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City of Ghosts

Narrated by: Reba Buhr
Series: Cassidy Blake, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • chelsey potter
  • 20-11-2019

cute story

this story is quite adorable and the reader, I think does a pretty good job of giving the characters life. I'm quite excited to listen to the next one.

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  • 4getfulthoughts
  • 08-10-2019

Loved it!

Loved it! Can't wait to get started on the next book in the series.

Adding narrator to my list of favorites.

The book wasn't an "edge of your seat" type of story but it was interesting and held our interest. Listed with an 8 year old that loves reading but never sits still unless there's a book in her hands.

She sat through the entire reading with me completely engaged the entire time.

Highly recommend if you enjoy ghost stories. ♡

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  • An
  • 06-10-2019

"The longer he stays, the stronger he'll get."

A girl who can see ghosts.
Her best friend IS a ghost.
And a city full of ghosts...

What kind of spooky adventures awaits them?

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  • Arlie111
  • 13-09-2019

Love the Premise

great story abd the premise of the book makes it possible to develope other stories and books. I really enjoyed it!

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  • Casey
  • 13-09-2019

Charming, thrilling, and superbly narrated

um, i totally loved this!!!

I guess it shouldn't be surprising because it's Victoria Schwab after all, right? I knew it would probably be <i>good</i> but omg i had so idea how utterly charming and thrilling it would be.

After Cassidy Blake has a near-death experience, she gains the ability to see ghosts -- and a ghost best friend. Coincidentally, her parents are the writing duo behind the Inspecters paranormal mystery series, but they are in the dark about her ability. Her dad is big on hard facts and a no-nonsense non-believer in ghosts, while her mom loves the stories and is chipper in even the most ominous situations. When they land a TV show exploring the most famously haunted cities, Cassidy ends up spending her summer in Edinburgh and coming face-to-face with the famous Lady in Red.

The narration of this book was so excellent that I’m sure I enjoyed this book more than I would have on paper. She has a clear tone, good inflection, and natural sounding accents (they are in Edinburgh after all!)

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  • Ange Grant
  • 05-09-2019

What a ride!

This book looked interesting, man it didn't disappoint! I enjoyed this so much more than I thought! I can't wait to read the next one!!!

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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 wain
  • 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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  • 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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  • Miss A. Regan
  • 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.