Summary

"I see things other people don't see; I hear things other people don't hear." Fifteen-year-old James McCafferty is an unwilling sailor aboard a traditional Chinese junk operated as adventure therapy for troubled teens. Once at sea, James believes the ship is being taken over by the spirits of courtiers who fled the imperial palace during the Ming Dynasty more than 600 years earlier and sailing to its doom. A psychological nautical adventure with strong historical and paranormal elements.
©2015 Linda Collison (P)2015 Linda Collison
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4 out of 5 stars
By JEYCEE on 20-02-18

Water Ghosts

The story of the audiobooks moves smoothly forward with engaging characters that everyone can relate to, whether you are a young reader or an adult

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4 out of 5 stars
By Finola H. J Clark on 25-05-18

Ghosts of ancient china meet youth of today

This story tells a tale of coming of age. Not a sweetie-pie, goodie-2-shoes kind of tale, one with real troubled-teen characters full of easy to identify with angst, fears, ego and need to be either all-powerful or just plain liked.
The lead character is a genuinely mixed up kid - 'gifted' with a special skill that is the stuff of nightmares...ones that come to life in all to real ways. There's plenty of character twists, apprehension, suspense and moments where you're holding your breath willing the next words to save the day!
I really enjoyed the listen - it's an unusual story that brings in little bits of history and Chinese culture through pretty unique snippets of myths and legends.
I was given a free copy for an honest review. If you like ghost stories, go for it. It's a good one

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5 out of 5 stars
By MANI on 14-11-17

Water Ghost

I enjoyed this audiobook. The author has a way of putting you right there with her characters.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ad n' Audie on 14-03-18

Collison is a great story teller...

What did you like best about Water Ghosts? What did you like least?

Collison is a great story teller...but she needs a better editor! This book had so much promise. The story is compelling, unique, creative, and I loved, loved, loved the back story/story within a story as told by the ancient Chinese eunuch ghost. The problem w/ Water Ghosts was that the flow fell apart at points (badly) and made the story seem choppy and at times loaded with superfluous, distracting detail. For example, she repeatedly hinted at the main character's sexuality; at times he was interested in some of the female characters (one in particular) and at other times he was interested in another male character who was also his bully. That stuff wasn't fleshed out enough and it didn't contribute to plot progression in any way so it ultimately ended up just being confusing and making the book seem as if it wasn't edited. There were several instances of that sort of thing happening. I got the sense that Collison has loads of stories to tell and good story ideas and maybe she became overzealous with this novel and tried to incorporate too many side stories that weren't helpful towards the goal of telling the central story in this book; the troubled teens on the boat and how they unwittingly collided with troubled ghosts from the past.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Water Ghosts?

The story within a story as told by the ancient Chinese eunuch ghost...absolutely awesome! This was literally on the level of Amy Tan story telling about ancient Chinese culture. It was so well done!

What about Aaron Landon’s performance did you like?

Excellent - youthful, good energy. His performance kept the characters believable even when the story itself went astray.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Absolutely!!

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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