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Ghost Finders
1 : Ghost of A Chance

by Simon R. Green
Nov 1, 2014
6 Hours
5
978-1-62851-105-5
Ages 18+
The Carnacki institute exists to Do Something About Ghosts. Lay them to rest, send them packing, or kick their nasty ectoplasmic arses with extreme prejudice.

The institute’s operatives are the best of the best. JC Chance: sharp, brave, charming, and almost unbearably arrogant; Melody Chambers: science geek, techno-wizard extraordinaire who keeps the anti-supernatural equipment running smoothly; and Happy Jack Palmer: the telepath with the gloomy disposition, the last person anyone would want navigating through their head.

When something goes terribly wrong in a London Tube Station, JC and his team are sent in to investigate, but can even this crack team of Ghost Finders stop the intrusion of something horrible from “Beyond the Veil.”
 

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Director & Cast

Director Scott McCormick
Starring Nanette Savard, Matthew Keenan, Scott McCormick, Colleen Delany, Yasmin Tuazon, Eric Messner,Kimberly Gilbert, Evan Casey, Ken Jackson, Patrick Bussink, Faith Potts, Tara Giordano, Terence Aselford, Tracy Olivera and Ren Kasey
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Scott McCormick
Dialogue Editors Justin Wortz
Sound Designers Justin Wortz
Additional Original Music Justin Wortz, Thomas Hogan, John Glennon, Joshua Lilly and Serpico Foster
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette

Reviews

Great story by K (Posted on 8/16/2018)
A great start to a new series! Can't wait for the rest of it.
Great story by Joyce (Posted on 2/18/2018)
The story is awesome. If you like the scooby gang you'll enjoy the ghostfinders.
Ghosts beware (also warning for Eldrich enteties) by Alexander (Posted on 8/5/2017)
The setting is good, the story is good and the writer had a good sense of creating a trilling tale.
good by John (Posted on 2/8/2017)
i was a bit skeptical at first after listening to tons of DC and marvel but GA always proves me wrong awesome just perfect they bring the characters to life with out breaking a sweat. GA needs more recognition than it gets.
Interesting Start to a Series, but flawed. by John (Posted on 10/7/2016)
I like Urban Fantasy as a Fantasy Sub Genre. Thus whenever I start a new series, I hope to be intrigued by the premise. And I was. Ghost Finders is a series that I am starting to get into with the first three books and I plan to continue. However, I do have some faults with this first book. And this is going to be a long one.

First, the stuff I liked. I like the idea of a paranormal investigation group, always have and always will. I like the motley ragtag crew banding together to fight evil. I liked Melody and Happy Palmer with their quirks (Melody being a logical tech wiz by day and a out and out sex maniac by night and Happy basically being a Psychic Marvin the Paranoid Android with all the depression and pills). I liked the bad guys, Natasha Chang and Erik Grossman as dark reflections of the team and how in love with their evilness they were. I liked the lore this series is building up around itself with the magical items the characters have and the spirits they find. Also, the voice acting and sound mixing was fantastic and was put to very good effect during one particularly frightening scene that horrified me. The story itself was interesting to listen to and overall, I enjoyed it.

Now for the bad. The book feels like a pilot to a series and thus the series hasn't worked out all the kinks yet. Character history is told rather than shown and it feels annoying to me. Also, the pacing really feels off to me. The story feels much too fast with things happening all at once and it feels like we're skipping some parts. And that brings me to my biggest problem: The characters of JC and Kim, JC's love interest. JC is... frustrating. Not in the way he's supposed to be in story, but in the way that makes me want to punch him in his smarmy, utterly perfect face. JC is basically mentally overpowered and such a perfect character that any flaws introduced in his character feel artificial, like Simon R. Green realized he was making a Gary Stu character and realized "Oh, I need to make up some flaws for him!", which is hard when even his enemies are going on about how JC is the best like no one ever was. It really dehumanizes JC and makes me care less about him. Especially after a special upgrade happens.

Now let's get to his relationship with Kim. Kim is (SPOILERS IF YOU MADE IT THIS FAR) a ghost that JC falls in love with on first sight. This bugged the Hell out of me. Not the Ghost part, but the fact that he and Kim fall head over heels for each other and declare it to be TRUE WUV! It made me so nauseous with its sappiness that it nearly made me give up on the story entirely. The romance feels so forced and underdeveloped that it really made me think I was listening to a first draft of a story rather than the final version. Kim herself is completely bland. She has no real character to speak of and most of her dialogue is her going on about how wonderful JC is. "Isn't JC wonderful? I love him so much! JC IS GOD!". I wish this had been better explored or Hell, JC and Kim not getting together in the first place. I like the idea of a flesh and blood human falling in love with a Ghost, but the execution was sorely lacking.

Overall, I recommend this as the start to the series, which I hope will improve as I listen to it.
Very good story by Charles (Posted on 2/19/2016)
Slow to start on the first book, then it picked up steam enough to get the second book.
G.F1 by Kevin (Posted on 1/28/2016)
Awesome loved the whole series! But where is # 6? Please hurry!!
Good and Bad by Eric (Posted on 1/1/2016)
I did enjoy this first book enough to buy the second...and probably the third. So, there is an interesting premise and some good story telling. GA does a good job with the characters. Although, I'm not sure why it was necessary for everyone to have really bad english accents. Colleen Delaney, who has a wonderful sultry voice in most productions - and does a decent latina accent in the Nuclear Bombshell series, has a terrible time with an English accent...frequently losing it it during the reading. Honestly, I saw no reason that the character couldn't just be without the accent. Nevertheless, I applaud the fact that these actors are overall so versatile in the variety of GA roles.

