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The Judgment Audiobook

The Judgment

When Judge Calvin Jeffries is found murdered in a courthouse parking lot, the crime shocks the community, but justice is swift. Soon a second judge is stabbed to death. Attorney Joseph Antonelli agrees to defend the accused. What he discovers challenges everything he knows about crime and punishment...and himself. Also available abridged.
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Publisher's Summary

No one had a more brilliant legal career than Judge Calvin Jeffries. And no one cared less about the law and more about power. That is, until Jeffries is found murdered in a courthouse parking lot. The crime shocks the community, but justice is swift. Jeffries's killer is caught, confesses, and then unexpectedly commits suicide in his jail cell. The case is closed.

Soon a second judge is stabbed to death under identical circumstances. And like the Jeffries murder, the killing appears to be an open-and-shut case, and a copycat crime as well.

Yet there's one attorney who knows both sides of Judge Calvin Jeffries too well to believe the murders were simply random acts of violence. Attorney Joseph Antonelli agrees to defend the accused. What he discovers challenges everything he knows about crime and punishment...and himself. He uncovers a twisted trail of retribution and obsession that leads to the real killer - and a plan even more chillingly flawless than the mythical "perfect crime."

Also available abridged.

©2001 by D.W. Buffa, All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"A crackling good psychological thriller." (James Patterson)
"Buffa once again produces a fast-spinning tale that jolts and veers enticingly...Well-developed characters...add depth to this excellent thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Oleksandr LuganskUkraine 10-08-03
    Oleksandr LuganskUkraine 10-08-03
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    "The best audiobook I've heard so far"

    The Judgment is the best audiobook amongst all I've heard so far in English.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P. Lahaise 05-30-03
    P. Lahaise 05-30-03 Member Since 2015
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    "Be prepared for disappointment"

    The "mystery" was predictable. The ending was abrupt and left me hanging. It was much too long and much too boring!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raul Doral, FL, USA 03-11-05
    Raul Doral, FL, USA 03-11-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Bueno"

    El libro es excelente hasta el 60%, la intriga se maneja muy bien. El autor es muy descriptivo de los ambientes. Se requiere tener buen vocabulario para poder entender todos los ambientes, gestos de la gente, ademanes, etc. Muy bien narrado. No lo pongo excelente, pues con un poco de intuicion puedes adivinar que es lo que va a pasar al final. Sin embargo se puede terminar la lectura sin sentirte que has perdido el tiempo

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Tucson, AZ, United States 05-05-03
    Alan Tucson, AZ, United States 05-05-03 Member Since 2016
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    "A disappointing effort"

    I was disappointed by this book. While I enjoyed the performance of the narrator, who was top-notch, the book itself was boring. I particularly was disappointed with the sub-plot involving the private life of the book's main character. The best parts of the book were the courtroom scenes.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Veliko TarnovoBulgaria
    9/3/06
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    "Thank you Audible!"

    My thanks are because I had never heard of this author before listening to The Judgment and now would recommend D. W. Buffa's books to everyone who enjoys legal thrillers, as well as anyone who likes a really good story. The narration is excellent and I will certainly listen and re-listen to this Audible book in the future.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • K J PAYNE
    9/28/06
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    "Excellent"

    As good as Grisham and Turow at their best. Superb narration. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. WJ Watmough
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    9/6/14
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    "AVOID. Hugely Disappointing. Narrator ruined it!"
    What would have made The Judgment better?

    I was really looking forward to listening to this book. I've listened to about 1 1/2 hours and I've had to give it up. The narrator is simple terrible. I'm sure it's a good, well written story but the narrator, Dennis Predovic, has ruined it. There are long passages of dialogue and conversations. I got completely lost as Mr Predovic makes no attempt to change his voice for each of the characters. They all sound the same, So listening to a conversation it's very easy to get totally confused who's talking. It therefore makes a complete mess of what's going on. I've just checked, and this is the only book he's narrated for Audible. What a waste of money and time!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Simple. Change the narrator. Have someone who can intone differently for each character


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'm sure the story's a good one


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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