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Publisher's Summary

A chilling story of deadly desire and cold murder from the New York Times best-selling author of Exit Wounds.

A pretty, popular teenager never returned from her secret tryst in Skeleton Canyon. Perhaps it was a youthful rage or savage passion that ripped the life from a child of privilege and abandoned her broken body to the cold Arizona night. Or maybe she stumbled onto something terrible, something too dangerous to know. Now dark secrets about a future hideously destroyed are pulling Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County into a lethal nest of lies and greed hidden in a desolate corner of the Southwestern desert—where the next blood that feeds the parched earth could be her own.

©1997 J.A. Jance (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • DM
  • 10-05-16

Positive feedback

I enjoy this series and look forward to listening to more. I do not understand all the negative feedback on the commentator as she doesn't seem to be so awful to me. In fact, I found her to be good and enjoyed the inflection of her voice. While I may not be as seasoned or educated as some of the reviewers, I do enjoy a good book and I feel this series is well worth the credits.

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bad reader.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

the reader disappointed me greatly.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

the story was on par with other Joanna Brady stories but the reading was very poor. prior books were read by Hillary Huber who spoiled me with her readings

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Pronounce places right!

What made the experience of listening to Skeleton Canyon the most enjoyable?

I live in southern Arizona so I love JA Jance books. Living in Cochise County, the locations, weather and people are right.

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

Since the places in the book are real, they should be pronounced correctly. Several times, CJ Critt mangled HUACHUCA....it is WA-CHU-CA. Not once was it even close! Fingernails on a blackboard! Please...if you don't know, find out before you murder a major part of the realism.

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Entertained.

I read some of the reviews prior to purchasing and was worried about all the negative comments regarding the new narrator. I thought C J Critt did a great job! She did an especially good job with the underlying humor in the story. I look forward to the next book in the series!

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Terrible narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I suffered through but this narration is not worth it. She makes the story seem trivial and unrealistic.

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Dreadful Narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

While I would recommend reading the book for those following the series, I would not recommend listening to this audio version. It is obvious that the narrator attempted to make the recording interesting, but the attempt was an abject failure. The dismal narration definitely distracted from the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Character development was not a strength of this book, but I appreciated what Jance did with the David O'Brien character.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of C. J. Critt?

Susan Ericksen

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Take back everything I said about the narrator

Book 4 was not enjoyable - CJ Critt's narration just killed it. But book 5 shows that she's a master of voices. She completely changed the cadence and the voice of Joanna and the presentation of the story. It was quite wonderful to listen to and to realize how much control she has in her storytelling to do this! However, I see a review of book 6 that complains about her choice for the daughter's voice and that Joanna's voice changes also. So sometimes she misses the mark.

Meanwhile, the first 3 books had such marvelous plots and although I don't think books 4-5 quite lives up to those mysteries, I enjoy the characters and want to continue following them!

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  • Debby
  • TAMPA, FL, United States
  • 01-07-13

Janice delivers

JA Jance regalia us with another surprise ending, if you are a fan of Sheriff Joanna Brady, this is a must have as it further develops some of our favorite character, such as the former hooker, the parrot. Man, and moms new beau and the counties new coroner.

This book tells the sad yet beautiful romance between a young Hispanic injured football player from Douglas and the ex cheerleader from Bisbee. Through her tragic murder, her family learns life lessons while Joanna tracks the killers and breaks up the smuggling ring the DEA has been trying to catch.

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Narrator's pace was amateurish.

Would you consider the audio edition of Skeleton Canyon to be better than the print version?

I haven't read this book in print.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joanna Brady, of course! I love how she is a come from behind type of character who's methods are not always "textbook", but she always succeeds in the end. She is logical and shows her heart throughout the series. I also appreciate how she acknowledges that she is far from perfect, but doesn't let any of that really get in her way.

What three words best describe C. J. Critt’s performance?

Amateurish pacing throughout.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I REALLY want to see what happens with Angie and Dennis! I practically had a cow when I didn't know what was going to happen to Dennis. Talk about pulling my heart-strings....

Any additional comments?

During the beginning of the book, the narrator did not pause enough between sections when there was not a chapter break, Several times, she would just run right into a new part and I had to keep rewinding to figure out what was going on. For example: there was a part when they were working on a crime scene or going to it and then all of a sudden, Angie was thinking about her problem and trying to get a ride. THEN... it was like the narrator was told to pause more and all of a sudden she was even pausing in the middle of conversations for far too long. On at least three occasions, I started wondering if my battery went dead or something and then she continued. This was not the right pacing at all and seemed over-exaggerated by the narrator. I kept thinking that someone must have told her to pace it better and she over-exaggerated it in spite. Wasn't too impressed with her different character voices either, but that may be slightly because of her driving me crazy in general.

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  • Christine
  • Morgan Hill, CA, United States
  • 12-07-12

Entertaining

What did you love best about Skeleton Canyon?

Female hero and an interesting story.

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

Yes.

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

Ending caught me by surprise.

Any additional comments?

Love the way the main character interacts with other characters in the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful