I have now heard all the books in this series and very much enjoyed each one. Good mysteries with great humor!
Mom of three
All of David Rosenfelt's books rank high on my list of audiobooks. I particularly like Grover Garder as narrator. His voice perfectly matched Andy Carpenter's dry wit! Unleashed was right up there with his other books!
I also love Rosenfelt's includsion of dogs. I am a dog lover and, while Tara the dog is a not a major player in the book, she adds a nice touch and bring out the hero's best side: He's a dog lover!
While the plot is tight and suspenseful, one of my favorite things about David Rosenfelts books in his humor. I always laugh out loud!
no basis for comparision. I prefer the audio because of Grover Gardner's performance. If I read the book, I would hear Grover's voice, but would miss the comical aspects.
Willie-because he is a true dog lover; Laurie because she loves Andy and Tara and represents a strong woman, not dependent on the male lead; Tara, because she keeps Andy grounded; Andy because he is funny and a brilliant lawyer and loves dogs
everything--character voices, timing, etc.
yes, and I did.
Too much time in between the Andy Carpenter books. I love this series
I love these books. The Andy Carpenter character is so real and I love Grover Gardner's narration. Well worth buying all these books. I have now got my sister and mother hooked.
Born to read
good story-- I have listened to all of the Andy Carpenter books and this is a good one.
short but worth it
So happy to have another book in the Andy Carpenter series and this did not disappoint. Loved having all the old characters return. LOL at times, and story was interesting. Looking forward to the next one!
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
I love everything about this series, the narrator's voice, the author's sense of humor. It is like candy for my ears. I am certain that I will always buy books by this author. I enjoy them immensely.
Audible is my "can't live without". I enjoy the other readers recommendations. Keep them coming!
Grover Gardner brings all the interesting characters to life in this series. Andy Carpenter is one of my favorite protagonists of all the many cozy mysteries I've read. Treat yourself to a fun "who done it".
I'm an eclectic, picky listener with too many bicycles. I am often tricked by my dog.
The reviews for Unleashed sucked me in...a crime story with humor, wit and a dog--how can that go wrong. ‘Unleashed’ is my first Andy Carpenter book, but not my first crime story with a dog as a character.
Unfortunately, Carpenter’s humor is no more than constant wisecracking to the point of distraction. It’s sophomoric and superficial from a character who thinks he’s funny, but is just incessantly annoying. This book did not even make me smile, although it did make me shake my head.
The legal/courtroom action is amateurish and was clearly written by someone who is not informed; at one point, two individuals are independently accused, jailed and on trial for the same crime in the same courtroom!
When Carpenter and his bodyguard go to a hideout to confront the suspected perps, they decide it’s OK to kill the two unsuspecting guards outside the hideout. Um, that is first degree murder, perps or not!
And then, when they enter the buildings, Carpenter goes through this ridiculous little girl routine about the dangerous gun he’s carrying and of course freezes when it’s time to use it, although he’s saved by his police officer wife who shoots the perp--in the shoulder of course!
Over and over the author uses the dated, hackneyed and inappropriate phrase ‘getting lucky’ to refer to Carpenter’s having sex with his wife.
Oh, and his crack hacker team is a group of octogenarians which alone defies reality, but there is insufficient character development to justify this ridiculous farce.
Finally, the author uses the two dogs as mere foils, giving neither one personality nor substance.
All in all a very disappointing book, my last by David Rosenfelt.
However, there are several great, witty and even dog-centric detective/crime novels, two of which are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud:
1. The ‘Chet and Bernie’ mystery series by Spencer Quinn, wherein the story is narrated in first person by the dog, usually revealing the limitations of dog-think...often hilarious.
2. ‘The Walt Longmire mystery series’ by Craig Johnson. This series is about a modern day sheriff in Wyoming, but it’s not at all ‘cowboy’ The dog in these books is a minor character, but the books are indeed funny, witty, often brilliant. Definitely the most literate detective/crime novels of any I've read, Grisham included.
3. ‘Suspect’ by Robert Crais. Another detective novel, this time with a K9 Malinois Shepherd as the co-protagonist. In this case the author is actually into dogs and did major research on the training and use of K9 dogs, which is reflected in the story. A lot of the book is from the dog’s point of view and is both informative, entertaining and endearing. Crais is a superb crime writer.