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Long Time Gone

Narrated by: Tim Jerome
Series: J. P. Beaumont, Book 17
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

New York Times best-selling master J. A. Jance brings back J. P. Beaumont, one of the most enduring and endearing characters in contemporary fiction, in a riveting story about a shocking, long-buried case of murder.

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.

Critic reviews

"Taut, colorful....The clever and complex plot line involving the nun shows Jance at her best." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Felicia
  • 15-12-08

Bad narrator

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.

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  • Peter
  • 13-09-05

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.

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  • C
  • 17-09-05

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!

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  • Dave P
  • 06-10-19

Enter the Seattle Irish

The book is a very good Beaumont novel as usual. The change in narrator was initially welcome (I only got used to Gene Engene after many books, and his quirky, nasal breathing and audible page turning was always a crapshoot) but when it became evident that 80% of Seattle has Irish accents it got to be a bit too much. The awful Norwegian accent the guy did for Lars made me pine for Engene, who did that part brilliantly. The horrible mispronunciations of local names is a constant irritant, and really, audiobook producers should have a list of place name pronunciations.

Fortunately, this appears to be a one-off...

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  • JACKIE
  • 25-04-19

Not a fan of the narrating

Being from the Pacific Northwest it is annoying when they get someone who does now pronounce names correctly. Especially when it is a city you live in. So that was a real irritant, but GREAT story!!!

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  • Elizabeth W. Lister
  • 20-02-19

Sister Mary sees

I really, really missed Gene Eugene reading. He really added to the book. Felt like was a real cop telling his story.

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  • Ann Marie McKelvey
  • 10-04-18

corny

narrator was great. Story a bit corny. Jance is always entertaining. Missing some depth as in earlier stories.

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  • Jan
  • 08-03-16

Jan's review

Would you consider the audio edition of Long Time Gone to be better than the print version?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Have you listened to any of Tim Jerome’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No this is my first that I can recall.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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.

Any additional comments?

I am hoping for a sequel because I like JP Beaumont. Not a fan of the other series.

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  • MJ
  • 26-02-16

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.

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  • Sherry
  • 01-07-15

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Reader did not sound like Beaumont. Scandinavian accent did not fit. And that is all I've got to say.