• The Medium

  • Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Series, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (730 ratings)

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The Medium

By: C. J. Archer
Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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needed more

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

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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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it started out good.......

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

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The reviews don't do it justice

I was skeptical about this book due to the reviews but gave it a chance anyways. I'm so happy I did, I loved the story and the characters. The ending is designed to be a cliffhanger so you'll want to read the next book. I for one plan to start it immediately and can't wait to see what happens.

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Okay, but a bit lackluster

Series Info/Source: This is the first book in the Emily Chambers trilogy. I borrowed this audiobook through Audible Escapes.

Story (3/5): This is a pretty typical supernatural historical fantasy. It’s set in London and ghosts and demons are real. I would have liked to learn more about the demons and ghosts and how that all works; but the ghosts we actually get to read about are few and far between and the demon we only see briefly. I did enjoy the mystery behind who enabled the summoning of a shapeshifting demon.

Characters (3/5): The characters all felt a bit vanilla to me, but Jacob and Emily do have good chemistry together. While Emily does occasionally show some pluck, she really lets her sister dominate her most of the time.

Setting (3/5): There wasn’t a lot of work done in world-building here. The setting is pretty typical historical Victorian with some small supernatural elements added.

Writing Style (3/5): The whole thing felt a bit limp and lackluster to me. I felt the same way about Archer’s Glass and Steele series, but decided to give her another chance since this was free to borrow though Audible Escapes. Archer is almost an author I like but I just don’t quite engage with her style.

Summary (3/5): This was an okay book but didn’t really excel at anything. Everything was okay but nothing really grabbed me. I felt the same way about Archer’s Glass and Steele series. I don’t plan on continuing the series.

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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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romance is your typical love at 1st sight angst

it started out great, but the whole love at first sight angst was just something ive outgrown, well written and performance was nice. just lota of victorian ghost love angst

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intriguing story by a masterful story teller

Loved it although it was more difficult to get into than previous books by this author

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  • Mazi
  • 04-03-19

The Medium

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

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  • Nancy
  • 04-25-21

Terrible Narration Spoils a Good Story

I love C J Archer stories but the awful narration really lets this story down. It's not the worst I've heard, but it's pretty bad and conveys the characters poorly. I suspect this story is much better than it sounds on this audio. What a disappointment