I have been a fan of J.A. Jance and the J. P. Beaumont series since I happened onto the author about 6 months ago. The plot is comfortably predictable [there is no doubt that Beau will solve the crime] but the mystery is interesting and does keep one guessing until all possible suspects have been cleared. The narrator, Gene Engene, is just about perfect as Beau and presents the other characters--including children and women--in a subtle yet distinctive manner. I recommend this book to anyone who likes good stories, good characters, and knowing the good guy will win.
I really enjoyed the reader's performance. He was amazingly consistent in his characterizations of the 'cast of thousands.' This book was one that I have listened to many times. Multiple listens have allowed me to create a movie in my mind that is very well paced.
I really liked Justin best. He initially was presented as an elegant sissy, but his actions proved he was a formidible foe. He was intensely loyal.
The scene in the Abbey when he found Leonie after she ran away was my favorite.
I would like to talk to Justin over dinner to ask him why he adopted such outlandish affectations in social settings.
The reader/actor was remarkable. I know others found his performance distracting but I think they were wanting a "reader" rather than a "performer." This is one of my favorite Heyer novels.
This abridged version is very good, but I know the excellent, amusing stories that have been omitted because I have heard an unabridged version on cassettes and read the print version. The Grand Sophy without the kittens is like drinking weak tea.
I would love to have the unabridged performance by Clare Wille available.
Very entertaining combination of dates and memorable details. I really enjoyed the travel-in-time experiences and listened to some "times" over and over. The authors did a great job of presenting world events sequentially over time and geography.
I chose this book because of the title! The story captured my interest early and held my interest to the end. Although it was published decades ago, the case details hold up. I have added other works by these authors to my Wish List.
I really like the recurring characters in the "Hollywood" series. The action, dialogue, and situations seem realistic to me--seems like an inside look at contemporary LA. The narrator, Christian Rummel, does a fine job of consistently differentiating the characters without going overboard on dialects or pitch. I would like to be able to hear the early Wambaugh New York police genera publications--should I hold my breath for those to appear in the Audible library?
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