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Trying to Live with the Dead

The Veil Diaries, Book 1
Series: The Veil Diaries, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hi, I'm Alexis Delaney. I'm your average 17-year-old girl. Except I can see the dead. And talk to the dead. And push them away and, well, help them move on.

So...okay, I'm not your average 17-year-old girl.

For years I've been struggling to survive the souls still roaming around. The shitheads always seem to find me. Moving from town to town every few months never helped either. More dead just always find me. But things are changing for me now. I'm moving in with my uncle Rory and cousin Tara. I'm finally going to be able to do normal teenage stuff I've been missing out on. Right?

Well, if this one bitch of a ghost could leave me alone on campus that would be great. Especially since I haven't told my new friends about my abilities. Can you believe this? Five good-looking guys practically adopt me on my first day of school and I still think they're a bit nuts for it. Now if I can only keep my life with the dead from mixing with my normal life everything would be great. Yeah...I don't see that happening either. But I'm going to give it a shot.

Who knows? It might work.

©2016 B. L. Brunnemer (P)2017 Tantor

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FANTASTIC

Absolutely loved this book want more
From this series what am I going to do now it’s finished

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Awesome story, good narrator

It's an awesome story with good narration. B. L. Brunnemer has created something entrancing that keeps you craving more. The narrator voice keeps you listening and is not monotone whatsoever.

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Puddle of feelings

I'm a puddle of feelings. I don't know what to feel with that ending. I want to slap the boys across the face. They made a rule not to date Lexie !?!? Arghhh so much frustration. Lexie is amazing- so strong and funny and she's just been through so much she deserves a happy ending. I love how the boys have such distinct and different personalities. I've read other books where the personalities start off different and then merge somewhere and it's hard sometimes to distinguish between them. Not with this author. I binge read this book on audible which is a blessing and a curse because there's still 4 or so more books in the series so far and they are bound to be just as long and I've been living on only a few hours of sleep because I just couldn't wait to hear what happened next!!! So much suspense and excitement and still so many mysteries to unravel.

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a great listen

i loved this book when i read it, and i love it even more as an audio book

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Could Not Get Enough & I Want More!!

I really love this book, from my title already know I love it.

Once I start listening I could not put it down and again (the title) could not get enough of this book.

I am so happy book 2 and 3 are coming out soon. Already pre-ordered book 2 (CANT WAIT). Also, I visited the author's website to see how many chapters the author is planning to write, and lucky me 15 Chapters!! Trust Me I am getting them all, don't doubt me.

Please B. L. Brunnermer is your reading this, I hope:
1. You make all 15 chapters available for me to purchase & listen; and
2. Never ever EVER change the Narrators.

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Love this book

Awesome story cant wait for the next part it was well told by the narrator and I loved that lexie had all male friends who would do anything for her yet weren't just wanting to jump into bed with her loved her uncle Rory and his caring nature toward his neice who he know what been though hell and wanted to help her though it

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  • IMEE B
  • Queensland Australia
  • 20-08-2017

****Thrilling****

I have read so many YA stories and i thought their all the same etc. but this book totally captivates me and freaks me out (seeing ghosts) it's easy to read fast paced and exciting. The narrative is excellent. i just wished the male narrator did all the male voice from the beginning.

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  • Connie
  • 14-09-2017

Light entertainment

The story and characters in this novel remind me strongly of Japanese manga and anime series - a perky, somewhat silly female lead who is inexplicably the only one who can save the world from vague, dark threat; the inverted harem of gorgeous boys who fawn over said character; convenient opportunities for romantic setups (no parental authority, permissive uncle who allows a teeenage girl to spend unlimited amount of time, including sleep overs, with a group of teenage boys), yet everything remains relatively innocent and childlike between all the main characters. The psychic plot is barely developed and most of the narration is dedicated to describe every single aspect of each gorgeous character, the clothes they wear, and cute funny interactions among them. If you want very light reading to pass the time, or to listen in the background while doing something else (like I did) this is the YA novel for you.

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  • piewacki
  • 10-08-2017

such a awesome story!!!

oh please say there will be more, left me hanging on hope for more. loved the charectors, the story, the narrator. I highly recommend this book!!!!

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  • Lina Marie
  • 31-12-2018

Interesting to say the least....

