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Criminal Intent

Narrated by: Bill Godfrey
Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)
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Summary

You can pick your friends, they say, but you can't pick your family. And lately, Mike Daley's family has been keeping him very busy. An ex-priest, ex-public defender, and ex-corporate lawyer, Daley and his former wife, Rosie Fernandez, now run their own San Francisco criminal defense firm. Most of their cases are fairly small-time, which is why it would be surprising that the person accused of murdering movie director Richard (Big Dick) MacArthur is calling them - except that the accused is Rosie's own niece, Angelina. That case is bad enough, but the family problems don't end there: Rosie's brother, Tony, may be on the wrong end of a strong-arm graft proposal; the son of one of the firm's lawyers has just been busted on a drug charge; Mike is having a clandestine affair with a woman judge... and Rosie herself has a dark secret that may make all of it seem irrelevant.

An intricate plot, immensely likeable characters, powerful suspense, and more than a touch of humor-these have already become Siegel's hallmarks. Criminal Intent will keep you turning pages until its final, surprising end.

©2002 Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc. (P)2012 Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc.

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Poor narration

Clicks and clunks. Also inconsistant volume. I think recording was done in his front room very amateur.

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nice story but.....

Mr. Godfrey's voice drove me insane-I think I could have done a better job with the variations.

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Criminal Intent

Not as good as his other novels, l think l will give him a rest now.

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Absolutely awful

Sorry but it rambles on like an extended soap opera about the characters family and a daft attempt to independently pre investigate a murder instead of addressing the evidence produced. Maybe it goes somewhere but I don't know since I had to give up because it was like a depressing monologue by someone you'd avoid in the pub.
I don't know how it got published

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Tedious

I feel really let down by this author. It's a poor story made so much worse by the plot wandering off into Woman's Hour territory with repeated personal relationship discussions. He can't even give us a decent dialogue for these exchanges. And why is it necessary to feature his ex wife's cancer problems? I thought I was buying a fast moving legal thriller but these distractions just stop the momentum dead. The book irritated me no end and finally lost my interest. A word too on the narration, eloquent enough maybe but so undramatic and delivered in such a flat tone that it does nothing to lift the dreariness. If I was Mr Siegel I'd get a new editor!

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Just Terrible.

This was one of the most difficult books to listen to for many reasons. It sounds like it was recorded in someone's bathroom, with constant background noises!! The story was very difficult to follow, constantly changing from one storyline to the next and I didn't enjoy the performance. Kept going hoping it would get better and it Didn't!! wish I'd given up when I first wanted to!!

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  • Ted
  • 25-04-18

Want Entertainment? Buy This

Criminal Intent IS NOT The Great American Novel. It is a legal/murder mystery. Mike Daley & Rosie Fernandez have had fine chemistry since Special Circumstances -the first novel in Sheldon Siegel's series. In fact, you'd do well starting with that book and enjoying their growth through Criminal Intent.

Here they wrestle with movie moguls, real estate developers, community organizers, and shabby politicians in San Fransisco. Apparently neither Bill Godfrey nor any of the production staff have ever visited that city or they'd pronounce place names accurately. The mispronouncing is repetitive and ripped my attention away from the narrative. Still, even with this irritant, it's the sort of book that makes cleaning the dishes, or mowing the lawn totally bearable.

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  • Wayne
  • 09-04-16

Lots of intrigue and suspense!

Criminal Intent is Book 3 in the seven book Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez legal thriller series. The first 5 books are available in audiobook format and all seven are available in Kindle ebook format. Audible does not list this series as a series. The novels were released between 2000 and 2010 inclusive. The novels in order written are Special Circumstances, Incriminating Evidence, Criminal Intent, Final Verdict, The Confession, Judgement Day, and Perfect Alibi. Daley and Fernandez are law partners who were once married but now divorced. Daley is also an ex-priest. The pair have a 10 year old daughter.

Criminal Intent is an excellent legal thriller, but in my view it is the weakest novel in the superb seven book series. The intrigue is over the top.

I recommend the entire Daley/Fernandez series.

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  • J. Ritchie
  • 27-08-17

Poor quality recording of a decent story

The story was decent as was the performance, but there were many distracting sounds in the background throughout the recording. Frequently sounded like doors closing or objects dropping-- at times enough so that it pulled me out of the story and reminded me I was sitting in traffic.

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  • Helen M Gurr
  • 08-03-19

Different narrator please

I’m not sure I can finish this. I’ve put it on 1.25 speed - that helps a bit. The narrator is slow, whiny, and his attempt at different voices is ludicrous. I’m usually fairly forgiving but this might be too much.

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  • Joseph Windley
  • 06-02-19

Joseph W

outstanding book, great storyline and punchline love the ending! highly recommended! Get this book now.

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  • Dany Scott
  • 05-02-19

Very good!

At first I wasn't too happy with the narrator, having gotten used to the one who read the first two books in this series. However, as the story went along, Mr. Godfrey seemed to become the main character more and more. In the end, I really enjoyed his performance. I also wasn't sure if I liked the storyline about movie scripts, bad actors, Hollywood types, etc., but it turned out to be an interesting story with a surprise ending. On top of that, the ending was a real rear jerker and very heartwarming. Great main characters in these books. Am on to the next one.
Audible addict in
Santa Fe, NM

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  • A.Fro
  • 22-01-19

Hmmmmm

After the first two books in this series I was really looking forward to reading this one. But it never really hooked me. I found the story boring and with really unsympathetic characters except for Rosie and Mike.
Narration.... I did not like that they changed narrator on this book. Maybe because I just heard the first two book with Campbell.
Overall...... Nnnaaahhh didn’t like it.

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  • Lawgirlamy
  • 17-01-19

Narrator so awful, I had to return it.

I love the series and this book promised to be another good story, but I could not listen to this narrator a minute longer. I will need to finish the story by reading a hard copy. On to book 4, with a different narrator. I’m hoping they learned from this experience.

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  • Laurel Peake
  • 21-12-18

Pretty good story line. Performance not so great.

Not up to his previous novels but it was ok. I didn't much care for the narrator.

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  • Donald Lowe
  • 13-10-18

Disappointing

Criminal Intent had a good story but lousy narrator. To begin, his voice did not project well. I was constantly raising and lowering the volume to hear him . Next he didn’t have enough voice options for all of the characters. What irritated me the most was the narrator’s pronounceation of places in SF and the Bay Area. He is speaking as a native San Franciscan. Therefore he needs to know that the “c” in Embarcadero is a hard “c”, not a soft or “s” sound. Or that even though the signage says “Baker Beach” the locals call it “Bakers Beach.” And probably most offensive to any San Franciscan is the way the narrator pronounced “Marin” as in Marin County or Marin Headlands. It is MA-rin not MAR-in. Both the narrator and the director should know these details.

I like the Daley/ Fernandez series but won’t listen to any more with this narrator. He made enjoying the story very difficult