Joanna Brady, newly elected sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, is struggling to learn the ropes, earn credibility in the eyes of her staff, and maintain her department's budget. C.J. Critt portrays Joanna as a strong-minded woman who battles for career success yet anguishes over the drunk-driving death, especially in light of her own husband's recent murder. Critt also depicts Joanna's frustration with her meddling mother and her sensitivity to the shifting emotions of her 9-year-old daughter.
Harsh truths and small-town murder lethally intertwine in a stunning and evocative thriller from New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance.
. A woman is cruelly cut down in a remote corner of Arizona, killed on her 19th wedding anniversary by a drunk motorist. A year later, the driver himself dies badly, and all suspicions point to the slain woman's still-grieving husband as his murderer. But the truth is rarely black and white in the long Southwestern shadows, and one law officer is not rushing to condemn the tragic widower so quickly - Joanna Brady, sheriff of Cochise County. Brady's convictions, however, are leading her on a twisted trail through inhospitable country - and setting her on a path that will bring her face-to-face with cold, calculating death in the high, lonely desert.
©1996 J.A. Jance; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
Her tone is pretentious and so is her phrasing. She sounds as one would imagine Joanna Brady's mother sounding, except more so. And, so far at least, her voice for Joanna is barely distinguishable (some of the time) from her "narrating" voice. Not sure that I can make it through this one, much less another after it. Fortunately I haven't bought the next book yet. May have to get it in paperback or e-book.
Changing narrators in a series should be done ONLY when absolutely required.
Avid audio book listener with over 900 books between my two libraries.
Why is it the publisher has to ruin a perfectly good series by not only changing the narrator mid stream but changing to a narrator that was worse than the last.
As an avid, borderline obsessive audio book listener, the narration is just as important as the story itself in my opinion. It took me awhile to get past the nasal Hillary Huber, but she established herself as the voice of Joanna Brady.
Fortunately if the author is good, you can most times overlook bad narration, but it is not enjoyable. This is the case with C.J. Critt. Terrible inflections and a much too old of a voice for Joanna. Not to mention not very good with continuity.
Will probably move pass the books she has narrated in this series and try the next narrator.
I started with book 1 in the series and the first 3 had such intriguing plots that I was looking forward to book 4. Great plots, wonderful mysteries with surprising endings. Perhaps I've caught on to her writing, but in book 4 I knew who-done-it way before Sheriff Joanna Bradly did. I've also come to despise how something is said and I immediately know the underlying message but she asks, "I don't understand..." - or something similar. She's either slow, or wants it spelled out for her, but that's not evident. This book was driven by dialogue and it was painstaking. I thought that I disliked the previous reader of the first three, Hillary Huber - her voices for men are high pitched and silly - but now I think she's great, compared with the cadence of C.J. Critt's narrative in book 4. It's so annoying and I almost didn't finish the book. I've already purchased book 5, so I'm hoping things improve.
I almost didn't buy this book after reading the harsh comments about the narrator, C.J. Critt. However, since we have enjoyed other Joanna Brady novels, we thought we would give it a try. We are glad we did. We enjoyed C.J. Critt's reading. Since I place these novels in the "light" mystery category, Critt's approach was just right. Her voice, and expressive reading we're very enjoyable. We will definitely buy other books read by her.
Seeing Joanna awaken to her own talents & have more confidence in her instincts as she frees herself from the negative impact of her judgmental Mother is great!
Coming into a series after another narrator has begun is unfortunate for the listeners & extremely unfair to the next narrator. CJ Critt is always terrific in her work, even though a different style than the also good Huber (Books 1-3). Not sure how anyone could not love CJ's work. Maybe just because she's different. Before the end of any first chapter, you're convinced Critt has a cast of people in the recording booth with her. Ignore anything bad about CJ Critt and check it out for yourself. You'll be happy you did.
I often wanted to shout at her Mother for being so critical, grumpy and judgmental. So happy to watch her wake-up to her mother's manipulation.
Fourth or fifth
The ending when all the cases came together.
Yes, I have listened to a number of books
No not really.
I'm a huge fan of J.A. Jance, and am thoroughly enjoying the Joanna Brady series. Narrator C.J. Critt, however, delivers the story with the chirpy, sweet, upbeat enthusiasm of Harriet Nelson reading a bedtime story to a second-grader. That may work will with Dr. Seuss, but not with murder mysteries.
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