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Until Proven Guilty: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 1 | [J. A. Jance]

Until Proven Guilty: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 1

Lurking in the dark corners of J. P. Beaumont's bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.
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Publisher's Summary

Lurking in the dark corners of J. P. Beaumont's bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.

Check out more of J. P. Beaumont's mysteries.

© J. A. Jance; (P)1992 Books in Motion

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    velvet scott alvord texas 05-31-15
    velvet scott alvord texas 05-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "wow"
    What made the experience of listening to Until Proven Guilty the most enjoyable?

    not what i expected


    What did you like best about this story?

    learning how Bo met Ann Corley


    Have you listened to any of Gene Engene’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes the same as other books


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

    yes


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    Dog Lady 05-03-15
    Dog Lady 05-03-15
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    "Pretty good"

    I was indifferent to this book. I don't think I liked the characters. There was just something about the book that put me off. The narrator did a great job, but his voice sounded like the voice of a certain news person on television. From that point on, the face of the newsman was pasted onto the character, and it spoiled all the love scenes for me. Try as I might, I couldn't shake the image! I'm not sure if this was what spoiled the book for me, but if I had read it instead, I may have liked it better.

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    Nataliya United States 04-29-15
    Nataliya United States 04-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story, poor performance."

    I would have enjoyed the story so much more if it hadn't been for the performance. Gene Engene's voice seems to vacillate between an over exaggerated impersonation of a grouchy old man and a cartoonish parody of a woman or an absurd combination of the two. I absolutely understand that the job of a voiceover actor is not a simple one. He or she is expected to convincingly portray multiple characters and make them recognizably distinct and authentic. All the while the actor is supposed to give voice to the story and seamlessly carry the readers from first to last page. That being said, many performers I have heard here on audible do a beautiful job without annoying me with their performance. Unfortunately Gene Engene is not one of them. All due respect to Mr. Engene. Maybe in a different type of a story his performance would work. In this one, for me, it didn't.
    A few words about the story itself - it's actually quite good. I wouldn't have gotten through it if it wasn't good. We start with the death of a little girl. A seasoned detective follows his gut and experience through an investigation full of twists and turns. The characters are engaging and believable, if a little unimaginative. I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series, but for those who like the performance, or read in text and not audible format - this might be a good series.

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    Maggie Bookworm 04-08-15

    Mags

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    "My first JP Beaumon novel. Excellent!"

    Memorable moments? When he punched Max. And I never believed she would/could shoot him. Loved the ending. Am now a fan.

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    Bonnie Ralli 02-09-15
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    "Enjoyed"

    Gene Engene does a great job reading, one of my top two readers. Jance spins a great story. Get it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence jacksonville, FL, USA 12-26-14
    Lawrence jacksonville, FL, USA 12-26-14 Member Since 2006
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    "More a Romance Novel Than a Crime Mystery."

    My main reason for not being able to recommend this book to anyone, is it's failing to engage any emotional connection to the victims of the crime.

    I don't mind having figured the who done it early, but not being able to easily remember the names of the victims as the story wraps, shows the focus is more on the relationship of the two protagonists then on the crime.

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    Kindle Customer 08-10-14

    Retired law enforcement officer. Like action and detective stories.

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    "Dissapointed"

    Poor narration. Voice changes childish. One sounds like poor imitation of Capt. Kirk, another like Foghorn Leghorn.

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    Cathryn Perth, Australia 03-10-14
    Cathryn Perth, Australia 03-10-14 Member Since 2007
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    "So Bad - it's Pretty Good!"

    When I first started listening I wondered if this was meant to be a comedy? The cliches were so thick and the narrator so straightfaced I kept expecting there to be a punch line. With lines like "Women usually shy away from a gun" and a cardboard cut out hard drinking, tough talking cynical cop and a rich, beautiful, lost woman who inexplicably (NO Really - the attraction never made any sense) falls for him, I found myself laughing out loud at times. Having said that the story behind the Bogart impersonation does grow on you after a while and is pretty entertaining. To my surprise I finished the book having quite enjoyed the ride and would probably buy the next one - but only when I fancy a light read and a chuckle.

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    Zulu 07-24-13
    Zulu 07-24-13
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    "Good start to a series"

    Typical first of a series book where you learn the main character's background but also had what could have been a more interesting murder mystery. Some of the book was devoted to solving the crime, the murder of a child and an interesting look into a cult, but a lot of it was on the developing relationship of Beaumont and Corley and didn't delve too much into the crime and how it happened.

    The narrator was okay, but you could occasionally hear background noises like the turning of a page or what sounded like clothes rustling. There was also occasions where the sound changed as if he moved further away from the mic but it wasn't too distracting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    imulthopp New York, NY United States 06-13-13
    imulthopp New York, NY United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Cliche-ridden and just plain dumb"
    Would you try another book from J. A. Jance and/or Gene Engene?

    The narrator was fine. And I've heard that Jance's later books are better. This one felt very much like a first novel, but one that never made it out of the desk drawer.


    What could J. A. Jance have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not succumb to every single tired hard-boiled-detective cliche ever known (except the one where the detective is street-smart and intelligent) and and make the characters at least half-way plausible.


    Which character – as performed by Gene Engene – was your favorite?

    The partner Peters, I suppose ...


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Until Proven Guilty?

    All of them. By all reports, Jance should have started with her second novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Others have written that Jance's other novels are better. Perhaps if I see one in a $4.95 sale, I'll see if that's true. Otherwise, I'll take a pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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