• Beach Lawyer

  • Beach Lawyer, Book 1
  • By: Avery Duff
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,014 ratings)

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Beach Lawyer

By: Avery Duff
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
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Publisher's Summary

After five grueling years, Robert Worth is just days away from making partner at a powerful Santa Monica law firm. When a client confides in him that senior partner Jack Pierce sexually assaulted her, Robert breaks two of his mentor's cardinal rules: Never let yourself get emotional about clients. And never make an enemy of Jack Pierce.

Robert crosses Pierce and is fired on the spot, losing not only his job but also his reputation. Advised to go quietly, Robert vows revenge against the ruthless man who betrayed him. But his investigation uncovers a twisted shadow world of sex, infidelity, and deception, where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. Only one thing is clear: Pierce will go the limit to keep his secrets.

This straight shooter will need to use every angle if he hopes to win. But could victory come at too high a price?

©2017 Avery Duff; 2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Great Story! Great Narration!

So this book was just a random find for me and I am glad I found it. It was interesting and exciting all the way through to the end.

There are a lot of twists and turns you don't see coming. I like it when that happens. There is a lot of great dialogue throughout the entire book. It's not full of filler nonsense and the characters are great. There was a romance going on too. Usually legal books bug me because, well I work for lawyers and they just say or do stupid things like the legal shows on TV LOL. But this was a great book. It flowed and was easy to follow along.

As for the narration, James Patrick Cronin did a great job. I really enjoyed his reading voice. He did a good job on the female voices and everyone got their own distinct voice.

I totally recommend this book. I would like to see more of this author on audible.

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This author needs lots of editing help

Frankly, there is more to dislike than like about Beach Lawyer. The story moves too slowly. There are too many key characters some of which are unnecessary. The novel is needlessly complex. The story is disjointed in several places. The author frequently gives twists away before they occur. On the other hand in the hands of an experienced and talented storyteller there is a good story here. A good editor could clean up this novel and make it a great one. Avery Duff plans to release a second book in this series next year. I'm awarding Beach Lawyer one more star than it deserves in hopes the author will get needed editing help with the second novel in the series. The protagonist likable and the series has definite promise.

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Legal practice confusion

So, I'm only an hour into this book but I am confused by some of the legal aspects. Why would a Plaintiff draft a release? I've never seen that before. Granted, I haven't been practicing for that long, but still. Also, it doesn't make sense that a lawyer that just completed folded on a case and settled it for beer money would think he would "look weak" by adding language releasing a specific claim he didn't bring. Uh, you already look weak by settling for nothing, pal. Besides, the usual language in a PI release is something like "all claims, known and unknown that have been or could have been brought..." So the wrongful death claim would be swept up anyway.

And why didn't this character bring the wrongful death claim in the first place? I usually see Plaintiffs allege everything then drop them if there is no evidence to support it. You can't do it the other way because of the statute of limitations and especially if you knew about it at the time you filed.

Also, in eight of practice, I've never even heard of a lawyer treating a client the way one character treats another, by saying her deceased brother was worthless, etc. I guess it could happen, but that, and other odd things about the main character's law practice are distracting before the story even gets interesting. Anyway, my that's my two cents, and that's about all they're worth...

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Smart Con Mystery- Most Excellent!

This is listed as a legal thriller, which is only partially correct. It is also about a very clever con and so much more.

Betrayals, relationships and brilliant legal minds kept me guessing and totally riveted to every word. I highly recommend this book!

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Oh the suspense...?

This review is more for the narration than than the twisty, turny, yet still somewhat bland story...

The narrator's voice and tone had me confused the ENTIRE book. I usually finish an audiobook in a day, sometimes 2 and this one has taken me 2 weeks! I got soooo annoyed because I couldn't tell when something was supposed to be suspenseful or not. Even the ladies voices always seemed to indicate a huge plot twist was coming. My heart rate seriously never went down while listening. This is despite the story actually being a bit a bland and procedural... I might give this author a shot again, but only if I actually intend to READ not listen.

