I was indifferent to this book. I don't think I liked the characters. There was just something about the book that put me off. The narrator did a great job, but his voice sounded like the voice of a certain news person on television. From that point on, the face of the newsman was pasted onto the character, and it spoiled all the love scenes for me. Try as I might, I couldn't shake the image! I'm not sure if this was what spoiled the book for me, but if I had read it instead, I may have liked it better.
I would have enjoyed the story so much more if it hadn't been for the performance. Gene Engene's voice seems to vacillate between an over exaggerated impersonation of a grouchy old man and a cartoonish parody of a woman or an absurd combination of the two. I absolutely understand that the job of a voiceover actor is not a simple one. He or she is expected to convincingly portray multiple characters and make them recognizably distinct and authentic. All the while the actor is supposed to give voice to the story and seamlessly carry the readers from first to last page. That being said, many performers I have heard here on audible do a beautiful job without annoying me with their performance. Unfortunately Gene Engene is not one of them. All due respect to Mr. Engene. Maybe in a different type of a story his performance would work. In this one, for me, it didn't.
A few words about the story itself - it's actually quite good. I wouldn't have gotten through it if it wasn't good. We start with the death of a little girl. A seasoned detective follows his gut and experience through an investigation full of twists and turns. The characters are engaging and believable, if a little unimaginative. I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series, but for those who like the performance, or read in text and not audible format - this might be a good series.
My main reason for not being able to recommend this book to anyone, is it's failing to engage any emotional connection to the victims of the crime.
I don't mind having figured the who done it early, but not being able to easily remember the names of the victims as the story wraps, shows the focus is more on the relationship of the two protagonists then on the crime.
Retired law enforcement officer. Like action and detective stories.
Poor narration. Voice changes childish. One sounds like poor imitation of Capt. Kirk, another like Foghorn Leghorn.
When I first started listening I wondered if this was meant to be a comedy? The cliches were so thick and the narrator so straightfaced I kept expecting there to be a punch line. With lines like "Women usually shy away from a gun" and a cardboard cut out hard drinking, tough talking cynical cop and a rich, beautiful, lost woman who inexplicably (NO Really - the attraction never made any sense) falls for him, I found myself laughing out loud at times. Having said that the story behind the Bogart impersonation does grow on you after a while and is pretty entertaining. To my surprise I finished the book having quite enjoyed the ride and would probably buy the next one - but only when I fancy a light read and a chuckle.
Typical first of a series book where you learn the main character's background but also had what could have been a more interesting murder mystery. Some of the book was devoted to solving the crime, the murder of a child and an interesting look into a cult, but a lot of it was on the developing relationship of Beaumont and Corley and didn't delve too much into the crime and how it happened.
The narrator was okay, but you could occasionally hear background noises like the turning of a page or what sounded like clothes rustling. There was also occasions where the sound changed as if he moved further away from the mic but it wasn't too distracting.
The narrator was fine. And I've heard that Jance's later books are better. This one felt very much like a first novel, but one that never made it out of the desk drawer.
Not succumb to every single tired hard-boiled-detective cliche ever known (except the one where the detective is street-smart and intelligent) and and make the characters at least half-way plausible.
The partner Peters, I suppose ...
All of them. By all reports, Jance should have started with her second novel.
Others have written that Jance's other novels are better. Perhaps if I see one in a $4.95 sale, I'll see if that's true. Otherwise, I'll take a pass.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
Thought provoking about having the mental illness of dual personality. That prognosis fits only a very small segment of mental illness.
Mental illness is a life time illness that can be controlled with medication for some. However, medication cannot help everyone who has a definitive diagnosis of mental illness. Therefore, my favorite character was Ann. Her life was a cruel struggle, that I believe was her father's fault. If Ann had not witnessed the murder of her sister, by her father, she may never have had to become a vigilante for justice against those who murdered a helpless child. That occurrence was the catalyst that destroyed Ann's life.
That character would be Beau. His character required many variations of tone. There was anger, joy, love, hate and probably other's that I've missed. I feel that the narrator did convey all of his emotions very well.
That moment for me was when Beau had to use killing as self defense, in order to save himself from death. I know it was noted that Beau was a crack shot but how about the person who shot at him three times? There are always times when the reader has to make their own conclusions.
Gene Eugene's mom should have been more kind when naming her son. If the narrator gave himself that name, as an author, he should be ashamed of himself. I will definitely continue with the series. If the second novel is as good or better than the first I will then try the third. Character development was good. Wanting to continue with the novel because of enjoying it makes a good writer.