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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Smith Narrator: Mike Chamberlain Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780739372449
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The summer before Troy Stotts turns seventeen, his mother dies. Troy and his father barely speak, mostly communicating instead by writing notes on a legal pad by the phone. Troy spends most of his time with his closest friends: Tom Buller, brash and fearless, the son of a drunk; Gabe Benavidez, smart enough to know he’ll never take over the family ranch; and Gabe’s sister, Luz, whose family overprotects her, and who Troy has loved since they were children.

Troy and his friends don’t want trouble. They want this to be the summer of what Troy calls “ghost medicine,” when time seems to stop, so they won’t have to face the past or the future. But before the summer is over, their paths will cross with people in dangerous and fateful ways.

Troy and his friends want to be invisible. Instead, they will become what they least expect—brothers, lovers, heroes, and ghosts.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/19/2014

    " I think this book has a perfect first chapter. Though the rest of the book lags in a few places plot wise, Smith's characterization and creation of setting are very strong. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 1/26/2014

    " It was pretty good...There wasn't much plotline to this book, but it had some deep thoughts. It wasn't supernatural. It had good characters in an modern-day western setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theisen Ziehmer | 12/28/2013

    " I liked the book ghost medicine because of the way Troy Scotts had to overcome tragedy in his life. Troys mom died when he was just a mere 17 and troy had to live with his father who was an alcoholic. Troy got a job with his crushes dad to help support him and his dad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annelida | 12/17/2013

    " Is something wrong with me? I just couldn't get into this book. It was so "blah" for me. The writing style did nothing for me, and the characters seemed very flat. I don't know, maybe I'll pick this up later when I have time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Skinner | 11/30/2013

    " A good YA book for males. Although I thought there were a few too many slow spots in the book, I like the story and the protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debs | 11/18/2013

    " This is the best young adult book I've read this year. I don't even want to call it "young adult" because it is so much more impressively written than everything else I've read in that genre over the past eleven months. I am very much looking forward to reading Andrew Smith's other novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha Nicholson | 11/8/2013

    " Although it started out slow, this book was fantastic! It's a love story, a cowboy story, a horse story, and a "Stand By Me" story all rolled into one. Very realistic and moving. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anji | 8/17/2013

    " I tried but I can't keep my head in it. Perhaps it's the wrong time for this book or maybe it's just wrong for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/31/2013

    " This is the only Young Adult Western I've ever seen. I think I really like this genre afterall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/7/2013

    " This was a good coming of age book. Friends that are on one side of the track and the bullies on the other. Horses, best friends and first loves, and losses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricki | 1/17/2012

    " This is a wonderful story of friendship. It is set in a gorgeous setting with snakes, mountain lions, goats, and horses. I liked this story a lot, but the beginning was slow, and it took some time for me to truly enjoy the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 12/26/2011

    " One of the best books I've ever read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari Ahern | 7/15/2011

    " "That summer, we all had the ghost medicine that made us vanish and fade in ways we never thought, never saw. Anyway, it was what we wanted. And I guess that's how all boys die." - Page 125 - wow "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia M | 4/28/2011

    " it was really sweet and well natured. Havent read a good down to earth book in awhile, glad i came across it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darryl Cole | 4/2/2011

    " For realistic fiction this book is really good. It seems realistic fiction never has enough action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/25/2011

    " This was a good coming of age book. Friends that are on one side of the track and the bullies on the other. Horses, best friends and first loves, and losses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karilibrary | 2/16/2011

    " "That summer, we all had the ghost medicine that made us vanish and fade in ways we never thought, never saw. Anyway, it was what we wanted. And I guess that's how all boys die." - Page 125 - wow "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassie | 1/1/2011

    " This book was odd, confusing, and slightly disturbing. I didn’t really like it. It was slightly disturbing with the violence, and the nudity. I really kind of wish I hadn’t read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B.J. | 11/5/2010

    " good YA! 3 teen boys, 1 girl, a bunch of horses and a villain. Admire Andrew Smith for how he brought out the close friendship between the boys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/25/2010

    " Heavy duty book on growing up. thrre boys and a girl form an unbreakable bond over time. While thier bond survives, others do not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darryl | 9/22/2010

    " For realistic fiction this book is really good. It seems realistic fiction never has enough action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 6/26/2010

    " A good YA book for males. Although I thought there were a few too many slow spots in the book, I like the story and the protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 1/15/2010

    " I liked this book because I felt the bond between the characters and experienced their highs and lows on a very deep level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/13/2010

    " The summer in the life of four teenagers. A summer that irrevocably changes their lives.
    Beautiful. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew SmithAndrew Smith is the author of several award-winning novels for young adults, including The Marbury Lens. He lives in a very remote area in the mountains of Southern California with his family, two horses, two dogs, and three cats. He doesn’t watch television, and occupies himself by writing or bumping into things outdoors and taking ten-mile runs on snowy trails. He maintains a blog and website about his strange writing life at ghostmedicine.blogspot.com.
About the Narrator

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer in Los Angeles. His voice credits range from radio commercials and television narration to animation and video game characters. Stage trained at Boston College, he has performed works from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary drama and comedy. His audiobook narration has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.