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Missing Justice

By: Alafair Burke
Narrated by: Betty Bobbitt
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Publisher's Summary

From the daughter of James Lee Burke and former Portland prosecutor comes the second enthralling Samantha Kincaid mystery.

Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid is back at work after an attempt on her life and a promotion into the Major Crimes Unit. When the husband of a Portland city judge reports his wife missing, Samantha is assigned the case. She assumes her only job is to make the district attorney look good until the judge turns up. When the police discover evidence of foul play, Samantha finds herself unearthing secrets that were meant to stay hidden. Missing Justice confirms Alafair Burke's place among the genre's most talented and exciting newcomers.

©2004 Alafair Burke (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"The author's background as a former deputy district attorney in Portland lends gritty ambience to this modern parable of greed and ambition." (Booklist)
"Witty and concise dialogue." (Publishers Weekly)

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I can't take it anymore.....

I love Alafair Burke's novels....the suspense, twists, and details keep me awake and entertained each day on my 50 mile each way commute to work and back.

But Samantha Kinkaid is supposed to be a NATIVE OREGONIAN. I usually love an Australian accent, and maybe I could have forgiven it if Betty Bobbit had bothered to look up how to correctly pronounce specific Oregonian terms and locations. It's very distracting!! The one that bugs me most is 'Willamette'. We moved to Oregon in 2000 from Southern CA and we, like Bobbit, pronounced it WillaMETTE. But as soon as we realized the correct pronunciation is Will-A-mette, we changed our ways. In fact I made a little poem to remind myself--- It's Will-A-mette, dammit! There are many, many references to the Willamette River in the Samantha Kinkaid books, and every time Betty says it, I cringe. There are other words too... like once she said 'fill-ett' and I didn't even understand at first until I figured out that she was saying fillet (like a fillet of salmon). I'm not sure if she also says Ore-GONE. But that's a notorious sign of a non-native.

The other part of the narration that bugged me was when she does Samantha's dad. She always has him laughing in a way that sounds like he's choking on food.

This is the first time I've written an Audible review, and I'm not trying to be mean or overly critical. Hopefully this review will be taken, if ever read by Betty Bobbit, as constructive criticism. Before recording, look up the pronunciations of local words.... especially if the main character is a native. None of this would have been relevant if Samantha had relocated from Perth, but she didn't.

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Book never grabed my attention.

What would have made Missing Justice better?

It was very slow starting. I listened to the first two chapters and I found my mind wondering. reader is a slow talker in my opinion. I have listened to books read by her in the past. I just speed them up a bit but didn;t help this time.

What could Alafair Burke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More interesting subjects at the beginning, to help grab the listeners attention.

How could the performance have been better?

Read a little faster?

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Missing Justice?

The book would probably turn into a good listen, but I was just not interested.

Any additional comments?

I would like a credit back for this book. There are other books that I would rather listen to that don't require waiting for some thing to happen. I listen to be entertained and to enjoy. I was just not enjoying this product. I ended up putting on a book I had already listened to in order to complete my drive home.

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good but...

this is the 2nd book i have listened to in this series. i really like the story, and i really like the narrator, but i don't like the narrator and the story together. it would be much better told by a different narrator, and this narrator would be much better with a different book.

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production is very poor.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Production is bad

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Too detailed, Character development is somewhat interesting

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Betty Bobbitt?

Don't know. But not Betty Bobbitt. She keeps smacking her lips to begin or end a sentence.

Could you see Missing Justice being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. Main character not that interesting

Any additional comments?

The actual production is purely produced.

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Poor choice in reader

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I struggled thru the book. My 1st audible and did not like the voice performance. I did not find the voice overs convincing that this was Portland.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

A time capsule of Portland in the early 2000's.

What didn’t you like about Betty Bobbitt’s performance?

I live in Portland. The reader had an East Coast Accent, could not pronounce the names of neighborhoods, sounded strongly "affected" -- sometimes East Coat accent, sometimes a little British Accent. Not at all Portland, Oregon sounding.

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Dull

This one wasn't for me. The author failed to create a credible environment in which to stage her characters. To my mind these too lacked sufficient form or depth to be convincing or draw an empathetic response from this reader. The plot was complex but the denouement disappointing with a long explanation of the ins and outs from one of the characters. The woman narrator also didn't quite cut the mustard. Her downunder accent did not help to centre the characters in North America and her voice was a little harsh. For some reason women narrators seem to face more pitfalls than men especially, maybe, in this genre.

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Bizarrely inconsistent narration

The story was fine. An engaging plot in the realistically unrealistic style of the genre. The narration was usually at least acceptable but with bizarre lapses. Suddenly, the reader would place the emphasis on the wrong word, as if she actually didn't understand what she was reading. And lots of misprononunciations. Or, most peculiarly, inconsistent pronunciations. Like half the time "prelim" had the emphasis on the first syllable and half the time on the second. Or "ferry" and "furry." When she wasn't messing up, she was solid. But an unusual number of mess-ups. ("Lien" is pronounced "lean", by the way.)

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I've become a fan

recently started readinf Alafair Burke....now im bingeing this series. the laundry will have to wait!

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Samantha Kincaid: a promising ADA in Portland n

After following the adventures of Detective Elle Hatcher, I am intrigued and enchanted by Sam Kincaid who works for tand is promoted to Major Crimes

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Missing Justice

I’ve really enjoyed reading her books so far. I enjoy the insight to our complex laws.

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  • Linzi King
  • 07-26-19

Australian/ Ameriacan Accents Spoiled It.

The narrator was good but hated her Aussie,/American accents. I found it very distractting. The story was slow and it was soooo obvious that that the poor guy was initially charged, was innocent. Not her best work. Don't get get an Aussie or English narrator to narrate an American author .

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  • 09-28-08

A FINE LISTEN

This is a good listen,and the narrators new world accent sort of threw me,I would have prefered a good old southern USA accent.
Also it was a bit of a documentry on the DAs office and going ons!
The story was good,but not anything like Miss Lee Burkes father,which I highly recommend.
Overall it was a fair listen with a good plot.