• Haunted Ground

  • By: Irina Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Joanne Long
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)

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By: Irina Shapiro
Narrated by: Joanne Long
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Publisher's Summary

When American Lexi Maxwell buys a derelict mansion in a quaint English village and sets about turning it into a manor-house hotel, it’s a dream come true. But events take a turn for the bizarre, as a heartbroken ghost makes a nightly appearance and kneels beneath a tree next to a centuries-old ruin, and people in the village keep commenting on Lexi’s resemblance to a woman who’s been dead for a quarter of a century.

As Lexi tries to find out more about the man in the ruin, she unexpectedly stumbles upon secrets from her own past - secrets that threaten to destroy everything she’s come to believe and hold dear. As Lexi struggles to put the pieces of the puzzle together, she’s drawn deeper into the mystery and can only rely on the man she’s come to have deep feelings for - a man who’s battling his own demons.

©2016 Irina Shapiro (P)2018 Irina Shapiro
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Another wonderful story from Irina Shapiro

I loved this book and the narrator was very good. if you love Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)and Susanna Kearsley's books then in my opinion you will love Irina Shapiro's books!

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Love the story

Love all her books and this is no exception. She tells the story of two separate times that are somehow connected. Worth the read or listen ;)

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Fascinating story, though sad and great narration.

This was a fascinating story that follows two couples, really. In the story taking place in the past, we meet Brendan who is ultimately betrayed by his own brother. Along the way, he finds love but, without giving anything away, this is a sad story. In the present, a woman, Lexi, purchases a home that she wants to convert to a hotel and she sees a ghost. She and her contractor try to get the to bottom of certain mysteries and finds that her present and the mansion's past are intertwined. Overall, this is a story of hope and forgiveness. There were a few difficult scenes with violence and heartbreak but definitely worth the journey to get to a happy ending (sort of). It felt a little long, with a lot of characters so ultimately there were times I felt a bit lost.

i received the audiobook for free for an honest review. I have to say that I really liked the narrator. She did a great job differentiating the different characters and adopting different accents. Admittedly, I did get a little confused with the timelines but this happens especially when multitasking while listening! It helped that I also borrowed the book via KU so I was able to read some parts along with listening to the audio!

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meh

couldn't get through this book because the narrator. she just didnt capture my attention. I really tried to stick with it because I like the author. better luck next time

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Enjoyable Gothic Romance

I enjoyed this Gothic romance. The story is solid, if somewhat predictable, the kind of predicatable lovers of Gothics appreciate. The main character was well developed and likable. The narrator’s voice is pleasant though her Scottish and English dialects need work. The accents didn’t spoil the audiobook for me, but they were distracting and shook me out of the story from time to time. All in all, this was a nice listen, and I look forward to more by this author.

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Not so much!

Good story... horrible narration! Forced, false & off timed:( Onkt made it thru a few chapters then quit. I don't recommend wasting your time:(

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Haunted Ground

I’ve had this in my library for awhile. Tried to listen when I first got it but just couldn’t get into it for whatever reason. Pulled it back up day before yesterday and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I love this story. ♥️

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Great Read

I was riveted as I walked through this story. She left me on the edge of my seat in a beautiful way so often as she moved b/w the 2 time lines. The characters had me fully engaged in their story from the moment I met them. Another great story by Irina Shapiro.

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Worth adding to your listening library

Irina has woven a wonderful story that mixes the present with a time in history, that at first does not seem to be related , but the artistry of Irina melds the two stories and make them fit together in a surprising way. As with all audiobooks the reader can either bring the story to life or get the book turned off. Joanne started the read a bit stilted, but don't give up listening. She opens up to the story and the three accent within the book making it a great read.

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Love the plot

You can’t go wrong with this book or any of Irina Shapiro’s books. I loved the twist and turns of the story. It’s a must listen to. You won’t regret listening to it!

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  • Bookworm
  • 05-30-18

Loved the story.

If you're British I suggest you listen to the sample first .I found the narrators awful English and Scottish accents really distracting .I love this author and will be buying the book but if it was my first by her I may not be saying the same thing .

