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Paradise Lost

Narrated by: Debra Monk
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For Sheriff Joanna Brady and her 12-year-old daughter Jenny, an innocent Girl Scout campout turns into a lethal game when Jenny and her tentmate, Dora Matthews, discover a murdered Phoenix woman.

Back at home, Joanna's main concern is helping her daughter recover from this terrible trauma, even as she attends to the demands of a new marriage and a possible reelection campaign. But then Dora turns up dead, and instantly Joanna's concern turns to terror. For if the killer is murdering potential witnesses, Sheriff Brady's beloved daughter may be next.

©2001 J.A. Jance (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Jance's sense of place remains strong, whether here in the beautifully rendered rural Arizona setting or in the rainy Seattle of her J.P. Beaumont mysteries." (Publishers Weekly)

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Book brought to low rating due to being abridged

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

There really isn't any book that can survive the cuts made by being abridged, and this is no exception. One whole storyline was left unresolved. Chopping up the story left me frustrated and feeling that I'm missing key points.

What could J.A. Jance have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Bitch slap whoever decided that marketing only a abridged version. PLEASE

What about Debra Monk’s performance did you like?

Much improved over the narration in the previous few books.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not as the closest movie theater is 2 hours away. I save those trips for movies with big special effects. But I would rent or buy the DVD.

Any additional comments?

Abridgement = BAD If I want a abridged story I'll buy a Readers Digest.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable

I have now read several of the Joanna Brady series, and the author continues to evolve the character nicely. I especially enjoyed the two story-lines and how she wove them together. A good story, with excellent narration and a thoroughly believable working woman main character make this a great listen.

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book is great

the person reading this, isnt even trying. doesnt change voices with characters, etc. its extremely hard to follow because of it. her mispronunciation of az landmarks and things like that is like nails on a chalkboard. I've lived here in az my whole life, it's hard when people butcher the native American and Spanish names.

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  • Carl
  • Vetlanda, Sweden
  • 02-10-19

Only a half book!

Can't reviev this title that because so much of the book is missing and any review of only a half book would be some kind of "mission impossible".

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Unabridged is so much better!

Why in the heck can't you have all of JAJance's books unabridged on Audible???? We have to pay full price, so why can't you give us the full books?

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Music between chapters:

I did not care for the "elevator music" between chapters, as opposed to simple Chapter Number Announcements. I like knowing what Chapter that I am hearing , as I listen most often at night and have been know to drift off to sleep despite a strong desire to listen. Knowing what chapter I last remember helps me discover where I should be in the story line, upon awakening. Is that about as clear as mud? Yeah? Okay then!

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Better Unabridged

My husband and I truly like hearing about Joanna and her family, at home and at work. This was unavailable in the unabridged version. While we got the story, we missed the details.