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Until Proven Guilty Audiobook

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

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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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    Shirley Lafon Strand San Diego 04-16-13
    Shirley Lafon Strand San Diego 04-16-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Wonderful. Riveting!"

    I've read and listened to a bunch of the JP Beaumont stories. It was a pleasure to listen to the first in the series, filling in background for the other ones.

    It was a moving and riveting story.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    K. Ray 07-21-16
    K. Ray 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loving the story, but ..."

    I'm a huge fan of the JP Beaumont stories, however, the narrator was a bit rough for my taste. My vision of Beau and his voice doesn't match. Everyone in the story sounds like grizzled old western-sty!e cops; without the twang. Can't place the slight accent, but it is not Seattle-ites. (My home town!) I don't see buying another audio book if he's still reading for ythe author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Vetlanda, Sweden 07-03-16
    Carl Vetlanda, Sweden 07-03-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Confusion"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only because it is the beginning and useful introduction to a number of much better J.P. Beaumont stories


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Only a very limited space for the crime with many unsolved questions while the main caracter's privat life got the most of the story.


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

    J.P. was well performed.


    Was Until Proven Guilty worth the listening time?

    Yes, because it is important for the next J.P. story.


    Any additional comments?

    Too many lose ends in the crime matter but O.K. as an itroduction to J.P. Beaumont series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.C.D. 05-31-16
    J.C.D. 05-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A VERY INTERESTING STORY"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Until Proven Guilty to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Gene Engene made the story come to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    J.P. Beaumont - of course. A tough cop.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several scenes with Pastor Michael. He was truly evil.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was disturbing. Stories dealing with child abuse are disturbing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Quintana 03-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Writer needs to write in her voice, not Chandler's"

    This was my first Jance book. I liked it, but thought the writer tried too hard to sound like Raymond Chandler. It worked at times, but too often it came across as a bad imitation. I hope she found her voice in later books. Since the series is still going on, I gather she did. The characters and premise here are nothing new. Grizzled vet has to team up with new kid to solve a crime with religious undertones (or perhaps it's overtones). The mystery was okay, though it did stretch credulity at times. That said, I liked spending time with J.P Beaumont. I can't say I have to read the next installment, but I'm not adverse to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    velvet scott alvord texas 05-31-15
    velvet scott alvord texas 05-31-15 Member Since 2016
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nataliya United States 04-29-15
    Nataliya United States 04-29-15 Member Since 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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