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Great book but terrible narration..



I can see where someone who knew law would love this book but someone who didn’t would just like it. And I really liked it. There was so many twists to this book it wasn’t funny. The players: Robert, Alison, Gia, Leslie, Jack, Philip, Stanley and Chase, were just great because you were always wondering who was good and who was bad, except for Jack, who you knew was bad from the moment you met him, and you did feel sorry for Stanley through the whole book because of the way Jack treated him. It was a good who-done-it OR who-was-going-to do-it.

One thing I didn’t like was another book filled with unnecessary BS. It wrote about going to have breakfast or something and it was; they could go to the Farmers Market, Mercedes Grill, Abbot Kinney, Gjusta, Tacos Por Favor, Gjelina and Joes, Chaya Venice or Komodo on Main. Really? I would care about this WHY? And every time someone went somewhere you were told of every single turn onto the name of every street in Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Los Angeles. That’s just filler. This book didn’t have to be 370 pages, that’s for sure.

I did like Robert and all he went through and how he came out on top. What happened to Jack was no more than he deserved but I can’t say much more without giving stuff away. No one was all they were cracked up to be.

There was no sex in this book but there was talk of it or the beginnings of it then fade-to-black.

The F-bomb was used 96 times.

As to the narration: James Patrick Cronin wasn’t very good in my opinion. When the book didn’t tell you who was talking I was a little lost because everyone sounded pretty much alike, male and female alike. Every once in a while he would read with a little emotion but not very often. I don’t think I would want to listen to him again. Sorry.

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Weak main character

The main character, Robert, makes mistake after mistake, and is so weak that it’s hard to root for him. Don’t recommend.

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Bad Boy Lawyers Galore

Lots of action and twists in the plot with a So Cal backdrop. Never knew how bad a "bad" lawyer could be. A little too much sex which seemed a distraction at times.

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Great book!

Loved it, felt so bad for Robert having to go through all that craziness with Jack & not knowing who to trust. I liked the ending & wish we didn't have to wait so long for the next book in the series. I also enjoyed the narrator. I recommend this book

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Great Book!

I really enjoyed this book. Didn't want to stop listening. I liked how it all came together and loved the ending. Fast read/listen. I would recommend this book.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 06-14-17

You only get what you deserve .

Slick and well written story . Sone very clever scenarios written into the plot and brought out to make an interesting and enjoyable book

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  • Bob
  • 03-30-20

Silly but mildly entertaining

James Cronin does a good performance with clear diction and discernable characters. His voice is well paced and modulated.

The story is a decently paced legal thriller with only a few action scenes. Which is fine because the plot maintains the tension. Also on the plus side is that the characters are not competing for the entire world like so many books.

The cons are that the story is a bit convoluted to the point of silliness. Someone has a hold over someone else but decides to change sides whilst someone else is standing up for principles, or are they? Meanwhile the second party is conniving with a third person to doublecross the first person. Or are they?

However it passes the time.

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  • Stu
  • 12-27-19

Slow start

This is a little slow to start, but once it starts it’s a very good book.

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  • Judith
  • 06-14-19

Legal thriller

This is a juxtaposition between a legal drama and a thriller with a smattering of violence thrown in. Not quite Grisham but enjoyable enough that I will look for another by this author. Narrator a bit over dramatic but ok.

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  • AReader
  • 10-17-18

Didn't realise lawyers had to be superhuman

I enjoyed the first two thirds of this, but in the end the antics of the two lawyers just lost my interest. Both the good guy and the bad guy seemed to be able to work for days on end without ever sleeping, pick themselves up from car crashes, drive hundreds of miles, escape death by inches, and carry on like that without even feeling tired. As well as being extraordinarily cunning, well read, professionally successful, attractive to women ....I've met lots of lawyers, but these are superhuman.