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Publisher's Summary

Turning Angel marks the long-awaited return of Penn Cage, the lawyer hero of The Quiet Game, and introduces Drew Elliott, the highly respected doctor who saved Penn's life in a hiking accident when they were boys.

As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew and Penn sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

On the surface, Kate Townsend seems the most unlikely murder victim imaginable. A star student and athlete, she'd been accepted to Harvard and carried the hope and pride of the town on her shoulders. But like her school and her town, Kate also had a secret life - one about which her adult lover knew little.

When Drew begs Penn to defend him, Penn allows his sense of obligation to override his instinct and agrees. Yet before he can begin, both men are drawn into a dangerous web of blackmail and violence. Penn finds himself doubting his friend's motives and searching for a path out of harm's way.

More dangerous yet is Shad Johnson, the black district attorney whose dream is to send a rich white man to death row in Mississippi. At Shad's order, Drew is jailed, the police cease hunting Kate's killer, and Penn realizes that only by finding Kate's murderer himself can he save his friend's life.

With his daughter's babysitter as his guide, Penn penetrates the secret world of St. Stephen's, a place that parents never see, where reality veers so radically from appearance that Penn risks losing his own moral compass. St. Stephen's is a dark mirror of the adult world, one populated by steroid-crazed jocks, girls desperate for attention, and jaded teens flirting with nihilism. And hidden among them all is one true psychopath.

©2005 Greg Iles (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

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Southern accents are best left to Southerners...

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

Yes, for the story. I like suspense and complicated relationships.

What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

With the notable exception of the late, great Frank Muller, Southern accents are best left to native Southerners and British actors. I cringed each time I heard Nah'-chez' instead of Natch'-iz, and could'-sue' instead of cud'-zoo. I have always liked Dick Hill's performances, but I far prefer his Jack Reacher-type voice to this one.

Any additional comments?

I had planned to listen the rest of the books in this series, but I'm not sure I'll be able to get around the accent. I know whereof I speak; I am from south Alabama.

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I Kept Waiting For the Trial

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

No. I didn't finish it though I labored almost 3/4 of the way through. Granted I am a late middle aged woman but the explicit, descriptive, detailed sex and the debauched portrayal of teens was more than I could endure. I felt like I needed to wash my brain and erase the images. Somehow I think that it reveals a lack of imagination when authors resort to surrounding their stories with sex instead of interesting characters and plots.

What do you think your next listen will be?

While I enjoyed a previous book by this author, I doubt I will try him again.

What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

Familiar.

Did Turning Angel inspire you to do anything?

Put it down.

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Boring, too long and drawn out

Any additional comments?

Nearing the end of the book, I didn't even care anymore what happened to the characters.

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Ew

I bought this because I loved his previous book in this series. But this book has a creepy focus on middle-aged men having sex with teen girls. The descriptions go on and on, totally unnecessary to the plot and, in fact, halting the plot for seemingly endless periods of time while the author focuses on intricate sexual details. Really pervy, to use the words of one of the teens. I had to stop listening. No thanks. Give me a good story, not this junk.

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Heathers meets Matlock meets Marcus Welby

I enjoyed this book despite the implausible plot and sub plots. Penn Cage is a likable enough protagonist who is a very believable. Most of the other characters in this book strain credulity. You have a well-respected middle-aged dentist who plans to divorce his Lorcet addicted trophy wife to run off with a beautiful 17-year old high school class valedictorian. You have a Croatian teen who has conspired with an African-American drug dealer to market narcotics to college students in Louisiana and Mississippi. You have another beautiful high school student who babysits for Page and yearns for a one-nighter with him and risks life and some other things to help Cage find a killer. You have an African-American DA conspiring with a redneck sheriff to get the DA elected mayor. Then you have an amorphous gang of Asian thugs who appear and disappear when Iles needs to tie up loose ends. You get the picture. I'm not sure why I enjoyed the book. Maybe it was because it was slightly over the edge. But I look forward to listening to another in the Cage series, hoping for improved story telling. I listened to the abridged version of The Quiet Game where Iles introduced Penn Cage and the potential is there. Dick Hill's narration wasn't as good as usual in this offering, with his voice trailing off at times making it difficult to hear. An average book which I believe will evoke neither hate nor excessive praise.

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Two Stars? Yep, That's Generous

I had to skip hunks of this story, and crank my iPod to 2X for a lot of the second half.

Iles, who I usually REEEEELY enjoy is a powerful writer, which is why I plowed through to the end of "turning Angel". Unfortunately he's determined here to justify intimacies between middle aged men and high school girls… justify by showing not telling.

Pity, especially since Dick Hill's such a masterful actor that he adds power to Ilies detailed scenes of one couple's graphic experimenting while the other two are voyeuristically immersed in moist details of the other's May/December couplings. It reminds me if the ingenue who explained that her on-screen sexcapades were, of course, fully justified by the plot.

I'm crushed. Until "Turning Angel" Greg Iles was one of my favorite authors. I'm going to VERY carefully read reviews before purchasing another of his novels.

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I am mad at Penn

This is the first Iles book that I did not like and almost sent it back half way thru. Penn is a decent man and a great father and son. For him to even entertain the idea of getting together with an 18 year old is awful. Half of the book is dedicated to his relationship with Mia (his babysitter) and some of their conversations were most inappropriate.
Sorry but I would not give a thumbs up on this one.

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trash

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

What started out as a good story quickly turned to an unbelievable story. And the underage sex part made me want to puke.

Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Iles again?

No

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

Penn

What character would you cut from Turning Angel?

Marco

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Another great Cage Novel

Great read...The only reason for 4 stars was because there was one scene that crossed a line for me, and I found it a little too self indulgent on the author's part. That aside, wonderful book. I will definitely continue to read the Cage series.

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Bite Your Tongue

What a tale! I found the use of vulgar language way over done for my taste. The descriptions of teen sex was just to vivid and lurid. The two 17-18 y/o girls spoke of their sexual actions with a matter of fact "Oh, so what" attitude and then two chapters later try to come off as Miss Bo Peep, Penn's friend, Drew, didnt just slip off the path of morality but rather ran head long into the Garden of Fleshly Delights and Penn himself begins to consider a side trip there as well. And somewhere in all this cavorting is of course a murder. The story did not have a consistent rhythm leading to a great conclusion instead it was filled with starts and stops. I like Dick Hill's narrations very much but this time he just could not pull off the Southern accents needed.

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