After more than 20 years of distinguished service with the Seattle Police Department, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont is now working for the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team or, as it's more commonly referred, the SHIT squad. But the more things change, the more they stay the same.
An eyewitness to a fifty-year-old murder has just come forward, and Beau has been hand-picked to lead the investigation. While undergoing hypnotherapy, a middle-aged nun unexpectedly recalls the grisly details of a cold-blooded killing she witnessed when she was five-years-old. Though fear has kept these memories repressed for half a century, they've now risen to the surface to cast a harsh light on a deadly plot that spans two generations. And Beau's caught in the glare, facing a ruthless band of coconspirators willing to go to any lengths to keep their secrets hidden.
Filled with all of the Jance trademarks, heart-stopping suspense, deeply drawn characters, local flavor, intelligence, and humanity, Long Time Gone is a crowning achievement in this best-selling author's career.
©2005 J.A. Jance; (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks America and ©2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Taut, colorful....The clever and complex plot line involving the nun shows Jance at her best." (Publishers Weekly)
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"Wince if you're from Seattle"
A very good listen; deftly carries on two investigations simultaneously. However, it is plain the narrator is not from Seattle.
I am a resident of the Seattle area and it is fun knowing the cities, streets and landmarks. It is disconcerting to have so many of them mispronounced and detracts from an otherwise good story. Narrators should review the locations and be more familiar with names and places.
The series had been narrated forever by Gene Engene and he fit the character of JP Beaumont, not to mention, he knows the area where the books take place, so there were no bad phonetic pronunciations of places in and around Seattle. This narrator was making everyone sound either whiny or have an Irish accent. Just doesn't have the same timbre as Gene.
"A 5 star book with the wrong narrator"
If you like J A Jance's J P Beaumont series, try it with the right narrator, Gene Engene!
This one just did not capture the "flavor" of Beau or of Seattle!
Yes as I felt I was in the room with the characters. I really like the descriptions of the various places where the story took place.
I am a huge fan of Beaumont. I read the book prior to this one when his wife died. I am hoping for a sequel.
No this is my first that I can recall.
Probably Witness to murder as a child peeking through the basement window saw her friend killed and repressed it for 50 years. Becoming a nun which helped her forget.
I am hoping for a sequel because I like JP Beaumont. Not a fan of the other series.
"Good story - narration....not so much"
The narrator couldn't seem to change character voices with rate tone or inflection, so he gave people weird accents. Now, Ron and Amy have Scottish accents, which I guess was better than the Hispanic one he tried for another non-Latino character.
Reader did not sound like Beaumont. Scandinavian accent did not fit. And that is all I've got to say.
"Great story, weak narration"
I really enjoy the Beaumont series from JA Jance. It's always disappointing to hear a change in narrators as I think most of us get used to, or even like, the particular narrator doing a series. But the story itself on this one was really good and a good departure from some of the previous work.
The voice characterization of two of the support characters, Amy and Ron Peters, had inconsistent voice and accents. Most of the time a Scottish/slightly brogue accent would creep in during the speaking. The inconsistency was annoying as was the brogue since neither character was introduced as having that background.
"need a local narrator"
The story and knowing so many of the landmarks and towns is quite fun!
Like the unlikely witnesses and villains. Unbelievable story lines come together with amazing ways
Pronouncement of the the towns, areas, lakes and geographical features! The narrator is not bad, quite good but please, please, please pronounce Puyallup correctly? Among so many others. Really do not want the narrator to have a bad review just...
PLEASE BRING THE ORIGINAL NARRATOR BACK. Please and thank you!
"Good book, questionable narration"
I really do enjoy this series. Unfortunately this narrator for this book has trouble pronouncing the Seattle locales in this book. If you're from out of the area it probably won't be a problem, but the mispronunciation of Medina, Camano, etc is distracting!
I love J A Jance books. I hate that the publishers cant stick with the same narrator to play the character. Tim did an excellent job. Why don't you guys listen to us? We buy the books!
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