Performance wise I would say Kris Koscheski, and Carla Mercer-Meyer did an excellent job on all the narration.
As far as the story.... there are some inconsistencies. Lack of parental guidance. Why I found this in romance.... idk. If there’s romance it’s a slow burn. Like extremely slow. There’s only phone conversation, and the mentioning of feelings. Sex, zero. Kissing unless I blinked, zero. So if your looking for it, it ain’t here. It’s still an interesting story though. I want to know where this will lead.

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  • add
  • 09-12-2018

Amazing

Great slow burn story! Cant help but get emotionally attached to every character. You wont regret reading them.

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  • cynthia cornell
  • 01-09-2017

intriguing

loved it. but needed a little romance in it and more about the veil so..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-04-2019

This story was surprisingly good for a teenage

paranormal book. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series! Its kinda twilight-ish minus sparkles and vampires. The narrator was also perfect for this story, give it a shot.

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  • Isabella Salgado
  • 26-04-2019

Incredible!!

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book! And I love the voice actors! Fantastic!

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  • Quartermaster2
  • 22-04-2019

Hooked!

So well written and narrated. Both narrators did an amazing job in keeping me engaged. Love this book!

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  • Nicole Mortenson
  • 20-04-2019

Great Book.

Nice... Good first book for a series. I really enjoyed the lead character and all the characters personalities and relationships. Pretty unique.

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  • Alice Romi
  • 19-04-2019

great

loved this story was hoping there more to read. Relieved to find there were 5 more books to read.

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  • Sylv Sheehan
  • 04-02-2018

Alright if you are in your teens

I like the premise of the book, but I could have done with mainly the ghost bit and lost all the male/female bonding and who was wearing what, and how wonderful everyone was. I persevered to the end but am very relieved to have got to the end. Of course it left it all open but I won't bother to read any more. Maybe if I were 40 years younger I might have liked it.

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  • Miss
  • 02-01-2019

I eventually Gave up

I tried to stick with this, I really did - I very nearly made it to the end but it was not very gripping and in the end I just didn't care enough about the characters to carry on. Also a lot of it didn't make sense - contradictory or just implausable. Performance was adequate, but working with poor material.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-04-2018

Awesome Story

Utterly Fantastic Storyline. Looking Forward To Next Instalment. Once You Start Reading You Will Be Unable To Stop. Fantastic Twist And Turns. I Totally Loved This Book.

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  • Ffion
  • 03-04-2018

Loved the book

I loved everything about this book (except for the occasional bashing of 'normal girls', which I kind of also can't fault the book for - teenagers really like to shove people into neat little boxes, so it's realistic, if disappointing). One thing I would change about the narration was that I wish the guys voices had been fully narrated by the guy at the end. The female voice actress did a great job differentiating between the voices, so good that I could pick out almost all the guys' voices before being told who was speaking. That said, I think I would have preferred and enjoyed if it had been done by the guy, instead as it was hard to get into at the start because there's only so many voices on person can do and there was a lot of characters.

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  • Julie
  • 18-03-2018

Love this book

Well worth listening too with a good story line and interactive characters. look forward to the next book.

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  • Ninjacat
  • 07-10-2017

Best book/audio ever

This series is one of the best audios I have ever listened to. The narrator has a beautiful tone of voice which is full of expression and life, she reads fluidly and her voice is soothing to the ear. So good is the quality and voice that I get sucked right into the book, it's relaxing and exciting all at once. The male narrator at the end also has a great tone of voice and it is nice to get the guys perspective in a male voice

I have listened to this audio on more than one occasion and will be listening again in the future. The storyline is epic and one of the best written series I have read so far

If you want a great story with a fantastic audio then get this one as to be honest it does not really get any better than this

Ten stars if I could

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-10-2017

Better in audio than pixels

The storyline for this book is good - girl who can see the dead goes to live with her uncle; makes friends with some cool guys and when they realise what she can do they stick with her - which is good because the Veil that the dead pass through is broken and everything is going pear-shaped.
Issues with the print version get smoothed out somewhat in audio - you can't tell where the wrong homonym is used (there vs. their) & poor sentence structure where it's hard to tell who's speaking gets covered up leaving the listener to concentrate on the actual story.
There is some word repetition where the same word appears 3 or 4 times in the same sentence and that can be jarring but the narration itself was good and there were nice tonal differences between the characters so you could tell who was speaking after listening for a little while.
I have got the next book, because as I said - the story is good & so is the narration - there were just some minor irritations (but far less than were apparent in the written form).