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City of Ghosts

Narrated by: Reba Buhr
Series: Cassidy Blake, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Victoria Schwab comes a sweeping, spooky, evocative adventure, perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn't like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead...and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost. 

So things are already pretty strange. But they're about to get much stranger. 

When Cass's parents start hosting a TV show about the world's most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her "gift", she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil - and herself. 

And she'll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined. 

New York Times best-selling author Victoria Schwab delivers a thrillingly spooky and action-packed tale of hauntings, history, mystery, and the bond between friends (even if that friend is a ghost...).

©2018 Victoria Schwab (P)2018 Scholastic Inc.

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The best book

This is the best book that I have ever read. It is so good. The absolute best

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A well told ghost story for all ages!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the story is well written and easy to fall into. The characters are interesting and the story is binge-worthy. I enjoyed the Harry Potter references and the nod to the historical facts of Scotland. I hope there are a series of these, I highly recommend.

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Not great

Narrator had the most annoying voice. The story jumped between some interesting writing and then colloquial ramblings full of American pop culture references. totally unrelatable for my Australian kids. Got half way through and could not listen any longer and had to return it to audible.

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I so dearly wish it was longer

This book transported me to a world so easily I was enraptured by its mystery and action, questions still burning, I hope there are follow up books to this amazing find. Delving deeper into the other side.

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  • R. Havens
  • 07-10-2018

Beautiful YA offering from Victoria Schwab

Great story and narration. Schwab's storytelling has never disappointed me, and this YA book is no exception. Since it is YA rather than some of her adult offerings, some who come to this book from her others may be a little surprised at the lighter tone and more straightforward storytelling. However, she doesn't condescend to her audience and offers a rich, interesting story with great characters (where Schwab shines brightest) and a compelling story line. The narrator does the story justice, as well, which is important to a well-executed audiobook!

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  • Jeffrey B (Pool) Nattania
  • 29-09-2018

Intended for a Younger Crowd

I live anything the V Schuab puts out. I even found this entertaining; however, it is intended for a younger crowd. I would say 5th grade and up. kinda mysterious, kinda spooky, but not the typical dark, gothic, bloody, action packed Schuab that I love!!

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  • angela jennings
  • 15-12-2018

very good story...cant wait for more

This was so good. A very friendly and light read about a girl who can see ghosts and has a best friend who actually is one. A little predictable but none the less good. I enjoyed her adventured and the story of her parents being ghost hunters.

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  • Abbey
  • 24-09-2018

Great listen

Good book, very middle grade appropriate with some good scary parts for kids. Have to say I hated how the mom was read and if she had a big part it might have ruined it for me. But since her part was small I could easily overlook it. Overall definitely worth it.

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  • Bells
  • 21-10-2020

It is a kid's book, but I enjoyed it

this is more of a children's book than some of the other things that she's written... I would say this is for like middle school age? like perhaps 11 to 13? I read a lot of YA and its earlier than that... it's a little slow in the beginning but it's worth the ramp up. The second book is good too.

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  • Erica Paulk
  • 08-09-2020

Easy to read but not fulfilling

3.5 star This was a nice light and fun read. I honeslty needed a break after the Stephen King marathon. There was a good atmosphere about the book. Only it needed more bulk somehow. I couldn't relate to the characters or care much for them. But the link between Cassidy and Jacob was a very nice touch. Possibly the only reason I am considering the next book. The talk of British/American lost in translations was hilarious. "It's official, nothing is sacred." No much more to say here. It's a nice go between book. Like a good break before you start a new monstrous tale. Easy to read and hard to put down. But as a stand alone, there just wasn't enough meat in it. Also while the book cover is top notch the cat is kind of confusing to me. Cass has a cat but it's not mentioned much in the book.

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  • Adrianna
  • 10-08-2020

Everything you need in a good ghost story

The tone, setting, and concept are all something I would have adored at 11 years old during my mystery novel craze. I didn’t expect it to be something I would absolutely adore now. The writing is immersive and very well done. One of the best first person present tense POVs I’ve seen in a while. Not to mention the fabulous job done by Reba Buhr as the narrator. She has an amazing range of accents and character voices. Her overall narration brings the written words to life. The story is fun, adventurous, and lovely. Certainly worth your time

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  • Bruce
  • 25-07-2020

It matches the publisher's blurb

Excellent story for the right audience - I liked it and I don't fit that profile. It's a rare YA book that actually has parents in it, though they are just as preoccupied as Coraline's parents (Neil Gaiman). Nice step up from Bellairs The Ghost in the Mirror; on a par with Catherine Jinks Bogle series; could be followed by J. Stroud's Lockwood & Co. I will be interested in where the series goes, but could feel satisfied with the story stopping here. Doesn't yet feel like there is an unfulfilled story arc. At 5 hours per book, a good deal, if they ever go on sale; not a good deal for us credit-users.

