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Beyond Reach Audiobook

Beyond Reach

Detective Lena Adams is the only suspect in a murder in Georgia. One hundred miles away, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver finds out that his young detective has been arrested. Jeffrey's wife Sara has no patience for Lena or her dramas. Fighting a malpractice suit, the last thing Sara needs is to see Jeffrey playing Lena's knight in shining armor. Lena has leapt into an underground world of bigotry and rage.
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Publisher's Summary

In a stifling jail cell in a hardscrabble Georgia town, Detective Lena Adams sits in stubborn silence: bruised, angry, and the only suspect in a horrific murder that left a woman incinerated beyond recognition. One hundred miles away, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver has gotten the call that his young detective has been arrested. Jeffrey's wife, pediatrician and medical examiner Sara Linton, has little patience for Lena or her dramas. Fighting a heartbreaking malpractice suit, struggling to pick up the pieces of a shattered career, the last thing Sara needs is to see Jeffrey playing Lena's knight in shining armor. Sara cannot guess that within days she herself will be at the center of a bizarre and murderous case.

Lena has fled back to the place where she grew up hard, careening back through the shadows of her past and into a shocking underground world of bigotry and rage. The man who raised her is slowly killing himself with drugs. The man who beguiled - and beat - her is reaching out from prison. And now only Jeffrey and Sara can free Lena from the web of lies, betrayal, and brutality that has trapped her - as this powerhouse of a novel races toward its shattering climax...and a final, unforgettable twist.

©2007 Karin Slaughter; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 11-29-08
    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 11-29-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Temporal Chaos"

    I regret giving this such a low rating, but the writing had serious problems. The worst is that the timeline skitters all over the place, way over the line of comprehensibility. You never know whether something is happening now or happened weeks ago. There are also odd grammatical errors that aren't enough to ruin the story, but mildly annoy -- given that she's among the rare few who know not to say "firstly" or "importantly," it seems strange she'd then misuse "comprise." The story is miserable, too. All of the major female characters have been savaged and brutalized. And the sex scenes are gratuitous rather than contributing to the meaning of the story.

    AUDIO: Adequate, but there are noticeable misemphases and her low voices lose expression.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-01-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2015

    Titles that should be made or remade into film by Amazon or Netflix... Department Q. Harry Hole. Noble House. Tai-pan. Gai-jin and Shogun.

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    "Well written, clever mystery..."

    Let me start this with a word about the narrator, Joyce Bean. I gave her 3 stars, even though she has a remarkable voice, especially for feminine characters. Her voice is naturally deep, but when she reads men her voice is so gravelly and rough they just aren't attractive characters. Nevertheless her performance does not get in the way of the writing. At times she is worthy of 5 stars, but the male characters dropped her score to 3 stars.

    The mystery is well conceived and sadly accurate. This is because it deals with meth addicts. After finishing the book I googled "meth faces before and after" and the results were, well... Look it up for yourself. Suffice to say Slaughter couldn't exaggerate the effects meth has on a persons body if she wanted too. There's some clever writing that kept me hanging on tight till the end.

    I think this is my 12th Slaughter novel in a little over 2 months. I am so lost in her fictional Grant County that I feel as if I live there. At the same time I became so frustrated with Lena, a key character in several novels, I was ready to stop listening. But this is the similar response most of her friends, coworkers and enemies have, so my hats off to Slaughter's character building skills.

    This is a good book on its own, but honestly I purchased it because its a key cog in the entire Grant County/ Will Trent series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Dyersburg, TN, United States 04-08-14
    Donna Dyersburg, TN, United States 04-08-14
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    "Terrible narrator but OK story"

    This narrator should never try to do all the voices. The men sounded like they had smokers voices. Just awful.

    This book answered many questions about Lena's life so that was good.

    Sara was portrayed as a weak, sniveling wife. In the other books she is clearly a strong woman and that is much better since she is a physician and must be strong to endure all she has gone through.

    Everytime Jeffrey made a move as a police officer and took a chance Sara squealed like a little girl that she was afraid he would get hurt. Good grief, he is a POLICE man not a librarian.

    If you do not have anything else to read, then take a chance; if there is anything else in your library pass on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abby 02-12-16
    Abby 02-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "loved the series....hated the ending"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joyce Bean?

    It's hard to have someone new take on a series. Her voice and accent made the characters seem unfamiliar, her interpretation of the main characters seemed disjointed from previous narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like killing off the main character in the last minutes, seemed forced and not necessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Alabama 02-03-16
    Rose Alabama 02-03-16 Member Since 2011

    Audible books keep me from having full blown conversations with my dogs during the day!

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    "narrator very poor with male voices"

    This actress can not do younger male voices. The men in the story all sound like they are in their 60s. As a result, I didn't enjoy this reading as much as I did the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 01-08-16
    Kimberly 01-08-16 Member Since 2013

    Never enjoyed books until audible and now I'm an addict.

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    "Pooor audio quality and narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator and the production


    What didn’t you like about Joyce Bean’s performance?

    Maybe. It was a poor decision to change narrator half way thru the series. Not the womans fault. The production doesn't help either.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ana 12-17-15
    Ana 12-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Another a great story but struggled with narrator"
    Would you listen to Beyond Reach again? Why?

    This another wonderful suspenseful story, just when I think I have things figured out, Karin Slaughter throws you a curve ball. I can not wait until the next book, I pray that Sara was having a nightmare.


    What three words best describe Joyce Bean’s performance?

    It took awhile to get used to Sara and Jeffrey sounding like they were in their sixties.


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    Elizabeth 12-15-15
    Elizabeth 12-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Disliked the narrators voice"

    I really love the grant county books by Karin Slaughter. I was disappointed that Kathleen Early didn't narrate this one. I had gotten so used to her voice it was hard to listen to this one.
    But I did. It was an okay story... The ending was upsetting to me though. VERY!!! I don't want to spoil it for anyone but I still love the books and the series.

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    Nikki 11-25-15
    Nikki 11-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "love story, hate voice"

    I was very pleased with this book, just like the previous ones. I didn't like the voice though. out was too harsh and everyone sounded raspy and old.

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    sharon 10-06-15
    sharon 10-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Had me guessing"

    Wow this was a super mystery. I usually figure out who's who but wasn't able to do it this time. Super job Karin Slaughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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