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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,429 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Downing Hahn Narrator: Sarah Coomes Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781611061024
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When twelve-year-old Florence boards the horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life at Crutchfield Hall, her great-uncle’s manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, Florence thinks, than the grim London orphanage she has just left.

Florence doesn’t reckon with the eerie presence that haunts the cavernous rooms and dimly lit hallways of Crutchfield. It’s the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who died the year before. Sophia’s ghost seeks to recreate the scene of her death and cause someone else to die in her place so that she will be restored to life. And she intends to force her newly arrived cousin to help her.

Blending elements from classic ghost stories of the past, Mary Downing Hahn pays homage to such renowned writers as Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens while creating a bone-chilling new story of her own.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magda | 2/20/2014

    " Difficult to get a feel for the ages and historical setting of the characters. Typical Mary Downing Hahn, but thankfully not as scary as when I was nine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 2/4/2014

    " This book had elements of a great ghost story but as soon as I got familiar with the characters the book was over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 1/22/2014

    " I liked all of the book except I didn't like how Florence was acting weird "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabella Cadena | 1/12/2014

    " Its a really good mystery book about a ghost, a girl and a sick boy. If any of you like mystery and scary books, this is the book to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Davis | 1/12/2014

    " This is a classic ghost story about a young orphan Florence who struggles to transition from an orphanage in the city, to a large house in the country. The house is owned by her great aunt and uncle. Her uncle is overjoyed to have a new member of the family and treats her with kindness. Her aunt still cries about Sophia's death and is always comparing Florence to Sofia. The last member of the house is a young boy by the name of James. He is Florance's cousin and is very sick. He has never left his room since the "accident". Oops, I made a mistake. James is not the last resident of the house. There is one more. One that wouldn't go to rest. The one and only.... SOPHIA! Is Sophia there to help Florence feel happy or is she there to live again the only way she can.... For someone to take her place! This book is a very entertaining book that will pull you in from start to end. This book does lack vivid descriptions and a shocking ending like most ghost stories. If you ever have time you should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/4/2014

    " i ate cheesecake and read this before bed, and i woke up paranoid, but i loved it anyways "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Garlock | 12/24/2013

    " This was my first murder/thiller/mystery. Three day read, had a great deal of trouble putting it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fat Amy | 11/14/2013

    " The Ghost of Crutch Field Hall is a chilling tale about an orphaned girl named Florence who is invited to stay with her great aunt and uncle. Slowly she is learning about her cousins, James, and her cousin Sophia, who is dead. Will Sophia try to harm Florence? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Jessen | 10/11/2013

    " Eleanor says it's okay--she'd rate it PG just because of ghosts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 114-Sierra | 8/1/2013

    " The Ghost of Cruchfield Hall was a great book, though it took it awhile to speed up and get good. The book ended with a bang!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffanie Rushton | 6/22/2013

    " I read this children's novel with my 11 year old daughter. She loved it and highly recommends it. I thought it read a lot like the early chapters of Jane Eyre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 6/7/2013

    " Fun, breezy ghost story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Burton | 5/12/2013

    " it was amazing! a very good book (when i mean good with this book i mean it was scary) i have read it more than a dozen times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Novali Davenport | 2/18/2013

    " So far it is a wonderful book and I love her series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.n. | 8/6/2012

    " This book was really good. This is the kind of book I'd read on a cold, rainy day, curled up on my couch with a cup of hot chocolate. I love a good ghost story, and this is one of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Lang | 6/29/2012

    " Strange but eye catching. The story wasn't amazing to me. I liked the book but it isn't something I'd recomend to anyone I know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 4/15/2012

    " loved this book.... i got it at my school book fair stared reading it when i got home finished it in a couple hours thats how good it is really scary and creepy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly Mckay | 3/14/2012

    " I didn't like how Florince was acting weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Day | 12/13/2011

    " This book was okay. I just think that it's rather annoying that you're six chapters into the book and you still aren't totally sure what's going on. Don't worry; it gets good at the end. You should still read it. Just having read some of her other books, this was kind of disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendie | 8/17/2011

    " Starting it today.5/29. Finished 3 days later. A quick read as it is a YA. Great ghost story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 8/16/2011

    " This was a fairly quick ghost story. It was pretty good, and was a bit freaky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 5/7/2011

    " I read this one with my 8 year old daughter who found it very, very, very frightening at times. I mostly enjoyed watching it spook her out. ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missy | 4/24/2011

    " Short read, not scary enough. Still, well-written and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/6/2011

    " Eleanor says it's okay--she'd rate it PG just because of ghosts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delia | 4/3/2011

    "
    Me and my kids are enjoying this oh-so-very-much! By no means this book is scary, but we are liking it a lot.

    We liked it a lot but the end it was kind of a let down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr. Steve | 3/29/2011

    " Another solid ghost story by Hahn. I think kids would like this story, even though the ghost not really being scary might disappoint fans of the creepy Deep and Dark and Dangerous. But it is well done, definitely, and draws an interesting parallel between the protagonist and her dead cousin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 3/19/2011

    " I enjoyed this spooky story. Left me feeling unsettled at the end, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 3/16/2011

    " Hahn doesn't disappoint with another ghost story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 3/9/2011

    " this is one of my favorite books that i have read. this is about a girl who's parents drowned when the girl was only two. Then she went to an orphanage when finally after eleven years her great uncle found her and adopted
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 1/31/2011

    " This is a lower level (S maybe? definitely T or U) straight-on ghost mystery. The setting is in England, maybe early 1900s. Simple straightforward plot. I think it was a bit easier than Hahn's All the Lovely Bad Ones (also a ghost story, but with a nice twist at the end.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 1/23/2011

    " this is the best book i have ever read i love it its an amazing ghost story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/10/2011

    " Good for it's audience...low to mid readers in middle school. Definately creepy, but no real depth of plot. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Downing Hahn

Mary Downing Hahn, a former children’s librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous and The Old Willis Place. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, she lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus.

About the Narrator

Sarah Coomes trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and spent three blissful years there, learning how to cry, speak Shakespeare, and stage fight like a tiger. She is a comedienne and an actress, appearing in numerous television shows in England, including a recurring role as Nurse Leonard in the popular series EastEnders. She won the 2008 Westminster Prize for her play Hookie and an AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce in 2011.