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The Undertaker's Widow | [Phillip Margolin]

The Undertaker's Widow

Judge Richard Quinn is young, idealistic, and honest to a fault. That's why he's handed the most sensational homicide case in Oregon history. Locked in a race for the U.S. Senate, Ellen Crease gunned down the intruder who murdered her wealthy husband. In a single, brutal instant she became a widow, a victim, and a hero. Yet disturbing questions remain. What secrets did the man who started his fortune running mortuaries keep that might have cost him his life?
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Publisher's Summary

Judge Richard Quinn is young, idealistic, and honest to a fault. That's why he's handed the most sensational homicide case in Oregon history. Locked in a race for the U.S. Senate, Ellen Crease gunned down the intruder who murdered her wealthy husband. In a single, brutal instant she became a widow, a victim, and a hero.

Yet disturbing questions remain. What secrets did the man who started his fortune running mortuaries keep that might have cost him his life? What about the son frozen out of his will? Or his wife's political enemies? And what about Ellen Crease herself?

Soon it becomes clear that a deadly plot of murder, blackmail, passion, and double cross is unfolding around Judge Richard Quinn. And unless he breaks the rules, justice will not only be blind, it will be the final victim.

©1998 Phillip Margolin (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    John B. Zerkel Tempe, Az USA 06-13-12
    John B. Zerkel Tempe, Az USA 06-13-12 Member Since 2004

    stratmanz

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    "Worst Narration I have EVER heard.."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story wasn't bad, but the narration was pathetic!! It ruined the story for me.. I am going to find out who the narrators were and make sure to NEVER listen to anything they narrate again...even if it's the best book of all time....What a shame.....I think the Author would be embarrassed by the way this was read!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Phillip Margolin? Why or why not?

    Yes as long as it's a good narrator


    What didn???t you like about Eric Dawe???s performance?

    See above....the voices were awful and a couple of them sounded robotic...AWFUL!!!


    Was The Undertaker's Widow worth the listening time?

    NO...I would rather have read it so I didn't have to put up with the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    FIRE ERIC DAWES....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    bryan1214 11-22-11
    bryan1214 11-22-11 Member Since 2007
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    "very good read"

    I've read just about every book by this author and this is up there with the best. Excellent story and Narrator!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vaughn South Charleston, WV, United States 05-17-13
    Vaughn South Charleston, WV, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Read the book, forget the audio"
    What didn’t you like about Eric Dawe’s performance?

    Mr. Dawe read in such a monotonous tone that I could not finish listening. I read this book in 1998 when it was first released and it made me an instant fan of Phillip Margolin. I have either read or listened to all of his books as a result of reading this book. I decided to go back and listen to the book since it has been 15 years since I read it. I have listened to over 100 books through Audible and this is the first time I can remember where I stopped listening because of the narrator. I was seriously disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very entertaining book and well worth the read, but I couldn't listen to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 12-20-12
    Debbie 12-20-12
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    "Disappointing narration"

    The story was good, but the narration was not. It sounded garbled, and the speed did not seem right no matter what I tried. It distracted from the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Ellwood City, PA, United States 05-09-12
    Dawn Ellwood City, PA, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book!!"

    I really enjoyed this audio book. This author keeps your attention and you can count that there is always a twist to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye Napa, California, United States 04-30-12
    Kaye Napa, California, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Undertakers Widow"

    Good story with lots of twist & turns and while I was fairly sure I knew the real culprit wasn't totally sure until almost the very end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Napagal florida 02-02-12
    Napagal florida 02-02-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Narrator just ruined this story for me"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thought the storyline was interesting and I did keep listening, but the narrator trying too hard to do each different male and female was beyond awful. It was like chalk on a blackboard


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda Snyder 10-20-13
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    "Another case of narration ruining a good story"

    I loved the story line and probably would have been more involved in the characters if the narration wasn't so whiny and poorly read. If Jay Snyder, Lou Diamond Phillips or another narrator who had acting skills and a better delivery narrated this book, it would have been so much better. Sadly, another case of buy the book or don't bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia 01-08-12
    Cecilia 01-08-12 Member Since 2010

    I am a retired Child Psychologist who delights in her three grandchildren to whom I passed on the love of reading. They read vociferously.

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    "A quick, uncomplicated good read."
    What did you love best about The Undertaker's Widow?

    Mystery


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Develop the characters with more interaction between them and not make the plot so predictable.


    What aspect of Eric Dawe’s performance would you have changed?

    Some of the voices were too over-the -top.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Laura and the Judge reunite.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to read Margolis

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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