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  • Deedra
  • 11-14-19

Haunted Ground

This was a wonderful book!I enjoyed it a lot.We go back and forth in time to find the history and possible haunting of a house Lexi buys to turn into a BnB.Joanne Long was a very good narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Nisareen Khan
  • 09-04-19

Engaging dual time novel

1650: England has been decimated by Civil War. Charles l has been executed and Oliver Cromwell is relentless in the slaughter of those who stand in the way of his Commonwealth. Tired of the killing, a disillusioned Brendan Carr, deserts his post and heads for home. His homecoming is marred by the discovery that his father is dead, his sister widowed and he has been disinherited. His vindictive brother Jasper, now lord of the estate, refuses to shelter him lest the Roundheads come for him.

Brendan decides to leave and take refuge with his mother’s kin. Not satisfied with usurping Brendan’s inheritance, Jasper sends men to kill Brendan before he reaches his destination. Brendan survives the attack but is seriously wounded. Sheltered by a priest, Brendan is nursed back to health by his Aunt’s niece Rowan. With Cromwell’s men scouring the country for him for desertion as well as his malicious brother, does Brendan stand any chance of happiness?

Present Day: Following the death of her father, Lexie Maxwell fulfils a lifelong dream to move to England. Purchasing a derelict mansion in a quaint English village with the intention of turning it into a manor-house hotel, Lexie is intrigued by the rumoured ghost which supposedly haunts the ruins accompanying the mansion. As Lexie tries to find out more about the man in the ruin, she unexpectedly stumbles across secrets from her own past that threatens all that she holds dear.

Haunted Ground is a stand alone dual time novel set in the 17th century during Cromwell’s Reign of Terror. The author has a wonderful knack for transporting her readers to the past and this book was no exception. I found myself completely immersed from the tragic prologue to the satisfying epilogue where at least one villain got his comeuppance. The characters were well defined and relatable. I was impressed with the stunning vivid imagery depicted by the author which made me feel that I was there seeing the sights and sounds.

All in all this was a well crafted suspenseful novel which will appeal to fans of historical fiction, with a touch of paranormal and a Scotsman to boot - what’s not to like?

I received an advanced free audible copy of Haunted Ground and I am voluntarily reviewing it. I was impressed by Joanne Long’s smooth and concise narration. Her excellent pacing had me getting lost in her recitation without ever noticing the time.

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  • Caroline Richardson
  • 08-06-19

Good story line ....awful narrative.

The story is good it’s entertaining ,but the narrator was dreadful her English and Scottish accents were like Dick Van Dyke’s cockney accent in Mary Poppins which was just dreadful.
Also she was unable to apply variety to the characters they all sounded the same wether they were set in present day uk or 17th century rural England.

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  • Christy D
  • 07-26-19

Haunted Ground

Lexi is drawn to a town in England and a Manor house she keeps dreaming of. Her parents try to discourage her from finding it but she pushes on. Lexi finally finds the home and purchases it to start her new hotel. During the renovations she starts seeing a ghost and a tomb is found in a hidden part of the basement. Lexi must find out more about these things but no one in town wants to talk. Joanne Long does a nice job on the narration.

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  • Jan M
  • 07-10-19

Wow!!! Incredible Listen

Haunted Ground by Irina Shapiro pulled me in immediately with the vivid imagery and engaging characters. I loved how the author wove the twists in the book. The meshing of history with fiction is so well done. Joanne Long's performance brought the characters to life. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • Sandra m
  • 06-12-19

Worth a read

Great ghost story with a nice bit if historical fiction thrown in. Naration done well but Scottish accents needs a wee bit of work

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  • Toni walker
  • 06-03-19

Wow

Wow I loved this book it was such a gripping book all the way through it didn’t know how it was going to end loved it five stars from me and left a review

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  • Mrs. C. Hawkins
  • 08-14-18

Another Good Read!

I like !rina Shapiro's books. I find them interesting and entertaining. I either like the characters or I don't as they are well described and believable. Having read this novel I wasn't sure about listening to a story I had recently read, as I am fairly new to Audible.. However I enjoyed listening to the story just as much if not more.

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  • Claire Hall
  • 02-28-18

Enjoyable, engaging listen

Really enjoyable listen. Another engaging and gripping story from Irina Shapiro. Two love stories, past and present, plus twists, atmosphere - and a few tears from me!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-01-21

another good tale

the story , as usual, was enjoyable, although this time it was easy to see what was going to happen. The ending gave the information I wanted too.
However I would have preferred a reader who can do accents. Joanne Long was very clear in her enunciation but her Scot and all the English voices sounded as if they were, or had been, old time vaudeville actors pretending. This was in both normal speech and names pronounciation .
If I had not already enjoyed so many of Irina Shapiro's books I would have not have finished this.