Desert Heat

Version: Unabridged
Author: J.A. Jance
Narrator: Ellen Travolta
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Books in Motion
Published In: March 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 3 minutes
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Overview

Andy Brady was an honest lawman, a good husband, and a good candidate for Sheriff of Cochise County - until a bullet abruptly and permanently terminated his life and his future. Now the police brass are claiming he was a maverick whose involvement in drug-running drove him to suicide. But Andy's strong-willed wife, Joanna knows a cover-up when she hears one, and murder when she sees it. And, to her great peril, she is relentlessly determined to clear his name. But, in the desert, the truth can be more lethal than a rattlesnake's bite. Read by Ellen Travolta. 7 CD's 8.3 Hrs.

Reviews (9)

Desert Heat

Written by Anonymous on September 25th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The story was very good and that is all that kept me listening. The narration was the worst. It sounded like someone chewing on food while talking. The sound was not good either. At times I could hear the pages ruffle. All in all, the book was 4 stars but the narration was very amateur.

Desert Heat

Written by Lila on April 11th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A very good read, and reaffirming to women who want a place in this world. Unfortunately the narrator had a residual Long Island accent which kind of ruined it for me. Maybe this was an old recording. You could hear the narrator lick her lips, swallow, breathe, turn the pages, etc. So I don't know if it was the recording or the technology at the time. But I have not heard other books on tape where these problems were present. The story is a 5, but the recording and the accent made me reduce the stars.

Awful narration

Written by JKL from Allenspark, CO on August 15th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I fully agree with the other reviewers. The narration is AWFUL. Between the noises (almost sounds like lip-smacking, but may be the click of the microphone being switched on and off) and the glaring mispronunciations, it's an effort to pay attention to the story. The story itself is good, although I knew at least one of the "bad guys" right off the bat. I have read this series out of order, so I kind of knew what had happened, which perhaps isn't fair.

Desert Heat

Written by D. Schimbke on September 29th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The recording of this book is terrible ! You can hear pages being shuffled and sounds from the readers mouth. Very distracting at times. The story is fine, as good as all J.A. Jances books. But more care should be taken with the person recording.

desert heat

Written by Anonymous on August 1st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

poorly read, flat inflection, misread words, just awful!

Desert Heat

Written by Stacey Goulet on May 27th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed the story, but the narrator (Ellen Travolta) was the worst I have experienced. I say read the book yourself and save yourself the annoyance of her voice and background noise.

DESERT HEAT

Written by Annie from Taholah, WA on October 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The story was great, but I found my self being wrapped up in the narrators way of speaking and had to go back and listen to the last chapter to get back on track. The reading of this book left a lot to be desired, but I think the story won out in the end. Another great job by JA Jance. Please consider reading the book for a better experience however.

Reader is the problem

Written by Anonymous on June 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I found the story worth listening to, however the reader (Ellen Travolta) left something to be desired. You could hear the pages being turned in the background, and she doesn't give you the feeling of the different characters. I would not recommend listening to this one instead pick up the book I'm sure you will enjoy it more!

Desert Heat

Written by Anonymous from Cottonwood, AZ on April 13th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The first of the Sheriff Joanna Brady series. I read the book and I've listened to the CD's. A little sad when her husband is killed; but watch how she bounces back and clears her husbands name. Excellent, entertaining, suspenseful and enjoyable.

Author Details

Author Details

Jance, J.A.

Considering J. A. Jance's now impressive career -- which includes two massively popular mystery series and status as a New York Times bestseller -- it may be difficult to believe that she was initially strongly discouraged from literary pursuits. A chauvinistic creative writing professor advised her to seek out a more "ladylike" job, such as nurse or schoolteacher. Moreover, her alcoholic husband (a failed Faulkner wannabe) assured her there was room in the family for only one writer, and he was it. Determined to make her doomed marriage work, Jance put her writing on the back burner. But while her husband slept, she penned the visceral poems that would eventually be collected in After the Fire.

Jance next chose to use her hard times in a more unlikely manner. Encouraged by an editor to try writing fiction after a failed attempt at a true-crime book, she created J. P. Beaumont, a homicide detective with a taste for booze. Beaumont's drinking problem was clearly linked to Jance's dreadful experiences with her first husband; but, as she explains it: "Beaumont was smart enough to sober up, once the problem was brought to his attention. My husband, on the other hand, died of chronic alcoholism at age 42." So, from misfortune grew one of the most popular characters in modern mystery fiction. Beaumont debuted in 1985's Until Proven Guilty -- and, after years of postponing her writing career, Jance was on her way.

As a sort of light flipside to the dark Beaumont, Jance created her second series in 1991. Inspired by the writer's happier role as a mom, plucky small-town sheriff Joanna Brady was introduced in Desert Heat and struck an immediate chord with readers. In 2005, Jance added a third story sequence to her repertoire with Edge of Evil, featuring Ali Reynolds, a former TV reporter-turned-professional blogger.

And so, the adventures continue! A career such as Jance's would be extraordinary under any circumstances, but considering the obstacles she overcame to become a bestselling, critically acclaimed novelist, her tale is all the more compelling. As she explains it: "One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that everything -- even the bad stuff -- is usable."