The book itself isn't bad. But, it is lax on developing some of the story. The sudden "all powerful" love story, really doesn't make much sense. I've no problem with there being a love story included in the series. But, the author really could have taken a bit more trouble to develop it....or at least, temper it.

The humorous bits (Happy is my favorite character), are the best bits. If the entire book focused more on the silly side - like Nuclear Bombshell - I think it would be much more entertaining.

All in all, worth a listen, but not my top pick from the GA catalog.
great books by douglas (Posted on 10/6/2015)
I read all five books in about to weeks! I cant wait for the last book. I love graphic audio. You guys keep up the good work!
GHOST FINDERS 1 : Ghost of A Chance by Betsy (Posted on 9/29/2015)
Omgosh! I wasn't sure what to expect. I found this to be a series I can't wait for the next book.
An Amazing Story of Horror by Bowen (Posted on 7/25/2015)
I found this CD Set while travelling across country and we where stuck in a Blizzard. Listening to this amazing story made the 10mph traffic fly bye.
Ghost Finders by Louis (Posted on 6/21/2015)
The name of this book discouraged me a bit but after listening to the first two books of this series I have definitely become interested in it. The Humor and the strange things these individuals experience day to day in definitely interesting, and funny.
Enjoyable by Amber (Posted on 5/30/2015)
I bought this at a truck stop and I was delightfully surprised. First that I picked the first book in the series so I didn't have to figure out what was actually happening and Second that it was a good story line and good characters. A little cliché-ish at times but that's why clichés work. they get the point across. look forward to the rest of the series
bloody good show by Robert (Posted on 4/1/2015)
I truly enjoyed listening, can't wait for the chance to listen the rest of the series.
Ghost finders by chance (Posted on 3/8/2015)
Very good
I liked it. by Billy (Posted on 3/3/2015)
It was a good story,Happy Jack whines a little much but other than that this series has potential. I'll keep listening.
This is good! by Grant (Posted on 3/1/2015)
I've enjoyed this series so far, I have episodes 1 through 4. The matter of fact way the stories progress, plus the dry comedy keep me interested and snickering throughout.
This didn't work by Melora (Posted on 2/17/2015)
This book was unimpressive. Tedious beginning and the GA actors that usually enthrall in other stories had terrible accents in this. I gave up halfway through the 3rd CD.
First GA-very impressed! by Shaun (Posted on 1/27/2015)
This was my first time listening to a Graphic Audio production and I have to admit that I really loved it. I don't know if I'll be able to go back to boring ole audio books with one reader and no sound effects-like, why doesn't everybody do that?

The story lagged a bit, seeming to go down corridors it didn't necessarily have to explore, and some of the dialogue was masked by overpowering sounds. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Once Happy wasn't so whiny I rather enjoyed him and I loved the actor's voice who played JC.

I'll definitely be listening to more in the series and I would recommend these to anybody who enjoys ghost stories. Oh-there's a scene on a train that was so graphic with sound effects (bones crunching and what not) that I feel I should warn you. It's not too long but holy cow, it's something.
Supernatural situations with a comedic twist by Anthony (Posted on 12/19/2014)
This Graphic Audio book has potential because it has supernatural stories with a comedic twist. Looking forward to others in the near future.
Something spunky this way comes by Remy (Posted on 10/29/2014)
Something sinister haunts the London tube station, and it's up to a gaggle of intriguing and seriously disturbed friends and foes to put it right. Perhaps not quite as endering as Mr. Green's other modern supernatural mystery the Nightside, this is nonetheless worth a listen if you are a fan of the author's quirky characters, macabre creations and witty dialog. I felt the pace worked well, but was slightly put off by the outcome. The "love interest" such as it is was a bit forced, though the questions it rases might prove interesting in later books. The production itself is of usual Graphicaudio quality, nothing out of the ordinary, but vivid and compelling. I was not in love with JC's performance, but I'm wondering if it is due more to the character than the actor. Happy's voice actor on the other hand deserves special mention for portraying a whiny, drug-addled scardy-cat with some major telepathic power. I'm still waiting for the Nightside, but I'll certainly pick up the next book in this series until then.
Simon R Green's pulp writing works again. by Jared (Posted on 10/23/2014)
I'm a fan of Mr Green's work not for the depth but for the wild worlds he is fond of creating and the interesting characters that live there. With Graphic Audio, once again they bring it to entertaining life and I loved every minute of it. Only complaint is against Mr Green's handling of the romance subplot, which is upsetting because he normally takes time with them.
Lot of potential by damien (Posted on 10/20/2014)
Story has a lot of potential, however I felt that the "true love" angle was a little hackneyed and trite. The characters were good but not great, with the side characters being more interesting than J.C.. Voice acting was good, but seemed a little inconsistent at times. It was mixed well though, even when there was a lot of action and screaming it was still easy to understand the narrative. A lot of potential in the story, and it made me chuckle a few times. Not a bad time killer for the weeks before Halloween.
fantastic! by victoria (Posted on 10/17/2014)
After witches, zombies, vampires and werewolves we finally have ghosts! This production is great. It's creepy and absolutely hilarious. Quickwitted dialogue, great characters and interesting story. Very nicely done.
The story was ok but it could have been told better. by rafael (Posted on 10/14/2014)
The story was ok but it was very slow. It seemed like it was going to get good but it didn't happen. I think it could've been told better. I hope the next book is better.

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