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Man Overboard Audiobook

Man Overboard: An Ali Reynolds Novel

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Publisher's Summary

In the latest Ali Reynolds mystery from New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance, Ali takes to the high seas with her husband.

Roger McGeary, a brilliant software engineer, has gifted himself with an upscale cruise in honor of his 40th birthday. When he falls to his death from the balcony of his stateroom suite, the incident is quickly declared a suicide. Only his maiden aunt, a tough-as-nails woman who runs a racehorse refuge, refuses to take "case closed" for an answer and turns to Ali Reynolds at High Noon Enterprises to look into the situation.

©2017 J. A. Jance (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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  • Jean
    Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    20/04/17
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    "Imaginative"

    High Noon employee Stuart Raney is contacted by the aunt of Roger McGeary, a former high school friend and fellow misfit computer geek. She asks him for help to find Roger’s murderer. Apparently, Roger fell or was pushed off a luxury cruise ship. The authorities call it a death by misadventure but his aunt insists he was murdered. B Simpson and Ali Reynolds agree to help the aunt. Owen Hansen, a recluse obsessed with suicide, has hacked a psychotherapist patient data base and is tormenting patients/victims. Ali has to figure how all these ties together and solve the murder.

    The book is well written. The book features Stuart and B and their computer expertise more than prior books. The plot contains information about artificial intelligence which was interesting. The suspense builds throughout the story and the pace is steady. Enjoyed the trip around the Monterey Bay area that Jance provided. There were two educational topics in the book one on suicide the other about artificial intelligence.

    I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible; the book is almost 11 hours long. Karen Ziemba does a good job narrating the book. Ziemba has narrated the entire series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • NANCY
    30/03/17
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    "Is this real about computers??"
    Would you listen to Man Overboard again? Why?

    yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    moved well with many characters


    What does Karen Ziemba bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the action


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me wonder if this was true about artificial intelligence or are we back to the 2001 movie, but there are others with the same idea.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Chilton-Kendrick
    Ouray, CO United States
    18/04/17
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    "Predictable but still Good"

    The story is predictable because there is no need for guesswork. The narrator is tiresome with her strange mix of reading and characterization. Overall this audiobook was only OK.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn
    Littlerock, CA, United States
    29/03/17
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    "Still liking this series"

    J.A. Jance has written a nice addition to the Ali Reynolds series, and I'm still liking it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Juggler Naut
    07/07/17
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    "The AI is the most interesting character"
    Would you try another book from J. A. Jance and/or Karen Ziemba?

    No


    What was most disappointing about J. A. Jance’s story?

    Dull characters—I don't care about any of them except the AI.<br/><br/>Plodding plotting—excessive repetition of "what we know so far." I HEARD YOU THE FIRST TWO TIMES.


    How could the performance have been better?

    DO NOT add an "accent"—and I use the term loosely—to a character specifically described as speaking unaccented English.<br/><br/>DO NOT turn every dependent clause into a question.


    What character would you cut from Man Overboard?

    The human ones


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    16/06/17
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    "Loved Overboard"

    This book held my attention from beginning till the end. If you are a J A. Janice fan, you will love this book that gives you personal information about key people .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • erroll
    Maryland
    03/06/17
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    "Another Hit"

    Really good story. Different from her usual. Sad to see one of my favorite characters go; but the new character should make for interesting reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ida
    Bloomington, IL, United States
    31/05/17
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    "Same oh, same ooo my"

    Started out strong and interesting. The suicide premise is difficult especially if you know of someone who committed suicide or attempted it. I love Frig, the artificial intelligence! She had a conscious and an admirable trait. I wish that there was a way to keep her as part of the series to help with tough situations. However, as the saying goes "too smart for your own good" fits Frig. Trust would be an issue. Owen's motive was unclear. Without the appearance of Bob, Edie, the nun and friendly cops, I lost interest and found myself drifting off. When I returned, I didn't miss much. Murder for the sake of killing isn't interesting. Not to be crast, but no one that I cared about died. The psychiatrist was taking the place of the nun. She had a major role, but was not a major character. The lost of Leland to England is a nice way of transitioning him out of the story line. It would be devastating to have him die in one of stories. I am sure we will hear about his passing. He probably will leave a huge amount of money to Ali for the scholarship program. Same formula is that again B is on the other side of the world. (Ali offers the services of High Noon for free. Nice to be rich and investigate crime as a hobby using your spouse's money.). B and Ali talk on the phone. (She must oversee the domestic side of the business.) Whenever Ali is on the telephone she gets another call and has to hang up. She is usually in her SUV. I listened to this story because I like the Ali series. This story might appeal to those who are interested in advanced technology and robotics. Not one of the best in Ali's series. Not sure why it was written unless it was meant to provide a story for Stuart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pattio
    Salinas, CA
    27/05/17
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    "Pretty good"

    I am more than willing to suspend belief when reading detective/suspense/mystery novels. Their purpose is escape and if a book succeeds on that score i'm a satisfied customer. "Man Overboard" started out with promise but then it went overboard - pardon the pun. It has a poignant premise - the scars left on the children of suicides.
    I have worked as a psychiatric RN in California for many years so I can say with confidence that neither the behavior of the mentally ill characters nor the treatment depicted are remotely believable. For one thing, no one can lock up an adult in a psychiatric facility for 10 years - 10 weeks of involuntary hospitalization is almost a stretch. Also, a person's mental health doesn't deteriorate this rapidly and it is pretty hard to kill yourself by cutting your wrists. JA Jance always has lots of money available for her characters to throw at problems but I hate to have people expecting anything near the quality or personal involvement should they need to avail themselves of psychiatric treatment. If only it could be like this.
    Anyway, so I'm a wet blanket. I guess we don't read Jance for the realism.
    The story was pretty suspenseful and it was touching to see Stuart make positive strides in his interpersonal behavior so in the long run I wouldn't tell others to skip "Man Overboard" as long as their expectations aren't too high.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy
    DALLAS, TX, United States
    21/05/17
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    "cruel Oden/Owen"

    sometimes the one character was called owen or oden. I did not like his character and what he was about. i usually enjoy JA Jances books, not this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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