Book of the Beloved was a secret that kept departed souls from moving on to find peace. They're waiting for truths to be told concerning evil deeds of grandfathers; stolen Choctaw children sold as slaves or murdered, lonely wives with their slave male prostitutes while husbands were off at war. Much is revealed when a young women who sees ghosts visits her uncle's estate. She eventually unravels the mystery and motive for the death a man fallen from the roof during one of her uncle's parties. Seances, scary attic adventures, a kidnapping, all woven together to make an intriguing tale of ghosts and a smart young woman detective. Most enjoyable.

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  • grey
  • 28-03-20

Story great! Narrator a little monotonous, not differentiating characters

The story was great! Moving right into book two as soon as I finish this review.

A bummer is that the narrator is a little monotonous, not differentiating characters very well. Luckily the author wrote in such a way that it is evident who is speaking.

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  • Sarah xXXXXx
  • 09-01-20

I Thoroughly Enjoyed This Story!

I really enjoyed this book as well as the narrator. I read what other people had said about the book but downloaded it anyway and felt that I would make my own judgement of the book. I am so glad that I did! I enjoyed the story line, I loved the characters and the historical significance and references and the performance of the narrator. I was so taken in by the story that even before I finished it, I started downloading the next book in the series. Thank you

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  • Robin N
  • 10-02-19

Great "Ghost" story

Loved this book. The time period, setting and ghosts are all great. The writer did a wonderful job of combining a ghost story with a mystery. can't wait to read the next one.

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  • M.L.L.
  • 31-08-18

Why are the ghosts so cryptic?

Spoilers.
Throughout this books the ghosts speak to the heroine. But they never say anything helpful.
Robert says beware things are not as they seem instead of I was killed by...
Alex says be careful there is darkness around you instead of beware the man next to you.
They don't say I'm not Ely I'm Caleb.
They say she saw the man fall off the roof instead of pushed off.
They don't say she didn't kill me he did.
Are ghosts incapable of speaking names? Are they prohibited from giving useful information of the living or the dead? It's rather excessively unhelpful. And why does Caleb pretend to want Raise a? Doesn't he want Eva? Can't their ghosts get together? It really doesn't make sense.

Also this book has a lot of Civil War era depravities in it.

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  • TAC
  • 20-07-18

Unfocused but Charming

The narrator was excellent, really giving the feel of the south. The story had some very good elements but it was all over the place. Too many unnecessary scenes and side trips. It took way too long for anything to come together. Is the main character an author, a teacher, a detective? Unfocused but charming disappointment.