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Deserving of Death

Women’s bodies keep turning up, and CJ becomes a person of interest, then the prime suspect, the subject of a manhunt from the Idaho panhandle to Southern Arizona. Bodies continue to drop around him until his deepest fear is pushed upon him and his investigative skills are challenged at the highest level.

Sailing into Death

Find Douglas no matter what, CJ is told. It’s off to Florida where he finds him dead. With the FBI, HLS, Interpol, and who knows who else involved, can CJ and Stella figure out who killed Douglas and what it all has to do with his being born in the middle of the Battle of the Bogside in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1969? 

Angel of Death

Did Jesper Monnier die at his own hand or was it the young man who the twins hustled on the pool table in Atlantic City, or a jealous boyfriend, or a disgruntled employee of the huge superyacht? Or was it someone else altogether? Are CJ and Stella, now P.I. partners, actually going to get married

Never Surrender to Death

CJ and Stella are on their honeymoon in New Zealand when they find themselves embroiled in the search for a murderer of children. From Auckland and Papatoetoe to National Park on North Island, across Cook Strait to South Island and on down to Christchurch, they pursue both the killer and their honeymoon.

©2013, 2015, 2017 James Paddock (P)2018 James Paddock

What listeners say about CJ Washburn, P.I. Bundle: Books 1-4

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A True Bargain

Paddock entertains without resorting to bloody-gore, X-rated sex scenes or Vulgarity,,, suitable for family listening.(teens and older)

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Great stories, much better than most

These books are well written. Great characters, intriguing and surprisingly complicated stories.
This series is some of the best detective/suspense I've read. I hope more books are added to the series.

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Okay, though a bit predictable

You get what you pay for here for hours of some okay entertainment. The two main characters were a bit cheesy and predictable. The best characters appears briefly. The author seemed to write for a generic audience, but in making his characters a little dimwitted at times came across like assuming the read couldn't figure out what was going on...give cyour readers more credit. Some overused phrases and situations appeared, but there was enough momentum that at least it kept me interested.

The narrator might have taken away from the text. He had to create voices for many characters with tons of dialects, which sometimes led to a southern American sounding like a mix between another Irish character, or a New Zealand character sounding Welsh. The French characters kept pronouncing an "H" like Americans. Very distracting. Some words were pronounced a couple different ways in different areas of the books. The audio quality changed several times and I could hear him bumping the microphone and moving paper. The emphasis on some phrases was so strange sometimes that I would laugh. A dialect coach would be helpful next time. He tried hard and had some really good voices and energy, but I don't think that I could listen to another book read by him.

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Detectives with Heart

Absolutely loved it! I was not ready for this to end. Will be checking for more.

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The narrator severely struggles with accents which is difficult to listen to. The books were quite a good listen but if the writer uses accents like Irish and New Zealand which almost sounded the same as each other, then perhaps another narrator would work better.

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Loved them all

I love how each tie together yet were in different places and with different characters. Especially 4 being in New Zealand. Quite different. The narrator did a great job differentiating the characters making it easy to follow.

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I was often distracted by the narrator and all of his accents seem to be a British cockney accent that I found annoying. The content was pretty good but dragged on in several places.

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CJWasburn P I Bundle

Could not finish. I like this type of writing but I couldn't enjoy the story line because the readers voices didn't match my minds idea of the characters voices. I was disappointed.

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Private Investigators' lives and cases

This is an excellent Private Investigator audible series. The narration is very good and I love the writing. The stories have great characters, mysteries, twists, and romance without the steam which is always a plus with me. I really enjoyed all 4 books.

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Narration is Unprofessional and the Story is OK

Obviously a 4-book bundle that stretches to 46 hours seems like a good deal and it's very tempting to just get a book like this even if you think it won't be that great if you listen to a lot of audio books and are always running out of credits.

I strongly recommend that you pass on this one though. The narration is the most unprofessional I've ever heard. The reader fits an awkward pause into nearly every sentence, as if he's having trouble reading the next word. This is not something that happens occasionally. It's constant. And yes his Irish accents are really bad and he pronounces "draught" more than once as "drought" instead of "draft". I can forgive that stuff. But I can't forgive the endless awkward pauses. I guess this does help you appreciate the professionalism of other narrators who don't have this problem.

The CJ Washburn stories are pretty uneven. Each book starts out like it's going to be an interesting yarn. Then CJ gets arrested two or three times and someone tries to kill him two or three times and then you get about 5 hours of people sitting around speculating wildly about what's going on. Also one thing that really bugged me is that his teenage son was somehow able to completely lose contact with the family, put himself through college and (one assumes) law school, and end up an FBI agent, all not only with no financial help from Mom and Dad but with literally no contact with them whatsoever. Keep in mind that dad is a private investigator and his son did not change his name yet somehow CJ could never find him. And why did the kid cut his parents out of his life? Because he was mad at them for getting divorced. That's it. The whole thing was ridiculous and poorly thought out and in generally indicative of the poor plotting of all of these books.

Also minor but incredibly annoying point. Florida State is about 200 miles from St. Petersburgh. Check a map, Josiah John Binder!

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  • H.C. Richardson
  • 01-19-19

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Great offer of four books. Narrater has a great voice but his Irish and New Zealand accents are dire.

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  • John Marsden
  • 04-22-21

Brilliant Bundle.

This is a brilliant collection of stories about CJ Washburn, private investigator, The stories are fast paced and compulsive listening for me at least. I couldn't stop reading them once started. It was great to see Parker Dupont making an appearance in the series too before becoming a P.I himself in another series. Josiah John Bildner is a brilliant narrator, just the voice for this kind of book, very impressive editing once again with the antmospheric effects for phone calls which i really like. Highly reccomended listening. Well worth 5 stars for each book in the bundle.
I was given this book by the author and leavie this voluntary review. ***** x 4!

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  • Traveller
  • 07-13-20

Worst Irish accent ever!

On book 2 and whilst the story is ok, the attempt at an Irish accent is shocking! Sounds more like a cockney!

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  • Kim
  • 11-03-19

Good story

I enjoyed the story however , was really disappointed by the narrator's attempts at pronouncing NZ place names. Would have been okay for the visitors to say names so badly but the locals, not at all, a little research would have helped. The NZ accents were diabolical and made them seem like a cross between pirates and idiots. As a Brit living in NZ I found this untenable. If you can't do accents don't!!