Jenna James’ life has been smooth-sailing since she left the high-powered law firm of Marbury Marfan. She’s happily ensconced as a professor at a prestigious law school, where she’s well liked by her students, coupled up with a handsome colleague, and on track for tenure. But things take a shocking turn one morning when a student, Primo, comes to Jenna’s office seeking her advice about a treasure map he recently inherited. When Primo turns up dead and Jenna is suddenly the prime suspect in a murder investigation, everyone turns on her. Desperate for help, she calls on two old friends: Robert Tarza, her old law partner from Marbury Marfan, and Oscar Quesana, an odd-duck solo practitioner. The three race to save Jenna’s career - and perhaps her life - in this whip-smart thriller of treasure maps, murder, and law school politics.
©2014 Charles Rosenberg (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
And it wasn't the murder either. The first book in this series, Death On A High Floor, was clever, witty, had excellent courtroom intrigue, great characters and was brilliantly narrator. This one has not wit, no intrigue, is populated by miserable characters, (foremost the main character), and the narration is monotonous.
Jen is no longer the brilliant and funny protege, but a stodgy, hyper- sensitive law professor with no friends and no life. Robert is still a snob, but with no sense of humor. Oscar is the only saving grace.
Don't bother with this one.
No I think one is enough
It was so slow moving and very unrealistic and disorganized
No I did not finish it - gave up half way through it.
I bought this book in spite of the bad reviews because I enjoyed Death on the Eighty- fifth Floor so much. I really don't know if the book is any good because the narrator is so bad you can't stand to listen to her. I thought that it would get better when the Italian died and I didn't have to listen to her bad Italian accent but her other characterizations were almost as awful. Take the advice of the reviewers and skip this one!
For all of you reviewers out there, I want you to know how important you are to me. Reviews are very powerful. Thought you should know.
Once this review is written, I'm going to demand my credit back for this turkey. Two hours in and I'm bored senseless. The narration is stiff, clipped and completely opposite to the voice of Jenna in "Death on a High Floor", the first and far-superior novel by Charles Rosenberg. In the first book, Jenna was smart but brash, funny and sometimes a smart-ass. Now she's supposedly a tight-assed professor with absolutely no sense of fun which is underscored by the precise, wooden articulation of the narrator.
To be fair to Mr. Rosenberg, I'm quitting only two hours into his story so it's possible, I suppose, that it picks up speed and actually goes somewhere at some point. However, I'm having absolutely no fun at all listening to it and I've better things to do.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Listen to Charles Rosenberg's delightful "Death On A High Floor" before this one. That's VERY important. Set five years after that adventure, Jenna James, has lost a lot of her perk. To some degree it's the fault of casting Kate Rudd, only because I was used to Christopher Lee's brilliant creation of Jenna's character in book 1 of this series. Oddly, Lane did that Jenna better than the excellent actress… Rudd.. does in this book.
BTW, for some inexplicable reason I wrote Lane's name as Lee in my review of "High Floor" and wish that we could edit our reviews. I feel awful… grumble….
But maybe this book lets me down just a bit because Jenna James lost her perkiness. Her impetuosity, her sexual, um, spontaneity.Rosenberg's earlier work jumped the shark, but Lane's wonderful read made it work. Here, he only carries half of the water, so maybe that makes it more difficult to accept the improbabilities of this interpretation of academic politics. Dumno.. but while I enjoyed Long Knives… It wasn't "Death On A High Floor".
Still, if a third in this series arrives, I'll listen… especially if Christopher Lane's reading. AUDIBLE: GIVE CHRISTOPHER LANE MORE WORK… K?
I can't imagine how TWO narrators, male and female, can both be so misguidedly awful! For some reason, they eggageratedly enunciate as though English was their second--or third--language. And I don't mean when they are characterizing a foreigner--everyone sounds stilted with way too many consonants pronounced in a heavy handed manner. I liked the author from the other novel, but this is a disaster. I would never listen to these narrators again, particularly the male.
I am not sure, because I haven't made it through the first 2 hours. I loved Death on a High Floor so I have/had high hopes for this one.
The story, yes. So far so good. The audio, no - only if someone else reads it.
I liked Christopher Lane's performance in the first book. That is to say, I could concentrate on the story and he did really good accecnts. His performace here is about the same. Kate Rudd's narration is so bad it will be the reason I can't listen to the rest of it. I will probably just have to read the hardback version to see what happens. Every time she says the to word TO, I just cringe. Very distracting. She sometimes gets into a flow and then - bam - It is like listening to my 2nd grader read out loud.
Don't know. Can't get through it.
Please, please, please let someone else read this book or let Christopher Lane to all of it.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Jenna James is again the protagonist but she is now a boring UCLA law professor interested mostly about laws governing recovery of treasure from sunk ships. Oscar and Frank who were lawyers from the same firm as Jenna, both now retied, are back. Oscar, who handles Jenna's criminal case, is by far the most interesting of the three main characters. Long Knives is a carelessly written and excessively wordy novel; it reads like a first draft. It is disappointing coming from Charles Rosenberg who wrote such wonderful novels as Death on a High Floor and Write to Die. Unlike many reviewers I like the narration by Christopher Lane and Kate Rudd.
Christopher Lane's performance is good enough, but Kate Rudd sounds pretty awful. None of the dialog sounds natural coming from her. The intonation of her voice and the choppy way she pronounces her words leaves everything sounding stilted without any variation of emotion. She reads every word the same whether the character is supposed to sound confident, sarcastic, scared, worried, whatever. I haven't finished the book yet, but I find myself mimicking her words and then saying "really?" to no one.
On top of that, every male character comes off sounding pompous, stiff, or buffoonish.
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