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Tears of the Jaguar Audiobook

Tears of the Jaguar: A Novel

When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery: a collection of rubies so precious that generations of men have died - and killed - to possess them. Some believe the jewels harbor occult power; others believe they are the key to the arms race; still others see merely their potential for profit. But Deborah doesn’t want power or money - she only wants the truth.
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Publisher's Summary

When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery: a collection of rubies so precious that generations of men have died - and killed - to possess them. Some believe the jewels harbor occult power; others believe they are the key to the arms race; still others see merely their potential for profit. But Deborah doesn’t want power or money - she only wants the truth.

And so she sets out to trace the stones’ complex history across four centuries and two continents, from Mexico to northern England, where the rubies once played a harrowing role in the Lancashire witch trials of 1612. But she is not the only one obsessed with the jewels; close on her heels is a notorious arms dealer who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to claim the prize for himself.

©2012 A. J. Hartley (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    KATRINA Benton, KY, United States 01-03-13
    KATRINA Benton, KY, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes....fascinating, kept me on edge of seat


    What other book might you compare Tears of the Jaguar to and why?

    Prey of the eagle, much accurate history as well as a plot


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

    the heroine


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    would like to listen to another by this author

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Alice 04-24-14
    Alice 04-24-14 Member Since 2011

    I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed.

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    "Good narrator, but not for this book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Mostly. I wouldn't re-listen though, because of the accent issue. I would instead find the paper book or eBook to re-experience it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tanya Eby’s performances?

    Probably, but not one with British characters. Her overall style and pace are great, but she has an underlying accent--I think Midwest or maybe Canada--which doesn't work for a main character who is supposedly from Boston. The characters from northern England sound like either confused cockneys or in one case, like a man from Northern Ireland.
    Also, the pronunciation of some of the Mayan/Mexican names and places didn't sound quite right. My knowledge on the Mayan/Mexican is from a couple brief visits to the area, so it is real, but slight. On the other hand, though I am American, my father was English and from the north--Lancashire, and I watch tons of British TV including things set in Yorkshire (James Herriot series for one) so I have pretty darn good sense of those accents.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. The book is interesting and fairly well paced. I like the combination of locales.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a good mystery/thriller. Some aspects a bit far fetched.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CJ Mac 01-28-16
    CJ Mac 01-28-16
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    "Very intriguing story!"

    This story is filled with suspense, intrigue and action. You'll have to follow closely or you'll lose the story line. I loved the complexity of the characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    krawle Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 11-06-15
    krawle Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 11-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting story line"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It has a sub storyline of a family dispute between mother and daughter which was boring to say the least.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tears of the Jaguar?

    The search for the truth was like a detective novel which I enjoyed.


    What three words best describe Tanya Eby’s performance?

    improve men's voices


    Could you see Tears of the Jaguar being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Selena Gomes, Jennifer Lopez


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely a woman's book, I needed a shot of testosterone after listening to it.
    There were so many exploring emotions moments in the book it ruined the story, which if done differently could have been a good action/adventure book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dave 08-27-15
    dave 08-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "mediocre Dan Brown/ romancing the stone"

    Took me ages to listen to this book, sitting in my library, so it was not suprising that I enjoyed, but no more. It is not a bad book, or badly delivered, its just there are soo many books out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JayG 07-28-15
    JayG 07-28-15
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    "This narrator makes it tough to read a book!"

    I bought this audiobook some time ago and have tried to listen to it several times. I get part way into the story and realize I have not been listening to the book, but have been focused on the narrator's lisp and patterns of speech. This is one of several books I have purchased with the same narrator (not realizing it) and in each and every case, I simply cannot finish the book. I might have a completly different opinion if I read in print. My poor rating has to do with the narrator being an insurmountable barrier to actually reading the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Naola C. Vaughn 10-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Grows on you!"
    Would you listen to Tears of the Jaguar again? Why?

    It's a little slow to start, but once it gets going, it's a good book!


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

    Good ending - as you would hope!


    What three words best describe Tanya Eby’s performance?

    Narrator was easy to follow - at times fast.


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

    Not at first.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 08-11-14
    Dave 08-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "SLOW"
    What disappointed you about Tears of the Jaguar?

    After 15 years of listening to 4-8 audio books a month. I finally found one I stopped listening to. I made it 3.5hrs in. I was driving US Hwy 2 in ND and the scenery was more interesting than the book. The story line was extremely slow, the characters uninteresting, and the setting was poorly described. The Voice Artist was ok I'd listen to her again.


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. J. Hartley again?

    Not any time soon


    What didn’t you like about Tanya Eby’s performance?

    OK


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Chippewa Falls, WI, United States 09-16-14
    Kathy Chippewa Falls, WI, United States 09-16-14 Member Since 2013

    This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!

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    "Entertainment beats Monotony"
    What did you love best about Tears of the Jaguar?

    Although this book has gotten mixed to poor reviews, I liked it because it entertained. Oh, it's nothing earthshattering, nothing new, nothing that might not have been written before, BUT, when processing bushels of apples, it's nice to hear something like this to keep the monotony out of your work.
    Maybe the premise is not original but again, light books, not "educational" ones are never original but agian, keeps away monotony and had all the soft thriller stuff going for it: Good guys, bad guys, bad guys who become good guys, good guys who are bad guys, selfishness, faux history, mystery and ancient civilizations as well as New and Old World crossovers.


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

    No, this one is easy to grab at any time and even if you miss a bit, it catches you up in several ways.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite what other reviewers have said, I wouldn't say it was terrible, the narration was good with the various accents and it is purely entertainment as so many books are.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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