Vienna. A city of history and culture, where Mozart, Freud, and Beethoven once walked the streets. For American university student Jake Meyer, it is a chance to recover from a family tragedy he left behind. Surrounded by the baroque palaces and charming squares of the city, he hopes to pull his life back together.
However, Jake quickly learns danger lurks in the most beautiful of places and his life takes a deadly turn when he provides a false alibi to an attractive fellow student seen fleeing the murder scene of her ex-boyfriend.
When secrets from a forgotten war are unearthed, the mystery and body count start to pile up at Jake's feet. With only the help of a friendly American consular officer, can Jake survive long enough to prove his innocence to the police?
A debut novel of mystery with international flair, City of Ghosts is sure to please both armchair travelers and amateur detectives.
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Listen and be transported to mysterious Vienna!
I think the audio and print versions of this book are equally excellent!
The plot kept me engaged and I didn't want to pause at the end of each chapter! The mystery kept me guessing and I felt submerged in beautiful, historic Vienna.
My favorite scene is when Jake first meets Anna. The author painted a beautiful scene in a Viennese cafe and set the tone for an intriguing plot. It made me want to learn more about the characters and their potential journey ahead.
This book made me laugh at times. The author's sense of humor comes through, but the overall storyline is more serious and gripping. Why did the main character make the decisions he did? It's like a movie you watch and yell at the TV screen for the main character not to make a bad decision, but they do anyways and you're excited to see what lies ahead.
This is a fun audiobook - a great story and a great narrator. I really enjoyed it!
- Sarah B.
Excellent performance of a very fun book!
I would totally listen to this again! Will M Watt did a phenomenal job reading this story. His ability to switch between accents, attitudes, and pitches as he narrates each of the diverse cast of characters is delightful! I felt drawn into the story by Will's narration style, the little hints of attitude and humor (where appropriate) in his tone of voice, and the pictures painted by Shawn's words. I thought it was particularly brilliant that the narrator's natural accent was distinct from the accents of the characters - it made it so clear when someone was talking/thinking vs. basic narration. I enjoyed the entire listen!
Even though I had read the book prior to listening to the audio book, I still found myself fully engaged as I listened. In fact, I am inclined to say that I enjoyed the experience of listening to the book even more than I enjoyed reading it to myself! (and I already reviewed the book highly on its own merits on Amazon!) I enjoyed the plot (apart from the listening experience) as it had adventure, a few twists I didn't expect, and even some fun flirtation. Jake and Tess are delightful characters, and I can't wait to read more about their adventures!
I know it's a cop-out to say "it's hard to choose".... but...well.... :-) It is! Since for me, this was an adventure particularly for the audio portion (having read the book to myself previously), I especially enjoyed scenes with the three roommates as I got to hear the accent bounce back and forth among the different nationalities.
Yes! Unfortunately, the demands of life (a.k.a. kids and work!) required me to listen in installments. I very much enjoyed both the story and the reader.
In a spirit of full disclosure, I received a copy of this audio book free in exchange for an honest review. After this experience, I am inclined to purchase the next in the series for myself if Shawn has Will narrate Tower of Fools (book 2 in the series)!
- Jen M.