Just As I Am

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(3.6 stars; 16 reviews)

The murder has finally been solved. After 20 years, Humphrey Vargas came with his dog, seemingly from no where, and informed the magistrate of the county that he murdered the popular Mr. Blake. He even told the magistrate the whole story. This book picks up where other books end and shows how this revelation brings about a chain of unexpected events. Knowing who murdered such a popular man does not make things any easier around the county, as memories finally surface, and relationships may change forever. - Summary by Stav Nisser. (18 hr 54 min)


I. Every Dog has his Day 12:54 Read by annie70
II. Father and Daughter 14:25 Read by annie70
III. After Twenty Years 17:55 Read by annie70
IV. 'A Wilful Man must have his Way.’ 17:02 Read by annie70
V. Dulcie asks Questions 16:58 Read by annie70
VI. 'This Man killed my Father ' 12:12 Read by annie70
VII. Morton's Womenkind 28:26 Read by annie70
VIII. In the Assize Court 30:32 Read by annie70
IX. Guilty 30:08 Read by annie70
X. A Superior Woman . 18:21 Read by annie70
XI. A Friendly Dinner . 21:01 Read by annie70
XII. At the ' Sugar Loaves' 21:34 Read by annie70
XIII. A Plea for the Prisoner . 17:10 Read by annie70
XIV. The Yellow Ribbon 21:49 Read by annie70
XV. Dora Blake asks a Question 9:40 Read by annie70
XVI. ' I must be behind the age.' 7:53 Read by annie70
XVII. Come to Grief 25:36 Read by annie70
XVIII. Link by Link 28:33 Read by annie70
XIX. Blatchmardean Castle 14:27 Read by annie70
XX. A Fountain of Bitter Waters 21:20 Read by annie70
XXI. Christmas at Tangley Manor 21:53 Read by annie70
XXII. ' To the End of the World ' 13:10 Read by annie70
XXIII. In Mr. Tomplin's Chambers 13:35 Read by annie70
XXIV. On the Wing 17:11 Read by annie70
XXV. Dulcie sacrifices Herself 15:44 Read by annie70
XXVI. Whistled down the Wind 19:06 Read by annie70
XXVII. Poor Lucy 30:44 Read by annie70
XXVIII. Shafto Jebb is sent for 32:19 Read by annie70
XXIX. Was Life worth living? 16:59 Read by annie70
XXX.Who can minister to a Mind diseased? 18:24 Read by annie70
XXXI. ' That would be too horrible ' 27:42 Read by annie70
XXXII. Never Again 10:56 Read by annie70
XXXIII. In Tangley Wood 22:36 Read by annie70
XXXIV. An Earnest Man 31:43 Read by annie70
XXXV. ' I do not understand You, Morton.’ 19:17 Read by annie70
XXXVI. The Man called Tinker 14:29 Read by annie70
XXXVII. ' I must bide my Time.' 28:43 Read by annie70
XXXVIII. Tinker breaks his Tryst 12:33 Read by annie70
XXXIX. Drifting Apart 21:40 Read by annie70
XL. The End of all Things 15:28 Read by annie70
XLI. ' That would be an Unholy Alliance.' 35:39 Read by annie70
XLII. ' is he still the master of your heart?’ 13:16 Read by annie70
XLIII. Morton's Brilliant Idea 13:59 Read by annie70
XLIV. A Paragon of Cobs 34:22 Read by annie70
XLV. ' What is the Key to the Enigma 22:33 Read by annie70
XLVI. A Land of Chimneys and Smoke 13:55 Read by annie70
XLVII. From Darkness into Light 26:02 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
XLVIII. In the bosom of her family 21:08 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
XLIX. ' I will never live under his Roof ‘ 22:47 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
L. 'There was no Thought of Fair Play then ' 25:41 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
LI. Lizzie's Failure 54:08 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
LII. Thicker than Water 34:25 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
LIII. The Rest is Silence 24:14 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson


Who really did it?

(3.5 stars)

Before complaining about how someone reads aloud, please remember that every narrator donates their time and effort without pay. I really enjoy the different reading styles. “Just as I Am” had a variety of interesting characters. Even though the murderer was increasingly pointed to as the story progressed, it was thought-provoking to see how the various people responded to their growing understanding of what actually happened twenty years before. The old fashioned habits and ways of life always fascinate me, as well as the many ways in which human motives tend to stay the same throughout history.

Wonderful Story

(4 stars)

The murder mystery is well done with plenty of interesting sub-stories with well drawn characters. The four stars is due to the abrupt change in narrators near the end of the book. Annie is phenomenal and it would be difficult to finish any book she narrates. However, the second narrator has a halting reading style which was difficult to enjoy. Many thanks for the effort and it’d be a shame to pass up this very engaging story.

one of Brandon's best

(2.5 stars)

I admit to preferring happy endings so I liked this story. The earlier readers were delightful. But the final reader, as others mentioned, definitely struggled a little more. I think she must have done multiple takes and edited them together which makes the story quite jumpy. note: I'm writing this for the audience who are trying to decide if they want to read this story.

(3.5 stars)

I have to agree with other listeners, the last reader was very coarse in her reading, I couldn't get cuddled up with her presentation of the final chapters. It is too bad the first reader couldn't finish the final chapters, other then that a very good book. I am glad I chose this one to listen to.


(2 stars)

The story itself is fine, but the narrator made it so dull with her voice, she is very clear spoken and good at narration and I appreciate her time spent on this audiobook, but I just didn’t find it enjoyable, it was very monotonous.

Interesting but a bit draggy

(4 stars)

I was very sorry that there was a change in readers for the last few chapters. The first reader was excellent!

(5 stars)

I really enjoyed this book and reading thank you