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.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
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.
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.
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!
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.
Probably nothing, but keeping the same narrator from Death on a High Floor would be a huge start
I could only struggle through about 20% of the book-narration was a HUGE disappointment; I so looked forward to the sequel of Death on a High Floor, which I thoroughly enjoyed in every way--plot, characters and narration.
It's not bad overall although i was unable to relate to Jenna. I did not find her likeable at all in this book. The overall story does not compare well to his previous book, Death on a High Floor. I found it to be somewhat tedious and repetitive. Also, as there was both a female and male narrator, i would have thought that Kate Rudd would have done the female voices and Christopher Lane the male voices, yet this was not the case. I did not enjoy Kate Rudd's' male renditions. Furthermore, I found the second part of the book boring and I struggled to complete it. But complete it I did, however if you prefer your whodunits with more excitement, give this one a miss.
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
I purchased this book despite the reviews because opinions are subjective. I found nothing wrong with the narration and neither did my sister. The male narrator was the same in both books and Kate Rudd wasn't bad at all.
It was great listening to old friends and hearing Jenna's story. I can't wait for the next one.
Maybe if this is your first audiobook, you can use this book to set the bare-minimum threshold.
I have listened to hundreds of hours of audiobooks, and this is the first one that I am going to abandon, not even 30 minutes in to it. The story is thin, the narrator is awful and stilted, and I already figured out "who did it".
The narrator is very stilted, this sounds more like a novice audition cut than a professional reading. She *almost* gets in to a flow several times, and then goes back to the bizarre over-annunciation that makes listening to her unbearable.
Jenna should have had some of Primo's coffee.
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