One of those books where the main character keeps making decisions that make you crazy. Bad decisions through the entire book up to the end. I'm enjoying the Bobby Dodge / DD Warren books and this is one of my favorites.
This book was not as gripping and riveting as HIDE was. I like this author's work so far, but ALONE was okay and I did give it 3 stars.....
the Gadget Queen
I usually enjoy Lisa Gardner's work, but I gave up on this one just over halfway through. First of all, this is some of the worst audiobook narration I've ever heard. I've heard Anna Fields before, and she was competent, but this is cringeworthy. Her attempt at male characters reminded me of adolescent girls pretending to be men while making prank calls. Plus, all the men seemed to have slurred speech. She attempts to do a Boston accent with the character of Bobby (the only character with a Boston accent in a book full of Boston natives), but it comes and goes, and is never effective.
The story seemed intriguing at first -- top-notch sniper saves the lives of a mother and child in a hostage situation, but finds himself accused in a murder plot -- but became so implausible that it got tedious. The femme fatale Catherine is supposed to have such beauty and sex appeal that men abandon their senses, morals and good judgment at a single glance. She's written like a really bad cartoon character. The sniper Bobby, whom I've enjoyed in other Gardner novels, completely lacks common sense in this one. Hard to believe that a supposedly smart suspended cop runs around interrogating witnesses, showing up at crime scenes and doing just about everything that could incriminate him.
And the idea that virtually everyone is prepared to ignore the facts of the case -- armed man is shot after pointing gun at woman's head -- in favor of some bizarre conspiracy theory just gets silly after a while.
I am not usually this negative about an audiobook, but this one made me angry that I had wasted so much time in hopes that it would get better.
If you're looking for something quick and light-hearted, this is a good choice. Janet Evanovich does it again. And the narration really fit the style of the book. Not a deep, complicated story but it was just what I was looking for a the time. A little escapism.
Mostly predictable but satisfying
Her Boston accent wasn't authentic.
Yes I would like to see if Lisa Gardner develops more interesting mysteries and I liked the main character Bobby Dodge.
Alone is entertaining story but a predictable mystery. I enjoyed reading a story set in Boson. Bobby Dodge is a sympathetic main character, as is the secondary character Catherine Rose Gagnon. I didn't really buy the extent of the power one of the villain exercised. The narrator Anna Fields does not get the Boston accents right but otherwise does an OK job. I probably will check another title by Gardner.
Fortunately I didn't start with this book first or I probably wouldn't have bothered with the others. I loved the others so much I decided to listen to this one too. I could'nt get past the first half. Dull, boring narration. I will be buying the book to read it.
32 yr old professional who reads and listens to books any chance she gets!!
I wasn't a fan of the narrator. I feel when the story line is strong you don't need to enhance it with voice changes. I also didn't feel the story line was that strong. I found some things predictable. Overall, it was 'just ok' to me.
I have bought a few other of Lisa Gardener's books and will give them a listen.
The description of this book made me want to listen to it. The narrator, however, had such a boring and monotone voice I only listened for about half an hour. Sorry, but I can't get caught up in a book if the reader doesn't sound interested.
Having listened to several other (later) Lisa Gardner books, I have to rate Anna Fields a C-. She's OK on the female voices and even exceptional on the child voices, but the male voices are a joke and very distracting from the story. It takes more than speaking in a low-pitched voice to sound like a man would speak!
By contrast the recent Love You More read by Kirsten Potter and Katie MacNichol is very well-done and Hide (the "sequel" to Alone) with Maggi-Meg Reed is also good. The book itself is good and typical of Lisa Gardner - twisty plots, manipulative women, and fast-paced. So far Love You More is my favorite LG novel though,
I have read other titles by Lisa Gardner and have enjoyed them which is why I chose this one. I had a hard time with Alone. I found it difficult to care about any of the characters and the cop in the story acted so much against common sense as to make the plot ridiculous. This was a disappointing offer from an author that has done much better in the past.