Alex Cooper awakens one morning to news of her own brutal murder. Soon, Manhattan's top sex-crimes prosecutor discovers that the actual victim is film star Isabella Lascar, who had sought refuge at Alex's private retreat. Now it is up to Alex to find the killer before another victim surfaces.
©1997 Linda Fairstein (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
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For me, listening to a book is always a different experience of the story than reading it. If I like a book exceedingly well, I'll both read and listen to it - just to get all the nuances from it. Having said that, I also think a great narrator can take a so-so story and give it life and humor and a naturalness that the actual story doesn't really have. And, of course, the reverse is true as well. Fairstein's books are complicated enough that it might be easier to keep track of all the characters and story turns on the page rather than by earbud.
I'm not quite finished with it, but I'm pretty sure I've guessed whodunit. More red herrings might have been good. :)
The scene in Jed's club must be the confrontation fantasy of most people at one time or another.
Beware the fried clam stand.
It was surprising to me to see so many comments about the annoying aspect of narrator's (the brilliant Barbara Rosenblat) mouth noise. I have listened to dozens of BR's performances and, yes, I've heard her swallow. I've heard her carrying on with what sounded like the end of a head cold. I've heard her voice deepen as time went by.
I purposely listened out for these noises and can only remember hearing one swallow and virtually no 'sparkles' or 'clicks'. I'd also like to point out that an over abundance of this kind of noise should be at least partly attributed to the sound engineer. It certainly is easy enough to edit noise out of a reading.
If I have any complaint, it's with the voice BR chose to do for Mike. I keep seeing him as an overweight middle-aged guy, rather than the tall, dark, handsome (if crude) guy he is supposed to be. But maybe that's because it's been too long since I've been to NY.
Frankly, it's my opinion that it would take an awful lot more (purely natural) mouth noise to offset the fact that Ms. Rosenblat can do any gender, any accent, any genre with complete believability. (I have a terrible crush on her rendition of Emerson in the Amelia Peabody series.)
There is way to many little side plots. Takes focus off the main story, and makes it a bit hard to follow.
Unfortunately for me, there's too little trial stuff, which I had hoped for. I like the balanced feminism that is present through the story.
It's hard to pick out anything, especially if you want to avoid spoilers.
Yes, as a time killer, definitely.
I don't normally write reviews. It was some other reviewers opinions on the narrator that made me feel obligated to do it. The narrator is absolutely fantastic. Best I've heard. Excellent voices and accents. If you listen hard, you can probably hear sounds from her anatomy. To me, that's a bit like complaining over Al Pacino being hoarse.
I would put Final Jeopardy in the upper middle class of the books I've listened to over the years. It was steady and well done.
This was an ending I had not anticipated until well into the book. It's different and plausible so that was a nice shift from what I was expecting.
Barbara Rosenblat has the sultry voice of a Kathleen Turner character. It's low and husky and slightly different from so many other readers. Once I got past the fact that this was a big voiced gal speaking a small woman's role I thoroughly enjoyed her performance.
Perhaps I liked the book as well as I did because it didn't produce an extreme reaction The characters were so well read, the accents so perfect, and the comfort with which they all interacted made this a comfortable listen.
It's easy to forget that the same person is doing all the parts in Final Jeopardy. Barbara Rosenblatt is more than equal to the task. She is marvelous with the male voices and makes Mike, the NYPD cop with whom she works, a great guy, someone I'd like to know. All the characters are quite separate with voices and inflections of their own. Well done.
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
The Narrator. She was great with doing the different voices, especially Lt. Wallace.
Dark Horse by Tami Hoag. Similar twists and turns.
No, just other Linda Fairsteins. I enjoyed this one more.
I found the book interesting, kept me interested and entertained...but the horrible narration was really hard to take! The tongue noises and dry mouth took away from the good story. Good mystery though.
Love the character, but I can't listen to the narrator. You can hear her swallowing or something during the whole thing. Very annoying. I had to stop listening. If things like that bother you, I wouldn't recommend.
An avid book reader who absolutely loves having the opportunity to carry my favorite books everywhere I go and listen to them anytime I want
A real good listen
The characters are so well developed and defined. You can easily draw a vivid mental photo of them.
It was all good
No, I have a 3 hour commute every day. However when it got to the last few chapter, I found myself listening while at home.
I'm a huge Patterson fan, so I felt like I was cheating on him by listening to another author. I saw Linda Fairstein recently on the Today show and thought I would give her a listen, as she sounded like she was writing the kind of books that hold my attention. Although the book was long, I guess it was necessary to get the story told. I could do without all of the other little stories that were being told within the book. I'm hooked and am on to book # 2.
Over the road truck driver and an avid fan of audiobooks.
If you want to listen to Barbara Rosenblat suck cough drops and swallow her saliva and gasp for breath during every pause; by all means feel free to waste a credit on this book.
It was so annoying that I stopped listening after 10 minutes.
While I love Linda Fairstein, and ordered her entire "Alex Cooper" series, the reader makes it impossible to listen to them.
Sorry to have wasted my $$$ and credits.
Fairstein's story lines and her deep knowledge of rape prosecurtions are superb in all of her novels.
Certainly, at times, the action did pick up. There were periods of increased danger to the protagonist, and those were probably the most riveting. That said, the entire book...indeed, all of the Alexandra Cooper novels....are seriously plotted and they always present new information regarding the prosecution of sexual assault cases.
This applies to ALL of the Alexandra Cooper novels which Ms. Rosenblat narrates. She is outstanding with the pace of the story, and her mastery of voices, from male African Americans to Swedish victims, is incredible. HOWEVER, she has a disturbing habit of deeply swallowing. This is MOST "off-putting." I do think a skilled editing of these books would greatly improve the quality of these recordings. Perhaps Ms. Rosenblat needs more breaks to gulp water, suck cough drops or whatever?? My stomach occasionally turns at the sounds, worthy of a Dracula novel.
Regardless of the distracting narrator sounds, I will keep listening. Excellent stories.
The narrator is very good however she chews gum constantly! It is very distracting. I would listen to the series in its entirety.... But as it is I can only take the narrator in small doses.
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