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The Medium

Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Seventeen-year-old spirit medium Emily Chambers has a problem. Actually, she has several. As if seeing dead people isn't a big enough social disadvantage, she also has to contend with an escaped demon and a handsome ghost with a secret past. And then there's the question of her parentage. Being born an entire year after her father's death (yes, a year) and without the pale skin of other respectable English ladies, Emily is as much a mystery as the dead boy assigned to her.

Jacob Beaufort's spirit has been unable to cross over since his death. It might have something to do with the fact he was murdered. Or it might not. All he knows is he has been assigned by the Otherworld's administrators to a girl named Emily. A girl who can see and touch him. A girl who released a shape-shifting demon into the mortal realm. Together they must send the demon back before it wreaks havoc on London. It should be a simple assignment, but they soon learn there's nothing simple when a live girl and a dead boy fall in love.

©2012 C. J. Archer (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Cary
  • 04-12-2016

That's really how your ending the book?

Not fond of stories that leave you hanging. Guess there will be a book 2 to buy to finish the story.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Luv lots
  • 06-12-2016

Unfinished...

There isn't an ending. The book literally stops with NOTHING finished. I feel like the author just gave up mid way midway

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Catie
  • 11-12-2016

needed more

The book leaves you feeling like there are missing parts from the story which is a bit frustrating.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Whovian
  • 01-12-2016

it started out good.......

started out promising went south in the end.....weird ending story left hanging. Gemma Dawson....Awesome!!!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancy Lindquist
  • 26-01-2017

Ended, Just Over, is Resolution Gone?

Would you try another book from C. J. Archer and/or Gemma Dawson?

Nope, done. I was never engaged with the characters and the ending, left dangling, was poorly executed

Would you ever listen to anything by C. J. Archer again?

No. The obvious, "sell the sequel," was incredibly poorly written. In a series, each book should be a chapter in a larger book. This was falling in love with a ghost with no resolution, no real intrigue and while many writers do write longer books that are broken into sequels, each book should stand on it's own as well. This book did not.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her accent was good, she did a credible job with a badly written book.

What character would you cut from The Medium?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

I love books and books with sequels, that make me want more. For example, Madeleine L'Engle's books are part of a whole, but each book has a clear resolution and almost demands the reader learn more. This book, not so much. I am sure if the entirety of the story were presented I might have found it bearable, but as it is? I wish I could return it. I felt my money was taken for a quarter of a book. The characters interesting, but why was the sister the way she was? No exploration of the secondary characters, just all main character stuff. No understanding, or care from the main character about whether her skills affected anyone on the other side, or this one. No moments of humor. It felt like she was trying, but she does not write that way. I was really unhappy.

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  • Tiffini
  • 28-12-2016

Love Story not a Ghost Story.

This book started out with such a great foundation, the sisters were engaging, Jacob interesting and mysterious, but then about half way through it went for 'demon' chasing to sappy love story without the 'love' part. It was like listening to two separate books in one sitting. I didn't hate it, but I don't care about what happens next, especially after such a anti-climatic ending. Nothing is resolved, not entirely, but instead of leaving you wanting for more, it simply leaves you annoyed.

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  • Calla
  • 12-07-2019

Great listen

Great listen although a little historically incorrect it was well performed and an enthralling read

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  • SU
  • 27-06-2019

Fun and Entertaining

Overall this is a fun listen. And I will continue the series. The good: It is clean with an entertaining mystery plot and good characters.
The only critique I have is the pacing especially during scenes that are supposed to be more intense. The POV character’s thoughts are redundant as the author has already given the necessary information outlining the potential dangers and consequences. So let the action flow. It seems lives are in this extended state of near death while Emily thinks and thinks and the support characters are similarly frozen waiting for their cue for the action to continue. As a listener it is a little frustrating and takes you out of the story. So just let the story move naturally.
The good again: I enjoy CJ Archer’s books! She is excellent at romantic tension while also creating an enjoyable world/ characters and plot. I have not noticed the same pacing issues in her other books as this one so maybe she was just trying to find the rhythm of this story.

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • 24-04-2018

Ghosts, Romance, Murder, and Mysteries

The Medium
Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Series, Book 1
By: C. J. Archer
Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
This was a great mystery, ghost story, romance, and more! Our gal of the story is a medium in a time when mediums were everywhere and they finding out they were frauds. But our gal is real. As a teen, with only her older sister, they make a living helping people. One day a handsome man comes as a warning, a demon has be set free due to something her sister said while holding a cursed necklace. Of course they didn't know. The young man is a ghost and only she can see him. He is assigned to help with the problem. He is just about her age and died recently but doesn't know how. A wonderful story and so many mysteries to solve. A love story that rips your heart out. So good!
The narrator is so good! The perfect light touch for a ghost story! Loved it all!

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  • The_H_Family
  • 26-06-2017

Could the heroine be less useful in an emergency..

What made the experience of listening to The Medium the most enjoyable?

The story is interesting and I like the concept.

Would you recommend The Medium to your friends? Why or why not?

The heroine is smart and capable up until she needs to be. Then she is either caught by the bad guy and or to busy ogling the hero to save herself. Kind of frustrating.

What about Gemma Dawson’s performance did you like?

I've listened to several other books narrated by Ms. Dawson and really like her style.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nope

Any additional comments?

Despite my heroine issues I plan on listening to the next book. Just hoping she steps it up a bit in book 2.

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  • Mazi
  • 03-04-2019

The Medium

The book held my attention, built suspense and I enjoyed it until the last paragraph. Flat ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful