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imulthopp

New York, NY United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Until Proven Guilty: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (210)

    Lurking in the dark corners of J. P. Beaumont's bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.

    Jean says: "Until proven guilty"
    "Cliche-ridden and just plain dumb"
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    Would you try another book from J. A. Jance and/or Gene Engene?

    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.


    What could J. A. Jance have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Gene Engene – was your favorite?

    The partner Peters, I suppose ...


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Until Proven Guilty?

    All of them. By all reports, Jance should have started with her second novel.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3385)
    Performance
    (2399)
    Story
    (2405)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "This book won me over completely ..."
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    Would you listen to The Potato Factory again? Why?

    Maybe, although there are so many great books yet to be read/heard that I almost never give books a second listen. But it's certainly one of the books that I would return to if I did.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Potato Factory?

    Unlike some of the other reviewers I've read, I enjoyed the book more and more as it moved onto the Australian continent. I also enjoyed the trial scenes, the pub scenes, the assorted low-lifes (most of the book's characters), the corrupt constables, the officious judges and unctuous lawyers, and, of course, the cameo appearance of Charles Dickens, Mr. Courtenay's literary forebear and creator of Fagin in Oliver Twist, the first fictional embodiment of the real-life Ikey Solomon, who also has a starring role in this novel.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He's truly the perfect narrator for this book. Great characterizations and reading throughout.


    If you could take any character from The Potato Factory out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Sperm Whale Sally, although not if I had to pick up the check! She seemed like a woman of infinite good humor who could spin a good yarn or two herself.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost gave up on this book a few times near the beginning because of what seemed to me at the time to be gratuitous hardship and cruelty inflicted upon the female protagonist, Mary "Abacus." But I'm glad I stuck with the story. I'll be listening to the next book in the trilogy next.

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