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Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes Audiobook

Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes: Lady Justice Series, Book 2

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When corrupt politicians, the Italian mob, and a dirty cop collude to take over a Northeast neighborhood, Walt is recruited for the most bizarre undercover assignments of his new career. When conventional police work fails to solve the case, once again his band of scrappy seniors come to the rescue.

In the process, the amazing discovery of a previously unknown session by a deceased rock & roll idol stuns the music industry. What should be a joyous occasion soon turns dark as lives are threatened.

All of your favorite characters, along with two lovable additions, are back to help Walt in his quest for justice.

Their adventures and misadventures are sure to keep you captivated - and splitting your sides!

©2010 Robert Thornhill (P)2016 Robert Thornhill

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    mani 12-04-16
    mani 12-04-16
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    "Book 2"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes?

    Thanks to Audiobookboom I was introduced to a new author. I really enjoyed this audiobook it was full of great one liners and had me laughing . I loved the characters and the fact that it shows that even though they were in the later years of their life they were able to make such a great contribution to their neighborhood


    Any additional comments?

    I was given a free review copy courtesy of AudiobookBoom.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen C. 11-20-17
    Kathleen C. 11-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Thornhill earns 5/5 Elvis Impersonators…Great Fun!"

    I am new to Robert Thornhill’s Walt Williams Mystery series, but after this book, albeit audio version narrated by the talented George Kuch, I am a big fan. It is delightful to read about sixty-five-year-old real estate retiree Walter ‘Walt' Williams, who chose not to engage in my idea of a quiet retirement and instead becomes a cop with the Kansas City P.D. and starts the City Retiree Action Patrol: comically known as C.R.A.P., an obvious indication of the edgy and delightful humor twists to follow in this series. Thornhill paints a well overdue image of a capable bunch of ‘post-retirement’ people soaked in mature humor. In this second book, Walt with support from police officers “Ox” and Vince along with the scrappy seniors—Maggie (girlfriend), Willie (former con man), Mary (apartment manager), and the Professor (purveyor of words of wisdom)—set out to uncover the details behind the terrorizing of a local neighborhood, but going undercover dancing at a gay club or the transvestite bar in female attire or portraying Elvis at an impersonator contest all puts Walt ill at ease. The story is even more engaging when during the investigation, a never-before-heard recording session from a deceased rock ’n’ roll idol is unearthed… I loved Thornhill’s story challenging my inner detective, humor that made me laugh out loud, and well-developed and amusing, sometimes quirky, characters. Engaging…Suspenseful… Humorous! I highly recommended this book or any book in the series in any form, anytime…eBook, print, and especially audio!

    I was first introduced to Robert Thornhill’s work with the audio version, and the narration by voice artist George Kuch was very entertaining. His voice artistry enhanced the experience with tone and emotion that illustrated well the different personalities; something I am unable to duplicate reading to myself. Although much like a traditional reading supported by Thornhill's first-person perspective, Kuch's “Walt” is very entertaining, and the 'wise guy’ dialect, effeminate bar patrons, Elvis wannabes, and various females all worked well. Very entertaining!

    "Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author. However, all of the above opinions are my own.”

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    Jane 06-16-17
    Jane 06-16-17
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    "Another Great Story"
    What did you love best about Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes?

    Revisiting the great characters again


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Our hero and his quirky ways of telling his story and the lead-ups to his private times with his lady.


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

    Yes and this was just as much fun to listen to


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

    Yes, but due to interruptions I listened over 2 days!


    Any additional comments?

    I received this audio book freely from the author-narrator or publisher and am freely offering my unbiased opinion with this review..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bikram Agarwal 05-29-17
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    "Not as good as book 1."
    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Thornhill again?

    Sure. I had loved the first book. But this second book turned out to be not as good. Maybe another one will be better.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Kuch’s performances?

