This is the first Andy Carpenter book and it is a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Grover Gardner with a New York accent relays the story through the defense lawyers eyes. While this story does not give many surprises (you can see where it is going pretty early) it is a fun listen and many of the quips Rosenfelt writes are amusing and keeps you paying attention. Note: though I recommend this book, if you are one of those listeners that is offended by cursing, avoid this book.
I've read all the John Grisham books and was looking for another good legal thriller. I found it. Great book. Well written and well read. Narrator Grover Gardner really impressed me also -- he nailed it. The book was serious but David kept making wise crack remarks throughout the writing that was perfect. My wife kept asking me why I was laughing. Highly recommend this book.
The more of David Rosenfelt's novels I listen to, the more I like this author. I think "Open and Shut" begins his Andy Carpenter series, which just keeps growing more and more enjoyable and entertaining. All the novels in this series have humor, smarts, and lovable dogs. Anybody who likes legal thrillers should enjoy "Open and Shut," as well as the subsequent entries in this series. Grover Gardner has an odd, almost unpleasant voice; but he has such good acting chops that one rapidly forgives the voice. If you need cheering up, get this book, and look forward to the scene where Andy is defending the prostitute in court. See if you can resist laughing out loud.
I am getting tired of books that are really vehicles for the author's person biases.
I just want a good story with good characters and a good reader. Open and Shut excels in each and all of these attributes.
All of these stories are just non-stop good from beginning to end. The narrator is the absolute best. They are all just to short - which is the only problem.
After listening(only partly, because I couldn't finish it!)to a book so poorly narrated, this one was a great turnaround. Fast moving, well written, it had an added interest here because it is set in New Jersey. Definitely worth the read.
Funny prose, very entertaining. Interesting and likable characters. Good plot. I enjoyed this one a lot! The narrator was just right, too.
Hollywood style, lazy writer.
The story is so canned and formulated. The characters seems borrowed from many similar books, the plot is also very predictable. In my opinion, the whole thing is very boring and an insult to any intelligent reader/listener.
I always felt the technical aspect of Hollywood is fantastic, which makes the setting so realistic. The skills of the actors are super, making the characters come alive on screen. The only unreal part and the weakest link is its script, and the writers "create" them. Their writing is often juvenile, rebottled from the shelf, absolutely no originality; lack any cleverness or creative ideas. Not only they have no talent to observe the real world, and bring a vivid depiction of this fascinating world to their story. The worst sin is that they forgot to entertain, but designate themselves as propaganda minister or comrade some sort to preach and showcase their boring political propaganda agenda. I thought only the old Chinese Communist movie industry did that. The difference here is people have to pay money to see these propaganda junks.
I find that David Rosenfelt is such a Hollywood style lazy writer. The story is so familiar, as I have heard many times before. I have to admit that I can not force myself to listening to the whole boring episode, and this review is based on my partial, impatient listening.