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Bennie Rosato, the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm, hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior, and she doesn't like to fail. Now a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out.

Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a 12-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her. Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn't been any easier. Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him. She doesn't know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, but she knows she owes him for past failures - of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of herself. Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth - and justice.

©2015 Smart Blonde, LLC (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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Lisa Scottoline OUTDID herself with "CORRUPTED"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would DEFINITELY RECOMMEND this audiobook to a friend! I read all of the Rosato/Diunzio series because they are based in Philadelphia, where I am from. Being a fellow U of Pennsylvania Grad, and having worked the same streets as an Older Adults Social Worker, I eat up her fantastic story lines.
BTW: Everything Scottoline refers to in Philadelphia, Streets, Restaurants, etc,, are real.

Who was your favorite character and why?
Bennie was terrific in this one! I LOVE when the storyline revolves around her, because she is such a tough, intelligent, yet also ( secretly/undercover ) caring and compassionate person. Bennie is NOT to be outdone in the courtroom! I'd want her as a defense attorney if ever I needed one. Guilty or not, I have faith she could get me acquitted!

Which scene was your favorite?
My favorite scene was in the courtroom, towards the end and feeling such joy while listening to Bennie exude breathtakingly raw, heartfelt compassion as she implored Jason to please tell the "TRUE" details regarding the crime, of which he was currently standing trial. This was one of the most moving and suspenseful scenes I experienced throughout this series to date, and believe me, they are numerous..... Absolutely flawless! Simply put, this one gets a hands down ----- #NAILED IT!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes! I believe I listened to it in two sittings because I was so consumed by the enthralling plot. This was one of those books I unglued myself from only when absolutely necessary.

Certainly hope there is more to come regarding Bennie's relationship with Richie's uncle in the next one, as I thoroughly enjoyed hearing how it was panning out throughout the entirety of the novel. Bennie certainly had more than her fair share of peaks an valleys in this one!

Any additional comments?
Please keep them coming, Ms. Scottoline!

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Great book!

I found this book to be entertaining and absolutely worth the listen!! When a book grabs me at the beginning and doesn't let go, I consider it to be worthy of my time. And I was wrapped up in the characters' lives so quickly in Corrupted! The manner in which legal procedures are expounded upon in this book were so very accurate, in my opinion. It seems the criminal court rules are very similar in Pennsylvania to my home state of Tennessee. I am not an attorney, but a court stenographer for 23 years, and I was pleased that what I was hearing in this book was very close to what I have actually heard in the courtroom and understand to be the rules of criminal procedure. Sometimes courtroom scenes are so far-fetched, I often have trouble believing that those things could actually happen in a courtroom. But not in this book. It is spot on and I was greatly pleased with this book. Sometimes when I read reviews that people have written, I am amazed that so many people could feel so differently about one book. If I read 20 reviews that are good ones, there's always going to be one or two or three people who say it's terrible. So I generally don't write reviews because I am so skeptical when I read the reviews that are submitted. But I love this book, and if you like a good mystery and something beyond that -- can't put my finger on it, but just suffice to say "something beyond that" then you should listen to this book

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  • Wayne
  • Lukeville, AZ, United States
  • 06-08-16

Maybe her best yet!

if you like courtroom drama, a good story, with not so much of the 'lovey-dovey stuff" then this is a great book for you. i did find the narrator was reading too fast in parts but it's nothing you won't be able to handle. By about Chapter 30 I didn't want to stop listening.

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just Great

we love an author who creates characters that are so believable they feel like neighbors or family. Well woven storyline and it easily kept our attention. The reading made the movement between characters easy to follow. ..a job very well done.

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Review by gayle

Excellent review I love Lisa scottoline' style and the mix of past and present to make the story exciting.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 11-08-15

Daring Heroines

I have been a fan of Benadetta (Bennie) Rosato since book one of the series. In the last few books Bennie has been absent. It is great to have her back in the lead again. Bennie is six feet tall and the head of an all female law firm.

The book is divided in half between the 2002 case and the current 2015 case. In 2002 Bennie defends twelve year old boy Jason Lefkavich who got in a fight with a bully. He is sent to juvenile prison and Bennie feels like she failed Jason. Now in 2015 Jason is accused of murdering the same bully and Bennie is on the job again.

The book, of course, is well written. Scottoline is an excellent story teller and she is also an attorney. The book is in the third person narrative. Scottoline provides lots of local Philadelphia color and her usual information about Italian-American heritage. The characters are believable; the pace is fast with lots of suspense. The plot has lots of twists and turns along with the famous Scottoline humor. At times I felt the story was an issue novel on the juvenile justice system but then Scottoline does not quite cross that line. The courtroom section was high drama and the ending of the book was a surprise.

Kate Burton does a great job narrating the book. I have read a number of books now narrated by Kate Burton in all types of roles and accents; I think I am becoming a fan of her high quality narration. I understand she is the daughter of Richard Burton; now I know where she got that great voice.

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  • Del
  • Venice, FL
  • 11-03-15

Terrific

Would you listen to Corrupted again? Why?

Yes it was so riveting and held my attention I could not stop listening therefore I want to listen a little slower so as not to miss a thought or word.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bennie. She was so real I thought I was there in court

What does Kate Burton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brought the words alive and real.

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

YES!

Any additional comments?

I loved Lisa's books in the beginning, being Italian, I love the family characters. Then her books lost my interest and I was very disappointed in her writings, however, with this book it like she came alive again and is back on top of my list and can't wait for her next book.

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Best Rizzato Story Yet<br />

Bennie became real in this story. She was always the tough boss with a good heart, but now her personality is more complete. Her nurturing side came out as she defended an innocent boy and then she fell absolutely, deeply in love with a great guy. The trial drama was realistic and very intense. Loved the whole thing. Thank you Ms Scottolini
Diana L

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Twisty fascinating story

Anyone who loves a murder mystery will love this book! The performance is excellent and adds depth to the story.

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Couldn't put this Down

I loved the characters of this book. I was riveted during court scenes. I could see each character. Did sleep until 4AM-could not stop listening. Thank you Lisa!

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