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  • Heather K (Dentist in my Spare Time)
  • 11-04-2020

Meh

Okay... I guess. I think my expectations were a bit too high for my first Victoria Schwab. I'm not typically a middle grade reader, but I think if I was I would have enjoyed this one a bit more. It was a very predictable story, and it felt geared towards ages 9-12 more. My 10 year-old nephew would probably love it. I listened to the whole thing because it was short, but even the decent narration didn't help keep my interest. It took me about two weeks to listen to a story that was just over 5 hours long, and that's not a great sign. Fine, I guess, but I would recommend only for a younger audience or a seasoned middle grade reader.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-2020

Awesome

A good starting and the villain is so good!!and the story line is excellent!! Great for ghost lovers!!!

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  • NotYourAmelie
  • 09-01-2019

Pretty good teen book, but the accents?!

Interesting story, good premise. Genuinely awful accents. I say this with good humour but don't listen to this if you're at all sensitive about English or Scottish accents. Really it was very distracting and unintentionally funny!

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  • michelle Chilvers
  • 08-07-2019

fantastic

I loved this book. brilliant narration. overall fantastic storyline that kept me gripped. thank you

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  • emma brackett
  • 26-05-2019

Fantastic

Absolutely loved the book. Full of mystery and fantasy. Really well written and read. Loved it.

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  • Michela
  • 14-06-2020

Hunting ghosts in Edinburgh

A great setting for this story, Edinburgh makes ghost stories sound real. In this one, the narrating character, Cassidy, is friends with Jacob, a ghost who saved her life and thus gained access to the world of the living. Viceversa, Cassidy can now go beyond the veil and feels and sees ghosts. She's surprised to meet another "in-betweener" in Edinburgh, and to find out that feeling ghosts and going beyond the veil actually have a purpose. Even more surprising and scary is the discovery of a very powerful ghost who seems to have a dangerous and strong influence on the living. A good first novel in a series, lively narrated.

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  • KEVIN Rread
  • 13-02-2020

not bad

ok so it's more of a short story than a book to me..Jacob was a fun and different take on a ghost and the story was light-hearted and an easy read..I did however feel this is more aimed at teenagers and not a 44 year old man..I bought this as I enjoyed vicious!..all in all tho I did enjoy..my only critique on the audio is a moment or two of dodgy Scottish accents!

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  • emily
  • 10-01-2020

No Cat

I have no idea why there's a black cat on the cover of this book. The character's family has a cat but it's not in any way involved in the story, so if you're hoping for a ghost cat companion as I was you will be disappointed!

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  • FENARETI
  • 25-11-2019

Good and fresh

Well written and performed. Cute middle grade story. Worth the listen. I loved the friendship in this story. So nice and pure. Jacob was my favourite character. Very well and so tragic. My heart aches for this boy.

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  • Anamelia Regan (EldritchFae)
  • 04-10-2019

loved it

some dodgy accents but generally wonderful narration. story was wonderful and the whole experience was really enjoyable

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  • Aly
  • 22-08-2019

I Would Read Schwab's Shopping List If I Could

“Every time I get nervous or scared, I remind myself that every good story needs twists and turns. Every heroine needs an adventure.” I've said this once and I'll say it again: I would read Schwab's shopping list if I had the chance. City of Ghosts was AMAZING, and I highly recommend the audiobook if you get the chance! It's whimsical, it's cute, it's slightly creepy and ahem, it takes place in Edinburgh -- only my favourite place in the entire world.

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  • Martha
  • 29-07-2019

Spooky fun

Cassidy Blake is best friends with a ghost named Jacob. Ever since Jacob saved Cassidy's life, the two have been mysteriously linked: Jacob can cross through the veil (what separates the ghost and living world) to be by Cassidy's side, while Cassidy can also cross into the spirit world. What's more, their bond means that Jacob can read Cassidy's thoughts. I enjoyed Jacob and Cassidy's relationship so much. Cassidy is very protective of Jacob and the two are constantly looking out for each other, making this a sweet friendship dynamic. Though, as the story progresses, Cassidy realises that Jacob may be keeping secrets... Cassidy's parents are a quirky ghost-hunting team, despite not being able to see the ghosts their daughter can. When her parents get an offer to turn their book series into a TV show, they jump at the chance. Cassidy is therefore whisked away to Scotland, Edinburgh, to accompany her parents as they film the most haunted places on offer. Cassidy's parents added a fun element to the story and I also loved the setting of Edinburgh. Since I've been to the haunted places mentioned, I could imagine everything clearly and I was happy that the author had obviously done her research. It was fun seeing how Cassidy - as an American - viewed the city that is close to home for me. (I'm very thankful she eventually enjoyed her British fish and chips... I would not have taken the insult lightly). The book is filled with great twists and turns, wonderful characters and fittingly spooky settings. The only thing that bothered me was the amount of Harry Potter references. It was strange because they held no relevance and only took me out of the story. I hope the author won't continue this into the second book. But I will definitely be reading on; this was a joy to read. As for the narration: prepare for bad Scottish and British accents. Despite this, I still greatly enjoyed the audiobook.