David Rosenfelt's character, Andy Carpenter is wonderful. This lawyer/investigator/detective is clever and amusing. The interpretation by reader Grover Gardner is outstanding. Between the drama, chuckles,thrills, and semi frustrated romantic interests, one can't stop listening. The cast of regular characters is unforgettable and, thankfully, Rosenfelt cleverly weaves them into each story in the series. Perhaps most reassuring, Carpenter's neuroses are steadied by his faithful Lab, Tara.
As always, love his sense of humor and light mystery. I stumbled upon him 6 months ago and think he's really a good refreshing author. Must read!
I have now listened to TWO of this wonderful Authors audiobooks and I am Totally Hooked. His entertaining, witty and self-effacing character, Andy Carpenter (although the actual main character may be be his faithful companion, the ever Lovable Fourlegged "Tara") has a way of luring you into rooting for his side even though he is one of those dastardly professionals, a Defense Lawyer. Play Dead grabs onto you from the get-go and just won't let loose until the very satisfying ending. I laughed out loud more then once, and was filled with glee over and over. I cried when Reggie was stolen, I cried when the first Verdict was less then righteous, but mostly I was filled with wonder and delight by this amazing story and these fleshed out and funny characters. If you like witty dialouge (and musings) and if you LOVE dogs, you just MUST Listen to this Book. I quarantee you'll be glad you did.
Rosenfelt manages to come up with surprises every time -- yet still totally believable. Story is so suspenseful, but wth just the right touch of humor! It was hard to not stay up all night! Narrator is PERFECT!!!
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
If you're looking for a really fun (and funny) read that contains serious legal procedure and investigatory work, look no further. This book will catch you from the beginning with its wry humor and engaging suspense. Enjoyed listening to it from start to finish. DON'T miss the "credits" and "thanks" the author extends at the end. Lots of fun!
I went back through my library to listen to the Andy Carpenter series from Book One, and I'm enjoying it more than ever. These books are modestly short, and wonderfully relaxing to listen to, and Grover Gardener's easy, youthful voice and vague NJ accent are a delight. This book was a pretty wild ride, but so far (this is the latest one I've heard, although I have 3 more downloaded, I think the David Rosenfelt is a genius at consistency. His plots are always clever, always dog-friendly but not cloyingly so, and his characters are beyond endearing. You have to LOVE these people. Very worth a credit, OR full price, as you can listen again and again. I can't wait to start the next one!
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
The books are great but you will really want to listen in order. We laugh with Andy Carpenter's jokes and perspective. Fun mysteries are these!