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Long Time Gone | [J.A. Jance]

Long Time Gone

After more than 20 years of distinguished service with the Seattle Police Department, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont is now working for the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team or, as it's more commonly referred, the SHIT squad. But the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling master J. A. Jance brings back J. P. Beaumont, one of the most enduring and endearing characters in contemporary fiction, in a riveting story about a shocking, long-buried case of murder.

After more than 20 years of distinguished service with the Seattle Police Department, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont is now working for the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team or, as it's more commonly referred to, the SHIT squad. But the more things change, the more they stay the same.

An eyewitness to a 50-year-old murder has just come forward, and Beau has been hand-picked to lead the investigation. While undergoing hypnotherapy, a middle-aged nun unexpectedly recalls the grisly details of a cold-blooded killing she witnessed when she was five years old. Though fear has kept these memories repressed for half a century, they've now risen to the surface to cast a harsh light on a deadly plot that spans two generations. And Beau's caught in the glare, facing a ruthless band of coconspirators willing to go to any lengths to keep their secrets hidden.

Filled with all of the Jance trademarks, heart-stopping suspense, deeply drawn characters, local flavor, intelligence, and humanity, Long Time Gone is a crowning achievement in this best-selling author's career.

©2005 J.A. Jance; (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks America and ©2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Taut, colorful....The clever and complex plot line involving the nun shows Jance at her best." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Peter Woodinville, WA, USA 09-13-05
    Peter Woodinville, WA, USA 09-13-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Wince if you're from Seattle"

    A very good listen; deftly carries on two investigations simultaneously. However, it is plain the narrator is not from Seattle.

    I am a resident of the Seattle area and it is fun knowing the cities, streets and landmarks. It is disconcerting to have so many of them mispronounced and detracts from an otherwise good story. Narrators should review the locations and be more familiar with names and places.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia Spokane, WA, USA 12-15-08
    Felicia Spokane, WA, USA 12-15-08
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    "Bad narrator"

    The series had been narrated forever by Gene Engene and he fit the character of JP Beaumont, not to mention, he knows the area where the books take place, so there were no bad phonetic pronunciations of places in and around Seattle. This narrator was making everyone sound either whiny or have an Irish accent. Just doesn't have the same timbre as Gene.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    C USA 09-17-05
    C USA 09-17-05
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    "A 5 star book with the wrong narrator"

    If you like J A Jance's J P Beaumont series, try it with the right narrator, Gene Engene!
    This one just did not capture the "flavor" of Beau or of Seattle!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    J. Johnson Boulder 07-15-14
    J. Johnson Boulder 07-15-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Great story, weak narration"
    Would you try another book from J.A. Jance and/or Tim Jerome?

    I really enjoy the Beaumont series from JA Jance. It's always disappointing to hear a change in narrators as I think most of us get used to, or even like, the particular narrator doing a series. But the story itself on this one was really good and a good departure from some of the previous work.


    What didn’t you like about Tim Jerome’s performance?

    The voice characterization of two of the support characters, Amy and Ron Peters, had inconsistent voice and accents. Most of the time a Scottish/slightly brogue accent would creep in during the speaking. The inconsistency was annoying as was the brogue since neither character was introduced as having that background.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    suzanne martin 07-14-14
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    "need a local narrator"
    What did you love best about Long Time Gone?

    The story and knowing so many of the landmarks and towns is quite fun!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like the unlikely witnesses and villains. Unbelievable story lines come together with amazing ways


    How could the performance have been better?

    Pronouncement of the the towns, areas, lakes and geographical features! The narrator is not bad, quite good but please, please, please pronounce Puyallup correctly? Among so many others. Really do not want the narrator to have a bad review just...


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE BRING THE ORIGINAL NARRATOR BACK. Please and thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Alger, WA 03-07-14
    Stacy Alger, WA 03-07-14

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    "Good book, questionable narration"
    Where does Long Time Gone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really do enjoy this series. Unfortunately this narrator for this book has trouble pronouncing the Seattle locales in this book. If you're from out of the area it probably won't be a problem, but the mispronunciation of Medina, Camano, etc is distracting!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry westfield, NJ, USA 09-24-13
    Sherry westfield, NJ, USA 09-24-13 Member Since 2002
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    I love J A Jance books. I hate that the publishers cant stick with the same narrator to play the character. Tim did an excellent job. Why don't you guys listen to us? We buy the books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy G Alexander TAYLOR, TX, US 08-15-12
    Joy G Alexander TAYLOR, TX, US 08-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Get Gene Back"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the series but miss Gene. Tim Jerome did not do justice to any of the characters.


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

    I love the series


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Jerome’s performances?

    I will but only to finish the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josephine Union, NJ, United States 08-26-10
    Josephine Union, NJ, United States 08-26-10 Member Since 2007

    Love Audible!

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    "Fell in Love with Gene Engene"

    I started this series on a whim and fell in love with JP's long time narrator Gene Engene. While the story is good, it was difficult for me to listen to a JP Beaumont book and not hear Gene. Also, there were some inconsistencies in the storyline. Specifically in regard to Rosemary Peters. I'm not sure I will finish the series out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Albuquerque, NM, USA 02-06-06
    Michael Albuquerque, NM, USA 02-06-06
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    "Excellent, as usual"

    2 stories in one, the Porshe is smashed again, and a new possible love interest. What more can ya ask for? One story is a cold case with a fiesty nun and the other is a murder involving JP's longtime friends. Great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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