Jenna James’ life has been smooth-sailing since she left the high-powered law firm of Marbury Marfan. She’s happily ensconced as a professor at a prestigious law school, where she’s well liked by her students, coupled up with a handsome colleague, and on track for tenure. But things take a shocking turn one morning when a student, Primo, comes to Jenna’s office seeking her advice about a treasure map he recently inherited. When Primo turns up dead and Jenna is suddenly the prime suspect in a murder investigation, everyone turns on her. Desperate for help, she calls on two old friends: Robert Tarza, her old law partner from Marbury Marfan, and Oscar Quesana, an odd-duck solo practitioner. The three race to save Jenna’s career - and perhaps her life - in this whip-smart thriller of treasure maps, murder, and law school politics.
©2014 Charles Rosenberg (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"Disaster on Campus"
And it wasn't the murder either. The first book in this series, Death On A High Floor, was clever, witty, had excellent courtroom intrigue, great characters and was brilliantly narrator. This one has not wit, no intrigue, is populated by miserable characters, (foremost the main character), and the narration is monotonous.
Jen is no longer the brilliant and funny protege, but a stodgy, hyper- sensitive law professor with no friends and no life. Robert is still a snob, but with no sense of humor. Oscar is the only saving grace.
Don't bother with this one.
"Slow and Unorganized Story"
No I think one is enough
It was so slow moving and very unrealistic and disorganized
No I did not finish it - gave up half way through it.
"I really tried to get through this!"
I bought this book in spite of the bad reviews because I enjoyed Death on the Eighty- fifth Floor so much. I really don't know if the book is any good because the narrator is so bad you can't stand to listen to her. I thought that it would get better when the Italian died and I didn't have to listen to her bad Italian accent but her other characterizations were almost as awful. Take the advice of the reviewers and skip this one!
"Narration Kills It"
Once this review is written, I'm going to demand my credit back for this turkey. Two hours in and I'm bored senseless. The narration is stiff, clipped and completely opposite to the voice of Jenna in "Death on a High Floor", the first and far-superior novel by Charles Rosenberg. In the first book, Jenna was smart but brash, funny and sometimes a smart-ass. Now she's supposedly a tight-assed professor with absolutely no sense of fun which is underscored by the precise, wooden articulation of the narrator.
To be fair to Mr. Rosenberg, I'm quitting only two hours into his story so it's possible, I suppose, that it picks up speed and actually goes somewhere at some point. However, I'm having absolutely no fun at all listening to it and I've better things to do.
"Terrible narration--ruins it"
I can't imagine how TWO narrators, male and female, can both be so misguidedly awful! For some reason, they eggageratedly enunciate as though English was their second--or third--language. And I don't mean when they are characterizing a foreigner--everyone sounds stilted with way too many consonants pronounced in a heavy handed manner. I liked the author from the other novel, but this is a disaster. I would never listen to these narrators again, particularly the male.
"Jenna, What Happened To Ya?"
Listen to Charles Rosenberg's delightful "Death On A High Floor" before this one. That's VERY important. Set five years after that adventure, Jenna James, has lost a lot of her perk. To some degree it's the fault of casting Kate Rudd, only because I was used to Christopher Lee's brilliant creation of Jenna's character in book 1 of this series. Oddly, Lane did that Jenna better than the excellent actress… Rudd.. does in this book.
BTW, for some inexplicable reason I wrote Lane's name as Lee in my review of "High Floor" and wish that we could edit our reviews. I feel awful… grumble….
But maybe this book lets me down just a bit because Jenna James lost her perkiness. Her impetuosity, her sexual, um, spontaneity.Rosenberg's earlier work jumped the shark, but Lane's wonderful read made it work. Here, he only carries half of the water, so maybe that makes it more difficult to accept the improbabilities of this interpretation of academic politics. Dumno.. but while I enjoyed Long Knives… It wasn't "Death On A High Floor".
Still, if a third in this series arrives, I'll listen… especially if Christopher Lane's reading. AUDIBLE: GIVE CHRISTOPHER LANE MORE WORK… K?
"Please, please re-record."
I am not sure, because I haven't made it through the first 2 hours. I loved Death on a High Floor so I have/had high hopes for this one.
The story, yes. So far so good. The audio, no - only if someone else reads it.
I liked Christopher Lane's performance in the first book. That is to say, I could concentrate on the story and he did really good accecnts. His performace here is about the same. Kate Rudd's narration is so bad it will be the reason I can't listen to the rest of it. I will probably just have to read the hardback version to see what happens. Every time she says the to word TO, I just cringe. Very distracting. She sometimes gets into a flow and then - bam - It is like listening to my 2nd grader read out loud.
Don't know. Can't get through it.
Please, please, please let someone else read this book or let Christopher Lane to all of it.
"Slow start, good ending."
This is a sequel, and that makes a huge difference. Without previously reading the first book, I might not have stayed with it.
OK, OK, We get it. She likes coffee. The first fifty times it was mentioned it was cute but it did get a little old after a while. With that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and kept going back and forth as to who did it. That is what makes a good whodunit.
"Best of summer reading ...."
Jenna James is a charming and brilliant law professor with believable quirks that make this legal thriller captivating.
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