    I'm 50-50 on this. On one hand, he narrated the main character beautifully, but all other characters were voiced weirdly.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book in this series was really good and different. So, I had high expectations from this second book. But sad to say that I'm disappointed. The main premise of the investigation this time wasn't interesting enough for me and the jokes also fell flat. Most of them were groan-worthy. Dad-jokes at best.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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    Deedra 05-25-17
    Deedra 05-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lady Justice and the lost tapes"

    In this, the second book in the series,Walt is asked to do some spicy stuff to catch his man.I enjoy these books.They're fun, witty and a must read.George Such narrates Walt and the gang perfectly.I was provided this book free by the author,narrator or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Ewing 05-14-17
    Anita Ewing 05-14-17
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    "I love Lady Justice."

    This series is both funny and thought provoking. When most of the characters are over 65, it makes you think about the future and, as always, what you think about Lady Justice. I received this audiobook for free, but voluntarily reviewed it.

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    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe Los Angeles, CA United States 05-09-17
    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe Los Angeles, CA United States 05-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Better than the first book!"

    Walt Williams returns in Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes by Robert Thornhill, just in time to take down a mob boss and other criminals too. In this delightful comedy/mystery, Walt continues in his job as the leader of C.R.A.P. (City Retiree Area Patrol), in which retired citizens become special members of the police force. The mob clearly is involved in trying to buy out an entire neighborhood, using strong-arm tactics including simple pressure, vandalism, arson, and even murder. Walt and his fellow “Crapper,” Vince, have to go undercover posing as a couple to the gay bar in the vicinity. But they still can’t figure out exactly what is going on. So the investigation leads to Walt’s having to go undercover in a tranny bar! And in another fun move, Walt serves as ” Grandpa Elvis,” the King’s impersonator.

    This book has a great mystery plot to it, or rather multiple plots, but beyond that, it is a delightful story with loads of fun. This is the kind of book that Garrison Keiller would write if he were to write a mystery. The book takes side trips to look at scenes from Walt’s life and time with his quirky, motley set of friends, and then it veers back on course with the mystery once again. The storytelling is so creative that even though I personally find Keiller a bit tiresome, I never lose delight in any of this hilarious book.

    For an example of the fun storytelling, the book presents a really fun Thanksgiving. Walt and Maggie cook the turkey, with neither having any cooking skills at all. For stuffing, they start with Wonder Bread, not having any stuffing bread. Then, figuring that the lettuce he has is also a vegetable, he sautes that with the onion. The instructions say to add stock, which he learns is a kind of soup. With a choice of beef barley and chicken noodle, they figure that since chicken is poultry that’s the more appropriate choice. Then they season it with crab seasoning, the only seasoning they have. When it comes time to cook the gravy, Walt doesn’t have any flour, but shouldn’t pancake mix work? Since most of the other guests bring pumpkin pie, with everything else being inedible, everyone enjoys just turkey and pie but agrees that it’s the best Thanksgiving they’ve ever experienced.

    The book is excellently narrated by George Kuch, who embodies Walt and even rather sounds like Garrison Keiller in addition, voice and slow pace and all. He really contributes so much to the book as he performs that I think he deserves high accolades for his job. Although the quality of the book already kept me from putting the recording on pause even for a second, the performance is so excellent that it added to my being glued to the book all the more.

    I want to advise anyone and everyone to read Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes if you can’t listen to it, but definitely do not skip this series! I did not think it possible, but this book is even better than the first book in the series, Lady Justice Takes a C.R.A.P.. I give this book five stars!

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    Victoria Schwimley 04-12-17
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    "Even better than book one"

    Loved this book. The metaphors to candy bars, Elvis songs, I am an Elvis fan, and the Thanksgiving scene is too funny. Well done, Robert. These characters crack me up.

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    Rachel 03-29-17
    Rachel 03-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun, light weight police story"

    In line with the first in the series.
    Funny, fast paced and entertaining.
    It tells more than one story and the characters are fun.
    Don't expect intrigue or a surprise ending.
    The narrator is a good match for the main character.
    "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 03-26-17
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 03-26-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Groan-worthy jokes & dead bodies!"

    Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, it works perfectly fine as a stand alone novel.

