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By Patroo on 07-24-09
Not a barn burner, but a nice way to pass the time
I listened to the audio version. Hillary Huber and Erik Davies tag teamed their way through the book, but they don't have as much skill at presenting different voices as most of the audible performers, nor do they have the acting ability. Erik comes closest, leaving JP Beaumont only slightly wooden, and offering the typical Beau take on life. Hillary doesn't give Joanna Brady nearly as much spark as some other readers have in the past, and at times seems to be a little monotonal.
The story itself is adequate, but is not my favorite among the Brady and Beaumont books. Perhaps the next in the series is meant to carry on where this one left off, giving a more satisfactory result to the plot?
I like getting another update on the ongoing lives of both of these characters, but the connection between the two departments seemed a little forced. This story does build upon prior occurrences, but you don't need to have read those book(s) in order to fully understand things (however, it helps!).
Regarding the tag team readers, I've wondered how well this would work. In this case, it was nothing to write home about. Even though it's difficult for men to voice women characters, and vice versa, it's easier for most actor-readers to create a believable woman's voice. I prefer the books where a single performer does all the voices as opposed to the switch-back and forth system.
The wonderful part about audio, though, is that by the time I drove to and from work, squeezed in a few listens at breaks and lunch, and a little in the evening, I could finish the book in two days using the fast setting in the iPod.
The J.A. Jance books are my second-favorite for audio listening (first is the Rita Mae Brown library), but if my introduction had been this book, I might not have developed the deep fondness for the characters peopling her books. I have trouble remembering sometimes that all of them are imaginary...
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By Edward on 08-26-09
Where is the rest of the book?
I've enjoyed Jance's stories for many years, but this one left me wondering what happened to the rest of the book. When I got to the end, I had to go back and listen to the final few chapters again to see if I had missed something.
It seemed like she probably wrote a longer, more complete version and then the publisher said it had to be pared down to the current length, both in pages and the number of CDs the audio version would fit on.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful