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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.

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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

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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.

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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!!!

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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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  • Kristyn Rose
  • 17-01-2020

Intriguing premise!

Emily is a very intriguing character, speaking refreshingly easily with the dead. The story is good enough to keep you moving along and is well-paced. The scenes with Jacob and Emily are dominated by heavy melodrama, though. And I’m afraid that Jacob’s brooding nature will be exhausting in subsequent books. All in all, it’s a decent period drama for those who like supernatural tales.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-2019

Its a nice light read

I love the story, everything is pretty subtle. But i was hooked. I feel though the narrators voice was too mature for the age of the heroine. Nevertheless, it didn’t keep me from enjoying this

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  • Madeline Caldwell
  • 03-12-2019

A truly terrible book

Only read this is you like idiotic heroines and bad plots. Plus the language is unbearably overblown and melodramatic. This is the exact kind of self published crap I try to avoid on Amazon

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  • Jessica - KaleidoscopesAndPolkaDots.Co
  • 09-10-2019

Great narrator - not the best book...💔

This story wasn't for me. I found the love story and the development of the main character, Emily, to be abrupt. The setting could have been amazing, but it left me wanting. I also wish there was more to the sisterly bond - or rather that her sister was more a part of the story.

The narrator was lovely. She did a wonderful job at keeping me interested when I was ready to give up.

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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.

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