• The People's Lawyer

  • Lettie Portman, Book 1
  • By: John Ellsworth
  • Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (716 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the legal system fails to convict an abuser, what do you do?

Meet Assistant District Attorney Lettie Portman, a sex-crimes prosecutor whose past demands justice. When a 14-year-old girl is savagely attacked by her mother's live-in boyfriend, Lettie is called to the hospital. There, she meets a sweet young girl whose only goal is to go to school and come home to a safe environment. But mom's boyfriend makes the girl's world anything but safe. Soon, the abuse gets worse, and Lettie, the prosecutor, goes to the grand jury with the case. Two juries later, the abuser is still loose on the streets. 

Lettie is no stranger to abuse. She takes matters into her own hands. 

Will Lettie's own past interfere with her prosecution of what should be San Diego's Most Wanted? Will she be able to make peace with her own abuse and move on to become the hard-hitting prosecutor the young girl deserves right now? Is hope on the horizon?

©2020 John Ellsworth (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Excellent start to a new Thrilling Legal series...

John Ellsworth , author of the Michael Gresham and Thaddeus Murfee legal series has started another new legal series. The protagonist in this series is Lettie Portman. She’s a newly practicing assistant district attorney. A victim of childhood abuse herself she finds herself dealing with issues too close to home. ................
People with an aversion to stories about child abuse, prostitution and trafficking may want to choose a different book. These topics are the heart of this book. The story is well told a unfortunately plausible. The characters are fleshed out and believable. ................ Therese Plummer does an exceptional job narrating. ................This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION. ..................If you found this review helpful please indicate so. .................. Thank You.

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  • 04-20-21

Good.. but

This was a good book. Kept me interested from the beginning until she continued to prosecute and have coffee after her son went missing? I thought maybe I missed something and it was a flashback? But no. Just didn’t seem plausible.

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Horrifying, Horrible, Dull, Waste of Time.

Narrator was like listening to fingernails on a blackboard. Characters were so unlikable. This was a free Audible Plus selection. I believe anyone that can suffer through listening to this book should be given a free credit to buy any selection. Shame on the author John Ellsworth for writing such contemptable trash & trying to make money. Child abuse, domestic abuse & child trafficking's against the law. Lettie Portman was an example of a totally incompetent, whiney, prosecutor who was ill equipped to take care of her own issues or protect any one else. This is cheap trash that should have never been printed on paper. I am so disappointed in Audible.

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Skip it

Story started off interesting but then went in too many tangent stories. Got ridiculous by the end when the defense attorney’s kid gets kidnapped and she still goes to court the next day! Stupid story lines …. I’d skip this Audible , even tho it’s free

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horrible; jumped the shark 100 times

I realize it's fiction but jumping the shark every 5 minutes is too much. Unrealistic drama just for drama's sake, and totally ridiculous courtroom scenes.

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Plot too far-fetched

I found the plot of this story too over the top to be plausible. Too contrived!

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This is a book that starts really good…

But loses a lot as it goes on. It makes me think that a good editor could have help the autor to create a better story. It is almost like a school assignment where the autor was pressed by time and rushed the last chapters. It definitely merits a rewrite.

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This was a truly horrible book

The real low point came when a human trafficker couldn't handle a screaming 5 year old and returned him to get his money back.

In some parts, it felt like the author simply got tired of writing, looked at the story outline, and decided to summarize 100 pages of writing into several paragraphs.

Do yourself a favor; don't waste your time with this. While the narrator did a great job, the effort was wasted on the excerable material. As the book wore on, I wondered how she managed to keep performing it.

This is a truly horrible book.

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Good book

Story is great. Names are confusing. The chosen names and portrayal were difficult to follow. I ended up rereading portions because of this confusing.
I enjoyed the overall story though.

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Sick SH$&!!!

All I can say is I shouldn’t have. I’m ashamed of myself for listening to 1/2 of this.

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  • Colin
  • 09-01-22

AMAZING AMAZING

This is an amazing read/listen fantastic storytelling and storyline highly recommended I hope soon as this one and I am sure I will find out when I find it

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  • Cluckypete
  • 07-30-22

Written by Computer?

I had to complete this retched story to see it it had any positive attributes Sadly none
Breathless narration absurd anomalies probably the worst Audible ever
At least it was FREE 🥵

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  • Shay
  • 07-28-22

Great story but a tough listen in parts

Narrator did a brilliant job of portraying this story.
Tough subjects dealt with and not glamourised.

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  • VJ
  • 07-20-22

A Great Find!

A thoroughly enjoyable legal storyline incorporating some sensitive issues.
Brilliantly narrated.
I will now get the second book in the series 😊

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  • Terry Wootton
  • 07-14-22

Poor

Didn’t think much to it, just not my thing. At least it was on the included list, if I had used a credit for it it would have been sent back. Certainly won’t be listening to any more of the authors books.

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  • AgeingFPS
  • 06-16-22

Loved It!

The story rolled along at a good pace and the narration was spot on. Will be looking out for another.

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  • Martin Ackery
  • 03-22-22

Looking forward to more Lettie

A very well read book, a tough story topic that starts hard and keeps hitting. Would recommend