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Publisher's Summary

Sheriff Joanna Brady must solve two perplexing cases that may be tied together in New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance's thrilling tale of suspense that brings to life Arizona's Cochise County and the desert Southwest in all its beauty and mystery.

An old woman, a hoarder, is dying of emphysema in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In cleaning out her house, her daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in hundred dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and magazines that crowd every corner.

Tracing the money's origins will take Liza on a journey that will end in Cochise County, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is embroiled in a personal mystery of her own. A man she considers a family friend is found dead at the bottom of a hole in a limestone cavern near Bisbee. And now there is the mystery of Liza and the money. Are the two disparate cases connected? It's up to Joanna to find out.

©2014 J.A. Jance (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Terrible Narrator

Where does Remains of Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was an interesting storyline but the terrible narration took away from the audio book.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator could have acted like she was enjoying reading the story. I've heard children with more emotion in their reading than this narrator.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Tired Narrator

What did you like best about Remains of Innocence? What did you like least?

The two separate stories are intriguing and held my interest. I kept listening because of the story. The narrator was awful. I've read Joanna Brady mysteries previously and have imagined her as energetic but in the hands of this narrator she is tired and a "one note" character.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The book is read with such low energy I can't say I had a favorite character, it was the plot that was my favorite part of the book.

How could the performance have been better?

Another narrator with more energy would definitely be in order. With audio books the narrator is the make or break part of the book. In this case the reader "broke" the book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathleen
  • HUDSON, OH, United States
  • 07-25-14

Interesting Story; Awful Narration

Another good one from J.A. Jance. The narration was terrible. The book was not "performed." It was simply read. For the first 1/3 of the book there was no voice change at all from man to woman to adult to child. An identical voice for all. This meant paying close attention to a conversation because it was easy to lose track of who was talking. Then suddenly, one of the lead characters developed a slight Boston accent. This (as opposed to the story line) almost made me jump out of my chair. Then the accent went away; later it came back; and so on. There were a few other stabs at the occasional accent, but for the most part everyone had the same voice. This was really strange.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I love all JA Jance stories!

I like that her stories have great plots but don't have unnecessary foul language, sex for the sake of sex and explicit violence.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Wade
  • Modesto, CA
  • 11-02-17

Sheriff Brady Shines

This was my introduction to Janice’s series. And even though you have to suspend belief in parts of the plot, the book still shines. Sheriff Brady is a great female lead that is definitely a role model. I really enjoyed and could relate to all of the characters. They were believable and I genuinely enjoyed watching them grow and change.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Slowest & Most Nasal Narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The Narrator. There was no inflection of any type in her voice. Whether the characters were excited, sad or in regular conversation, it all came out the same. "Hey what are you doing", came out the same as "he said grimly"

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

What didn’t you like about Hillary Huber’s performance?

Spoke in a monotone, and through her nose

Do you think Remains of Innocence needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

maybe w/o the narrator

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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My favorite Joanna Brady Novell

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

this book draws you in to one character that I hope makes a permanent additional to Bisbee.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 07-25-14

A tale of family dysfunction

My introduction to J. A. Jance was a book in the middle of the Joanna Brady series. I enjoyed it so much I read the entire series then started on the Beaumont series. I was so glad to see a new book in the Brady series; I thought she had forgotten about. The book starts out in Great Barrington, Massachusetts where a daughter of a hoarder is forced to return to her mother’s house. Lisa Machett’s mother Thelma is dying and Lisa needs to deal with Thelma’s affairs. In cleaning the house she discovers a large amount of cash. People who help Lisa are killed; Thelma’s house is burned down on the day of her funeral. Dr. Machetts is found murdered and tortured in his home in Bixby, Arizona. He is Lisa’s half brother.

Sheriff Joanna Brady is also dealing with the murder of Junior Dowdle, a long time character in the series, along with Junior’s body is a number of dead and mutated kittens, rabbit and small dog. Gradually the two plots weave together to form a compelling tale of family dysfunction and murder. This is a complicated read that moves forward at a rapid pace. As usual J. A. Jance has written an interesting tale. Hillary Huber did a good job narrating the book.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Rough narration

Recommend listening X1.25 speed. Some parts may be a bit speedy, but it’s 1000 times better then the slow and awful narration

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Another killer story by j.a.jance

I love how this author can carry and deliver successfully multiple storylines in her books. This book showcases that talent quite well. From the start to finish I stayed engaged and curious. Ms. Jance keeps the plot edgy and her characters are well rounded. I read and listen to her books often and am not disappointed. As for the narrator, Hilary Huber I enjoyed her as well. I've listened to several books that Ms Huber has done and liked them too. I hope to listen to more Jance books on my valued kindle , as I know they are worth my investment of both money and time