Anna field's reading got me hooked on the characters. Yes, the mastering was faulty with repeating sentences, and a couple of the male characters sou..Show More »nded similar. Overall Anna does an excellent job, and this plot is a good complex mystery. Because of this book, I purchased and listened to the sequel, "The Best Defence" in a matter of days to get my fix of the characters. Good character evolvement! I highly recommend it
Anna Fields now has a fan in me for her character readings. And Kate Wilhelm's plot is full of surprises and new twists. Great investigative and co..Show More »urtroom scenes. I could not put it down, and found myself looking for an excuse to get back to the book. It is a great sequel to Death Qualified. I highly recommend it.
Wilhelm has once again woven a remarkable well-knit story around characters that are larger than life but still remarkably human. Barbara Holloway is ..Show More »a brilliant woman of great courage, and yet through Wilhelm's carefully crafted psychological picture the reader can empathize with her very human personal challenges. The team of Frank and Barbara are beautiful to watch as they supply each other with wisdom and professional back-up while still being father and daughter.
The storyline of Malice Presense is also quite compelling and despite the length of the novel does not wander or get off-track. The ending is quite surprising and yet is also firmly based in a foundation laid much earlier in the novel. All of Wilhelm's books merit a reread to appreciate how well-crafted they are.
Despite the quality of the writing, however, the major kudos go to Anna Fields who once again deserves high praise for making this book come to life with so many rich voices to capture a broad range of characters. With a fine story and a great narrator, it doesn't get much better than this.
Except for the somewhat overblown squabbling between the protagonist and her boyfriend, the best part of this series is the relationships. They're we..Show More »ll rendered and pleasant to be part of. Even the cats are fun -- or maybe especially. The plot is interesting, too, and quite tricky. And in this episode, the judge acts more like a real one would. The author sometimes prattles -- I have no need to know about sweaty socks and detailed snack menus, etc.
One of the better readers. She has a pleasant voice, is a good actor, and provides good delineation between characters and few mis-emphases.
This audiobook kept me enthralled - I hated to stop the tape because it was so interesting. I love legal novels and thought by now I "knew it all" bu..Show More »t I learned a great deal about our legal system. Well developed characters, interesting twists and turns, and a location that is new to most of us. One of my favorites!
Enjoyed the story. Each Kate Wilhem book is unique enough that they all seem fresh. Anna Fields did a good job with the reading. Although she has one ..Show More »nasally male voice she sometimes uses the rest of the voices are good and the narrative is read with just the right expressiveness.
First, note that there is nothing wrong with the audio and those complaining should instead check their listening device or download a new copy. Just ..Show More »finished this book, my 2nd Barbara Holloway mystery and I was on pins and needles until the end. Great writing, enjoyable and believable characters. I plan to download all of the novels eventually. Set in Eugene, Oregon is also a plus as my husband is a UO grad. While I don't know the city and eateries, I'm sure he will when he listens. Keep writing these Ms. Wilhelm! Good job!
Just writing in support of Anna Fields, who is one of the best narrators in the business. Her male voices are particularly good, and her inflection a..Show More »nd intonation are always superb.
Barbara Holloway has become as familiar as an old shoe through this series; it's definitely worth starting at the beginning, even if you have to go back to the old fashioned printed word for some of the early installments.
Sleight of Hand is not my favorite of the series, but it's entertaining. You can't just skip over it because I wasn't all that impressed, now can you?
This is the best in the Barbara Holloway series. Of course, its strength rests on the series - the characters that have remained vivid and true throu..Show More »ghout each of the books (10?). If you have not read the others, you might want to get one or two of them first before reading this one. Otherwise, the story would lose its impact.
This was the best crafted and best written of the series. I paid attention to what Wilhelm told us, how she told us, and when she told us everything. Every element in this story has a purpose. She creates suspense and delivers suprises without them seeming contrived.
The characters have remined complex and constant throughout the entire series. Each of her characters was developed and woven into the series. Each book in the series relies on the characters that were introduced in earlier installments. Barbara Holloway is an especially complex person.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and especially this installment.
I've enjoyed these Wilhelm's in the past even though the courtroom drama gets a bit overdone. However, this one really slows down after you meet the ..Show More »characters and stays that way until the last 15 minutes. Save your money and buy a different Wilhelm, or better yet get a Margolin.......
This book is very strange. It is not the latest installment, rather it appears to be an old manuscript that was brushed up and turned into a book. It ..Show More »appears to fit in the middle of the series and unless you know this, the first several chapters are spent in, HUH mode. The characters and dialog are flat. I think it was discarded at some point and then the author went back and tried to make it into a book. The worst of a good series.
Barbara Holloway and her team are challenged again. Carrington MacDuffie does an outstanding job narrating this book. Don't miss it. Get ready to l..Show More »isten and stay listening because it is hard to stop till you get to the end.