I read this series first, and now I am enjoying the audiobooks. The narrator does a good job of capturing the wise-cracking New Jersey protagonist without going overboard into unintelligibility.
Andy is a fantastic character, as lively as Spenser but without the violence and hyper-masculinity. He is as obsessed with his beloved as Spenser is about Susan, but Andy's best-beloved is his dog, Tara, who is vastly less annoying than Susan.
A touch of Jersey, but not too much.
Creative & witty writing!
This (audio) book made me laugh and I didn't want to 'put it down' (aka 'turn it off). I think my sleep is suffering! :-)
This was my first Andy Carpenter (and hence David Rosenfelt) book. Since then, I have listened to almost all of the others and am currently listening to Dog Tags.
Good story, but you should read Open and Shut first or this story will ruin David Rosenfelt's first book.
About the narrator: Try a little vocal variety. I had a hard time figuring out who was who since EVERYONE sounded the same. Try an accent, try changing the cadence, try SOMETHING.
Well written story, atrocious narrator. Get's on your nerves.
Too bad, because the story is really good!
I wish Mr. Rosenfelt had a hundred books out there that I could listen to. I love his style and this was another great listen. I just wish he had more. Keep writing!
This book is part of a series. Excellent story, good listening and good narration. I highly recommend this book along with the others in the series of 6.
Mr. Rosenfelt is a very entertaining writer and includes his passion for dogs in his works. The Andy Carpenter series are right up there with the most entertaining books I have listened to. At times the humor and wit that is interjected into the book has me laughing out loud. My wife and I have listened to all of the series at least twice. I find the audio books even more entertaining than the paper version due to the excellent reading of Mr. Grover Gardner. To me, the voice inflections and totally believable portrayal of the wisecracking Andy are without the best that they can be. To me, Mr. Gardner IS Andy Carpenter and could not easily be replaced by any other reader. I find myself actually envisioning how Andy and all of the characters look and believe me there are some entertaining and unusual characters in the series. When I listen to these books I get totally engrossed and find myself traveling inside the books covers. I highly recommend this series.
Listened to this in between volumes 2 and 3 of Shelbey Foote's "The Civil War: A Narrative," and it served the purpose of lightening up my summer reading a bit. I have to say two things: first, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoy Rosenfelt's sense of humor and style a great deal, and these didn't disappoint. Second: the plot DID disappoint. The ending seemed rushed, thrown together, and very formulaic. Questions were left unanswered. Still, I'll look forward to the third in the series once I find out who won the Civil War in volume 3 of Foote's masterpiece.
I have come to really appreciate this author. The book has a great plot, all loose ends are tied together and the characters are all memorable. I started with his first book, open and shut, and liked it so much I paid the full retail price for this title. Most of all, I love the author's use of irony and sarcasm. He's a firecracker and demonstrates the author's intelligence. Wholly recommend this book for intelligent readers, especially. Wish there were more titles out there like this one, more authors with Rosenfelt's talents.