Dismissed with Prejudice

J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 7
Narrated by: Gene Engene
Series: J. P. Beaumont, Book 7
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (270 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

J. P. Beaumont investigates the death of a Japanese-American businessman, which appears to be a Samurai suicide.
Check out more of J. P. Beaumont's mysteries.
©1989 J. A. Jance (P)1983 Books in Motion

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Great "Read"

I am addicted to the JP Beaumont series. I am taking them in order, and enjoying everyone. I love the continuity that each book follows on from past stories.
Gene Engene does a great job. His narration gives word pictures of each character. If I was an artist, I could draw each one based on his characterizations.
Thanks for allowing me miles of enjoyment on my otherwise stressful and boring drives to work.

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Took time to 'get into' story

All of the J.P. Beaumont stories are enjoyable, but this one didn't grab me from the start, like the others did. I didn't want to miss it in the series, so 'hung in there'. I'm glad I did.

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Love JP Beaumount!

Would you consider the audio edition of Dismissed with Prejudice to be better than the print version?

yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dismissed with Prejudice?

jp's the bomb!

Have you listened to any of Gene Engene’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Gene Eugene is perfect as the narrator - he is JP to me!

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

laugh

Any additional comments?

no other comments

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While Not Jance's best Beaumont story, still good

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It was pretty clear that Jance was using this book as a transition on the main character's life - as an alcoholic poice detective that has to confront the nature of his addiction. However, the actual mystery plot line was pretty thin, and without giving anything away, Jance never really explained the eventual murderer's motiviation. Too much was

Would you be willing to try another book from J. A. Jance? Why or why not?

While this was not Jance's best, the series in general has been a compelling mystery series, and I will continue to follow the career of J.P. Beaumont.

What about Gene Engene’s performance did you like?

One consistent hallmark about the series has been the performance of Gene Engene. He has perfectly captured the persona of J.P. Beaumont. As so much of Jance's writing is personal narrative by Beaumont, the voice that reads this takes on greater importance. At times, Engene's performance is reminiscent of 30's radio mysteries - and that's a good thing.

Was Dismissed with Prejudice worth the listening time?

If this was the first Jance book you listened to, you might dismiss it as a lightweight mystery that failed in the critical plot development. However, if you start the series from the beginning, it's a still a good listen.

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Again and again

Always a good story and always a good narrator. Nice pace to story. Just lay back and listen.

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Great Series-Great Reader!

Another terrific story in a very good series! Plan to listen to every audiobook in the series.

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Good but narration is over-dramatic

The Beaumont stories are extremely good but the narration is too over the top. You’re bowing along listening to the book, then the gruff medical examiner shows up and the narrator has him growling and barking like a rabid dog, several decibels above the ambient sound level of the rest of the book. All the characterizations are overdone the same way but the sound level changes of the louder characters are almost intolerable. That could have been smoothed out in production, but wasn’t. Another irritating feature is reading something like “she laughed”, then laughing. Either do it like a play (do the laugh, but don’t say that she laughed) or just read the damn book. If this wasn’t a series I love from the past that I’m revisiting, the narration alone would have stopped me from continuing the series. As it is, I’ll keep on going.

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good read.

like the characters and the twist of who the killer was and his end. enjoy

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top story

I have enjoyed all the JP Beaumont books and this one didn't disappoint either. the end was as usual a surprise.

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ANOTHER GREAT STORY FROM J.A. JANCE

What made the experience of listening to Dismissed with Prejudice the most enjoyable?

Gene Engene brought the story to life not only with the different characters and backgrounds but also J.P. Beaumont.

What did you like best about this story?

the detective's dogged determination and patience to find the truth.

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

As previously stated, Gene Engene brought the story to life not only with the different characters and backgrounds but also J.P. Beaumont.

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

Yes, and I almost did. It was very entertaining.