Penmort Castle : Ghosts and Reincarnation

  • by Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by Abby Craden
  • Series: Ghosts and Reincarnation
  • 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cash Fraser is planning revenge, and to get it he needs the perfect woman. So he hires her. Abigail Butler has lost nearly everything in her life and she's about to lose the home she loves.
Cash meets Abby, who is posing as a paid escort, and the minute he does he knows he's willing to pay for more than Abby being his pretend girlfriend. A lot more. Abby needs the money or the last thing that links her to her dead family and husband will be gone. The deal is struck, but both Cash and Abby get more than they bargained for.
Cash realizes very quickly that Abby isn't what she seems, and while he changes strategies, Abby discovers that Cash's legacy, Penmort Castle, is like all the tales say - very, very haunted. Making matters worse, the ghost in residence wants her dead.
Abby's found herself in the battle of her life, so she enlists Mrs. Truman, her nosy neighbor; Jenny, her no-nonsense friend; Cassandra McNabb, white witch and clairvoyant with a penchant for wearing scarves (and lots of them); and Angus McPherson, dyed-in-the-wool Scot (which means he hunts ghosts in a kilt) to fight the vicious ghost who has vowed that she will rest at nothing to kill the true, abiding love of the master of Penmort.

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Customer Reviews

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Great romance/paranormal mix, poor narration

I had read this book twice on kindle and was, admittedly, a little worried about all the negative reviews on Amazon concerning the narration. It’s not that bad. The voice of the H is a bit weird – sort of Scottish crossed with Russian, but it’s also deep enough and sexy enough not to really matter. The worst narration is for Jenny, the best friend of the h. She is in the book a lot so this is fairly annoying. Her accent is a weird illogical mix of countries, but the biggest issue is that sometimes her accent is so strong that it’s difficult to understand, and other times her accent is barely noticeable. Some of the side characters have really silly voices that are almost a parody. However I have to sympathise with a narrator who had to put voice to one character who “screeches” most of the time!

Apart from the narration issues, however, I enjoyed this book on audio as much as on kindle. It’s a lovely mix of romance and a bit of paranormal, it had me in tears in the final chapters and it has a wonderful, classic, epilogue for which this author is so skilled at producing.
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- Susan

Absolutely Terrible Narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A narrator that could actually carry off an English, Scots and Australian accent. When I first started listening to the book I thought Cash was a Russian, I had no idea what Jenny was supposed to be when I first heard her but, then thought she was South African...if the Writer had not mentioned that Cash was a Scotsman and Jenny an Australian I would never have guessed! Americans should not try to portray other Countries accents, they are absolutely useless at them. I have had several books ruined now by an American narrator that cannot carry off any sort of accent, very frustrating and annoying.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Never got to the end! I struggled with the atrocious accents for as long as I could but in the end gave up after about six chapters. A shame because I hate not getting to the end of a book.


Would you be willing to try another one of Abby Craden’s performances?

No, not at all, if she has to portray an accent of any sort.....she hasn't got a clue!!


What character would you cut from Penmort Castle?

From the little I listened to, before my ears started to bleed with the terrible rendition of the Scots and Australian accents, most of the characters seemed plausible and necessary so I would not have cut any of them.


Any additional comments?

I don't know who or how narrators are selected for each book but I would beg whoever is in on the selection process to be far more aware of how a narrator can ruin a book just by the simple fact of not being able to portray a credible accent. I cannot make it anymore plain just how grating on the ear a bad English, Scots or Irish accent is when listened to by someone from any of those Countries. I thought Dick Van Dyke had done enough damage to the English accent when he portrayed a Cockney in Mary Poppins but, by golly, this woman knocks him into a cocked hat!!!

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- Gillian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-01-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios