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Editorial Reviews

Joanna Brady, newly elected sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, is struggling to learn the ropes, earn credibility in the eyes of her staff, and maintain her department's budget. C.J. Critt portrays Joanna as a strong-minded woman who battles for career success yet anguishes over the drunk-driving death, especially in light of her own husband's recent murder. Critt also depicts Joanna's frustration with her meddling mother and her sensitivity to the shifting emotions of her 9-year-old daughter.

Publisher's Summary

Harsh truths and small-town murder lethally intertwine in a stunning and evocative thriller from New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance.

. A woman is cruelly cut down in a remote corner of Arizona, killed on her 19th wedding anniversary by a drunk motorist. A year later, the driver himself dies badly, and all suspicions point to the slain woman's still-grieving husband as his murderer. But the truth is rarely black and white in the long Southwestern shadows, and one law officer is not rushing to condemn the tragic widower so quickly - Joanna Brady, sheriff of Cochise County. Brady's convictions, however, are leading her on a twisted trail through inhospitable country - and setting her on a path that will bring her face-to-face with cold, calculating death in the high, lonely desert.

©1996 J.A. Jance (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jenny
  • Orlando, FL, United States
  • 06-15-12

Bad Narration ruins the book

Why is it the publisher has to ruin a perfectly good series by not only changing the narrator mid stream but changing to a narrator that was worse than the last.

As an avid, borderline obsessive audio book listener, the narration is just as important as the story itself in my opinion. It took me awhile to get past the nasal Hillary Huber, but she established herself as the voice of Joanna Brady.

Fortunately if the author is good, you can most times overlook bad narration, but it is not enjoyable. This is the case with C.J. Critt. Terrible inflections and a much too old of a voice for Joanna. Not to mention not very good with continuity.

Will probably move pass the books she has narrated in this series and try the next narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Yikes...the narrator sounds like Joanna's mother!

What didn’t you like about C. J. Critt’s performance?

Her tone is pretentious and so is her phrasing. She sounds as one would imagine Joanna Brady's mother sounding, except more so. And, so far at least, her voice for Joanna is barely distinguishable (some of the time) from her "narrating" voice. Not sure that I can make it through this one, much less another after it. Fortunately I haven't bought the next book yet. May have to get it in paperback or e-book.

Any additional comments?

Changing narrators in a series should be done ONLY when absolutely required.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Dead to Rights

Very well written! Another winner for J.A. Jance. Keep them coming!

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Not Liking The Change Of Narrator

Story was OK. However, I am not appreciating the change of narrator. Voices to old sounding for Joanna, Jenny, & Angie. Angie, sounded like the lady Terry from the anti smoking commercial.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Narrator

Horrible Narrator. The voice was so grating I had to force myself to listen till the end. I don't know if I can stand to listen to anymore by this narrator and that makes me so sad.

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Great story not so great narration

This narrator is not as good as the others but it’s an important book to the series so worthy of suffering through.

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I'd rather read it myself

What did you love best about Dead to Rights?

Enjoyable story. I like the series.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Author is a good storyteller.

Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

Only if I have to to finish series.

Any additional comments?

I read these to enjoy the storytelling. A good story is worth rereading. I really dislike listening to this reader, her voice grates on my ears. I'll probably give up and just read it for myself. I like audio books because I can listen and craft at the same time, but not this one.

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Annoying Narration

Story line was ok but the narrator made it difficult to listen to. Overall good easy content to listen to but narrator ruined it.

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Not impressed with the new narrator

Not impressed with the new narrator but guess I better get used to her cuz it looks like she narrates the rest of the Joanna Brady series. I am enjoying the series, not as much as J P Beaumont but they are getting better.

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  • kacy
  • Columbia Falls, MT, United States
  • 10-29-15

narration

How could the performance have been better?

This narrator timing is all wrong it's kind of hard to listen to her. But love the books