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Final Jeopardy | [Linda Fairstein]

Final Jeopardy

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Lennart Ed, Sweden 08-03-13
    Lennart Ed, Sweden 08-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Mediocre story, outstanding narrator."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is way to many little side plots. Takes focus off the main story, and makes it a bit hard to follow.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to pick out anything, especially if you want to avoid spoilers.


    Was Final Jeopardy worth the listening time?

    Yes, as a time killer, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bennie Marietta, GA USA 08-14-13
    Bennie Marietta, GA USA 08-14-13 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I'm confused by the several bad narrator comments."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Final Jeopardy to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I'm not quite finished with it, but I'm pretty sure I've guessed whodunit. More red herrings might have been good. :)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in Jed's club must be the confrontation fantasy of most people at one time or another.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Beware the fried clam stand.


    Any additional comments?

    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.)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Sarver PA 09-04-12
    Carol Sarver PA 09-04-12 Member Since 2002
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    "A very good book, indeed"
    Where does Final Jeopardy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ddeluca Evanston, IL, United States 05-08-11
    ddeluca Evanston, IL, United States 05-08-11
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    "Interesting"

    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.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Oneco, FL, United States 08-02-12
    Teresa Oneco, FL, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.

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    "A surprise ending!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Final Jeopardy the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator. She was great with doing the different voices, especially Lt. Wallace.


    What other book might you compare Final Jeopardy to and why?

    Dark Horse by Tami Hoag. Similar twists and turns.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, just other Linda Fairsteins. I enjoyed this one more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trista Houston, TX, United States 07-08-11
    Trista Houston, TX, United States 07-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I want to listen to this series, but...."

    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.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    donnabauder Paris, TX, United States 07-17-12
    donnabauder Paris, TX, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2010

    I am a full time grad student studying health education. Audible is with me everywhere I go and I listen as often as I can.

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    "Alexandra Cooper ROCKS! Thanks Ms. Fairstein!"
    If you could sum up Final Jeopardy in three words, what would they be?

    A real good listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are so well developed and defined. You can easily draw a vivid mental photo of them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was all good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Dickinson, TX, United States 07-24-11
    Michael Dickinson, TX, United States 07-24-11 Member Since 2005

    Over the road truck driver and an avid fan of audiobooks.

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    "HORRIFIC reader ... Buyer BEWARE"

    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.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Chanell K. Lauxman The Woodlands, Tx United States 04-02-14
    Chanell K. Lauxman The Woodlands, Tx United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Narrator is not that bad!!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator is a bit irritating at first but after a while you don't even notice it. Good book, I figured out who did it early on, but I don't think it was the writing at all. It was pretty good book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dj Marshall RICHMOND, VA, US 08-07-13
    Dj Marshall RICHMOND, VA, US 08-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Love listening to stories.

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    "New author for me. I like these characters."

    The author made me feel as if I were apart of the story. Down to earth story telling. Thank you. Looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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