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Every Reasonable Doubt

Vernetta Henderson Series No. 1
Written by: Pamela Samuels Young
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Series: Vernetta Henderson, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins

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When attorneys Vernetta Henderson and Neddy McClain are tapped to take on the biggest case of their careers, they are less than thrilled about working together. Their strained relationship, however, is the least of their problems. Their socialite client - charged with the brutal murder of her husband - is demanding an immediate dismissal of the case. But a ruthless prosecutor is determined to make sure that doesn't happen. Forced to fight a common enemy, the two women close ranks and, in the process, develop a bond that sees them through the uncertainties of trial, the pain of betrayal and pressures neither could have imagined.

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  • Cynthia
  • 2014-08-23

loved Special

Another great listen, I knew I would love this series. The side stories are as good as the main event. I downloaded the other 3 books today.I really hope Special appears in the rest of the series. The narrator was great. I just have two recommendations. 1st I need Ms Young to write faster 2nd Mr Bray is a genus. My hope is that this series go on like the J.D. Robbs series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2014-05-26

The book content is fictition fabulous

The book continues to soothe, educate and make you laugh. Moreover, the narrator is a natural. Writer and narrator build pinnacle interest.

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  • Anne
  • 2014-10-18

If you can get past the "What?!" parts...

I liked this book OK. The plot is a good one and there are some well-drawn characters with depth and complexity whom I came to enjoy and care about.

But there was some stuff that made me go, "What?!" The first was the part where, because Vernetta - a associate in a fairly small but apparently prestigious law firm - just won a really big civil suit, she ought to do a high profile criminal case. Um... what?

The second was when she feels the need to see her OB-Gyn before she goes off the pill. ... What? Then it got downright weird when her gyno, upon learning that this young, healthy couple wants to make a baby, decides to do a "fertility workup" on them, starting with a sperm sample from her husband. This was laughable. All I could think was, "There is no OB on the planet that would order that before she has even gone off the pill, and certainly no insurance company that would cover it!"

But my favorite was when, as the big important murder trial is coming to an end and the three defense attorneys are worrying about whether or not the prosecutor will tell the jury that the accused knew her husband was a cheating philanderer, it dawns on all three attorneys that no one has thought to interview the housekeeper of the victim and the accused - including, apparently, the police or the prosecutor. WHAT!?

And it all cases, the author needed the results of these "What?" devises to move the plot. She ought to break that habit.

If you can ignore this kind of thing, this is a pretty decent first attempt.

Caveat: The choice of narrator seems strange. Almost every important character in this book is a female. The exceptions are Jefferson, Vernetta's husband; Riley, the managing partner in her firm; and Dave, one of the attorneys. But the narrator is male. He does the male voices - both black and white - fairly effectively, but I think he did a poor job overall on the female voices. His range of "female" seems very narrow and it's often difficult to tell which of the primary female characters is speaking.

I have the second book in this series and I'm going to give it a try. I'm rather hoping things will have improved.

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  • Lori
  • 2014-10-15

Good story, great detail

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked best about the story was the detail of each personality.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first R.C. Bray narration. I like his characterizations very much, but occasionally wanted him to take a breath.

Any additional comments?

What is with the random music drowning out the narration?

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  • R. Pontiflet
  • 2017-01-23

Vernetta The Criminal Attorney!! ....

I liked and enjoyed this story very much. Pamela Samuels Young is an excellent story teller, and I've found her books easy listening and easy to follow. Yes, she has some parts in this story that will make you raise an eyebrow and say "oh really?! or What?! The most notable for me was when all three attorneys realizes that no one (not even the police or the prosecutor's office) has thought to interview the housekeeper of the victim and the accused. WHAT!? But the author needed these "What?" moments to move the plot along and to achieve the results she wanted. I didn't mind those plot devices because the entertainment value was worth it.

I loved the courtroom drama and the characters were developed well with such depth and complexity that I came to enjoy and care about them very much, especially Special. I was thoroughly entertained, the story kept me interested and listening that I could hardly put it down to sleep.

This is my fourth Pamela Samuels Young listen and R. C. Bray is an excellent narrator even though his female voices are a bit iffy, but doable. He pulls you into the scenes and have the story rolling in your head like a movie.

Highly Recommend......

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  • Wayne
  • 2017-05-08

Great start to a wonderful legal thriller series!

Every Reasonable Doubt is the first book in the five novel Vernetta Henderson series. This completes my listening to all of the legal thriller novels and novellas by Pamela Samuels Young. The other four novels in the series are even better than this one. Young's two novel Angela Evans series is equally excellent.

I love the legal thrillers by Pamela Samuels Young! She is one of my favorite authors. Her wonderful characters are so vivid and believable. Vernetta's friend Special, who keeps Vernetta grounded with her always colorful advice in all five novels in the series, is easily one of my all time favorite characters in any series. The narration by R. C. (Bob) Bray brings the characters to life. So why would a black female author whose characters are mostly black females want the white male Bray to narrate her books? Young says of Bray, "I get chills each and every time I hear R.C. Bray bring one of my books to life. Whether the characters are male or female, black or white, young or old, nobody does it better!" Bray is one of few narrators that cause me to by a book because he is narrating it.

Attorney Pamela Samuels Young is a very talented author whose novels and novellas often surprise but never disappoint. Her outstanding creative work as an author of great legal thrillers deserves far more attention than it gets.

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  • martina w
  • 2017-06-06

Perplexed

How this book got 5 stars reviews I'll never know. I picked it because RC Bray was the reader and he did not disappoint, even as a black woman. But the story, a cross between real housewives of Atlanta and a really bad TV law show. Over and over I found myself saying "come on, really", I hung in there as long as I could but I'm getting a refund. Sorry R. C. Can not stomach another one of these you reading or not.

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  • Cathy S
  • 2017-01-13

Loved It

RC Bray is the only man that could pull off reading for a female lead. :) Love Him

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  • Vee Jay
  • 2016-09-05

Great!

This book had me on edge! I! I had to listen t the whole book!

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  • Rdenmon1
  • 2016-08-18

Brilliant

Unexpected twist and turns will have you aching for more. Initially, the characters were a bit hard to swallow, but they grew on me after a while. The story was typical but with a twist.

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