Lurking in the dark corners of J. P. Beaumont's bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.
This was my first Jance book. I liked it, but thought the writer tried too hard to sound like Raymond Chandler. It worked at times, but too often it came across as a bad imitation. I hope she found her voice in later books. Since the series is still going on, I gather she did. The characters and premise here are nothing new. Grizzled vet has to team up with new kid to solve a crime with religious undertones (or perhaps it's overtones). The mystery was okay, though it did stretch credulity at times. That said, I liked spending time with J.P Beaumont. I can't say I have to read the next installment, but I'm not adverse to it.
What made the experience of listening to Until Proven Guilty the most enjoyable?
not what i expected
What did you like best about this story?
learning how Bo met Ann Corley
Have you listened to any of Gene Engene’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
yes the same as other books
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I was indifferent to this book. I don't think I liked the characters. There was just something about the book that put me off. The narrator did a great job, but his voice sounded like the voice of a certain news person on television. From that point on, the face of the newsman was pasted onto the character, and it spoiled all the love scenes for me. Try as I might, I couldn't shake the image! I'm not sure if this was what spoiled the book for me, but if I had read it instead, I may have liked it better.
I would have enjoyed the story so much more if it hadn't been for the performance. Gene Engene's voice seems to vacillate between an over exaggerated impersonation of a grouchy old man and a cartoonish parody of a woman or an absurd combination of the two. I absolutely understand that the job of a voiceover actor is not a simple one. He or she is expected to convincingly portray multiple characters and make them recognizably distinct and authentic. All the while the actor is supposed to give voice to the story and seamlessly carry the readers from first to last page. That being said, many performers I have heard here on audible do a beautiful job without annoying me with their performance. Unfortunately Gene Engene is not one of them. All due respect to Mr. Engene. Maybe in a different type of a story his performance would work. In this one, for me, it didn't.
A few words about the story itself - it's actually quite good. I wouldn't have gotten through it if it wasn't good. We start with the death of a little girl. A seasoned detective follows his gut and experience through an investigation full of twists and turns. The characters are engaging and believable, if a little unimaginative. I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series, but for those who like the performance, or read in text and not audible format - this might be a good series.
Memorable moments? When he punched Max. And I never believed she would/could shoot him. Loved the ending. Am now a fan.
Gene Engene does a great job reading, one of my top two readers. Jance spins a great story. Get it
Poor narration. Voice changes childish. One sounds like poor imitation of Capt. Kirk, another like Foghorn Leghorn.
When I first started listening I wondered if this was meant to be a comedy? The cliches were so thick and the narrator so straightfaced I kept expecting there to be a punch line. With lines like "Women usually shy away from a gun" and a cardboard cut out hard drinking, tough talking cynical cop and a rich, beautiful, lost woman who inexplicably (NO Really - the attraction never made any sense) falls for him, I found myself laughing out loud at times. Having said that the story behind the Bogart impersonation does grow on you after a while and is pretty entertaining. To my surprise I finished the book having quite enjoyed the ride and would probably buy the next one - but only when I fancy a light read and a chuckle.
I've been slow to discover and listen to this author. Now, I must catch up! I loved this book because it held my interest from start to the end. I was concerned that it wasn't very long (8+ hours), but it was perfect. And, I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator.
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Typical first of a series book where you learn the main character's background but also had what could have been a more interesting murder mystery. Some of the book was devoted to solving the crime, the murder of a child and an interesting look into a cult, but a lot of it was on the developing relationship of Beaumont and Corley and didn't delve too much into the crime and how it happened.
The narrator was okay, but you could occasionally hear background noises like the turning of a page or what sounded like clothes rustling. There was also occasions where the sound changed as if he moved further away from the mic but it wasn't too distracting.
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