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
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.)
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 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.
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.
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.
The cast of characters, the detail of police and legal procedure, and the grounding of the action in specific geographies combine to create a believable world to which we readers can escape. However, the female narrator has a very deep gravelly ( smoker's?) voice which I find off-putting when she is speaking as the narrator and protagonist. Also, there was a stretch early on where she spoke so rapidly that I put the speed down to 75%. ( Note to Audible: the speed reduction doesn't work well on the iPhone). Still, I could hear the narrator's deep intakes of breath here and in other parts of the book.
The narrator is from what I read quite a successful audio performer. So others may not be bothered by the timbre of the voice and the sound of the breathing. She is quite talented at creating different voices and accents for the supporting characters.
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