    Walt Williams was a retired senior real estate agent but he felt he still had more in him. So he joined the Kansas City police force as part of their senior citizens outreach program. Now he and his partner, Ox, traipse around the more colorful sections of town in this tale. The mafia wants certain real estate freed up and use nearly every dirty trick there is to get people to sell. Meanwhile, one of Walt’s friends uncovered a lost rock and roll treasure that needs to be kept under tight wraps for now.

    This was a fun light-hearted murder mystery. There’s lots of corny jokes and the plot is pretty straight forward. The characters are lovable in a good-will-always-win-out sort of way. I really liked how this book had so many seniors in it. Some still work. Some are retired. Several do volunteer duties. Walt’s girlfriend, Maggie, is still working as a realtor and that gives Walt a bit of an advantage as he looks into the unusual circumstances of some recent sales.

    Throughout this book, Walt plays dress up, going undercover more than once. The locations of interest to Walt and the police department include some lively bars that cater to the LGBTQ community. While there are plenty of jokes from both Walt and his fellow officers, they felt rather dated, like something an older uncle would say and the next generation would be slightly embarrassed for him.

    Speaking of the humor, there’s plenty of it in this book. Everything from a whoopee cushion to a stand-up comedian to one-line zingers to ribbing from fellow officers. Some of it was well timed and funny. Some of it was rather worn and just got a groan from me. Sometimes I felt like the author had a big book of jokes sitting beside him as he worked on this book and he felt obliged to put in at least 3 jokes per chapter.

    I did enjoy the main plot concerning the mafia moving in and forcing owners to sell their houses or businesses cheap. The story did a good job of showing the various ways the mafia went about getting their way. They did everything from polite requests to buy outright to dirty trickery to intimidation to torching a place. At first Walt is the only officer that is interested in checking this out but as things escalate, the force in general becomes committed to putting an end to it.

    The minor plot line, that dealing with the lost tapes of a rock and roll idol, didn’t really appeal to me. I just wasn’t into the R&R idol and therefore, this chunk of the book didn’t grab me. When the main plot line wrapped up, I still had about 1.5 hours of book to listen to! Well, that was mostly this second minor plot line and a big holiday celebration. They were cute but not nearly as interesting as the mafia.

    All in all, it was a fun, quaint little mystery. If you’re looking for something light and, perhaps, a bit predictable, then this would be a good book to check out. For me, it was so-so.

    I received a free copy of this book.

    The Narration: George Kuch did a good job. He had an unexpected range of voices and even did a decent job with the female voices. His voice really fits well with the variety of seniors. There were a few times where I heard a few mouth noises but they didn’t distract from the narration.

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    ""Lady Justice loves her Rock 'n Roll.""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes to be better than the print version?

    Not having read the print edition I am not really qualified to say. But that's not going to stop me:..
    I cannot imagine any way of 'reading' this superbly written book better than that of listening to the 65 years old, newly enlisted cop, Walt William's personal reminiscences of his adventures both in and out of the police job, recounted through the voice of narrator, George Much. He brings Walt, with his grumbles, aches, pains and hilarious stories fully to life. It's like having a friend telling tales around the table (even if a few comments are a little too private to be heard in this way). And some of the situations are really laugh out loud funny, like Thanksgiving dinner, as well as all the dressing up for the undercover jobs he is asked to do.
    Throughout it all, Kuch's steady, warm voice is the perfect Walt. In conversations, each character is clearly distinguishable but that hardly seems to matter: it is being Walt with all of his ideosyncracies that is important.


    Any additional comments?

    Walt is a great character and his friends are equally interesting, from his partner in the force to the retired con man, and the lady realtor to an unrelenting one liner comedian. The book is so packed with verbal and visual jokes (told in low key, grumpy-old-man way), that it is surprising that there is time left for the crime story. But there it is, mixed into the personal life of Walt and his friends.
    Oh, this is such an enjoyable book and I am greatly indebted to the right's holder for gifting it to me, via Audiobook Boom. Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes is the second book in the series but completely stand alone. However,. I'm pretty certain that anyone listening to this who hasn't heard book one (Lady Justice Takes a C.R.A.P.) will immediately put it on their must get list. It's a hoot, too.
    Me? I'm going to start on book three, now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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