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I had never read or listened to any of the other Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries, but even if I had, I would find it difficult to imagine that it would have made a difference as to my level of interest and enjoyment of this title. I found both the story-line and character development to be very shallow (perhaps said characters are fully developed in earlier installments) which prevents this work from being a standalone listen. Aside from that, I certainly would not classify this as a legal thriller and/or mystery as the outcome was pretty transparent and, despite a kidnapping of sorts, I found little I would consider thrilling in the story.
The one redeeming quality of the title was the narration of Richard Rieman, whose work I previously enjoyed in the Joe Rubinstein Story of Auchwitz. In this case Rieman did what I thought was a great job in trying to add some enthusiasm to a rather unimaginative story. In fact, if not for the narration, I probably only would have given this overall listen 1-star.
I do not think I am one to be overly critical, but I was asked to submit an honest review and, with some reluctance, here you have mine. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.
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This is a far cry from a legal thriller but more of a flop.
I made too many notes to include them all here, and it's not even worth the time.
Within the first hour, we learn more information about staged accidents and how it benefits crooked physicians and lawyers than necessary.
The MC, the supposed reluctant judge in the juvenile system, goes on a power trip with how to run his new, temporary courtroom.
Oh, and he thinks a delinquent sixteen year old who can't read (who comes from an illiterate family as well) will miraculously be able to read to his age/grade level within a year.
How the hell *ANYTHING* in the legal system could be used in the same sentence with the word 'kosher' leaves one thinking either the author is an illiterate simpleton or the character is. Possibly both.
Does he really think another judge will talk about a sexual encounter in chambers? He's obviously watched too much porn.
This has been hands down the most disappointing letdown I've encountered and a waste of an Audible credit. BTW, disclaimer: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
Except I enjoy listening to Richard Reiman. He has brought many books to a more life-like pulse, but this one has decomposed ... I would still second guess picking up another book from him, simply because he narrated though.
I would not recommend this book, series, nor author.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I loved the narrator, he was brilliant. He made this audiobook very easy to listen to. I liked the main character and his pre-teen ward Suzi. I thought that they were well written and characterised.
I think that the plot was a bit lacklustre, which was a letdown because the blurb made it sound really interesting. And it was interesting if you like random facts, which this was full of. I did learn about how staged accidents benefits crooked doctors and lawyers, which wasn’t altogether relevant.
Any additional comments?
Peter Sharp is a laid back lawyer who lives, with his pre-teen ward, Suzi, on a houseboat from which they also run his legal practise. Yes, they run it, because Suzi is something of a legal whizz kid. When, during an outbreak of influenza, Peter is asked to serve as a temporary judge, he is flattered but reluctant. Rightly so, as things turn out...
Written as in the first person, Richard Reiman is very good at portraying the comfortable but cynical legal man, out thought by his young ward and his high powered ex-wife, Myra, now the District Attorney. As well as being the voice of Peter, Mr.Reiman's vocal interpretations of the other protagonists is also distinctive. And the whole is an amusing, very human, telling of a slice of Peter's life. Easy to listen to, this is an endearing but also thrilling little tale mixed with assorted snippets of information.
This is the first time I have encountered this series of stories by author, Gene Grossman, and I have to thank the rights holder of The Reluctant Jurist for gifting me a complementary copy of the book, via Audiobook Boom and thus introducing me to them. In a small way, they are reminiscent of the wonderful Lady Justice stories by Robert Thornhill, which I love, and I will certainly be looking out for more of the Peter Sharp legal mysteries.