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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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OK plot, terrible voice acting, really bad dialog

TECHNICAL: No obnoxious problems with audio.
PERFORMANCE: Just plain bad. I remember 4th graders reading with more life and fluidity.
STORY/AUTHORCRAFT: It had a good plot. Good enough for me to listen to the whole thing in spite of the poor reading of the performer, lack luster storytelling and the worst dialog I think I’ve heard in a professionally published work.

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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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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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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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Sabra has a very difficult case

This book is part of a series featuring Sabra who is a juvenile advocate attorney. Once again Ms. Burrell has crafted a well plotted, well developed charters, book.

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The 4thbook of advocacy books and I’ve enjoyed them all.

I enjoy the friendships, the humor ( especially J P’s remarks), and Sabre who cares for her colleagues and all of her clients. Great character development! I like that I don’t predict the end until the story is told.

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  • Julie
  • 09-23-18

The dilemma is to read this book or not? Yes

Reading the reviews the dilemma seems to be to whether to listen/ read this book and in my opinion then the answer is yes. The story didn't have the twist and turns of some of the previous books and with only having the one case to concentrate on the court room (well she was trying to prove her friend innocent of murder), it was concentrated more on Sabre and you got to learn a little bit more about her home life and why she became such a fighter for children. With Bob in jail, the police certain they have there man it's up to Sabre and JP to work out what happened. It was interesting how they kept coming across evidence but due to the law couldn't use it. The narrator was good and I found her easy to listen to.

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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