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Publisher's Summary

Attorney Sabre Brown's day is going well until she walks into her office and finds a dead man sprawled across her desk. When, Bob, her best friend and colleague is suspected of the murder, and Sabre's minor client has information that might clear him, Sabre has a dilemma. How does she help her best friend without betraying the confidence of the child she is sworn to protect?

©2012 Teresa Burrell (P)2014 Teresa Burrell

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Should've skipped this one

The narrator sounds completely bored, her performance was flat and completely uninspiring. Couldn't wait to finish it, what a painful 'listen'. Did not care for the story, too preachy for my taste, and redundant at times. Where was the drama that the synopsis promised? The first 3 books were fine, I assumed this one would follow suit. Now I'm not sure about the next ones in the series, so for now, I'll be taking a long break from Sabre.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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They Just keep getting better!

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

I have only listened to 4 books, two of them narrated by Laurel. She is fantastic.

Any additional comments?

When Sabre opens her office in the morning she is suprised to find a dead body sprawled across her desk. It starts to get interesting when the body is identified as the husband of one of Bob's clients. We add a cop who has a grudge against JP and things heat up fast.
It doesn't look good for Bob.
Again the book has its lighthearted moments and still addresses the problems parents pass on to their children. The cases assigned to the lawyers reflect everyday life and things children must endure in the real world but the author is not on a soap box.
There is always an unexpected twist. JP's expressions alone are worth the cost of the book and are an added bonus. I loved the book and would recommend it to all my friends.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Naration and Better Story

What made the experience of listening to The Advocate's Dilemma the most enjoyable?

What do you do when Privilege keeps you from sharing information that could get your best friend and Colleague out if jail.

What other book might you compare The Advocate's Dilemma to and why?

Some of Joseph Finder's intellectual thrillers as well as Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware procedural and ethical situations.

Any additional comments?

Teresa Burell's 4th book in the Advocate Series is the best yet. I say that having reviewed the previous 3 books. I am attached to the characters and their relationships and personalities. When Sabre Brown finds a body in her office and it's the father of children she is representing questions arise for all involved.

Who killed the children's father, why did the killer involve Sabre. When Sabre's best friend and colleague is arrested for the murder how can she help him while keeping her client attorney privilege with her child client who may have the answers to clear Bob. 

The Advocates Dilemma is true to life in the internal and external conflicts an attorney must work within to keep "The System" working.

Laurel Schroeder's narration is top notch and her talent is well used in this 4th addition of the Advocate Series.

The Advicate's Dilemma is another great addition to the series.  

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I really like The Advocate series, but this book..

...is so profoundly disturbing that completing it was painful. The Advocate series deals with advocating for children who are in trouble. The author has done that for much of her life. The advocate in the series is attorney Sabre Brown. The Advocate's Dilemma is a murder mystery that deals with pedophilia which profoundly disturbs me because I believe based on published evidence that it is a mental disease which does not respond to treatment. Our society must protect our children from pedophiles even if it means life sentences without parole.

This is Book 4 in this 7 book series and this is the 4th book I have reviewed. It probably deserves 5 stars like the others, but I wish I had not read it. Narration is adequate, but barely so.

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When Ethics Aren't Morals

The first hardest (American) Attorney Rule of Professional Conduct is the obligation an attorney has to maintain the confidences of a client inviolate. It's a 'hardest rule' because it pits common accepted morality against lawyer ethics.

In Teresa Burrell's "The Advocate's Dilemma" (2012), Children's attorney Sabre Oren Brown represents two boys. Their mother, Dana, is more interested in her next drink, fix or both than her children. Their late, unlamented scam artist father is found murdered at the beginning of the book.

Bob Clark, Sabre's best friend and a close colleague in the Juvenile Court, identifies the deserving victim as one of his clients. Clark rapidly becomes a suspect when Dana openly flirts with Clark at court appearances.

Sabre and J.P. Thorne, a retired San Diego police officer working as a private investigator, question whether Clark killed Dana's scheming husband. The way to quell their doubts: find out who did. Both are stymied by the obligation to hold a client's confidences quiet: the children know things about their father's rancid life that could help find the killer, but they've begged Sabre not to tell.

Burrell's been developing Thorne as a character. "The Advocate's Dilemma" moves Thorne from a one dimensional character known entirely for his Stetson, his cowboy boots, and his homespun Texas metaphors to a complex character with an intriguing back story.

I've gotten used to narrator Laurel Schroeder, and she seems to be enjoying Sabre as a character.

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Great story

I have now listen to 3 of the 1st 4 books written by Teresa Burrell. This one does not disappoint. I like the way she tells a story and you do not find out till the end who is the murderer. I like that her stories are base on her real life cases. She is an excellent author.

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Don't waste your money

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A narrator that had a clue how to give a good performance. This woman was about as dry as dust -

Would you ever listen to anything by Teresa Burrell again?

Depends if she had a decent narrator.

What didn’t you like about Laurel Schroeder’s performance?

Boring, no inflection, no characters. Reading the book as if she were reading to a class of students? No thanks.

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Good Story Poorly narrated

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

I would not recommend the book. due to the narration. It was so hard to get through. I stopped it and only came back to it because of the story

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Advocate's Dilemma?

There are some decent twists and enjoyable character relationships

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She was monotone or sing song. Every character spoke the same way. She was choppy on delivery like staccato, then long pauses. The same sing song intonation for every character if she did use inflection. Emotionless generally. Could not express the emotion or feel of the moment or between characters. There were times she deviated later and seemed better but overall delivery was difficult to get past.

Was The Advocate's Dilemma worth the listening time?

The story is good

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Legal thriller Who Dunnit

Good characters with authentic relationships. You really grow to care about the people, but not the creepy scum bag types.

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Her clients father has been killed

What did you love best about The Advocate's Dilemma?

THE ADVOCATE DILEMMA by Teressa Burrell. This is # 4 in the series and each can be read separately. This series and the subjects she writes about , are top rated .. Enjoyable, interesting of the law for children work. I've enjoyed all of her books in this series, and have reread them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

JP no boundary of how far he will go for his friends and the case

Which character – as performed by Laurel Schroeder – was your favorite?

Sabe

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

Cry

Any additional comments?

Great series. Audio very well done

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  • MRS SHEEN
  • 11-09-14

Excellent stories and characters

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

Yes I would recommend this book and all of the others in the series, because whilst I normally read more gruesome and violent books I found the stories very enjoyable and I really liked the back stories and relationships between the main characters.
I am only sorry that at present I am unable to listen to the sixth book in the series as quite frankly I am Hooked.

What did you like best about this story?

The back stories and relationships between the main characters

What does Laurel Schroeder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She's prettygood, a good reader can make all the difference

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The possible romance between the advocate and the investigator

Any additional comments?

As I've already stated I am slightly disappointed that I could not find book six on audible