Ghost in the Third Row

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by Bruce Coville

When Nina (“Nine”) Tanleven earns a spot in a new musical to be mounted in the beautiful-but-spooky Grand Theater, she expects that she will be in for a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. What she does not expect is that she will find a best friend, the cheerful and funny Chris Gurley. Even more unexpected is the beautiful ghost that appears to both of them.
Though “The Woman in White” seems friendly, soon mysterious and frightening events begin to pile up. Before long, most of the cast is convinced that the ghost is trying to sabotage the show.

Nine and Chris don’t believe it, and move into full detective mode to try to solve the mystery. In doing so, they find themselves in greater danger than they could have imagined.

Newcomer Sophia Greene sparkles as Nine, and she is delightfully supported by a crew of Full Cast regulars who bring this much-loved ghost story to vivid new life.


Author Bruce Coville
Narrator Sophie Greene
Length 2 hrs and 40 mins
© Copyright 2020
℗ Audio Copyright 2022 Full Cast Audio



Nina is an aspiring actress in her first stage production, The Woman in White. But the ghostly presence of an actress who was murdered 50 years prior disrupts production and seems to create significant danger for the cast members. Nina and her castmates embark on a mission to find the cause of these episodes and to determine the identity of the ghost in Coville’s 1987 middle-grade series-starter. The high drama is ideal for the full-cast treatment led by Greene’s first-person narration. Her youthful voice captures the eagerness, fear, excitement, and wonder of the sixth-grade protagonist and responds fluidly to the drop-in lines from the additional cast members, all of whom bring energy and clear vocal traits to their characters. Atmospheric music leads off each chapter and simple production effects occasionally accent the narration, painting a
vivid picture as the young sleuths get to the bottom of the historical crime.

— Heather Booth


Listen to samples from this audiobook:

  1. Ghost in the Third Row Sample Full Cast Audio 0:51


Meet the Cast
Nina Tanleven/Narrator Sophie Greene
Chris Haley Grogan
Melissa Lily Holmes
Nine’s Dad Mike Larkin
Edgar Lonis Dan Bostick
Paula Geller Katherine Gibson
Lydia Crane Katherine Clare Bell
Pop David Baker
Gwendolyn Kara Greene
Eileen Carmen Vivano Crafts
Sam the Librarian Derek Emerson Powell
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